executive director, The Nobel Foundation,
Stockholm, Sweden

Michael Sohlman left a 20-year career in government service in his native Sweden to become executive director of the Nobel Foundation in 1992. With his government experience in budget, planning, and foreign trade, he continues to be active in Stockholm’s Institute of Transition Economies and the International Crisis Group.

Sohlman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Uppsala (1964) and pursued post-graduate studies at the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm before embarking upon government work. Between 1972 and 1976 he worked for both the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Finance in Sweden. He was appointed financial counselor of the permanent Swedish delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris in 1977, leaving that post in 1981 to conduct research for the Social-Democratic Parliamentary Group in his own country. Posts in Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed, culminating in his appointment as under-secretary of state for foreign trade in 1989. He has joined an international group of business, political, and humanitarian leaders such as U.S. senator George Mitchell, former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres, and Finnish Red Cross president Pär Stenbäck in the International Crisis Group (ICG), which is made up of concerned individuals from all over the world who are alarmed by the spiraling costs—both human and financial—of the ever-increasing number of conflicts on the planet.

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