Stockholm Academic Forum

Stockholm Academic Forum is an organization and a network among 18 higher institutions and the city of Stockholm. We profile Stockholm as a national and international academic destination.


Maria Fogelström Kylberg

Maria Fogelström Kylberg was named Chief Executive Officer of Stockholm Academic Forum in 2013 and reports to the Chairman of the Board.

As CEO, Maria has played a key role in transforming the organization, whilst putting a high emphasis on performance and internationalization. As an advocate of diversity, she is the chief architect of Stockholm Dual Career Network (SDCN), which supports and facilitates career development for partners and spouses of international talents at all universities in Stockholm.

Prior to joining Staf, Maria held a variety of leadership positions and served as CEO to Central Sweden’s Regional Representation Office in Brussels for 11 years. She was a PR Manager at Stockholm Business Region and also a communications consultant in Brussels and Stockholm specialised in public affairs. She also worked for the French Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm, where she assumed the role of Acting CEO.

Active in the regional community, Maria sits on the board of various organizations and gives lectures on international leadership and diverse teams. She has also served as a mentor to highly educated newcomers at Akavia (Jusek), one of Sweden’s largest academic unions.

Maria holds a journalism degree from Poppius Journalism School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stockholm University.

She resides with her two children in Stockholm.

Photo: Clément Morin

Lars Strannegård

Lars Strannegård is the Chairman of Stockholm Academic Forum (Staf), where he also represents Stockholm School of Economics, one of its long-standing members.

After joining Stockholm School of Economics in 1999 and holding a number of leadership positions, Lars was appointed President of the school in 2014. Prior to that, he served as the school’s Pro-Dean and Vice President from 2012 to 2014.

From 2006-2009, Lars was a guest professor of business administration at Uppsala University. He has also been a visiting scholar of Stanford University and the University of St. Gallen.

He takes a great interest in sustainability issues and published his doctoral dissertation Green Ideas in Business in 1998.

Lars has also authored a significant number of articles and books and was appointed a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2015.

He and his wife live in Stockholm with their two children.

Photo: Juliana Wiklund