Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin

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Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin (born November 11, 1958) is a Danish professional foreign service officer and has been Ambassador of Denmark to Japan and Afghanistan. In June 2013 he was appointed Head of the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan and European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for Afghanistan and Pakistan. On November 7, 2013, he handed over his credentials to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.[1]

Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin was a professional foreign service officer for Denmark from 1985 to 2013, when he joined the European External Action Service. His previous term of appointment as Ambassador of Denmark to Japan began September 1, 2008 and ended September 1, 2011. He presented his credentials to the Emperor of Japan, Akihito on November 4, 2008.[2][3] Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin was Denmark's first Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008. He previously served abroad in Germany, Brazil and China.[4] Throughout his career Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin has written political articles and speeches for different Danish Cabinet Ministers including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Minister of Finance.

In 2008 Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin was admitted into Kraks Blå Bog (Denmark's Who's Who)[5] and in 2009 he received Japan's Cool Biz campaign award for his efforts to publicly promote energy savings and CO2 reductions.[4][6] He has also received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun 2011, Order of the Dannebrog (R 1999; R1 2006) and the German Honour Cross in Red 1990.[5]

After graduating as lawyer from the University of Copenhagen in 1983 he first worked at a law firm and later at the Ministry of Taxation (Finance) before joining the Danish Foreign Service in 1985. Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin taught human rights and constitutional law for several years at the University of Copenhagen. He has also worked as a consultant on writing and communication.[4]

In 2011 he published the book Nu Gælder Det Danmark! together with his wife, Eva Fischer Mellbin. The book analyses and comments the Danish Prime Ministers New Year's Speeches since 1940 and was well received by critics.[7][8] Late 2011 he also joined the blog Copenhagen Cycle Chic on cycling.[9]