Ambassador Krister Kumlin received his law degree at Stockholm University in 1962 after which he entered the Swedish Foreign service. He has served at the Swedish embassies in Washington, Guatemala City, Bangkok, Paris and at the Permanent Swedish Delegation to the UN in New York. He has extensive international experience, including his role as Vice President of the UN Economic and Social Council in 1985/86 and Swedish Ambassador to Brazil starting in 1987.
He became Head of the Press and Information Department and Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry in 1990, and was appointed Swedish Ambassador to Greece in 1993. Between 1997 and 2002 he was Sweden’s Ambassador to Japan.
After returning to Stockholm, Ambassador Kumlin worked at the Prime Minister’s Office, where he served as Secretary General of the Stockholm International Forum. He was the Executive Secretary of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Security Forum in 2005, and has organized several other major international political Conferences in Stockholm, most recently during the Swedish EU Presidency in 2009, as Secretary General of the European Development Days.
He was appointed Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in September 2005 and served as Ambassador and Sweden′s chargé d′affaires in Paris in 2007.
Between 2005 and 2012, when retired, he was Senior Advisor to the Swedish Emergency Management Agency (MSB) and as such served as Chairman of ISO/TC223, Societal Security.