Young Professionals (YP) is a subdivision of the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce that’s been around since 2004. We organise and offer a number of events for Swedes living in Sydney and in Melbourne on a temporary to permanent basis and for people interested in Swedish culture and community in general. Professional or student – we welcome all! We aim to create a network for those who are at the initial stages of their careers and are looking to establish themselves in Sydney and Melbourne.

Our standing events are our after-work drinks first Thursday of the month in both Sydney and Melbourne and besides that, we have our yearly Midsummer and Christmas party in Sydney. Our goal is also to try to arrange a few other events each year such as Lawn Bowling, Wine tours, hot topic talks etc. In the past year we’ve also started to arrange more events in Melbourne. If you are interested in growing our Melbourne YP feel free to contact us.

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Erik Abelsson – Head of the YP board. Managing Director – Content – DIAKRIT International. Newly appointed Managing Director – Content, for the Swedish company DIAKRIT who is one of the world’s largest providers of property marketing for real estate agents, offices and franchises, covering almost 200.000 properties a year in their core markets Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and USA. Erik did his B.A at Halmstad University and his Master in Management at Uppsala University graduating 2015. After graduation, Erik lived a short while in Asia before arriving in Australia 2016 where he played a key part in taking DIAKRIT into the ANZ markets. Been a part of SACC YP since arrival and headed up the board since 2019. LinkedIn: /in/erikabelsson/

Anna Karlström  – YP Melbourne. Strategist | Consultant | Customer Relationship. Has 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: /in/annakarlstroem

Julia Bergling 

Senior Risk Analyst – Westpac

Therese Nitenius – Diversity Recruitment Specialist – IPA. HR & Recruitment professional who over the past 5 years has been working for the national recruitment company IPA. During this time Therese has been overseeing the NSW operations of the IPA Diversity division. Therese graduated with a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Uppsala University in 2011 and completed a year of exchange studies at UTS in Sydney. This was the start of her (so far) 9 year long journey in Australia. Therese is a Committee Member of the AHRI NSW Macquarie Park network forum and the NSW Talent Acquisition & Engagement network forum and she has been a Board Member of the Young Professionals since 2016. LinkedIn:

Per Sundström – Management Consultant – Business Sweden. Helping Swedish organisations grow their international presence. Per studied engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and started his career at Continental in Sydney. He later joined Business Sweden where he has been focused on helping large Swedish multinationals with strategic growth initiatives in APAC.


Tobias Rådenholt

System Engineer, Application Packager, Project Coordinator.

Felicia Wickbom – Felicia works as a Program Assistant for Hosting, Orientations and Volunteers at AFS Intercultural Programs Australia. AFS is an international, volunteer-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities. As an International Studies graduate at the University of Wollongong, she has a great interest in geopolitical, socioeconomic and cultural systems. During her university studies, she pursued these passions, undertaking an internship at the Embassy of Panama, working as a Swedish teacher at the Swedish school in Sydney and volunteering at Greenpeace. LinkedIn: FeliciaWickbom

Anton Fredriksson, National Sales Manager – HelloFresh ANZ. After graduation in 2009, Anton decided to change the northern lights and minus degrees up in northern Lapland for sun, sand and surf in Bondi. He started working in commission sales in Sydney CBD, which a couple of years later gave him the opportunity to incorporate a company in 2015. He has since ventured into education and worked as a consultant helping international students start businesses in Australia as well as co-founded the only Swedish study abroad agency based in Australia, called Australia Study Sweden. He recently got the opportunity to jump onboard as a National Sales Manager at the global market leader in the meal-kit industry, HelloFresh, fastest growing company in Europe 2017 and on track to deliver over 250 million meals in 2019.


“Young Professionals – it sounds so serious, is it really something for me?” As a group, our board and our members make up a diverse pool of people from all kinds of professional backgrounds and from a wide range of industries. We are very inclusive and making everyone feel welcome is very important to us! If you are under 35-40 a Young Professional membership might be the right choice.