Published 2019-12-11

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Anna Jöborn new CEO at Mistra

Mistra’s Board has appointed Anna Jöborn, Director of the Science Affairs Department at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, as its new Chief Executive. She succeeds Åke Iverfeldt, who is retiring at year-end.

Anna Jöborn Photo: Natalie Greppi, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

Anna is a manager, moderator and lecturer. She has headed various activities, including research and development projects, both in and outside Sweden. A construction engineering graduate, she has studied history of art and architecture, and also pursued development studies at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). In addition, she has a PhD in microbiology.

Since leaving university, Anna has worked mainly on environmental issues and sustainable development in the public and private sectors. She has become particularly interested in process management and creative meeting methods. Her work has consisted mainly in managing complex processes in which various skills, sectors and cultures are expected to collaborate to achieve joint objectives, such as devising new products or generating new knowledge. Anna is also a member of the planning group for the launch of the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable


‘It gives us pleasure to be able to present Anna Jöborn as Mistra’s new Chief Executive. She is a very good manager, with broad experience of various environmental and sustainability issues. We’d also like to thank Åke Iverfeldt for his six highly successful years as CE, in which Mistra’s role has expanded and its importance has grown. We in the Board look forward to seeing and supporting Mistra’s further development with Anna as our CE, and with Mistra as a central stakeholder in Swedish environmental research,’ says Board chair Johan Söderström.

‘I’m looking forward to continuing, jointly with my colleagues in Mistra’s Secretariat, with the work of developing new knowledge that can help to meet the great environmental challenges society is facing,’ Anna Jöborn says.

‘I believe that my experience of working on communication and cooperation between research and society at large is going to come in useful.’

Linda Bell, Programmes Director at Mistra, has been appointed acting CE until Anna Jöborn takes up her position in summer 2020.