The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce Board

The Chamber’s Board consists of 9 elected members. They meet on a regular basis and are supported by Honorary Council Members, Executive Committee, Chapters and YP committees, Marketing and Events Committee, Membership Committee and the SACC Sustainability Committee. A close relationship exists between the Chamber, the Embassy of Sweden, Consulates and Business Sweden through the Team Sweden initiative.

SACC Board Members

Jan Gardberg


CEO & CSO, IKEA Australia & New Zealand

Having started at IKEA in 1983, Jan Gardberg has more than 30 years’ experience of leading and managing within the organisation across many areas from supply, design and range development to distribution and retailing, on both regional and global levels. Prior to his move to Australia, Jan was the Deputy Country Manager for IKEA Russia, responsible for the business sustainability strategy, eCommerce rollout, distribution integration, food business and retail operations for the 14 stores across the country.  In his role as Country Manager for Australia and Country Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) Jan has been at the forefront of leading sustainability innovation within the business, including the introduction of electric delivery vehicles, as well as the national roll-out of the IKEA Buyback service that allows customers to sell their old IKEA furniture to the store, saving it from landfill. 

Teresia Fors

Vice President and Chair of the Brisbane QLD Chapter


Fors joined SACC as a Director of the Board in August 2011. With an MBA from the University of Technology of Sydney, a degree in Language Studies from Stockholm University, Diploma in Business Communication from IHM Business School, Fors is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fors was a founding member of the Advisory Group for the Promotion of Sweden in Australia (2005) and also serves as Councillor for the Swedish Church in Sydney. Fors was appointed as Councillor of the Australian National Maritime Museum between 2016 and 2019. Native Swedish, born in Lapland her professional appointments include leadership positions at Imagine Cruising (MD/AU), Volvo Group Australia(VP/AU), Viking Cruises (MD/AU) and whilst in Sweden she worked for Stockholm Visitors Board, the Swedish Foreign Ministry as well as in advertising.

Niclas Westling

Vice President

Scrum Master / Project Manager at APRA AMCOS

Niclas has over 30 years of experience in IT & Telecommunications and has managed projects in Sweden, the UK and Australia. Niclas worked for News Corp Australia doing Business Transformation and Program Management and currently he is working for APRA AMCOS Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA), Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 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.

Kristina Melin


MBA, ASA, Sales and Commercial Support Manager, Volvo Bus Australia

She has an MBA in Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney. Kristina was the Administration and Events Coordinator for SACC 2012-2015 and also worked with bookkeeping 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. 

Mikael Dahlgren


Financial Controller, Alfa Laval Oceania

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 a wide range of Australian and multinational private and public companies on Mergers and Acquisition matters. Today Mikael is the 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

Anders Mangen

Membership Committee Chair

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.

Camilla Bullock

Marketing & Events Committee Chair

Director General, Emerging Payments Association

Camilla is the Co-Founder and Director at the Emerging Payments Association Asia, the only Pan APAC branch organisation for users and providers of payments technology.  Camilla is also the lead, and the Co-Founder behind the global project Meet-Her She Knows Payments which is a movement to narrow the gender thought leadership gap existing in the payments industry. LinkedIn:

Jonas Lindholm

Marketing & Events Committee Vice Chair

Principal Consultant, KingHill

Jonas 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:

Carin Varverud Härdin

Sustainability Committee Chair

Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Volvo Group Australia

Carin joined the Volvo Group in 2002 followed by a long tenure within Volvo Trucks until August 2019 when she relocated with her Husband and two children to Brisbane, Australia to take up her current position within Volvo Group Australia. In this role Carin is responsible for Brand, Marketing and Communications for the three brands: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks and UD Trucks, as well as internal and external communications for Volvo Group Australia. Carin has held several managerial positions within the Volvo Group, has a strong global network and is passionate about bringing out the best of people and team work to deliver results. Carin holds a degree in Media & Communications from Gothenburg University.

Permanent Attendees

Camilla Jennings

General Manager

Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce

Luke Warren

Melbourne VIC Chapter Chair

Senior Technology Leader, Strategic Enablers Group at Australian Road Research Board, ARRB Group

Figge Boksjö

Perth WA Chapter Chair

Co-founder and Managing Director, Beeautify

Therese Nithenius

Young Professional Committee Chair

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, IPA Diversity

Camilla Jennings, Business and Events Manager, Camilla is managing the overall SACC business, activities, projects and events. She is a marketing and communications specialist, with over 25 years experience within meetings and event management and the travel and tourism industry. Before moving to Australia she worked over 10 years for Visit Sweden in London as the director of the UK and Ireland. During her time in London she initiated and managed joint projects and events together with the Embassy of Sweden, Swedish Chamber of Commerce UK and Business Sweden. She has a bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Lund, Sweden and a meetings management degree from the US. Camilla was appointed President of the Swedish Council of NSW in 2020 and was the former President of the Swedish School in Sydney between 2015-2019. LinkedIn

HE Mr Henrik Cecerin Ambassador of Sweden to Australia New Zealand and the South Sea Islands and Honorary Director of the Board. Mr Cederin joined the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1991 and has held postings at the Embassies of Sweden in Seoul, Tel Aviv and Tokyo, as well as in the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels. Prior to taking up his position as Sweden’s ambassador to Australia in 2019, Mr Cederin served for four years as Sweden’s ambassador to Zambia. 2010-2015 Mr Cederin served as Director and Deputy Head of the Department for Asia and the Pacific Region at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. Henrik Cederin also has a background in management consulting and corporate communications, having worked for two leading Swedish consultancies. Henrik Cederin has a degree in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics (1988), went through the United Nations Disarmament Fellowship Programme (1992) and has served on the board of the European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics (2011-2015). Henrik Cederin is born 1963 and is married with one child.

James Letherbarrow, Honorary Consul General of Sweden (NSW). James is an extensively experienced and goal-oriented CFO and Operations professional with more than 20 years of experience in finance and operational management. He has worked within the Media, Digital, Telecommunications and Banking sectors. James is currently the CFO & Director of Operations at Enigma Communication. Enigma is an Advertising, Media, Public Relations and Branding Agency which is in the business of delivering clients an unfair share by solving business issues creatively and intelligently. With longstanding family ties to Sweden, James resides in Sydney and has been the Honorary Consul General of Sweden (NSW) since January 2018. LinkedIn:

Ajit Singh, 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.

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.

Rachel White, Country Communications Manager at IKEA Group


Linnea Mitchell-Taverner has 20 years of B2B sales experience in media, advertising and health care industries with a passion for relationship building with companies.  Currently working in the medical publishing industry dealing with major pharmaceutical corporates. Linnea is a motivated key account manager with a confident approach and a skill for events and professional networking in the corporate space. Native Swedish with Brazilian heritage, born in Älmhult, Sweden, speaks several languages and spent 15 years in Stockholm before she moved to Australia in 2009.  Lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters. 


Luke Warren, Chairman of the Melbourne VIC Chapter. Luke is a Senior Technology Leader, Strategic Enablers Group at Australian Road Research Board, ARRB Group Ltd, based in Melbourne, manufacturers of world leading, high-technology road surveying equipment. Luke’s connection to Sweden originates from his father’s employment in Skåne in the 1980’s and formed the basis for his strong affiliation with all things Swedish that continues today. LinkedIn:

Figge Boksjö, Chairman of the Perth WA 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:  Twitter: @cfibo


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