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15 October 2013

Mistra seeks new Chief Executive

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) funds research of strategic importance for a good living environment and sustainable development of society. In doing so, Mistra invests in various initiatives where researchers and users jointly help to solve key environmental problems.

Mistra invests some SEK 200 million a year in research programmes and research centres.

The Chief Executive’s tasks are:

  • To lead and develop work at Mistra’s secretariat, which currently comprises a staff of six and the Chief Executive.
  • To prepare and implement the Board’s decisions on research support and keep the Board continuously informed about activities.
  • To be responsible for skilled review of research cases for the purpose of ensuring high scientific quality, environmental relevance and benefits for sustainable development.
  • To conduct a constructive dialogue with universities, businesses and government agencies on the basis of the Board’s decisions and guidelines.
  • To ensure that the Foundation’s assets are managed in accordance with its investment policy and rules in force at any time.
  • To inspire and initiate research collaboration involving academic institutions, the business sector and public administration.
  • To represent Mistra nationally and internationally.
  • To be a ‘networking ambassador’ and good spokesman for Mistra in external communication, with a wide-ranging outlook on environmental issues.


  • Ample experience of heading knowledge-intensive organisations of various sizes.
  • Good administrative ability and experience of responsibility for staff and budgeting.
  • Personal experience of environmental research and environmentally related work in the business sector or public administration is desirable.
  • A strategic view of the major issues of the future.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Preferably interdisciplinary education, training and/or experience.

The working language at Mistra is Swedish, but an excellent knowledge of English is required.

We would like to see applicants with strong research experience from academic institutions or businesses.

In this recruitment, Mistra is cooperating with Michaël Berglund Executive Search. For more information, please contact Cecilia Waldenström or Anna Billgren on +46-(0)8-663 90 00.

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