Sten Heckscher has a solid and extensive background as a lawyer and official in Swedish public administration, including positions as state secretary in the Ministry of Justice, as Minister for Enterprise, Director-General of the Swedish Patent and Registration Office, National Police Commissioner, President of the Administrative Court of Appeal and Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court. Alongside these positions, he has been regularly commissioned as an investigator for state review bodies.
Heckscher has been involved with and worked for the university’s development in many ways. As the founder of the Academy of Public Administration and chair of its steering group, Heckscher has made substantial contributions to building up and developing what has rapidly become a strong organisation, one that provides contract education, research and third stream activities. He was an advisor and worked with the university on its application to have Police Education located at Södertörn University. Heckscher has also provided advice on legal issues and participated in contract education and undergraduate education at the university.