Middle East and Africa will be increasingly important for Swedish trade the coming years. Not only are six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world located in the MEA Region. In addition, the Swedish government has declared that foreign aid and trade promotion should be knitted closer together. This is manifested in the organisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the same minister now is responsible for both policy areas.
From a business perspective this is a dynamic region with great potential for Swedish companies thanks to the rapid urbanisation and technological development. Business Sweden helps businesses throughout the region from our five offices in Kenya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. We offer strategic advice, practical support, market insights and an extensive business network to turn every challenge into a solution. Our mix of Swedish and local experts help companies navigate and we have a wide contact network in both the private and public sectors. Business Sweden also supports companies in MEA that plan to extend their business in Sweden.
The Middle East & Africa region is characterised by thriving economic growth and a drive for reforms, but it is also plagued by humanitarian crisis and political instability. The average growth is more than three percent, but several areas are still dependent on foreign aid. That is why this region in many aspects will be in the center of the policy development bringing aid and development measures closer to trade promotion.
What we expect from you
In your role leading the region you have full responsibility for people, operations, and client deliveries from the region’s five offices. You will also be responsible for the operational collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their development of the political strategy and Business Sweden’s implementation of that strategy to concrete action. It is not known what the Government’s strategy will look like, but it may impose a need for establishing new offices, new stakeholder collaboration and new methods, tools, and solutions. As VP and Head of the region you will be part of Business Sweden’s management team.
Key responsibilities and tasks
Leading the region
Member of the Management team
Who we are looking for
Does this describe you?
If so, please send your resume as soon as possible as we will be screening applications continuously, but no later than 5th of April.
If you have any questions concerning the position, please contact Jan Larsson, CEO. If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Louise Lundberg, HR Business Partner.
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