Wilkes University

Mattias Sundholm

Mattias SundholmPhoto of Mattias Sundholm

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015​
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Geis Hall

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Mattias Sundholm is currently working as Communications Adviser to the United NationsSecurity Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), advisingthe Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of CTED, based in New York. Previousto this, Sundholm helped establish two new UN offices from scratch; one under the Departmentof Peacekeeping Operations, and one under the Department of Public Information. In addition tobeing Communications Adviser to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Sundholm from2010 to 2013 served as Special Adviser on Communications and Advocacy to the UnitedNations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Prior to his UN position, Sundholm for four years served as Deputy Spokesperson and DeputyHead of Press and Public Diplomacy, the largest operational department of the European Union(EU) Delegation to the United States, based in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he was the faceand voice of the EU in the US, charged with promoting the EU’s positions and policiesthroughout the United States, a central plank in the EU’s public diplomacy strategy for thecountry. As Communications Officer on Development with the European CommissionHeadquarters in Brussels, the executive branch of the European Union (the world’s biggestdevelopment aid donor), Sundholm worked for the EU Commissioner for Development andHumanitarian Aid.

From 2002 to 2004, Sundholm was a Swedish diplomat serving with the Swedish Ministry ofForeign Affairs. At the Ministry in Stockholm, he followed the Ministry's Diplomatic Training Programme. He also worked as Spokesperson for the Ministry and as Desk Officer for theWestern Balkans. In the latter capacity, he was briefly posted to the Embassy of Sweden inSarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He was also posted to Zimbabwe as Second Secretary atthe Embassy of Sweden in Harare, where he was reporting on political and economic issues,including media, parliamentary affairs and the controversial so called land reform.

A Consultant for French consultancy firm FI System, based in Brussels and focusing on European Affairs and public relations, Sundholm for three years worked as a journalist forScandinavia's biggest daily in print and on the web, Aftonbladet.

He has a M.Sc. and a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Uppsala University and theInstitut d'études politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, and an M.A. degree in European Political andAdministrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). He is fluent inSwedish, English and French, and has an intermediate level of Spanish.

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