Tor Sellström based at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden between 1994 and 2001, co-ordinated the project 'National Liberation in Southern Africa: The Role of the Nordic Countries'.
He is a political scientist with a first degree from the University of Stockholm and post-graduate studies at the Institute for Political Studies, University of Paris. He has been employed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Angola and by the Swedish International Development Authority, SIDA, holding various positions in Southern Africa and Sweden. Before joining the Nordic Africa Institute he served as Deputy Director of the Namibian Economic Polity Research Unit. Currently he holds a position as Senior Advisor at ACCORD, South Africa.