Gunilla Carlsson

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Former member of the Swedish Parliament and Minister of International Development Cooperation

Gunilla Carlsson

Gunilla Carlsson is the Gavi Board Vice Chair and served as an elected member of the Swedish Parliament and Minister for International Development Cooperation from 2006 to 2013. She has extensive experience in domestic, European Union and international politics and negotiations. In addition, she has expertise in implementation of policy reforms and in mechanisms for ensuring both efficiency and accountability in complex organisations.

During her political career, Ms Carlsson has worked on a range of issues including foreign policy, human rights, development, employment, research, security and defence. Previous positions include: 1st Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, Member of the European Parliament (1995–2002); Vice Chair of the European People’s Party; Member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council; and Chair of the Swedish-led Commission on Climate Change and Development ahead of Copenhagen 2009. She was appointed by the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to the high level panel for global sustainability ahead of the 2012 conference in Rio de Janeiro and to the high level panel for global development goals post-2015.

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