Board of Directors
As a member of FUF, are you interested in sitting on FUF's board? Or do you know someone who you think would be an asset to FUF's board? Then send another email Election Committee. Feel free to tell us:
- how the person could contribute to the development of FUF by sitting on the board
- about interests and backgrounds related to FUF's activities
- if you can commit to actively participate in board work for at least one year, where you also take on special assignments.
FUF welcomes all tips and nominations. We especially encourage people who contribute to the board in various ways diversity.
The board is elected during FUF's annual meeting, which is in March every year.
FUF has a non-profit board consisting of:
Anna Blücher, Chair
Anna Blücher works as a policy advisor at ForumCiv with a focus on opinion and advocacy work in development aid policy and Agenda 2030. Anna has a bachelor's degree in development studies from Lund University and a master's degree in political science and international relations from Stockholm University. She has done internships for Individual Human Aid in Nepal and at CONCORD Sweden. Anna has been active in FUF since 2012, including as a writer for FUF-bladet, in Almedalsredaktionen and in the professional network Young Professionals. Anna has been a member of FUF's board since 2014.
Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, KTH and Economics at Stockholm University. Worked with development and development assistance issues since the mid 70's. UN Regional Commission for West Asia, UNESCWA, Beirut; Research study in Yemen in 1978. Since 1980, Rolf has been working i.a. as program manager and acting head of authority for SAREC - the Board for developing country research and at SIDA / Sida as head of the energy section, head of the departments for research collaboration, infrastructure and financial cooperation and operational management. Positions abroad as an industrial administrator at the embassy Hanoi, chargéd'affaires in Laos, head of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and in Jerusalem as head of development assistance to the West Bank / Gaza. Previous board assignments in the Medical Research Council, Swedfund, The Swedish UNESCO Council and currently in Hand-in-Hand, Sweden. Since retirement project assignments for i.a. Page. FUF chairman 2013-2018.
Lennart was most recently a visiting professor of African Studies with a special focus on Swedish and European development aid policy at School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. Previously worked as director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala 1993-2005 and for 28 years at Sida, seven years as head of the sector department and seven years as head of the education agency. Member of the boards of FUF and the European Movement and senior advisor for Global Challenge.
Petra has worked as a communications consultant for over 20 years with clients from business, organizations, authorities and other societal actors. In recent years, her assignments have often been about digital transformation. Her interest in global development issues comes from her great interest in people, our surroundings and the equal right of all individuals to security, care and development. Petra has for many years been involved in various development projects, including a newly started NGO in Tanzania with the aim of creating a model for support for people who have ended up outside the social network.
Karl, but always called Kalle, is currently studying his second year of a master's in international development at Sciences Po, Paris, with a focus on diplomacy and sustainable development. He obtained his bachelor's degree at Malmö University in human rights and the Middle East. Alongside his studies, he has also worked on international tax issues at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the capacity-building initiative Tax Inspectors Without Borders between the OECD and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Kalle joined FUF through his founding and involvement in the local group FUF Malmö, which he led for 1,5 years and has sat on FUF's national board for two years. In private, he is a big proponent of instant coffee, small sweets and balconies without pigeons.
Master of Science in Engineering, Roads and Water and Urban Development, KTH, and did the dirty work at Sandöskolan. Worked with development and development aid issues since the beginning of the 1980's, for UN-Habitat i Mozambique, World Bank in Washington and on Page. Has previously been head of the energy section, transport section and urban unit at Sida. Has been stationed abroad as an infrastructure manager at the embassy in Dar es Salaam, as well as in Windhoek and Sarajevo as head of aid to Namibia and Bosnia respectively & Herzegovina. Has board assignments in Action Aid.
Jenny works as Recruitment Manager at Akademikerförbundet SSR with strategic responsibility for the association's member development and membership offers. Previously, she worked as HR manager at the Swedish Afghanistan Committee (SAK). She is a trained personnel scientist and has experience from various non-profit assignments within associations.
Lena Martens Kalmelid
Lena has worked with aid in the field, for We Effect and Vi-Skogen in southern and eastern Africa, and earlier, in the late nineties, for the Africa groups in Mozambique. She has also sat on the board of the Africa Groups, between 2000 and 2011, and for the last three years she was chairman. Now she is doing a second stay on the same board. She came back to Sweden in 2020, and then started working for the Nature Conservation Association, not within the international program but with local involvement in Sweden.
Julia has a bachelor's degree in human rights from Enskilda University in Stockholm, and works as a communicator at Oxfam Sweden. In addition to her commitment and work in human rights, she has a great interest in music and freelances as often as she can. Her biggest heart issue is precisely companies' responsibility for human rights. Since 2020, she has been involved in the issue of EU legislation in the area, including within Amnesty Business Group Stockholm and Fair Action's online activists, and herself wrote a debating text about why corporate responsibility is so important, published in FUF's anthology in autumn 2022. In addition to corporate responsibility, she is passionate about indigenous rights, not least the rights of the Sami people in Sweden and indigenous peoples in South America.
Johanna Caminati Engström
Johanna has a master's degree in development issues and project management and works as a policy advisor at Plan International's EU office in Brussels. Previously, she interned at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, where she contributed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' work to support Turkish civil society in line with the strategy for Sweden's reform cooperation with the Western Balkans and Turkey. She was, among other things, a board member in Lund's Foreign Policy Association and vice-chairman and communications manager in the Malmö United Nations Association. It was then during her master's program when she studied development issues that she became active within FUF Lund's local group, where she helped organize lectures and wrote for Utvecklingsmagasinet, until she coordinated the group for one semester.