Karlsson Mats - Sweden

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Vice-President, World Bank, Sweden

Mats Karlsson was appointed Vice President for External Affairs and for United Nations Affairs in August 1999. Mr. Karlsson is a member of World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn’s senior management team, which is responsible for corporate leadership and strategy. As Vice President, he is responsible for managing the Bank’s global communications programmes, and for outreach to key constituencies – government officials, parliamentarians, NGOs, business, and academics. Mr. Karlsson also oversees the Bank’s relations with the United Nations.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Karlsson was the State Secretary for International Development Co-operation at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As State Secretary, Mr. Karlsson was in charge of international development cooperation programmes as well as, until recently, cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe. He also worked on issues related to reform of the United Nations.

Mr. Karlsson has more than 16 years of experience and demonstrated leadership in development and international relations. He began his career in development in 1983 when he joined the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). In 1987, he moved to the Foreign Ministry and from 1991 was Chief Economist in the Department for International Development Cooperation. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Karlsson served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group. From 1992 to 1994, he was secretary to the chairman of the international, independent Commission on Global Governance, Ingvar Carlsson. Mr. Karlsson was Sweden’s Governor for the African, Asia and Inter-American Development Banks from 1994 to 1999.

Mr. Karlsson studied philosophy, linguistics, and economics at the University of Stockholm. He has also worked as a musician, mainly with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.