Anna Throne-Holst, is as of April 4, 2017, the new president at SACCNY. She assumed the position after several years serving in both the public and private sector on Long Island in New York. Most recently she served as Southampton Town Supervisor, acting as CFO and COO and spearheaded the founding of the NYS Clean Water Technology Center at Stonybrook University. In 2016, Anna ran as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress to represent the 1st Congressional District of New York. The mother of four, Anna was first elected to the Southampton Town Council in 2007 and won election to the position of Town Supervisor in 2009, and was subsequently re-elected to the position in 2011 and 2013. Prior to her work in elected office, Anna held management positions in the not-for-profit, social services sector. She is also a co-founder of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY. A graduate of American University and Columbia University, Ms. Throne-Holst holds an undergraduate degree in business management and international affairs, as well as a master’s degree in public administration and international affairs. She was born in Oslo, Norway and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. She is fluent in four languages.
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.