Tomas Björkman

Dec 7, 2018

Tomas Björkman is a Swedish financiersocial entrepreneur and author. Born March 3, 1958 in Borås, Sweden. Björkman has worked in Stockholm and Geneva and is currently based in London.

Find out more about Tomas Björkman on his website tomas-bjorkman.com


Björkman studied natural sciences at Bäckängskolan in Borås and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in physics from Uppsala University and a Master of Science from the University of Sussex [1].


In 1990 Björkman founded IBP Fondkommission AB, the first company to introduce structured financial instruments to Scandinavia [2]. When he moved to Geneva in 1996 to start a similar venture, the company had brokerage offices in StockholmGothenburgMalmöOslo and Helsinki. When operations were sold [3] to the Swiss banking group EFG in 2001, Björkman became Chairman of the Board, of what became the EFG Investment Bank in Stockholm [4].

Parallel to finance, Björkman was an active entrepreneur in IT and real estate [5].

Community Engagement

After leaving the world of finance in 2006, Björkman established the Ekskäret Foundation in 2008. The foundation has developed a conference facility on Ekskäret island (Oak Island) in the Stockholm archipelago. The foundation aims to facilitate conscious and sustainable social development, placing particular emphasis on the connection between internal, personal and community development [6].

In 2010, Björkman was a founding member of the Swedish youth association Protus. The association facilitates a range of annual activities for young people focusing on life long learning and philosophical exploration [7].

In 2016, he founded the Research Institute Perspectiva in London together with Jonathan Rowson. The aim of the institute is to inspire our political, academic and business leaders to examine real world problems with a deeper appreciation of the influence of our inner worlds [8].

In 2017, in partnership with the Norrsken foundation, Björkman launched the digital platform 29k. The platform aims to help you reconnect with yourself, like-minded people and what you value most in life [9].

Björkman has been a member of the Club of Rome since 2014. The Club of Rome describes itself as “an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a difference” [10].


Tomas Björkman has published three books [11]:

  • In The Market Myth (2016), he analyzes the market as a social construction and reveals a number of common misconceptions about market strengths and weaknesses.
  • In Världen Vi Skapar, (2017), Björkman draws a systemic[disambiguation needed] overall picture of social development, integrating external naturalistic and internal phenomenologicalperspectives with postmodern social criticism (in Swedish).
  • The Nordic Secret (2017), co-authored by Lene Rachel Andersen, explores how the Nordic countries invented a new kind of education, developed everybody’s potential and changed their fate. Large-scale investment in personal development and education is outlined as a decisive cause of success.

More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomas_Björkman


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