Claes joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies Sweden in January 2019 and is our lead in Public Affairs and Crisis Communication. He comes from a position as Head of Press at MTR Nordic Group, a subsidiary of Hongkong based MTR that operates the Stockholm Metro and Commuter rail. Claes help clients with media relations, crisis management, corporate communication, public affairs – often targeted at society, infrastructure, education and industry. He has 10 years of experience within communications, partly in regulated markets in Sweden, for example public transportation and schools.
Claes is a long time activist and advocate in several NGOs on both local, national and international level. He has worked as a consultant in rhetoric and is an experienced moderator. Claes is currently a member of the City Council in Stockholm, and the board of Stockholm Business Region.
Claes has prior experience from a variety of positions from his own consultancy to CEO at Friskolornas Riksförbund (The Swedish association for independent schools), Head of press at Lärarförbundet (The Swedish Teachers’ Union) and MTR Nordic Group, Communications Consultant at JMW Communication, President of the Swedish National Union of Students and of Stockholm Pride, and board member of RFSL.
Claes have studied chemical engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and rhetoric, political science and gender studies at Södertörn University.