Julia Olofsson is the Head of Human and Child Rights at Ingka Group where she leads the work on integrating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across the company. Ingka Group, formerly known as IKEA Group, is the world’s largest home furnishing retailer and owns and operates 378 IKEA stores in 30 markets under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Julia started her IKEA career in 2011 in the global sustainability team and has during the years held different roles such as senior advisor on sustainability and public affairs as well as project manager for decent work in supply chains in South-East Asia. Julia has also worked as a senior child rights and business officer at UNICEF Sweden where she led the development and implementation of the child rights and business agenda in the organisation. She currently also serves as Co-Chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights.
She has a BA in International Relations from University of British Columbia, Canada and MA in International Security from University of Warwick, UK and currently lives in Malmö, Sweden.