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Organisation

The foundation is operational and supports research and education, arranges seminars and runs publicistic initiatives.

Chief Excecutive Officer & Directors

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CEO

Kurt Almqvist

CEO since 1999.
Kurt Almqvist is the foundation’s CEO.
Other assignments: chairman of Axess Publishing and board member of Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson’s Science Foundation and the Hilma af Klint Foundation.

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Director Ax:son Johnson Inst.

Mattias Hessérus

Employed since 2010.
Mattias Hessérus is director of The Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy and editor at Engelsberg Ideas. He completed his PhD in history at Uppsala University in 2016.

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Director Book Publishing

Marika Stolpe

Employed since 2022.
Marika Stolpe has 30 years of experience as CEO and publisher. She founded Bokförlaget Stolpe in 2018. Bokförlaget Stolpe publishes illustrated works of non-fiction and is today a part of the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnsson Foundation for Public Benefit.

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Director Axess Publishing

PJ Anders Linder

Employed since 2013.
PJ Anders Linder is CEO of Axess Publishing and editor-in-chief at Axess magazine. He was previously political editor at Svenska Dagbladet.

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Director Religious Studies

Louise Belfrage

Employed since 2000.
Louise Belfrage is director of the foundation’s comparative history of religion program, in charge of the Scholars in Residence program at Engelsberg Ironworks and a member of the Axess magazine editorial board. She has a BA in the history of religion from Stockholm University.

Finance and administration

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CFO

Inger Andersson

Employed since 2020.
Inger Andersson has long experience in accounting from a large number of companies including Circle K, Statoil and Kronans Apotek.

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Executive Assistant

Jessica Söderlind

Employed since 2020.
Jessica Söderlind has previously worked for the EU in Belgium and Spain, at Bain & Company Nordic, the Belgian embassy in Stockholm and Cevian Capital.

Board

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Chairman

Viveca Ax:son Johnson

Chairman since 2001, board member since 1997.
Other assignments: chairman of Nordstjernan AB and Bokförlaget Stolpe AB. Board member of Bonava AB, FPG Media AB, Prima Vård Sverige AB, Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and Parkinson Research Foundation.

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Board member

Antonia Ax:son Johnson

Board member since 1982, chairman 1997–2001.
Other assignments: chairman of Axel Johnson Holding and board member of Axel Johnson Inc., Axel Johnson, Axfast and the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation as well as founder and board member of Axfoundation. Antonia is honorary doctor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and Middlebury College, USA.

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Board member

Frances Broman

Board member since 1998.
Other assignments: Frances Broman is mentor and adviser in HR and communications and has worked at companies such as Deloitte, Vattenfall and Telia.

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Board member

Kjell A Nordström

Board member since 2012.
Other assignments: Kjell A Nordström is one of the leading scholars on multinational corporations and the global market and is advisor to governments and enterprises on globalisation and business strategy.

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Board member

Sven Nyman

Board member since 2021.
Other assignments: vice chairman of SEB, board member of Investor AB, Ferd A/S, Stockholm School of Economics, The Nobel Foundation Investment Committee and the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation. Sven Nyman is former CEO and chairman of Ram Rational Asset Management.

Senior advisors

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Senior advisor

Henrik Borelius

Other assignments: owner and chairman of Side System and Maskin & Montage Mech AB, partner and board member of myneva, Iyuno Media Group and Academic Work. Former partner and board member of AniCura and CEO of Attendo AB 2003–2018.

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Senior advisor

Kerstin Barup

Other assignments: professor of architecture, professor emerita of building preservation at Lund University and professor of the art of restauration at the Royal Institute of Art. Co-founder of Barup och Edström Arkitektkontor AB and Österlenskolan för konst och design.

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Senior advisor

Janerik Larsson

Other assignments: former vice president at Kinnevik and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, senior consultant at Prime and board member at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.