Goran Carstedt – Keynote Speaker

Former CEO IKEA, PhD in Economics

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability


  • English


Goran Carstedt has been leading the formation of the Society for Organisational Learning global network, dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.”

He is one of Europe’s most prominent business leaders, has run some of the world’s leading companies. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most practical presenters on leadership, organisational learning and change his presentations are lively and thought provoking. Recently he has been responsible for establishing a global community for the Society of Organisational Learning – founded by Peter Senge.

Dr. Carstedt is also a consultant and coach to various US and European organisations and serves as Chairman and Board Member in several corporations. He is the former head of IKEA Retail Europe and member of the IKEA Group Management Board. He served from 1990-95 as President of IKEA North America in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Before joining IKEA, Mr. Carstedt served for many years with Volvo. He joined Volvo in 1974 as Manager of Market Planning at the Car Division in Gothenburg, Sweden. From 1977-82, he was Manager of Corporate Planning Office at Volvo headquarters, and from 1982-85 he was President of the Car Division at Volvo France SA in Paris. From 1985-90 he served as President of Volvo Svenska Bil AB, the Swedish Volvo sales organisation for cars, trucks, buses, spare parts, financial and computer services and car rentals. During this time he was also a member of the Volvo Group Management Committee.

Dr. Carstedt received his Ph.D. from the University of Umea in 1974. From 1987-88 he was an Executive Member of the Swedish Bidding Committee for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

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