The new function will create a platform for collaboration and communications work at the University, as well as a clear entry point for external partners who in different ways collaborate with Stockholm University.

Anki Bystedt is currently County Director at the County Administrative Board in Uppsala County, having previously been Assistant Under-Secretary and Head of the Unit for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. Anki Bystedt holds a MSc in Business and Economics with specialization in political economy and statistics from Växjö University. She has also studied statistics at Stockholm University.

The new office will integrate three Offices: External Relations, Communications, and Strategic Partnerships, together with the function for academic ceremonies, outreach activities at the University's reception rooms at Spökslottet, and responsibility for the coordination of international visits at the University.

The current Head of the External Relations Office will take on a new role as External Relations Strategist and the Head of the Office of Strategic Partnerships will return to the role of advisor in strategic partnerships to the Vice-Chancellor. The Head of Communications will become Head of the Communications Section within the new office for external relations and communications.

The new office will be located in a pavilion by the Frescati Library.