Biographical Info Dr Lars Karlsson is President of KGH Border Services, an international customs capacity building company. He has spent 30 years as a customs leader, specifically involved in reform and modernisation. Lars was the first Director of Capacity Building of the World Customs Organization (2006-2010) where he spearheaded the work of developing capacity building strategies, standards, infrastructure and operational programs, including Columbus and PICARD. Before joining the WCO, he held key positions within Swedish Customs, including as Acting Deputy Director General, Director Customs and Head of ICT, reform and modernisation. Lars has extensive work experience in many countries. In 2010, he was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the International Network of Customs Universities in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the WCO’s PICARD Programme, the INCU and to promoting the academic standing of the Customs profession. In 2016, Lars Karlsson was conferred the title of Honorary Doctor of Education by Charles Sturt University for his significant contribution to the public good through his outstanding input and influence in the professional practices of customs education and capacity building.
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