Prior to joining GGGI, Mr Bertilsson was International Project Manager of UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) initiative in Bangladesh. In this capacity, Per led collaborative efforts with the Government of Bangladesh’s Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) ,UNDP, DFID, UN-HABITAT and local government partners to ensure the smooth implementation of the project, which utilized social mobilization and community banking, to empower communities and improve livelihoods though skills development, small business support, and initiatives in education, health, and nutrition. Mr Bertilsson was also responsible for ensuring the achievement of policy objectives and the project’s monitoring and evaluation according to agreed guidelines.
Prior to his post at UNDP, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute where he was responsible for applied research, advisory services, and capacity development, as well as for strategic planning for all of the Institute’s activities. Mr Bertilsson has also held management positions at the Global Water Partnership, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Labour Organisation.