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Carl Bildt

Former Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs

Carl Bildt is the Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), a two-year initiative launched in January 2014 that will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. Carl Bildt served as Sweden's Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2014. During his tenure as Prime Minister, he negotiated Sweden's accession to the European Union, signing the agreement in 1994. He also undertook far-reaching liberalization and structural reforms to improve the competitiveness of Sweden and to modernize its old-style welfare system.

Carl Bildt shares inspiring insights into Global, European and regional perspectives

Carl Bildt

In detail

Carl Bildt is the holder of various senior honours and decorations from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Latvia. He is associated with a number of international organizations and serves on the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform (London), the Aspen Institute Italia (Rome) and RAND Europe. He has also sat on the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and headed a review of the European Space Agency. In addition, he served as a member of the Swedish Parliament from 1976 to 2001. 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.

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 organizations. He offers privileged insights to those who want to place their organisation advantageously for the future. Qualified, robust, and charismatic, he examines 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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  • 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
  • The Future of the Balkan Region
  • International Security: Policy, Purse and Patience in Nation Building


  • 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 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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