Swedish Chamber Christmas Dinner and Dance 2018
Last Friday (Dec. 14) the Swedish Chamber Christmas Dinner and Dance took place at NH Collection Barbizon Palace. The evening offered both great company, delicious food and entertainment. The Swedish “Smörgåsbord” was prepared by La Cuisine Scandinave and consisted of a fantastic buffet with original Swedish warm and cold culinary dishes exclusively prepared by our Swedish Chef. The evening also offered a traditional candlelit Lucia procession by Lund's Academic Choir inside the unique St. Olof's Chapel, followed up by dancing to the late hours to the tunes by Anne-Lie Persson and StockholmTivoli. The Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018 were also given to Sweco and Oatly during the evening's award ceremony. Read more about the award ceremony . The Swedish Chamber extends our warmest thank you to everyone who attended, to La Cuisine Scandinave, Lund's Academic Choir, Anne-Lie Persson and StockholmTivoli as well as all of the sponsors of the exclusive goodie bags and raffle table. We also wish to thank NH Collection Barbizon Palace for hosting us. View the photos in the slideshow below. All photos by Nordholm Photography.
The Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018 Award Ceremony
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, together with the Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden, awarded Oatly and Sweco with the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018 during the Christmas Dinner and Dance on Friday, December 14. The awards were given as a recognition of Sweco and Oatly's great work during the year and was handed out by the Swedish Chamber Chairman, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz and H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic. Sweco wins the Swedish Chamber Achievement Award 2018 Sweco is Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancy. Their mission is to plan and design the communities and cities of the future. The results of their work are sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to clean water. This is done by offering services in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology, and architecture. Sweco helps their clients and stakeholders every day in achieving their sustainability goals and to show leadership in creating a sustainable environment. Sweco also improves their own performance as an employer and as a member of society. In 2015, Sweco acquired Grontmij, a Dutch consultancy with about 6,000 employees, which made Sweco the leading architecture and engineering consultancy in Europe, with sales of approximately SEK 16.9 billion (EUR 1.8 billion). Sweco has 15,000 employees, of which 6,300 are in Sweden (2018). Operations are conducted in seven business areas: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Western Europe, and Central Europe. Sweco carries out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. Sweco has adopted an in-depth sustainability policy and signed the Green Deal in 2017, meaning that Sweco has agreed to work long-term on sustainability, and partly because of this, will make an important contribution to the Netherlands’ climate target. Oatly wins the Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurship Award 2018 Oatly’s purpose as a company is to make it easy for people to turn what they eat and drink into personal moments of healthy joy without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources in the process. The company was founded based on Swedish research from Lund University. The company’s patented enzyme technology copies nature’s own process and turns fiber-rich oats into nutritional liquid food that is perfectly designed for humans. Oatly entered the Netherlands in 2016 and has since then achieved a significant market presence and growth of its lineup of original oat drinks. Oatly’s 1-liter products have reached ~13% market share of dairy alternatives in the Netherlands in only three years and the sales forecast is 3.9M liters for 2018. The jury consisted of: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden Benelux, Mr. Wilko Klaassen, General Manager Klarna NeBe, the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017, Mr. Patrick Mesterton, CEO and Co-Founder Epicenter Amsterdam The Swedish Chamber extends our warmest congratulations to the winners! View the photos from the award ceremony in the image slider below.
