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Anna Ryott

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Anna Ryott

Ms Anna Ryott only has one professional aim – to do everything in her power to eradicate poverty through sustainable business.

Her dreams and driving forces have resulted in a unique background, with experience from both civil society organizations and business.

Today, Ms Ryott is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Swedfund, the Swedish government's development finance institution. Swedfund contributes to poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable businesses in emerging markets. It does so by combining efficient environmental, social and corporate governance with an absolute demand on the creation of decent jobs. Always with measurable sustainability.

Before joining Swedfund, Ms Ryott was Managing Director of SOS Children's Villages Sweden, and prior to that, she was Deputy Secretary General of UNICEF Sweden. On the business side, she served as Assistant Managing Director at the leading Swedish advertising agency, Storåkers McCann. She has also worked at the management consulting firm McKinsey and the investment bank Hagströmer & Qviberg. Ms Ryott has served as a board member of the World Childhood Foundation.

Ms Ryott holds an MBA from Stockholm University. In 2014, she was awarded H.M. The King's Medal, 12th size in gold on a blue ribbon, for "significant contributions to Swedish society and industry". She also holds a seat on the Board of Anna Lindh Academy and is a member of the Swedish government’s analysis group, Global Cooperation.

Ms Ryott is the author of the book, Sustainable and profitable business, and has received several honours as a young and progressive leader.