THE SWEDISH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD

The Chamber’s Council consists of 11 elected and honorary members. They meet on a regular basis and are supported by a sub-committee in Victoria, the Melbourne Chapter led by Robert Carson and a sub-committee for the Young Professionals led by Anders Karlsson. A close relationship exists between the Chamber, the Swedish Consulates, the Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden.

The board is well supported by our part-time resource, Camilla Jennings, Marketing and Events Specialist, who is managing the business administration, projects and events. The accounts are managed by Accountant, David Mollard.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Teresia Fors, 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, Vice President and 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, Director of the Board, 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, Director of the Board, worked with Clinch Long Letherbarrow Lawyers in 2007 and 2008 and left to broaden her experience as an in-house counsel with Fastway Couriers and ISS Facility Services Australia. Sophie brings with her a wealth of experience in the Commercial Law field with specific legal expertise in Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Franchising and Employment Law. More specifically Sophie has industry expertise in automotive, facilities management and transport management encompassing risk management assessments, tender preparations, contract negotiations, and merger, acquisition and joint venture activities. Sophie completed her law degree at the University of Tasmania in 1995.

Sissa Wallin, Director of the Board, is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at LittleScientists.org.au, a not-for-profit organisation that provides empowering STEM education to Educators and Teachers in the Early Childhood Education sector. Sissa is an innovative marketing, advertising & communications professional with a broad international experience across a wide range of disciplines. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sissawj

Robert Carson, Director of the Board and 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

jhedJohan Hedström, Director of the Board, 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.

johanlpicJohan Lundström, Director of the Board 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. Johan left Group4Securicor in 2008, after he successfully re-organised the Swedish company to be more customer focused through merging the Security Division with the Alarm Division. 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.

Kristina Melin, Director of the Board, kristinaMBA, 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.

 

 

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