Mats Karlsson

Mats Karlsson

Former director - term ended 31 August 2018

Until November 1st the Chairman of the Board Michael Sohlman is the primary contact. For inquiries please email:

Karlsson previously served as World Bank Vice President of External Affairs and United Nations Affairs, and as World Bank Country Director for Maghreb (region West and North Africa).

"With the appointment of Mats Karlsson, the Institute will have a Director who brings extensive international relations and cooperation experience, as well as research experience in the fields of global governance and African development," says UI Chair of the Board Michael Sohlman.

In his most recent post Karlsson was the Director of the Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) where he was responsible for coordinating the World Bank's cooperation of the Mediterranean region.

As country director at the World Bank he was instrumental in the realization of modern coordinated partnership, from supporting Ghana's development, growth and poverty reduction, to post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

As World Bank Vice President of External Affairs, Karlsson pursued strategic policy dialogue with the Bank's partners and stakeholders. With the UN he worked on the Millennium Development Goals and he also led the World Bank's engagement with civil society in debating globalization, as part of new UN cooperation.

Early in his career, Mats Karlsson worked at the Swedish Foreign Ministry as Chief Economist, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson's Commission on Global Governance (1992-1994), as well as the Swedish State Secretary for international development cooperation (1994-1999). He began his career in development when he joined the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in 1983.


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