State Secretary to Anna Ekström

Erik Nilsson is State Secretary to the Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Anna Ekström. State Secretaries are politically appointed senior officials at the Government Offices who lead the work of a ministry directly under the head of the ministry or another minister. State Secretaries are responsible for planning and coordination.


State Secretary Erik Nilsson
State Secretary Erik Nilsson Photo: Kristian Pohl, the Government Offices

CV - Erik Nilsson

Areas of responsibility

  • Upper secondary school
  • Adult education and training
  • Adult Education Initiative


Born 1965. Married, two children.


1988-1989 Political science, history Stockholm University

1983-1985 Degree in chemistry Stockholm University

Positions held

2016- State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Research

2014-2016 State Secretary at the Ministry of Employment

2013-2014 Head of development, National Agency for Education

2013-2013 Acting Chief Executive Officer, Botkyrka Municipality

2008-2013 Head of Administration, Education Administration, Botkyrka Municipality

2007-2007 Head of Administration, Stockholm Institute of Education

2006-2007 Expert, organisational inquiry, Stockholm Institute of Education

2002-2006 City Commissioner for Education and Culture, Stockholm City

2000-2002 Opposition City Commissioner, education/culture

1998-2000 Full-time politician, spokesperson for integration and democracy issues

1996-1998 Chair (30%), Norrmalm District Council, Stockholm

1996-1998 Business intelligence analyst (70%), Executive Office, Stockholm City

1994-1996 Head of Administration, Finance Department, Stockholm City

1994-1994 Head of Director-General's Office, National Agency for Education

1991-1994 Director, State Youth Council

1989-1991 Deputy Secretary to the Stockholm City Commissioner, Real Estate Department, Stockholm City

1988-1989 Political Adviser, Ministry of Education

1987-1988 President, Stockholm University Student Union 1985-1987 Chair, Education Committee, Stockholm University Student Union


2002-2004 Chair, Government Special Committee on recruitment to higher education

2000-2003 Chair of the Board, International Programme Office for Education and Training

1994-1996 Chair, Government youth campaign against racism and xenophobia

1987-1990 Board member, ACADEMUS AB (Akademibokhandeln)

1986-1988 Board member, Swedish National Union of Students