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Magnus Jörgel has a background as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Swedish Armed Forces and holds a degree of Master of Arts (War Studies) from King´s College, London. Magnus Jörgel joined the Swedish National Defence College in 2001 and has focused his research on Africa and its conflict.
 The research has included about 30 research trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, CAR, Chad, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa and Nigeria.


In 2008- 2010 Magnus Jörgel has, in addition to his placement at the SNDC, held a position as a Senior Advisor for the Liberian Government, which has been based at the Ministry of Defence in Monrovia. By combining both theory and practice his work involves; security policy, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and civil-military cooperation as well as development policy work. The field work in Liberia has resulted in first hand sources in an environment which usually is highly difficult to enter. The strategic theory has thereby been tested into a complex reality.

Magnus is since 2010 employed at Region Skåne as a Senior Strategist, he is involved in a number of different activities that have been initiated within the framework of Region Skånes long-term development work. Magnus is concerned with strengthening the innovation system in order to develop, spread and use innovations within different industries, clusters and skills areas. Region Skåne places great emphasis on initiatives such as finding new forms of collaboration to allow objectives to be achieved, leading to a strong innovation system capable of confronting a diversity of ideas and innovations. Magnus is also involved in the long term development and strategies for Region Skåne. In 2015 Magnus trained as an International Certified Future Strategist, and is of now responsible for future studies at Region Skåne.

Magnus has also been involved in research and practical work on intellectual capital and societal innovation, mostly in cooperation with Leif Edvinsson. Magnus is a member of the New Club of Paris, and also sits on the international advisory board for Aalto University Camp for Societal Innovation (ACSI), Magnus have acted as facilitator for a number of ACSI and ASCI like activities. Magnus is by 2015 an International Certified Future Strategist after completing a Kairos Future led, international, course.

Magnus experiences in many development countries in Africa gives him a unique ability to address challenges and opportunity in a high risk context. His experiences in conflict areas, with negotiations on political level in an international setting, together with long experience working with policy and strategy on political level, both nationally and internationally gives a very sound basis for acting as senior advisor on a number of issues, both for business and public organisations.

In 2015 Magnus, together with Hank Kune, Frank van Erkel and Paolo Martinez, initiated the platform International Initiative for Societal Innovation (I2SI).

Magnus have had the opportunity to act as safari guide on 36 safaris in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

Selected Publications
Beyond the Façade of Formal Statehood – Shadow Networks, “Big Men” and Franchised Rebellion – case studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic’, authored with Mariam Persson and Hanna Matti, (Stockholm: The Swedish National Defence College, 2008)

‘The West Side Boys: military navigation in the Sierra Leone civil war’, Journal of Modern African Studies, 46, no 3 (2008), pp 1-25   

Security Sector Reform in Sub Saharan Africa; a new playground, different rules new players’, Challenges and prospects for Nordic- Baltic Security Sector Reform, (Stockholm: SNDC, 2007)

‘The MANO River Basin Area: formal and informal security providers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone’ (FOI-R-2418-SE, 2007)