Anders Almgren is since 2014 the mayor of the City of Lund. Prior to being Mayor he was Deputy Mayor and opposition leader for 8 years. Mayor Almgren has a professional background from the construction industry, as a technical expert specialising in the field of energy use in buildings, environmental impact, life-cycle assessment and life-cycle costs. Mayor Almgren’s educational background is a MSc. in Civil Engineering and five years of research in the field of environmental impact of buildings. Mayor Almgren is a committed advocate for goal oriented city planning and the need for further innovation within the public sector as well as intensified collaboration with industry sectors and the academia. Mayor Almgren is chairman of the City Executive Committee, member of the City Council and a board member of the IDEON Science Park, Science Village Scandinavia and member of the national Committee on Planning and Community Development of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). Mayor Almgren is a member of the Social Democratic Party.