Sven started to work with the Foundation in 1968 and held the post as Executive Director for 28 years. Thus, he was fundamental in shaping the early development and setting the course of the Foundation. His leadership paved way for almost thirty years of programmes that, in retro-perspective, to a large extent reflects the development of international foreign aid. Sven was a devoted internationalist with a deep and personal engagement in development rooted in solidarity.
Professor Thomas G. Weiss interviewed Sven Hamrell 2001 in Uppsala for the United Nations Intellectual History Project. The interview, ‘In those days, it was fun to be a Swede’, was published in Development Dialogue no. 60 (2012) in connection with the Foundation’s 50 Years celebration. The interview provides an inside story told in his own words.
Sven will be remembered for his personal leadership, an extraordinary wide web of contacts, his integrity and for his passion for development.
Our thoughts are with his family and we remain grateful for his contribution the work of the Foundation.