Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC Chair: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka


DAC Chair Charlotte Petri Gornitzka


Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

DAC Chair


Articles on International Development Co-operation

Charlotte was elected as Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2016 to lead reform efforts of the DAC to support members in delivering on the SDGs.

Prior to this, she served as Director-General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) between 2010 and 2016 where she reaffirmed Sweden’s role as leader in development co-operation and spearheaded the implementation of innovative models to stimulate private sector engagement in development activities. There she established a network of Swedish and Swedish-based companies that work together to demonstrate leadership in sustainable global development.
She has previously served as Secretary-General of Save the Children International (2008-2010) and Secretary-General of Save the Children Sweden (2003-2008).
From 1998-2002, she served as Under Secretary-General and Director of Communications for the Swedish Red Cross.
Charlotte has a background in management consulting with a focus on change management and communications.
She holds a degree from Stockholm University College of Music Education, in combination with Business and Marketing studies from IHM Business School.
Charlotte serves as: Co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development; Board Member of Global Challenges Foundation; Member of Mercy Corps’ European Leadership Council; and Chair of the Board of Friends Center against Bullying.