Lars Karlsson

Business Area Global Consulting, KGH Customs

Lars Karlsson is CEO and Managing Director of KGH Global Consulting. Lars Karlsson is one of the most well-known customs leaders in the world and has an extensive background over three decades in Customs, borders and international trade policy. Mr. Karlsson has outstanding experience from strategic advisory and Government capacity building, private sector consulting, research, reform and modernization.

Before joining KGH, Mr. Karlsson was Director of the World Customs Organization (WCO), a multinational organization with headquarters in Brussels, organizing 183 countries and 99% of world trade. Prior to this Dr. Karlsson was Director General and Managing Director of Swedish Customs.

He presently serves as Senior Advisor on Customs, borders, trade and security matters to Governments in many countries, including; Australia, Brazil, EU, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and the United States and has been heavily engaged of both the EU and UK the last three years as senior advisor on Brexit matters. He has a Doctor of Education and holds a Masters in International Customs Law and Administration.

Mr. Karlsson is an honorary fellow of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and is Board Member of the International Advisory Board of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU). He is Chair of the International Border Management and Technology Association (IBMATA) and a Member of the Senior Advisory Board of the U.S. Government International Summit on Borders, the leading think-tank on borders, security, trade and international crime.

Lars Karlsson has written several books and academic articles on Customs and Trade topics. He has received Her Royal Highness the Swedish Crown Princess’ Gothia Prize for the best innovation of the year and has been awarded as Swedish Manager of the Year.

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