As part of the Swedish presidency of the Nordic Culture Fund Board between 2022-2023, Gunilla Carlsson has been appointed as new chairperson. Kajsa Ravin will continue as vice-chair.
Gunilla Carlsson will officially take on the position as chairwoman of the Board on 3 November, succeeding Cecilie Tenfjord-Toftby, who has held the position since December 2021. Kajsa Ravin will continue as vice-chair.
Gunilla Carlsson’s appointment follows the election to the Swedish Riksdag in September, which has provided a new parliamentary basis for the Board.Gunilla Carlsson is a member of the Swedish Riksdag for Sverige socialdemokratiska arbetareparti, where she has served since 2002. She is also a member of the Presidium of the Nordic Council.
Kajsa Ravin is the Director General of the Swedish Arts Council. She has many years of experience in cultural policy work at a local, regional and national level and has served on the Foundation’s Board since 2021.
The election of the chair is based on a rotation system, where each Nordic country holds the chair position for two consecutive years. Sweden took on the chairmanship from Norway, which held the post in 2019-2021.
The Board is the Nordic Culture Fund’s highest authority. The Board’s 13 members are appointed by the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Each Nordic country is represented by two members, while the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland have one representative each.