Gunilla Hallonsten holds a Ph D in Theology and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from University of Lund in Sweden.
Gunilla has previously been Acting Executive Director, Acting International Director, Policy Director, Policy Advisor on HIV, Gender and Theology within Church of Sweden. She has also been a Senior Advisor on Gender Justice at ACT Alliance, based in South Africa, and earlier on Coordinator on HIV and Gender Equality in Southern Africa for Church of Sweden, based in Eswatini.
Gunilla has a longstanding commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) especially working on global policy and advocacy related to SRHR, HIV and gender equality, and she has also been a board member of the Swedish RFSU.
Her knowledge on the areas gender, SRHR and theology was deepened through working for many years in Southern Africa with FBOs and CSOs on HIV and gender equality. She gained experience within humanitarian work through the humanitarian specialization on Community-based psycho-social support, as well as from being Senior Advisor on Gender at ACT Alliance in relation to their advocacy and policy work.
Gunilla is currently the Dean of Malmö where she among other things works with interreligious work for social cohesion and peace. She is also a member of the World Council of Churches Commission of Churches for International Affairs.