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President Kaljulaid joins the prestigious SEI board

Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia, and Per Mickwitz, Pro Vice Chancellor at Lund University, have been appointed by the Swedish government to Stockholm Environment Institute’s (SEI) board. 

“I am thrilled to welcome our new board members to SEI. Both will add tremendous value to the strategic governance of the Institute,” said SEI Executive Director Måns Nilsson.

“We anticipate a growing focus on Eastern Europe and the eastern partnership region, supporting the region’s economies in their ambitions for pathways to climate neutrality and EU accession. With Kersti Kaljulaid on the Board, this will enhance SEI’s role and opportunities. We also aim to further enhance our scientific excellence and our ability to evaluate and learn from our work. These are domains where Professor Mickwitz will add considerable value.”

Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of Estonia from 2016 to 2021. Before her presidency, she was a Member of the European Court of Auditors, and held various high-level positions in the energy, investment banking, and telecom sectors. In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed her as the Global Advocate for the UN’s Every Woman Every Child strategy.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand the exceptional quality of work produced by the Stockholm Environment Institute and am eager to contribute to this. My goal is to bring this knowledge to those with the tools to enact change, helping to transform our world”, said Kersti Kaljulaid.

Professor Per Mickwitz works as Pro Vice-Chancellor for research, sustainability and campus development at Lund University. From 2019 to 2020 he worked as Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.

“I have followed the work of SEI for a long time and been very impressed with the relevance and quality of its work. At the same time as SEI is doing policy relevant work in close collaboration with policymakers and stakeholders, it also produces academic research of a very high quality,” said Per Mickwitz.