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Making it Possible

The Scholarship Program provides scholarships for promising Swedish students, supported by generous grants from the Swedish-American business community.

The Chamber is deeply appreciative of its donors' generosity. Without the scholars and your support, the Chamber would be unable to offer the full range of programs and services.

To learn more about contributing to the Scholarship Program, please contact Renée Lundholm.

  • Haakan B. Anderson Guldkula

    Mr. Anderson Guldkula was rewarded the Anders Wall's Foundation Scholarship for entrepreneurship in 1985, spending a year at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

    He then progressed to Wall Street and later to the London and from there he moved on to become an entrepreneur and investor in a variety of fields.

    Mr. Anderson Guldkula is the founder of Guldkula Champagne and a food safety company, TracTechnology, using intellectual property and state of the art technique to create a global system in the food industry to secure healthy food, especially in developing countries.

  • Edith & Claes Björk

    Mr. Björk is a Director and investor in the fastest growing Business Intelligence software company in the World, Qliktech. He is a Director of the NYSE listed construction group Granite and he is involved as an active investor in several smaller start-ups.

    Between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Björk was the CEO of Skanska AB after a significant career within the company. During this period, Skanska was transformed from a building and investment group to a construction and real estate group.

    Mr. Björk is an honorary chairman of SACC New York and has received the SACC New York Lucia Trade Award in 2002 for his significant contribution to trade between the U.S. and Sweden.

  • Ambassador Charles Heimbold, Jr. and Monika Heimbold

    Ambassador Charles A. Heimbold is Vice-Chairman of the Heimbold Foundation and an active private investor. He has recently retired as the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and before that was Chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as well as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association, Chairman of Phoenix House (the substance abuse prevention organization), Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Overseers, Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Director of Exxon-Mobil.

    Monika Heimbold is Chair of the Heimbold Foundation. She is also a co-founder and active director of the World Childhood Foundation, a Swedish-based child welfare agency focusing on abused and deprived children in various nations including Russia, the Baltic States, Brazil and the Balkans. Mrs. Heimbold is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she has a degree in child psychology and she earned her Masters of Social Work degree at Columbia University. She is a Director of the American Scandinavian Foundation.

  • Bertil Edlund

    Mr. Edlund is a retired chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a leading professional services firm in Sweden. Mr Edlund held this position for 20 years and during his leadership the company grew from 100 to over 3,000 employees.

    Mr. Edlund worked as a chartered accountant for the greater part of his career and for several years he was the most engaged chartered accountant for listed companies in Sweden. He has also been deeply involved in the development of the accounting profession as World President of IFAC (The International Federation of Accountants), chairman of the Swedish institute FAR and has been a member of numerous other professional committees.

    He has been active in The Swedish Industry and Commerce Stock Exchange Committee and The Association for the Development of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. He is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and holds various other advisory roles.

    Mr. Edlund has a Master's degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Karl & Louise Andrén

    Mr. Andrén is Chairman of New York Cruise Lines, Inc., parent company of Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts, Inc. and World Yacht, Inc. He also owned Manhattan Oil Transportation and Higman Towing Company of Texas and was the founder of United Tank Containers, today the world's largest transporter of specialty liquids.

    In 1982, Mr. Andrén conceived the idea of building large sailing vessels for commercial purposes and organized Windstar Sail Cruises Limited, which launched two 440-foot sailing ships. The largest computerized sailing vessels ever built, these ships were based in Martinique and Tahiti. A third vessel was based in Monte Carlo and the Virgin Islands. Mr. Andrén subsequently sold Windstar Sail Cruises to Holland America Line.

    In 1987, Mr. Andrén was inducted into the French Legion of Honor, as Chevalier; in 1993, he was awarded the Swedish Royal Order of the North Star, Knight, First Class; in 1999, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; and in 2003, he was bestowed the Finnish decoration of the Order of the Lion of Finland, Knight, First Class.

    Mr. Andrén holds a B.S. degree from Upsala University and an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Andrén is the Treasurer, Director and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is actively involved in various tourism organizations in City of New York.

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