Ms Kuenssberg joined the FCO in 1997 as a Europe specialist, after working on EU assistance programmes in the European Commission, and spent the next seven years on a range of EU political and economic issues. On returning from Paris, she worked closely with the Department for International Development and other government departments, as well as non-governmental organisations and businesses, to promote and extend responsible business practice especially in the extractives sector. This was followed by a project to use new technologies to develop more responsive consular services.
For the past three years, Ms Kuenssberg has covered Africa and other foreign policy issues in Lisbon, as well as politics and economics.
On her appointment as British High Commissioner to Mozambique, Ms Kuenssberg has said:
I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as British High Commissioner to Mozambique. Mozambique is a valued Commonwealth friend and I look forward to working to strengthen our countries’ relationship even further, especially in support of our shared agenda of political and economic development.