Leadership Group

The leadership group of Internationella Engelska Skolan is responsible for ensuring that all parts of the organisation function at the highest level, within their area of expertise.

Leadership Group


Mr Lars Jonsson


As CEO, Mr Lars Jonsson is ultimately responsible for the entire organisation and its operations. Mr Jonsson first joined IES as CFO in 2020 and was responsible for the financial strategy of the company and its long-term financial stability. Prior to joining IES he worked as Head of Financial Control & Treasury at the international cash handling company Loomis AB.


Mr Joakim Andersson

Regional Director South

Overall management responsibility for the schools in Region South, focused on operational performance, financial stability and leadership with high quality standards and delivery in line with IES ethos. Mr Andersson has been a Regional Director since 2020. Previously he was the principal for IES Helsingborg and has also worked as a principal in municipal schools and at Kunskapsskolan.


Ms Anneli Engvall

Regional Director North

Overall management responsibility for the schools in Region North, focused on operational performance, financial stability and leadership with high quality standards and delivery in line with IES ethos. Ms Engvall started working at IES as a teacher when IES Gävle started in 2003 and was the principal for many years until taking up the Regional Director role in 2020.


Ms Gina Eriksson

Regional Director Central

With overall management responsibility for the schools in Region Central focused on operational performance, financial stability and leadership with high quality standards and delivery in line with the IES Ethos. Ms Ericsson started working at IES Enskede as a teacher and Head of English in 2008. After being Assistant Principal in Enskede, she moved to take on the Principal role for IES Täby for 9 years, before taking on the Regional Director role in 2020.


Ms Frida Berg

Head of Communication

Frida Berg is responsible for IES' internal and external communication, branding, PR, marketing and sustainability. She most recently comes from a position at Spotify, where she held the role of Head of Communications and PR for the EMEA region. She has previously been an owning partner of the communications agency Geelmuyden Kiese, where she worked as senior advisor and CEO. She has also been chief press officer for McDonald's Sweden.


Ms Catarina Friborg

Head of HR

Ms Friborg is responsible for driving the organisation’s HR-strategy including talent management and leadership development as well as ensuring that school leadership teams can access the best support for HR matters.
Her background includes roles as head of HR at Capio St Göran’s Hospital as well as senior HR director at Arla Foods, HR director for for Sweden, Nordics & Baltics at MSD and head of HR Nordic at Salon Professional (Wella).


Ms Emma Gyllenberg

General Counsel

Ms Gyllenberg joined Internationella Engelska Skolan in 2023 as general counsel. She leads the legal team, provides legal advice throughout the organisation and oversees all legal matters in the company. Ms Gyllenberg has broad legal experience from various companies and sectors and at law firms. Most recently she was head of legal nordics for healthcare provider Kry.


Ms Robin Kirk Johansson

Head of Education

Ms Kirk Johansson has the overall responsibility for the IES systematic quality work as well as the coordination and delivery of support targeting the educational quality in IES schools. In the defined role as Skolchef, the assignment is to support the huvudman to ensure that the operations follow the regulations applicable for the education provided. Ms Kirk Johansson has previously been a principal for IES Borås and COO of IES Sweden. She is also an educated teacher from the USA.


Dr Helena Luning

Director of Student Health

Dr Lüning joined Internationella Engelska Skolan in 2016 and is since 2017 responsible for Student Health, which includes medical, psychological and psychosocial activities. The role involves quality management of student health and developing health and psychological initiatives with a special focus on preventive healthcare in our schools. Dr Lüning holds special exams in both paediatrics and children psychiatry. Prior to joining Internationella Engelska Skolan she already had nearly 20 years experience of clinical work within her areas of expertise.


Mr Tomas Melander

Head of Property Management

As Head of Property, Tomas Melander is responsible for IES' strategy for property development. Tomas has a long and solid background in the property industry and has previously been Head of Property for e.g. Sveriges Television, Menigo, Ambea and most recently AniCura.


Mr Mikael Åhlqvist

Chief Information Officer

Mr Åhlqvist has the overall management responsibility for our IT services and infrastructural landscape. Mr Åhlqvist started working at IES as a CIO at the end of March 2022 and has before that extensive experience in IT within the healthcare and automotive sector as head of IT within the region of Stockholm and IT director at Scania amongst other experiences. Mr Åhlqvist has studied at both the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) and Executive Education at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).


Ms Linda Öholm

Head of Public Affairs

As Head of Public Affairs at IES, Linda Öholm is tasked with fostering IES' relationships across society, including government agencies, politicians and civil society organizations, at both local and national levels. This involves spreading knowledge about IES's contributions to the Swedish school system and addressing issues that are significant to IES.

Linda has extensive experience from politics and public affairs, ranging from the international to municipal level, including several years working in different positions at both the Government's office and Parliament in Sweden.