Ekvall has been in his current role since October 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior positions across different sectors of the finance industry. Before joining AP4, he spent five years as group treasurer of Nordea. Before that, still within Nordea, he was head of Nordic Private Banking and managing director of Nordea Investment Management. Prior to joining Nordea, Ekvall held positions such as group head of asset management at Carnegie, and deputy chief executive and chief investment officer of AP3, along with several senior positions within Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Ekvall has also had an academic career, including extensive lecturing and several publications in international academic journals. He has a PhD in financial economics from Stockholm School of Economics, and has also held positions at that school such as adjunct professor and associate professor.