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Anders Sundström, Honorary Doctor of Technology and Philosophy, 2021

Published: 8 October 2021

Anders Sundström started his political career in Piteå in 1980 as Sweden’s youngest Municipal Commissioner, and was in the following decades active in politics at both regional and national levels, in the latter serving as government minister for a number of domains.

Anders Sundström has had a key role in the progress in northern Sweden and is today one of the driving forces behind the initiatives in northern Sweden having an important impact on the green transition of industry.

Has been active in the academic community

He has also been active in the academic community and has contributed to the development of Luleå University of Technology. He was the Chair of the Board of Luleå University of Technology between 2004 and 2010, and was in 2020 appointed Chair of our External Committee with the mission to identify new collaborative partners and increase the University’s external funding.  Anders Sundström’s involvement in industry has always been strong and he has been a board member of several local and national companies and organisations. It is into northern Sweden that he has put all his energy when it comes to the development of trade and industry – and he sees himself as an entrepreneur.

The youngest Municipal Commissioner in Sweden

Anders Sundström was born in 1952 in Hudiksvall, grew up in Piteå and studied among other things human geography at Umeå University. He has also studied at Luleå University of Technology. He was the youngest Municipal Commissioner in Sweden, when he, 28 years old, became the Municipal Commissioner in Piteå, a post that he held until 1994. In the 90s, he held the government posts Minister for Employment, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation and Minister for Health and Social Affairs, and he has also been a Member of the Swedish Riksdag. He was asked to be the Chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Party after Håkan Juholt but declined.

Important industrial initiatives thanks to Luleå University of Technology

Among other things, Anders Sundström has been Chief Executive of Pitedalens Sparbank and of Folksam, where he also was Group Chief Executive. He has also been Chair of the Board of Directors of Swedbank. Since 2018, he has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Kaunis Iron. Ever since the 70s, the industry map has changed in Sweden. Today, the Norrbotten County educates its own high-quality industrial competence instead of buying it. Anders Sundström claims that the re-industrialisation in our country has its roots in northern Sweden and that the industrial initiatives taking place right now in Norrbotten and Västerbotten happen thanks to Luleå University of Technology.

Lecture (2021-11-12) with honorary doctor Anders Sundström

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