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Mr. Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs

Carl Bildt is Co-Chair of the European Council of Foreign Relations, contributing columnist to the Washington Post and the Project Syndicate. Previously, he has held positions both as Sweden's Prime Minister and as Foreign Affairs Minister. Since 2021, he has been serving as the World Health Organization's Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools.

"Peace is not just the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice, stability, and respect for human rights."

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In detail

Carl Bildt received international acclaim as the key mediator in the Balkans conflict and served as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Balkans between 1999 and 2001. As Sweden's Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, he successfully negotiated Sweden's entry into the European Union. After his return as Sweden's Foreign Minister from 2006 to 2014, he then chaired the Global Commission on Internet Governance for two years. A holder of various international honours and decorations, Carl Bildt serves on several advisory boards including the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF), Centre for European Reform and RAND Europe.

What he offers you

Noted internationally for his activities in resolving the Balkan conflict, as a visionary of Europe and an expert on world affairs, Carl Bildt came of age as a thinker at a time when politicians and intellectuals sought refuge from war in the power of international organisations. He offers insights into leadership in adverse situations and shows how to successfully negotiate at the highest level.

How he presents

An excellent and engaging speaker, highly respected amongst his peers, Carl Bildt is in demand as a keynote speaker around the globe. He's telegenic, charming, experienced and ambitious. Savvy when it comes to the media, he has a cunning, deft touch for geopolitics.


Carl presents in English or Swedish.

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Speaking topics

  • The Pandemic and Global Health Challenges Ahead
  • The Future of Europe and its Position in the World
  • International Affairs and the Transatlantic Dialogue
  • Geopolitical Challenges
  • Middle East and Terrorism
  • The New Economy: Beyond the Hype
  • The Governance of the Internet
  • International Security: Policy, Purse and Patience in Nation

Books and publications

  • 2004
    The New Challenges to International, National and Human Security Policy
  • 1999
    Peace Journey
  • 1991
    Hallänning, Svensk, Europe (A Citizen of Holland, Sweden and Europe)
  • 1976
    Framtid i frihet (A Future in Freedom)
  • 1972
    Landet som steg ut i kylan (The Country that Stepped out into the Cold)


  • Carl Bildt was awarded H. M. The King's Medal of the 12th size in 2003. He is a Commander of the LĂ©gion 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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