Updated: 15-Oct-2003 Who is who?


Former Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to the Balkans and former High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Carl Bildt

Conference: Securing Peace: NATO’s Role in Crisis Management
and Conflict Resolution

With an extensive background in politics in Sweden, Carl Bildt is today focused on different aspects of international policy and business.

In Sweden, he served as Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2001, Chairman of the Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999 and Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994. His government negotiated and signed the 1995 Swedish accession to the European Union, and undertook far-reaching liberalization and structural reforms to improve the competitiveness of Sweden and to modernize its old-style welfare system.

In international affairs, he has been particularly active on the different Balkan issues. He served as EU Special Representative to Former Yugoslavia as well as the first High Representative to Bosnia between1995 and 1997, and then as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN to the Balkans between 1999 and 2001.

He has also worked with space issues for the European Space Agency as well as the European Commission, and with global Internet governance issues for ICANN.

Presently, he is Chairman of Nordic Venture Network (http://www.nordicventure.net), and serves as non-executive director in a number of companies. In Sweden, these include Vostok Nafta (http://www.vostoknafta.com), Lundin Petroleum (http://www.lundinpetroleum.com). the Kreab Group (www.kreab.com) as well as HiQ (http://www.hiq.se) and Öhmans (http://www.ohmans.com).

In the United States, he serves as the only non-US member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation (http://www.rand.org), is Senior International Adviser to Akin Gump Washington-based law firm (http://www.akingump.com) and a non-executive Director of the global asset management company Legg Mason (http://www.leggmason.com).

In the public policy area, he serves on the Board of the Centre for European Reform as well as on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is on the Editorial Board of the magazine Russia in Global Affairs in Moscow, and member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is also in the boards of Aspen Institute Italia in Rome and the Fundacion Euroamerica in Madrid.

He has an honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he is a Fellow at its Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.

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