Leif Pagrotsky is a Swedish politician and economist who served ten years as a minister in the Social Democratic Government, from 1996–2006, as minister for industry and trade and as minister for education, research and culture. He was elected member of parliament four times. He was Vice Chair of the Council of the Riksbank 2006–2011. Prior to his political career, he was a director and state secretary in The Ministry of Finance. From 2016-2018 he was consul general of Sweden in New York.