Director, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Jakob Hallgren is the Director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet, UI) since February 2022.
He was Sweden’s Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation from 2021 until early 2022. He served as Sweden’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2018 to 2021. Before that he was Deputy Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) from 2012 to 2018, during which time he was also a member of the Swedish Government’s Delegation on Disarmament and International Law.
In earlier positions Jakob Hallgren has worked as the Head of the Swedish MFA’s Division for Humanitarian and Conflict Issues. He has also undertaken assignments at the Swedish Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo as well as for the Swedish Armed Forces and for the Folke Bernadotte Academy. He has worked closely with the UN and the EU, and a variety of other organisations in the fields of security policy, mediation, peace building, security systems reform, disarmament, humanitarian affairs and disaster risk reduction.
Jakob Hallgren’s regional expertise covers North East Asia, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.