The Swedish Institute is a public agency with a staff of approximately 140 employees with offices in Stockholm and Paris. SI is headed by a director-general, who oversees five departments, each with special competences for different areas of operation.


Madeleine Sjöstedt is Director-general of the Swedish Institute and also chair of the board that on behalf of the Swedish public has insight into the work of the agency.

Department for Sweden communication and analysis  

Acting director: Monica Wirkkala

Department for Sweden promotion

Acting director: Monica Wirkkala

Department for international relations  

Director: Kurt Bratteby

Department for communications and management

Director: Anna Rudels

Institut suédois – Swedish Institute Paris

Director: Sara Arrhenius


Advisory Council

To ensure public transparency in the operations, there is a transparency council appointed by the government. Madeleine Sjöstedt is chairman of the transparency council, which meets four times a year. SI now has a new transparency council from July 1, 2023–July 1, 2026.

Members of the Advisory Council:
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Former Member of Parliament
Alexandra Völker, Member of Parliament
Martin Kragh, Head of Programme the Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Annika Levin, Former Cultural Attaché, France
Ahmed Abdirahman, Director Järvaveckan
Christian Ihre, Co-founder Lynxeye
Aurore Belfrage, tech-investor, geopolitical advisor