Mikael Odenberg has been member of the Academy since 2010. He belongs to section V and was elected President for the Academy in 2014.

He was a member of Stockholm County Council from 1976-1991, member of parliament 1991-2007, and Defense Minister 2006-2007. From 2008 to 2017 Odenberg served as General Director and CEO for Svenska Kraftnät and in December 2016 was elected the Chairman of the Board for the Karolinska Institute.

Mikael completed his reserve officer’s education in the Coast Artillery in 1976, and has served since 1991 as a Major in the Swedish Marines. He attended National Defense College professional military courses in Solbacka 1994 and 2009.

Vice President


Rear Admiral Jörgen Ericsson is a member of the Academy since 2001 and Vice President since 2017.

He completed his officer’s education in 1975 at the Royal Swedish Naval Academy and has served as a surface warfare officer as a Ship Commanding Officer, Squadron Commander, and Flotilla Commander. He has completed the Defense College Senior Officer course and the US Naval War College in 1994 – 1995.

Ericsson was the chief of the Swedish Navy 2001 – 2005. Thereafter he served as Chief of Staff for the Swedish Armed Forces from 2005 – 2007. From 2007 – 2010 Ericsson served as Armed Forces Director of Strategy and Planning. He completed his career in the Armed Forces as the Defense Attaché to the United States in Washington D,C, 2011 – 2014, retiring 1 April 2015.

Permanent Secretary


Björn Andersson is a Major General and has been a member of the Academy since 1994. He belongs to Section I and was elected Permanent Secretary of the Academy in 2009.

General Andersson was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Armoured Corps in 1969 and was CO of the Skaraborg Regiment (Sw. designation: P4/Fo 35) from 1993 to 1995. During the years 2000 to 2001, General Andersson was head of Military Science at the Swedish National Defence College. General Andersson retired from the Swedish Armed Forces in 2005 after being CO of the Northern Military District.

Within the Swedish Armed Forces, General Andersson has participated in organizational and command investigations/studies.

Among other things, General Andersson has been chairman of the board of the Baltic Defence College and the Non-Profit Officers’ Support Association, as well as being a board member of the National Properties Organization for Historical Museums and Military Barracks.

Deputy Secretary


Gunnar Magnusson is a Lieutenant Colonel and has been a member of the Academy since 1990. Col. Magnusson belongs to Section I.

Colonel Magnusson retired from the Armed Forces in 2008 and was then serving at the Armed Forces Headquarters as chief of staff at the Finance Staff. Col.Magnusson was appointed Second Lieutenant at the Jämtland Regiment in 1969. In 1987, Colonel Magnusson was a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. From 1988 to 1990, Colonel Magnusson was chief of staff of the 13. Divisional HQ, and from 1990 to 1991 he was CO of the Malmö Brigade (Sw. designation: PB 7).

From 1991 to 1992, Colonel Magnusson commanded the Swedish UN contingent in Lebanon. After his return from Lebanon he served at the Armed Forces’ Headquarters until his retirement.

From 2000 to 2004, Colonel Magnusson studied law at Stockholm University while simultaneously holding a post at the Armed Forces’ Headquarters. In 2004, he became a graduate in Law.

Colonel Magnusson was elected Deputy Secretary of the Academy in 2009.



Sven-Christer Nilsson, born 1944, has long experience with Swedish and international business and was the Corporate President at Ericsson. He was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Defense Procurement Administration, and is furthermore a member of the Board of Directors in international publicly traded companies. Sven-Christer has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Lund University and is formerly a reserve artillery officer in the Swedish Armed Forces.



Tommy Jeppsson is a Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel Jeppsson has been a member of the Academy since 2004 and belongs to Section V. Colonel Jeppsson became an officer in 1974 at the Norrland Logistics Regiment in Sollefteå. He served during three periods in positions from platoon commander to battalion commander. He has fulfilled advanced military training and education in Sweden and in Norway. He has a great interest in strategic and security-political matters and has served as a teacher/lecturer in Strategy at Forsvarets Stabsskole (Defence Staff College) in Norway and at the Swedish and Finnish National Defence Colleges, respectively. Colonel Jeppsson has also taken part in international service in the Middle East, in Africa and in the Balkans.

Colonel Jeppsson was elected Editor for the Academy’s Proceedings and Journal in 2007.