Annika Söder

Ambassador Annika Söder, is the Chair of the European Institute of Peace, a member of the Swedish Women’s mediation network, and a participant in various international and European mediation, peacebuilding and dialogue undertakings.

Söder served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden between 2014 and 2019. In that capacity she led the government’s work on conflict resolution, dialogue and facilitation, i. a. on North Korea, Venezuela and Yemen.

In 2020 she served on the group of eminent persons appointed by the UN Secretary General to assist in the 2020 review of UN’s peace building work.
In 2021 she was the Special Representative of OSCE on the Georgia conflict and South Caucasus.

Earlier she was Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation working on UN matters, UN reform, peace building and the SDGs. She has also been a senior manager and ADG of the UN FAO, responsible for external relations, partnerships, interagency affairs and communications. Previously, she served as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation in the Swedish Government and as spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, and in several positions on security policy, EU and UN affairs, and as foreign policy advisor to prime and foreign ministers.

Geographic expertise

  • Eastern Europe
  • Mena-region
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • Latinamerica

Topical expertise

  • Track 1 mediation
  • Track 2 dialogue
  • Women, Peace and Security


  • Swedish
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French


New holders of the 1325-scholarship for women, peace and security

Three new peacebuilders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pales-tine and Afghanistan have been selected as this year’s recipients of the schol-arship in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. For the first time, the scholarship, established in the memory of Zaida Catalán, is awarded to women from all three countries where Catalán worked as seconded from FBA.

2023-05-17 11:23

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Strategic peace mediation and dialogue efforts to shift conflict systems

When working with or in complex conflict systems, including on dialogue, peace mediation or peace process support, a critical question is how we can best contribute to positive substantive shifts in these systems. FBA’s two thematic units working with dialogue, peace mediation and peace process support have explored these issues during the last few years. During this time, Anita Ernstorfer, an expert in peacebuilding and long-standing FBA consultant, has been a key partner in this conversation.



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