Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka took up her position in February 2011 with the overall goal of the Swedish Government to improving living conditions for poor people. Since, important steps have been taken to focus the agency’s mission and overall aid portfolio in order to increase the impact of Swedish development cooperation.
Ms. Petri Gornitzka is member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development, the High-level Steering Group on Redesigning Financial Development and as of January 2016 Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.
Charlotte is the initiator of “Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development” – a network of some twenty leading Swedish companies, three expert organizations and Sida, working for sustainable development with the objective to reduce poverty.
2007-2015 she was on the board of the Swedish Research Council and since 2015 Charlotte is Chairperson of Friends, a non-profit organization working against bullying and discrimination.
Furthermore, Charlotte has won several awards: Influencer of the Year by Management Events, NGO Leader of the Year Award by the Swedish Business Weekly as well as the H.M. of Sweden the King’s Medal for Special Merit promoting children’s rights.
Prior to joining Sida, Ms. Petri Gornitzka was Secretary General of International Save the Children Alliance (2008-2010) and before that Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden (2003-2008). She has also had a successful career as Under-Secretary General and Director of Communication at the Swedish Red Cross (1998-2002).
Ms. Petri Gornitzka has studied Business and Marketing at the IHM Business School in Stockholm and holds a degree from the Stockholm University College of Music Education and the School of Drama in Stockholm.