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Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands 61st Annual General Meeting
On June 3, 2021, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands held its 61st Annual General Meeting hosted by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden and Honorary Chairman Mrs. Annika Markovic. This year the Annual General Meeting was conducted as a hybrid meeting with a majority of the Board Members present at the Swedish residence of the Swedish Ambassador while the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce were invited to participate via zoom. At the AGM three new Board Member were elected and welcomed by the Chairman, Carola Hoekstra, Strömma and Erik Thulin Stena Line, who were both present at the meeting and gave a short introduction of themselves prior to the election. Martijn Hagens, Vattenfall was unable to join the AGM and was therefore introduced by the Chairman. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors also thanked the Chamber Scholar Benjamin Selvani and intern Gustaf Eriksson for the successful and professional execution of the meeting.
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Carola Hoekstra, CEO Strömma, New Board Member Swe-Cham
Carola Hoekstra, CEO Strömma. With 20+ years of experience in general management, national and international operating companies with full P&L ownership I have been leading businesses in the hospitality sector. From implementing global strategies, leading transformations and optimizing business processes in the outgoing tourism industry I am now responsible for Stromma Netherlands with focus on our incoming guests to Amsterdam and Utrecht. Since December 2019 I lead the Dutch entity of Stromma turism & sjofart ab with their headquarters in Stockholm. Thinking in commercial solutions, with my team builder approach while driving growth and my can-do mentality I am since my start focusing on our future strategy while beating the Covid-19 effects that hit our industry. Besides focusing on the business, I enjoy being with my family. Together with my husband and 2 teenage daughters I live in Hoofddorp. I love to cook, travel and experience the African culture of my husbands’ roo
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Martijn Hagens, New Board Member Swe-Cham
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very proud to welcome new Board Member Martijn Hagens, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Area Customers & Solutions and Managing Director Vattenfall N.V. Netherlands Martijn Hagens (1971) has been a member of the Management Board since 2014 and is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vattenfall in the Netherlands. He joined Nuon in 2003 and has held various management roles at the company. Since 2009, he has also worked at Vattenfall AB. He has been a member of Vattenfall's Executive Group Management since 2015 and at present holds the position of Senior Vice-President, Customers & Solutions Vattenfall. Before working for Vattenfall, Martijn Hagens held a management position at Accenture. Martijn Hagens is a Dutch citizen.
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Erik Thulin, Trade Director North Sea Stena Line, New Board Member Swe-Cham
Erik Thulin, Trade Director North Sea, Managing Director Stena Line BV. Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 17 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB Group, which has about 15 700 employees and an annual turnover of around 37 billion SEK.
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Thank you by Kathy Dolk
"2007 was an exciting year for me. As a 30-something I started my own business and started what was then called the Junior Chamber JCC under close guidance of Kerstin Gerlagh. By 2013 I was no longer considered a Young Professional (or indeed young), and I was happy to join the ‘seniors’ as a Treasurer / Board member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Now my board membership ends as well, but this is not goodbye. With my companies DolkHesper, Stockholm Business Support and Amsterdam Business Support, I will keep working for Swedish businesses that expand into The Netherlands and Europe and vice versa. Also, as a director of T Ljungberg BV, a Patron member of the Swedish Chamber since 2020, I will keep being an active member and look forward to many more events and occasions to meet up. Thank you, Kerstin, student trainees, Ehsan and all board members for keeping the Swedish Chamber so alive and kicking! See you soon, live and on-line!" Kathy Dolk

Thanks from the Chairman

“Kathy has been serving the Swedish Chamber for two terms of 4 years and the maximum term for a Board Member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. She has been serving as Treasurer for the Swedish Chamber for four years and also been a driving force for the Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber among others. We would like to thank Kathy for her great contribution to the Chamber as well as loyal commitment and engagement in its wellbeing and prosperous development. This is not goodbye since Kathy is a very valuable member of the Chamber and we are looking forward to continuing the good relation and stay close in touch with you.” Ehsan Turabaz – Chairman
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Annual Review 2020

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce's Annual Review 2020 is now available! Welcome to read a report of the the Chamber's many activities during 2020 — a year to remember.

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The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Ceremony 2021
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce digital Scholarship Ceremony 2021 was held after the Annual General Meeting on June 3, 2021. We welcomed our new Scholars Stefan de Goede and Johanna Lindén who are joining the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands from July 1, 2021 – July 1, 2022 and Benjamin Selvani who has been our Scholar the past year from July 15, 2020 – July 15, 2021 to join us at the meeting. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer talented and creative young professionals the opportunity to join the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands to gain international business experience through the various scholarship programs we are collaborating with. Generous scholarship donors,  The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad and Gull & Stellan Ljungberg Foundation Scholarship make these opportunities possible. We have had the honor to collaborate with The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad for the third year this year. Benjamin Selvani and Stefan de Goede are both Scholars from this Fund. This year we are also very proud that Gull & Stellan Ljungberg Foundation Scholarship has chosen to collaborate with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands to make it possible for us to welcome Johanna Lindén as their scholar. Just like Benjamin has been doing this past year Stefan and Johanna will be working with Event and Communication Management and be part of all aspects of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce activities. “For the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands it is of great value to work with young talented professionals enabling us to secure an innovative Chamber serving our members in the best possible way. We are very grateful to the to The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad Gull & Stellan Ljungberg Foundation Scholarship for making this possible. I would like to thank Benjamin Selvani for his great contribution to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the past year and welcome Johanna Lindén and Stefan Brinkman to join us in Amsterdam next month” said Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands.
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Thanks to H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Markovic

At the occasion of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce AGM the Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands took the opportunity to, on behalf of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, thank Ambassador Annika Markovic for the excellent and pleasant collaboration during her years in the Netherlands and for representing the Swedish Chamber of Commerce as Honorary Chairwomen. “It has been a great pleasure working with you, says Ehsan Turabaz and we are grateful for all the outstanding events we have been able to organize together with your support and with the support from your team.  We wish you all the best on your next assignment in Wien and we hope we will meet again in the future.”

The Ambassador received a glass art object designed by Stockholms Glasbruk, Skansen with an inscription.  
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