Jan Lundin - Biography

 

Jan Lundin assumed the role of Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Permanent International Secretariat, Stockholm on 1 September 2010.

The Council appointed Mr. Lundin for an initial period of four years until 2014. His contract was signed by the Norwegian Chairman of the Council’s Committee of Senior Officials on the 1 July.

Jan Lundin is a career member of the Swedish Senior Foreign Service. His most recent post prior to his appointment as Director General was Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden to Germany, additionally holding the function of Head of the Political Department. Under the leadership of the Ambassador H.E. Ruth Jacoby he planned and led the implementation of 2009 Swedish EU Presidency in Germany, whereby he together with German stakeholders organised and participated in a number of events related to Sweden’s EU Presidency and the adoption of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Mr Lundin began his professional career in 1984, serving at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade until 1986.

Between 1987-88, he worked as a researcher for the Stockholm Institute for Soviet and East European Economics as well as the Institute for Soviet and East European Politics at Uppsala University.

In 1989, he worked as a political editor for a Swedish newspaper, after which he took on the role of Area Manager at the Swedish Trade Council where he was responsible for developing trade relations with Poland.

He returned to the Swedish Foreign Service in 1992 when he was posted as First Secretary at the Embassy of Sweden to Lithuania, a role which he held until 1994.

The next three years saw him posted in Moscow at the rank of Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden to the Russian Federation. In his forth year in Moscow he assumed the role of European Executive Director of the Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy (RECEP) where, amongst other accomplishments, he organised a major conference on Russian Economic Policy.

In 1999, he returned to Stockholm and to his longstanding interest in strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkan region. He was the coordinator of the newly established Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe at the Swedish Foreign Ministry. In this position he led Sweden’s role in the international efforts to assist the countries of South Eastern Europe to foster peace, democracy, and respect for human rights, economic prosperity and security. This focus would continue when he returned to Belgrade to serve as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy to Serbia. He completed his posting in Belgrade in 2006 when he given the rank of Minister and subsequently began his four years in Berlin.

Mr Lundin graduated from the University of Stockholm in 1996 with a Master of Law. He had previously studied at the University of Uppsala where he was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages, East European Area Studies and Economics.

Alongside his native Swedish, he has knowledge of ten languages and fluency in four, including the three main languages of the Council – English, German, and Russian as well as Serbo-Croat.

He is married and has two daughters.

 

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