The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) started a new Chapter in Melbourne in 2015. There are many Swedish companies based in Melbourne and we have seen a growing interest in the Swedish-Australian community. Our SACC and YP contacts in Melbourne are presented below.


John Rieusset Chairman Melbourne VIC Chapter

Country Digital Lead and Sector Lead – Food and Beverage at ABB Australia

ABB ( is a Swedish-Swiss global engineering and technology company. John’s scope of responsibility includes leading multidisciplinary teams in the supply of motion, robotics, automation and electrification technologies into the food and beverage manufacturing industry. He also leads the ABB Australia Digital Council. John has extensive experience working in various commercial, technical and leadership positions, within the technology industry throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Technology (Industrial Design) Honours from Monash University, a Master of Applied Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Melbourne and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford. LinkedIn: John Rieusset

Benjamin Sandqvist, Honorary Consul for Sweden in Victoria

Quality Assurance Officer External Partnerships, University of Melbourne

As the Honorary Consul for Sweden in Victoria Benjamin runs the Swedish Consulate in Melbourne. Benjamin has been a member of the SACC Melbourne board since its inception. He has wide experience within Management Consultancy and Advisory particularly around Education, Migration, Government, Information Technology, Tourism and Entertainment sectors. Benjamin is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Education Agent Counsellor and holds academic qualifications in Public Administration, Policy and Migration law. Originally from Gothenburg – Sweden, Benjamin came to Melbourne in 2009 after years of working and travelling around the globe and was naturalised in 2015 and calls Melbourne his home. LinkedIn: Benjamin Sandqvist

Joseph Ghaly MBA, SHAVIK AI

Joseph is also the founder of Brilliant Women Global and the Director of Business Development Diversity Atlas. Joseph’s values are purpose driven, led by; curiosity, authenticity, integrity, and equity. The driving motivation in Joseph’s career is technology which enables value for the end user. Technology that enables and elevates organizational effectiveness, boosting the organization’s capacity to meet their end user goals, lifts productivity of all involved. Industries where he has seen the benefits of information technology and advanced data systems as business drivers are; telecoms, mobile internet, and the Internet of Things (IOT) with Ericsson, manufacturing and RFID with CSIRO, eHealth & telehealth with MediSecure, and education technology with Lexplore. Joseph lead the World Literacy Taskforce, an initiative of the World Literacy Foundation. Our goal at the World Literacy Taskforce is to optimize access to reading for students globally, with digital literacy solutions. Their mission is to bridge the digital divide aligned with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs) education, inclusion, equality, diversity. LinkedIn: Joseph Ghaly

Anna Karlström, Key Account Coordinator Wholesale at Marimekko

Anna has over twenty years’ experience working with recognised global and domestic organisations within the creative industry across various disciplines such as communication, brand identity & strategy and business & client development. Anna has just received her Master of Business Administration from Victoria University and is keen to continue building her career and network in Melbourne. An ultimate aspiration would be utilising her skill set in marketing, thought leadership and design thinking, pair it with nudging and customer behaviour to create unique contemporary consumer experiences, experiential retail, and brand authenticity across all channels. LinkedIn: Anna Karlstroem

Paul Thomas National Sales Manager, Distribution Solutions – Electrification at ABB Australia.

Paul is a National Sales Manager for ABB Australia’s Electrification Business with a proven track record of driving change and growing market share in Utility, Infrastructure, Mining and Industry based sectors, through working with customers to develop and digitalize their Electrification Solutions and Systems. He has led a number of multicultural teams in Australia, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and the Philippines over the past 15 years in both regional and global appointments. Paul is proactive and intuitive, with an ability to engage and strengthen internal and external partnerships with clients and colleagues. Recognized for creating enjoyable, positive environments and energizing teams to exceed challenging targets. He has a Mechanical Engineering background and holds an MBA from Hult International Business School. LinkedIn: Paul Thomas

Christopher Gill, LLB LLM GAICD, Head of Legal at Tetra Pak Oceania

Chris is a senior lawyer with over 20 years of local and international experience. As a private practice lawyer Chris worked in the commercial, corporate and M&A fields. As an in-house lawyer he has held senior positions with multinational organisations in the pharmaceuticals, health and energy sectors and has had responsibility for the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions. Chris is currently the Head of Legal for Tetra Pak’s Oceania business. He is also a local and United Kingdom qualified lawyer, holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. LinkedIn: Christopher Gill



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