The winners of the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018
The Swedish Chamber is proud to announce the winners of the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018. The Achievement Award 2018 will go to Sweco and the Entrepreneurship Award 2018 will go to Oatly. Both Sweco and Oatly will be awarded during the award ceremony, that will take place during the Swedish Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Dinner & Dance on December 14, 2018. The jury for the Achievement Award 2018 consisted of: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden Benelux, Wilko Klaassen, General Manager Klarna NeBe, the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017 The jury for the Entrepreneurship Award 2018 consisted of: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden Benelux, Mr. Wilko Klaassen, General Manager Klarna NeBe, the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017, Mr. Patrick Mesterton, CEO and Co-Founder Epicenter Amsterdam Read the press releases below for further information. Previous winners: 2017 Klarna (the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017) and Daloc (the Swedish Chamber Newcomer Export Prize 2017) 2016 Volvo Car Netherlands 2015 Elekta 2014 SKF B.V 2013 Scania 2012 Handelsbanken Netherlands
Ehsan Turabaz assigned as International Relations Leader for IKEA Expansion, Inter IKEA Systems
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Swedish Chamber Chairman, Ehsan Turabaz, Inter IKEA Systems, for his new assignment as International Relations Leader. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very happy for Mr. Turabaz and look forward to many years of successful continued collaborations. We wish him lots of success in his new role. Please read the press release from Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager, below. We are very happy to announce that Ehsan Turabaz has accepted a new assignment as International Relations Leader in Inter IKEA Systems, effective from December 1st, 2018 and reporting to Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager. In his new assignment, Ehsan will proactively create a mutually beneficial relationship with local and foreign government institutions, business associations, civil society and the diplomatic community for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of the IKEA Franchise business and the protection of the IKEA Brand. In addition, Ehsan will also assist in political and strategic topics related to the business interests of Inter IKEA Systems in existing and new markets, working closely with Inter IKEA Systems Communication, Inter IKEA Group Communication - Media Relations and Public Affairs as well as Public Affairs at R&S. Ehsan will also continue to support business development with strategic international partners in close co-operation with key stakeholders in the Expansion Development organization. Ehsan started his long IKEA career as a trainee at IKEA Amsterdam in 1991 and moved to Inter IKEA Systems B.V. in 1993 to work as Sales Representative B2B. Since 2005, he has held the position of International Sales Manager and has been instrumental in securing a solid business base in new markets through protecting the IKEA Trademark, as well as maintaining good relationships with local partners and governments in order to generate and increase international sales. Ehsan also acts as Key Account Manager to the WestCord Hotel in Delft, where he has established a test and development site for the IKEA BUSINESS range for the hospitality industry, in close co-operation with IKEA of Sweden. In addition, he is the chairman of the Co-worker Advisory Committee works council, representing all CBF co-workers in Delft. Next to his work for CBF, Ehsan holds many industry and organizational positions, including Honorary Consul-General of Afghanistan in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. “With his broad network, extensive international sales experience and passion for his work, Ehsan will add great value to IKEA Expansion. Please join me in congratulating Ehsan on his new assignment.” Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager, Inter IKEA Systems
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Patron Member, Henk van Dieren receives Spoorman van het Jaar 2018 award
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Patron Member as well as Chairman of Samskip Rail, Henk van Dieren, has been honored with the 'Spoorman van het Jaar 2018' award. This is a huge recognition for all of Samskip's rail-related activities. The Swedish Chamber extends our warmest congratulations towards both Samskip and Mr. van Dieren for this achievement. Read more about this award .
Lunch Talk with Susanne Birgersdotter
On Thursday, November 29th, Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self-made entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, author, and investor, visited the Swedish Chamber of Commerce at Epicenter Amsterdam to share her personal journey into entrepreneurship. Susanne also provided insights about the larger startup scene and reflections on how women are thriving in tech. We wish to extend our warmest thank you to Susanne for coming by Amsterdam to share her journey with us. View the photos in the gallery below.
Swedish Chamber Board Meeting
On November 22 the Swedish Chamber welcomed the Swedish Chamber Board Members at Epicenter Amsterdam for the quarterly board meeting. The Board Members were given a presentation and tour of the premises by Patrick Mesterton, CEO and Co-Founder at Epicenter and Douwe Dirks, Head of Sales at Epicenter Amsterdam.
Entrepreneurs Café – Blockchain
On Nov. 20, the Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Cafe on Blockchain took place at Epicenter Amsterdam. We were joined by Lara Plandsoen from IBM and Marcel Damen from Horizon Internet Technologies. Together they presented their definition of what Blockchain is, how the technology can be utilized in industrial solutions (how-to-use cases) and involved the participants in a workshop on how Blockchain can be used in everyday life as well as in the future. Among the cases, Music Royalty Distribution and Health Care were discussed. We wish to extend our warmest thank you to Lara and Marcel for joining us and to all of the participants for sharing their ideas during the workshop. View all of the photos in the slider below.