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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Therese Nitenius – Chair of the YP Board, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, IPA | Sydney

Diversity and Inclusion professional who over the past 8 years has been working for the national recruitment company IPA. During this time Therese has been overseeing the NSW operations of the IPA Diversity and Inclusion 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) 12 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 and Chair since 2020.

Linkedin: Therese Nitenius

Anton Fredriksson – National Sales Manager, HelloFresh ANZ | Sydney

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.

Linkedin: Anton Fredriksson

Felicia Pettersson – Founder and Creative Director, Venaii Creative & Co | Sydney

Driven by a passion to help people and businesses better connect, Felicia merges international experience in branding, marketing and the film industry to assist forward-thinking businesses articulate and communicate their brand. 11 years in Australia, her gained experience includes working in corporate marketing and international feature film production, living 3 years in Melbourne and 8 in Sydney. Felicia founded and today runs the creative agency Venaii Creative & Co, delivering design, branding and marketing to Swedish- and English-speaking markets. She believes in merging Swedish and Australian business ethics to create a holistically sustainable chain of service delivery – from subcontractor to consumer.
Linkedin: Felicia Pettersson

Matthew Goodrick – Chief Financial Officer, Stamford Capital Australia | Sydney

Matthew has 11 years’ experience in corporate finance and accounting in both Australia and Sweden. After spending almost 8 years in Sweden with his Swedish wife, they relocated back to Sydney in 2022 and he took up the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stamford Capital. Prior to this, Matthew worked for the likes of EY, Maersk Line and Swegon Group. He is passionate about identifying and developing ways for organisations to grow strategically, and uniting teams under a common vision and mission. Matthew is keen to maintain a strong connection to Sweden and enjoys the ability of SACC to provide a continuing social, cultural and business association with Sweden. Outside of the 9 to 5, Matthew enjoys cooking, cycling, and running.

Linkedin: Matthew Goodrick

Tove Rosengren – Marketing Professional | Sydney

Tove is an experienced Account Executive working within the affiliate marketing industry. In her role, she supports an extensive portfolio of clients across various industries in both B2C and B2B. She enjoys using her analytical skillset to provide data-driven insights and optimise client outcomes. Tove holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University West in Sweden. The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals welcomed Tove as a Board Member in January 2021.

Linkedin: Tove Rosengren

Nitasha Aakerman – Program Officer,  Caritas | Sydney

Half Swedish and born and raised in Sydney. Studied a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and completing a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies, then to work in a number of fundraising roles, currently working as the Program Officer for Myanmar and Bangladesh with Caritas Australia; current projects focus on poverty alleviation through health services, education and social entrepreneurship. Volunteering with Kvinna till Kvinna, a Swedish women’s international development foundation, to create a webinar on sexual violence in Ethiopia as well as volunteering to write a social activist blog for Inspireflix, a charity working to create documentaries for social change. Joined the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce to share and celebrate Swedish culture, whilst encouraging charitable and humanitarian work within the chamber and connecting socially and professionally with other like-minded individuals.

Linkedin: Nitasha Aakerman

John Johansson – Manager, Compliance, ASX | Melbourne

Born and raised in Sweden but have called Australia home since 2011. Starting off with the consulting firm KPMG in Stockholm until a secondment took him Down Under. John holds a Master’s in Accounting and Auditing from Lund University and he earned his Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand designation in 2015. He has since 2015 been working with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney and Melbourne listing new entities to the stock exchange and now recently as Manager to implement new processes and technology. He has served on several boards dealing with the environment and the natural world as the focal point. If not contemplating on the next book to read, he enjoys running or taking the bike for a spin.
Linkedin: John Johansson

Helen Andersson – M&A Valuations Analyst, Deloitte | Melbourne

Helen is a people person passionate about seeking new experiences and thrives in challenging environments. She has a diverse range of experience having studied and worked in corporate finance, business development, financial advisory, and consulting across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia Pac. She worked at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK in London in 2015, where she facilitated events on a weekly basis with business executives as well as young professionals. Helen moved to Melbourne in 2019 and is currently juggling her job at Deloitte with CFA level II studies while taking every opportunity to explore Australia.

Linkedin: Helen Andersson

Sara Connors – Business Analyst, Coles | Melbourne

Sara is originally from Sweden but moved to Melbourne in 2013 where she now lives permanently with her husband and two children. She is currently on maternity leave from her role in Finance at Coles. Sara started her career as a graduate in Coles graduate program in 2015 and has since progressed though the organisation whilst also completing the Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand qualification. She has played an integral part in initiating and running a committee to plan and organise events across the Coles Finance function and to facilitate networking, team building, career development and professional growth – great experience she will be able to bring to the role of Young Professionals board member.

Linkedin: Sara Connors


“Young Professionals – 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 a Young Professional membership might be the right choice.




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