The National Innovation Council

The National Innovation Council has an advisory role and is tasked with advancing Sweden as a country of innovation and strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness. The National Innovation Council meets four times a year and is chaired by the Prime Minister.  The Innovation Council has an office at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Innovation Council’s members

The council consists of five ministers and ten advisory members from the business and research sectors. In January 2017, the government appointed two new members to its National Innovation Council, Sigbritt Karlsson and Martin Lundstedt.

Sigbritt Karlsson – President of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sigbritt Karlsson has been the President of KTH since 2016 and holds an MSc in Engineering.  

Martin Lundstedt – President and CEO of Volvo Group

Martin Lundstedt has served as CEO of the Volvo Group since 2015. He holds an MSc in Engineering and has previously served as CEO of Scania.

The other members are:

  • Ola Asplund, Senior Adviser, IF Metall
  • Mengmeng Du, entrepreneur and board member of various companies
  • Charles Edquist, Professor at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University
  • Darja Isaksson, digital strategist
  • Johan Rockström, Professor in Environmental Science and Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University
  • Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso
  • Jane Walerud, entrepreneur
  • Carola Öberg, project manager at Innovationsfabriken Gnosjöregionen


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Axel is a senior writer at Mundus News. He comes from an international background having lived from a very young age in Egypt, Turkey, Sweden and Greece but has in his adult life resided in Britain and Mexico. Axel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Leeds and a Master’s in Management from the Business School at Stockholm University. He has previously worked at political newspaper Altinget and currently works at Sveriges Radio. His academic language is English however Swedish is his mother tongue. Axel not only has a keen interest in international affairs, business, politics and sports but is also an avid reader and a seasoned traveller.