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Åsa Ström Hildestrand

Currently on leave of absence

Åsa is currently replaced by Michael Funch.

Specialised in regional development and governance; integration of immigrants; green transition; and communications - with a focus on networking, editorial work, management and moderating meetings.

Åsa is a member of the Editorial Board of Nordregio News

Academic qualifications

MSc in Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden


  • Swedish
  • English
  • German

Prior positions

Swedish Ministry for Enterprise, Energy and Communications, responsible for mainstreaming gender and integration perspectives in the development and implementation of the national policy for sustainable regional growth. Also coordinating the Nordic collaboration on regional policy.

The Government's Commission on the Future of Sweden, project manager, analysing the outlook and challenges for Swedish municipalities and regions towards 2020 and 2050.

Swedish Ministry for the Environment, deputy project manager for an international conference on sustainable development (Stockholm+40) in the run up to the Rio+20 Summit.

Swedish Government Offices' Information Department, Head of the editorial team of the government's website,, also managing various communication projects.

The United Nations Population Fund, New York, coordinating UNFPA's participation in the global Women Deliver Conference (promoting maternal health and empowerment of girls and women world wide).

Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, Desk Officer responsible for Sweden's official relations with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal focusing on development cooperation, corruption, human rights, gender issues etc.

The Swedish Integration Agency, Project Coordinator of the flagship report "State of the Integration process in Sweden" (Rapport integration), including communications and launching activities.

Consulate General of Sweden, Los Angeles, responsible for promoting Sweden and Swedish technology, design, arts and films in California.