Carl Bildt the former Swedish Prime Minister (until 1997) and High Representative for peace negotiations in Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently Swedish Foreign Minister. An informative and charismatic keynote speaker, who is a skilled negotiator and commenter on political and economic integration in Europe, offers an insight to businesses who want to give themselves an advantage for the future.
The continued expansion of the EU and of NATO in Europe has led to a topic of intense debate on the issue of “Greater Europe”. Bildt’s vast experiences enable him to comment authoratively on the Europe of the future.
Elected a Member of Parliament in 1979, he has since been a member of the Executive Committee of the Moderate Party. He was also a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, and has been a member of the Royal Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs since 1982. In 1986 he became the Chairman of the Moderate Party. In 1991 Bildt was elected Prime Minister and formed a government in coalition with three other non-socialist parties. He held the position until 1994 and became the Leader of the Opposition.
After his term as Prime Minister, Bildt was active as a mediator in the Balkans conflict, serving as the European Union Special Envoy to Former Yugoslavia from June 1995, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference in November 1995 and High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1995 to June 1997 immediately after the Bosnian War. There he had responsibility for the implementation of the civilian parts of the Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1999 to 2001, he served as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans.
After having left his political position as leader of the Moderate Party in 1999, apart from being engaged on international issues, Bildt took up a number of private sector positions as well as with international think-tanks.
He served as the first non-US member ever of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation (Santa Monica) and on the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform (London). He was also a member of the board of the European Policy Center (Brussels) as well as the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Affairs (New York).
In the corporate sector in the US, he served as non-executive director of the Baltimore-based US assets management company Legg Mason, Inc.
Among Swedish-dominated companies, he served as Chairman of the Board of Teleopti as well as of the public affairs consultancy Kreab AB, and Board member of the IT consultancy HiQ AB. He was also Chairman of Nordic Venture Network, bringing Nordic high-tech VC firms together in an informal network.
In 2002 Bildt joined the board of directors of Vostok Nafta, a financial company primarily with holdings in Gazprom. Bildt was also a member of the board of independent oil company Lundin Petroleum.
He left the board of directors of all these functions upon becoming Foreign Minister in October 2006.
During Bildt’s time as Foreign Minister the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened up a channel on YouTube which has been active since early 2008. In addition his blog is one of the most widely read political blogs in Sweden.
Bildt was awarded H. M. The King’s Medal of the 12th size in 2003. He is a Commander of the Légion d’honneur, has an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Club of Madrid.
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