Renée Lundholm was appointed President in November 2000 - the first female President in SACC New York's history. She joined the Chamber in 1984 as Director of Conferences & Seminars and was appointed Vice President in 1995. Renée has, in all three capacities, been instrumental in the Chamber's success, including developing many events and programs, such as the Executive Women’s Conference, the Mentor Program, the Entrepreneurs Club, the Green Summit and the latest edition Innovate46. She has also founded a number of prestigious awards, such as the Member of the Year Award and the Mentor Award. Before joining the Chamber she worked for the Swedish Trade Council in New York and Every Wear, Inc., a company she co-founded. Renée is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, serves as Board Member of the European-American Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Green Committee of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of the Swedish Chambers' International.
Olof Bruno has an extensive international background, including working as a Controller and CFO for Gadelius K.K. in Japan for 9 years. He has also worked as a Controller for WASA Insurance and as a Manager for American Express in Stockholm. Before joining the Chamber Olof was Treasurer for a non-profit organization in Darien, CT where he also lives. He holds a MSc from Stockholm School of Economics.
Yasmina Backström holds a BA in Sociology from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she graduated among the top in her year. She has been part of promoting and planning several high-level events and conferences, with the aim of promoting Sweden abroad. She interned at the think tank Fores in Stockholm before joining the Swedish Chamber in Paris where she managed the Chamber’s press and communications during their Centennial year. Simultaneously to her work at SACC New York, Yasmina is currently pursuing a MA in Communication for Development.
Johannes holds a BBA from Lund University with double majors: Corporate Finance and Strategic Management. Johannes’ professional background includes titles such as Qurator (President) of a nonprofit student organization with over 500 volunteers and as a Business Development Associate for an incubation firm in Shanghai, China. Johannes has a keen interest in traveling, exploring and in cross-cultural management, an interest which has guided him to lead a versatile life, visiting 39 countries and living in 5 different ones before he turned 25 as a result of that.
Linnea holds a BA in Business Management from California State University Northridge where she graduated with honors. While pursuing her degree she worked in the TV commercial business, coordinating productions for global brands such as: Bud Light, Samsung, and Adidas. She also managed operations for the Swedish production company Nexico on their hit show, "La Bamba." Linnea has a passion for the equestrian world, as she trained and competed at a professional level while attending high school at Strömsholm, one of Scandinavia’s most prominent Equestrian centers.
Erika Rahmqvist, the sixth recipient of the Uppsala University Scholarship, holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Uppsala University. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, she spent one year as an exchange student at California State University, Long Beach, where she studied English, Communication and American Politics. During her academic commitments she worked within retail as well as engaging in the Uppsala Business & Economics Student Association. During her scholarship year, she will also serve as the U.S. Alumni Representative & Secretary of the Board of Directors of Uppsala University Alumni Chapter in New York.
Max Brandstrom is the 12th recipient of the Bertil Edlund Scholarship and the first recipient from Umea Univeristy, where he is pursuing a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management as well as a B.Sc. in Economics. Before he started studying at Umea University, Max worked as a high school English teacher in Chengdu, China for seven months and as an undergraduate he spent a semester studying the fundamentals of the Chinese economy at Fudan University in Shanghai. During his academic commitments, Max cofounded the Men’s choir “Cronstedt’s Oktett” and volunteered as a math tutor at a local high school.
Julia Grönstedt, the second recipient of the newly established Dangoor Marketing and PR Scholarship, is a bachelor student at Stockholm School of Economics, specializing in marketing and management. Most recently, Julia worked as a communications and investor relations intern at Investor AB. In addition, she has been a project manager at the brand experience agency Ciceron Group. During her academic commitments she also worked part-time as a marketing intern at the Swedish sneaker brand C.QP. She was team leader for a group of student ambassadors working for Nike.