Per Knutsson

Executive Director a.i. / Programme Director


Phone:+46 (0) 76 541 18 36

About Per Knutsson

Per Knutsson is Executive Director a.i. / Programme Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Per previously served as the Head of the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office in Kenya between 2014 and 2019. Per has an extensive civil service career in Swedish international development - at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Per has had embassy postings for Sweden in Tanzania and Ethiopia, covering embassies in Uganda and Kenya and regional economic commissions in Africa: IGAD, SADC, ECOWAS and EAC.

At the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Per has been the Head of Multilateral Coordination, 2010-2014 and served in several senior management positions for policy departments, including Department for International Organisations and Policy Support and the Department for Democratic Governance and Social Development. He has headed several divisions, supervising the secretariats for Gender Equality and  HIV/AIDS and the division for Culture and Media. Per holds a Master’s in Global Management from Salford Business School/University of Salford, UK, and studied Social Anthropology; History of Economics; and History of Ideas at Stockholm University.