Born 11 October 1943, Swedish Social Democrat, Mayor of the City of Malmö from 1994 to 2013. After a professional life as urban planner and architect in Borås and Malmö, he became a municipal councilor of Malmö in 1985.
During his mayoralty, Reepalu was consistently lauded as being instrumental in the transformation of Malmö from an industrial town towards a center of knowledge, modern architecture, culture and green technology.
Reepalu helped to revive Malmö architecturally from its roots as an industrial city. Architectural projects that he helped to bring into existence during his mayoralty include the Öresund Bridge, Turning Torso building and the City Tunnel.
As a confirmation of the role he has played in transforming the city, Reepalu was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Malmö in 2015.