Deputy Vice Chancellor
Lund University - Sweden


Sylvia Schwaag Serger has spent 20 years designing, implementing and analysing innovation policy in a Swedish and international context.
Prior to becoming Deputy Vice Chancellor, she was Executive Director for International Strategy at the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation (VINNOVA). She has run an independent think tank and worked as Science Counsellor in Beijing (2005 and 2007) and analyst for the Swedish Ministry of Trade and Industry. During 2015/2016, she was senior advisor at the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office for Strategic Development. In 2016, the Swedish Government appointed her to coordinate the government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of Ericsson’s cutbacks. She currently advises the Swedish government on how to cooperate with China in research, innovation and higher education.
At European level, she chaired an expert group on international research and innovation cooperation for DG Research, and is member of the Expert Group on the Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). She was one of the external experts in the OECD’s innovation reviews of Finland and Norway 2016/2017. She is member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, chairperson of the Swedish Foundation for Internationalisation of Higher Education and Research (STINT) and member of the International Advisory Board of the Norwegian Research Council. From 2013-2016 she was Guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Policy Management (CASIPM). Since 2019, she is member of the Swedish Innovation Council chaired by the Prime Minister.
She has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Ph.D. in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science.