“I am honoured and excited to be at the helm of the Stockholm Environment Institute as we embark on the preparation of a new long-term strategy,” said Nilsson. “I will continue to build on and continuously improve SEI’s niche – supporting capacity development, policy and decision-making through developing science-based knowledge in partnerships.”

Måns Nilsson is also a member of the Scientific Council for Sustainable Development to the Government of Sweden, and Professor of the Practice of Environmental Strategies and Policy Analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology. Nilsson joined SEI in 1995, and as Research Director he oversaw SEI’s global research leadership and has fostered the development of SEI’s strategic initiatives and its academic cooperation agreements.

“The coming years will require adapting our skills and tools, and exploring solutions to new and changing sustainability challenges,” continued Nilsson. “Having been part of this fantastic institute for over 20 years, I am very confident about our ability to do so. My leadership will therefore focus on empowering and unleashing the creative and innovative forces of our great colleagues world-wide, while ensuring stability, efficiency and accountability in all our operations.”

In recent years he helped establish the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate that released the report Better Growth, Better Climate. He has been closely involved as an advisor to the UN, OECD and the European Commission on the Sustainable Development Goals. Måns has contributed to more than 40 papers in academic journals and has edited two books.

“I am extremely satisfied that Måns Nilsson will be the new Executive Director of SEI,” said Kerstin Niblaeus, chair of the SEI Board. “He has extensive experience of building bridges between science and policy, and has gained international recognition for his research. I know that his heart is with SEI and I am convinced that he will be an excellent leader.”

Further information

For further information or interviews, contact:

Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
mans.nilsson@sei.org @mansanilsson

Ylva Rylander, Press Officer, Stockholm Environment Institute
ylva.rylander@sei.org +46-73-150-3384 @YlvaSEI

Robert Watt, Director of Communications, Stockholm Environment Institute
robert.watt@sei.org +46-73-707-8589 @wattrob