Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman
secretary general, European Cultural Parliament; opera soloist; author, The Crisis of Democracy

Karl-Erik Norrman is founder (2002) and secretary general of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP), the only pan-European, interdisciplinary forum for cultural personalities of all sectors of arts. The ECP has about 160 members from 43 European countries. As a Swedish diplomat for more than 30 years he served in Moscow, Beijing, Geneva and Rome, dealing mainly with foreign policy, trade negotiations, cultural affairs, development cooperation, humanitarian affairs and the United Nations. As ambassador since 1989 he was posted in Spain as Swedish commissioner general at EXPO 92 in Seville. In 1994 he became head of the cultural department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and executive member of the new council for Sweden promotion abroad. Norrman has an MA in political science, economics and Russian at the University of Uppsala. He has also been an opera soloist (tenor) and is the author of more than 30 books about democracy (such as The Crisis of Democracy in Swedish 2008) about world population matters, Germany, China, India, UN, theatre, opera, design, food, European identities and football. He participates in the public debate in Swedish, German, British, Scandinavian and other international media and conferences. Since 2010 he is guest lecturer for cultural diplomacy at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Berlin. He is member of several international boards, e.g. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, London; ICD, Berlin; Vizar Architectural Competition, Sofia; Music Mind Trust, Sussex; Harald Edelstam Human Rights Foundation, Stockholm; Fondazione Love Difference, Biella (Italy) and Population Matters, London. He is married to German opera singer Doris Soffel, has two children and lives in Stockholm and Berlin.