Ms Christine Bäckström is the CEO of NIR. Prior Christine served as a civil servant in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Most recently she was responsible for the promotion of Swedish exports, including project exports, international procurement and sustainable business. Christine has also served as a diplomat in Havana, Madrid and Copenhagen.
On her appointment chairman Erik Belfrage said, “Christine’s long experience in international relations provides for solid diplomatic knowledge and a keen grasp of the complex global setting that Swedish industry operates in. This is an asset for an organisation like NIR. Her leadership skills, network and innovative thinking will add value for members as well as to all partners run by the dedicated team of NIR.”
Christine describes her role at NIR: “I believe that the Swedish industry makes a solid contribution globally. Economic diplomacy, technology transfer and capacity building are key in complex markets and I believe NIR’s role, in the nexus between governments and private sector globally, is more relevant than ever to support the development agenda.”
As head of the Government’s Secretariat for Project Exports she was part of the team implementing the Strategy for Swedish Exports launched by the Government in 2015 (High Potential Opportunities Program and the Swedfund Project Accelerator).