Prior to serving as the Ambassador of Ireland to Norway, H.E. Ambassador Karl Gardner previously served as Director of HRII where he was responsible for overseeing human resources management of Ireland’s embassies and missions overseas. He also worked as Deputy Director of the Irish Abroad Unit where he managed the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2011 and 2013 and the development of the Global Irish Network, which was established following the 2009 Farmleigh Forum and now consists of over three hundred influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad. Ambassador Gardner also worked as Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Ireland in Canada, a position that allowed him to assist Irish businesses entering the Canadian market. Additionally, Ambassador Gardner worked closely with other Irish State Agencies including Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland.