THE SWEDISH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD

The Chamber’s Council consists of 14 elected and honorary members. They meet on a regular basis and are supported by a sub-committee in Victoria and in Western Australia, the Melbourne Chapter is led by Robert Carson and the Perth Chapter is led by Figge Boksjö. The Chamber also have a Sydney based sub-committee for the Young Professionals led by Jennie Björk. A close relationship exists between the Chamber, the Embassy of Sweden, Consulates and Business Sweden through the TEAM SWEDEN initiative. The Chambers overall business administration, projects and events are managed by Business and Events Manager, Camilla Jennings.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

johanlpicJohan Lundström, President, is the Director for Human Resources at DB Schenker in Australia and New Zealand. In 1994, after completing his Military Career and studying the Program, Human Resource Management and Working Life and Organisation Psychology at Uppsala University, Johan founded the consulting company Lehnbom & Lundstrom whose main focus was to develop Managers and Organisations in Leadership and Organisational Development. The company was a success and delivered services to Volvo, Ericsson, DB Schenker and many other companies in Sweden. Johan was in 1997 head hunted to Falck Security AB in Sweden and was appointed General Manager for Airport Security. From 1999 to 2008 Johan was appointed for several executive positions at Group4Securicor. In 2008 Johan and his family migrated to Sydney, Australia where he was appointed by Arc as Corporate Services Manager at the University of New South Wales, and after 12 months he was promoted to Deputy CEO. Johan was in 2012 head hunted to DB Schenker as Director for Human Resources in Australia and New Zealand.

Teresia Fors, Vice President, MBA, GAICD, Vice President Marketing & Communications at Volvo Group Australia. Fors joined the SACC as a Board Director in August 2011. With a degree in Language Studies from Stockholm University, Diploma in Business Communication from IHM Business School and a MBA from University of Technology Sydney. Fors was a founding member of the Advisory Group for the Promotion of Sweden in Australia in 2005. Fors also serves as Board Member for the Swedish Church in Sweden and was appointed as Councillor of the Australian National Maritime Museum in 2016. Native Swedish, born in Lapland, speaks several languages and spent 10 years in Stockholm working for Stockholm Visitors Board, the Foreign Ministry as well as advertising. Before her appointment with Volvo Group Australia she was the MD for Viking Cruises in Australia.

Ajit Singh, Treasurer, BA CPA FIPA, was born and educated in Fiji, with an Accounting and Economics degree. Ajit immigrated to Australia in 1989, and has held various senior finance and related positions in a variety of industries. In 2002 Ajit joined Volvo Group in Australia Pty Ltd, managing various corporate functions, including tax, transfer pricing, legal & compliance, statutory compliance and corporate governance. Ajit Singh currently holds the position of Vice President, Accounting & Company Control, Asia Oceania within the Volvo Group. He is also a Director of Volvo Group Australia and Volvo Treasury Australia Pty Ltd. Ajit is married with two children and lives in Brisbane.

linkedin profile NiclasNiclas Westling, Vice President, has 30 years of experience in IT & Telecommunications, and has managed projects in Sweden, the UK and Australia. Currently he is working for News Corp Australia doing Business Transformation and Program Management. Niclas is also the founder of Wespro Pty Ltd, a small professional services company, and has a masters degree in systems engineering. He is keen to explore opportunities with companies working across both Sweden and Australia. He lives in Sydney with his wife and has three children.

HE Mr Pär Ahlberger Ambassador of Sweden to Australia New Zealand and the South Sea Islands and Honorary Director of the Board. Ambassador designate to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu. Ambassador Ahlberger holds a degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. International Relations at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland U.S. He is married and has two children.

Mikael Dahlgren, Secretary, Mikael has more than 20 years of finance and operational experience across a wide range of industry sectors and regions. He spent 13 years working for the Leica group of companies in Australia and across Europe in senior management positions. Mikael was also the Australasian Finance Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where he managed numerous acquisitions placing Valeant at the forefront of the skincare market in Australia. More recently Mikael also worked three years for Origin Capital Group, a leading independent Australian corporate finance advisory group, where he advised to a wide range of Australian and multinational private and public companies on Mergers and Acquisition matters. Today Mikael is the acting Managing Director and Financial Controller of Alfa Laval Oceania, the Australian and NZ subsidiaries of the Stockholm listed Group. Professionally, Mikael is a qualified accountant (CPA), has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a BSc in Economics and Finance from Uppsala University.

Sophie Letherbarrow is a Partner at Letherbarrow Lawyers Australia, a full service business, commercial and personal services law firm. Sophie has over 20 years’ experience both in private legal practice and working in-house for small, medium and large Australian and international corporations and has a firm understanding of the legal and business requirements of corporations and businesses nationally and internationally. Sophie, in particular, has a wealth of experience in the commercial law field with specific legal expertise in contracts and tenders, mergers and acquisitions, franchising, competition and consumer law, employment law, property law and litigation and dispute resolution. More specifically Sophie has industry expertise in automotive, commercial vehicles and plant, transport management and facilities management including pest control, washroom, cleaning and security.

jhedJohan Hedström, is an experienced stock market analyst. Since 1984 he has worked in funds management, stockbroking and independent research. Now working part time at Canaccord Genuity Australia, a global investment bank specialised in the support of small to mid cap companies, his investment research is focused on renewable energy companies. Johan came with his parents to Australia in 1980, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Canberra. He is also a member of the Swedish Council of NSW, the Swedish Club, and Nordlingarna. He is married to Jane, who works for IKEA and they have three adult children.

Kristina Melin, MBA, ASA, is the Commercial Logistics Manager at Volvo Bus Australia, part of Volvo Group Australia. She has an MBA in Accounting from the University Technology Sydney. Kristina was the Administration and Events Coordinator for SACC 2012-2015 and also worked with book keeping and administration at Business Sweden in 2013-2014. Before moving to Australia she was employed at Swedbank AB Publ in Sweden for several years, where her last position was Compliance Manager at Large Corporates and Institutions. Volvo Bus Australia is the market leader on the Australian market, delivering about 400 buses per year. The team is based in Sydney, and we have sales represented in each state. The chassis are manufactured at the factory in Borås, Sweden and then shipped here to Australia for body build, before delivery to the end customer. 

Jonas Lindholm, is a driven and business focused executive with an entrepreneurial mindset and a comprehensive international professional network who is running his own company. With 15 years of experience in facilitating international business, Jonas has a passion for working with companies with new innovative solutions and adapt their key sales points to work as a concept in the Australian market and context. Moved to Australia when employed by the Swedish government to work for the Trade commission in 2007 and was the Swedish Trade Commissioner to Australia & Oceania for over 4 years before starting KingHill in 2015. Lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lindholmjonas

Hiba Larsson has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry in London, Stockholm and Sydney, with a focus on alternative investments. As a founding member of Ag Partners, Hiba is the managing partner of an agricultural investment platform for a private investment company. Being a strong believer in the merits and potential of the food and agricultural sector in Australia, Hiba moved to Sydney in 2013 and has spent the latter part of her career as a founding member across multiple agricultural investment offerings. Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/hiba-larsson

 

Anders Mangen, after completing Engineering studies and a Bachelor degree of Science in Business Administration and Economics, Anders moved to Australia in 1980. He has extensive experience in Management of companies with focus on business development, strategic planning and sales/marketing of industrial products and services in multicultural business environments. His career includes management positions in multinational companies such as SKF, Leica Geosystems and Actuant. Anders recently retired from Enerpac, Regional Director Asia Pacific, where he managed Enerpac business in Asia Pacific (sales companies in Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia/NZ) and held a position on the Enerpac Global Management Team for the US based company. He is also a board member of the Swedish Council of NSW and President of Nordlingarna. Anders is married to Louise and they have two daughters.

Robert Carson, Chairman of the Melbourne Chapter is a Partner and Investment Advisor of Crestone Wealth Management one of Australia’s leading wealth advisory and portfolio management providers to high net worth clients and family offices, not for profit organisations and financial institutions. It was created from the acquisition of UBS Wealth Management Australia, a company with an 80-year heritage and more than $14bn of client assets under management. Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry across three countries and advises clients globally. LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/robertjcarson

Figge Boksjö, Chairman of the Perth Chapter, Figge has 30 years of international experience in a wide range of industries and regions, working in roles such as CIO, Head of IT, Regional IT Manager, Project Manager, Consultant Manager, System Governance, Network design, ERP implementations. Running his own IT services company Acobea with recent years contracting to the IT department at Swedish-based Nynas. A frequent business traveller to Asian capital cities setting up and maintaining local IT operations for Nynas. Lived and worked many years in São Paulo, Brazil before coming to Sydney in 2002. Moved across to Perth in 2017 and engaged in Swedish start-up ventures and also on the committee as the Treasurer for Swedish Club of WA. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlboksjo/  Twitter: @cfibo

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