The Right Livelihood Foundation is grateful for the generous support by its advisors. Their commitment greatly strengthens the Foundation’s impact.
Kristina Ljungros is the Executive Director of the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association and Vice Chair of the Swedish Red Cross. She was also previously the Chair of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education. Additionally, she works as a lecturer, moderator, and an independent consultant advising on issues relating to management and strategy. She has knowledge of a wide range of social issues and maintains a large network within civil society and politics in Sweden and internationally.
Björn Engström is a copywriter at Forsman & Bodenfors and has won more than 100 Gold Awards and Grand Prix throughout the years for his creative work. As a Senior Partner, he has played an important role in developing Forsman & Bodenfors from a small company in Gothenburg, Sweden, to an international advertising agency with 700 employees in 7 offices in Europe, North America, and Asia. Björn is passionate about sustainable business. He chairs the boards atBite Studios, a sustainable fashion brand, Pulpac, an innovative packaging company that replaces single-use plastics with paper, and Faktum, the Swedish street paper focusing on social sustainability.
Robert Hårdh is partner and co-founder of Alex&Phil Baby Food, a family-owned, Swedish company that wants all children to have good and naturally nutritious food without additives. He is also on various boards, for example in the Steering Committee of The World Movement for Democracy. Previously, he was the Head of Charities at Novamedia AB running the Swedish Postcode Lottery, and the Executive Director for Civil Rights Defenders. He previously held various positions within Amnesty International and was on the board of Expo Foundation.
Rani Kasapi is Deputy Director-General of the Arts Division of the Ministry of Culture. Earlier Rani had a leading position as head of department at Botkyrka municipality and at the National Touring Theatre. She also has a professional background at Selam, Intercult and the Swedish Red Cross. Rani is especially interested in cultural policy in relation to social sustainability and how to develop strategies to meet the future challenges of globalisation. She has been an expert in several national and international commissions within the arts sector and on the board of several cultural institutions in Sweden and Europe. In 2014 she was elected by the magazine Chef as “Best Diversity Manager.”
Dr. Lukas von Orelli is a lawyer and economist (graduated at University of Basel and Zurich) and since 2004 the Director of the Velux Stiftung in Zurich. This foundation aims to contribute to the sustainable improvement and benefit of society by creating new knowledge through the support of cutting-edge research with a high potential to initiate change and impact. With their Daylight Academy, they aim to promote international and inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation among scientists, architects and other professionals within daylight research. Velux Stiftung adopts the same approach to its other focus areas healthy ageing and ophthalmology. Beside the Velux Stiftung Lukas von Orelli is also president of SwissFoundations, the Swiss association of grant-making foundations.
Johanna Sandahl has been Chair of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation since 2014. She is also Vice Chair of the Brussels-based organisation European Environmental Bureau (EEB), board member of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, as well as member of the advisory council of several government agencies. Previously, she worked for Forum Syd. Being an agronomist, she has lectured at universities and written several publications about sustainable development.
Anders Wijkman is a Swedish opinion leader and author with many roles, among them chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC, member of the International Resource Panel (IRP), Co-President of Club of Rome, Chair of the Association of Recycling Industries in Sweden, member of the board of SIDA, and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – as well as one of the members of the World Future Council (founded by Jakob von Uexkull). Earlier on, Anders was, among many other things, Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross as well as for the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Policy Director at UNDP, and president of the International Red Cross Disaster Relief Commission. He was a member of the European Parliament (1999-2009).
Parul Sharma, Regional Executive Director, Climate Justice, within People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights Asia. She is also CEO of the Academy for Human Rights in Business (CSR Sweden). She was earlier Secretary General of Greenpeace Sweden. As a Human Rights Lawyer, she has worked with Human Rights Law Network, Amnesty Business Group, the EU Commission, Sandvik AB, Stora Enso, the Swedish Delegation for the 2030 Agenda, and at the Legal Firm Vinge. She is a frequent speaker, and is also running a podcast – “Rights Talks”. In 2017, she was ranked by Veckans Affärer as the most powerful woman in business for social change. Since October 2020, she is the Chair of Amnesty Sweden.
Agneta Johansson is the Executive Director for the International Legal Assistance Consortium. Agneta is lawyer specialised in international law and human rights law and has worked with these issues in different capacities, including in civil society organisations like the Swedish Red Cross, the International Commission of Jurists, and also the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She served on the Right Livelihood Award Foundation Board between 2011-2019.
Roger de Weck, a journalist and author, is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has directed the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, the German weekly «Die Zeit» and the Swiss daily «Tages-Anzeiger». He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is the author of bestsellers.
Pernilla Baralt is Secretary General for Unicef Sweden. Before this, she was State Secretary for children’s rights and equal opportunities with special responsibility for the Swedish government’s proposal to make the Convention of the Rights of the Child into Swedish national law, as well as for the new national goals and governance structures for equal opportunities between women and men. She has a long experience in working in partnership with the public, the private as well as the civil society sector and has covered the several policy areas – from sustainable development and the environment to employment and social policies.