Audun Halvorsen was appointed State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as State Secretary to the Minister of EEA and EU Affairs (2017), and as Political Adviser to the Minister of Defence (from 2013 to 2017). From 2007 to 2013, Mr Halvorsen held various positions in the Conservative Party's Parliamentary Group, where he served as Political Adviser on defence policy and foreign affairs from 2008 to 2013, and as Political Adviser on defence policy, scrutiny and constitutional affairs from 2007 to 2008. Mr Halvorsen has a Cand Mag. degree in political science, public law and private law from the University of Oslo, and worked as a research assistant at the University of Oslo's Department of Political Science from 2004 to 2007.