Dr Birger Carl Forsberg, born in 1952, is a senior physician specialised in public health and also trained in economics. He is currently heading the Unit for Health Development at the Stockholm County Council. He is Associate Professor in International Health at the Karolinska Institute, the medical University in Stockholm.
Forsberg has over the years worked in various capacities in the Swedish health services, such as a public health physician with focus on planning and evaluation, as Head of the Health Economics Unit at the Swedish Institute for Health Services Development (SPRI) and since 2001, as Lead Physician in the Stockholm County Council (SCC). Since 2002 he is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet with a focus on health systems issues and control of communicable diseases. He has had numerous articles published in international scientific journals and in various Swedish journals.
Dr Forsberg has experience from work with various international organisations in more than 25 countries. He has worked with WHO as staff member in Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases Progamme (CDD) in the 80s and later as consultant to WHO´s child health programmes in different WHO regions including the European region. In 2002 to 2009 he was World Bank consultant on the interaction between the public and private sector in health care in various contexts and countries, most often in India. From 1994 to 1998 he was CEO of the Swedish consulting company InDevelop.
Forsberg is member of the board of the Swedish Association of Social Medicine, the Swedish Health Economics Association and the Swedish Network for Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services.