President Director-General Mikael Odenberg
Vice President Rear Admiral Jörgen Ericsson
Permanent Secretary Major General Björn Anderson
Treasurer Mr. Sven-Christer Nilsson, CEO
Chairperson, Section I Colonel Jan Mörtberg
Chairperson, Section II Captain (N) Bengt Lundgren
Chairperson, Section III Major General Jan Andersson
Chairperson, Section IV Colonel Jan-Erik Lövgren
Chairperson, Section V Director-General Marie Hafström
Chairperson, Section VI Ambassador Michael Sahlin




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.



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.

Chairperson, Section I,  Land Warfare Studies


Jan Mörtberg is a Colonel and member of the Academy since 1998. He was elected Chairman of Section I in 2015.

He was appointed a lieutenant in Norrbotten’s Regiment in 1977, was the Commander of Norrbotten’s Regiment, and Strategy Division Director at the Defense College. He was also a subject matter expert in the Defense Department’s Secretariat for long-range Defense planning. In addition to soldier, instructor, and staff assignments, he has experience serving in international operations in Sinai, Cyprus, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq/Kuwait.

Jan Mörtberg is the Chairman of the Association of Friends of the Army Museum, is the permanent secretary for the Norrbotten’s Academy, and a leader of the Swedish Freemasons Order.

Chairperson, Section II, Naval warfare Studies


Bengt Lundgren is a Captain and member of the Academy since 2006. He has served as Chairman of Division II since 2013.

Bengt Lundgren is a Naval Officer and has completed Swedish Defense College technical leader course 1991-2001 and US Naval War College, Command Course 2006 – 2007.

He has in the latest decade worked with the Armed Forces capability development, defense planning, and Armed Forces planning in both the Armed Forces Headquarters and the Defense Department. He has participated in the Nordic Battlegroup concept development and planning for international operations. Prior to that he was the leader of the 20th Corvette Division, for the international Corvette force, and participated in building the international maritime capability.

He is currently the operations officer in the Swedish Navy and Sweden’s Defense Attaché in the Netherlands. He has served as adjutant to the His Majesty the King since 2004.

Chairperson, Section III, Air Warfare Studies


Jan Andersson is a Major General and member of the Academy since 1999. He was elected Chairman of Section III in 2014.

He is an Air Force officer and pilot and has completed Swedish Defense college commanders course 1987 – 1989.

He began his journey at Norrbotten’s Wing, F21, in Luleå and he has served as squadron commander, chief of tactical evaluation JAS39, Chief of Tactical Command, and Chief of Air Force from 2003 – 2008. He served as the Defense Attaché to the United States in Washington D.C. from 2008 – 2011. He retired from the Armed Forces in 2011 and now serves as Senior Military Advisor to the Defense Export Agency.

Chairperson, Section IV, the Science of Military Technology


Jan-Erik Lövgren is a Colonel and has been a member of the Academy since 2006. He belongs to Section IV and was elected chairperson of the Section in 2011.

Colonel Lövgren has been an officer of the Army Technical Branch since 1976 and has served alternately at military units and schools, and also at the Swedish Armed Forces’ HQ and the Defence Materiel Administration, FMV.

From 1995 to 1998, Colonel Lövgren was head of the Army Technical School in Östersund.

Colonel Lövgren passed through the Basic Course at the Swedish National Defence College in 2000 and the Continuation Course in 2001. Colonel Lövgren also attended the Advanced National Intelligence Course in 2005 and the French course, The European Session of Responsibles for Armamament, in Paris in 2006.

Since 2004, Colonel Lövgren has been serving at the Inspectorate for Strategic Products, ISP, as Deputy Director-General.

Chairperson, Section V, Other Branch of Science of Importance to the Nation’s Security and Defence


Marie Hafström is a former General Director and member of the Academy since 1998. She belongs to Section V and was elected Chairperson of the Section in 2012.

Marie Hafström earned her Masters of Law degree in 1968. She has served in the judiciary of Sweden, was political advisor to the government of Sweden, and was selected as departmental advisor to the Defense Ministry in 1986, where she served until 1996. Hafström was appointed in 1996 as General Director and Chief Executive for the Swedish Coast Guard and continued until she was appointed in 2005 as the first General Director for the Swedish Armed Forces and therefore Deputy Agency Head under the Supreme Commander. In 2009, Marie Hafström was named special commissioner for study of the new Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management organization and in 2012 special commissioner for the oversight of societies alarm services.

In addition to the Royal Academy of War Sciences, Marie Hafström has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 2009.

Chairperson, Section VI, Security Policy Studies


Michael Sahlin has been a member of the Academy since 1993 and was elected chairman of Section VI in 2017.

He was the Chief of Staff for Parliament’s Defense Committee (1987-1991), Principle Secretary in 1984 and 1988 Defense committee, State Secretary in the Defense Department (1991-1994), and Director General for Folke Bernadotte Academy (2002-2007)

He is an Ambassador in the Swedish Foreign Ministry and has served as Ambassador in Turkey/Azerbaijan, Former Republic of Yugoslavia Macedonia, and as Special Envoy to Sudan. He was from 2011 to 2015 the Chairman of the Swedish Atlantic Committee.

He has a Doctorate in Political Science, Uppsala University.