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Yp New Year’s Pub Quiz January 29, 2019
Join us for our YP New Year's Pub Quiz 2019 at the charming Café de Kwaker. This traditional Amsterdam brown bar is the perfect setting for an evening of fun with the Young Professionals! When? January 29th, 19.00 Where? Café de Kwaker, Kwakerstraat 24, 1053 WD Amsterdam      
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Fantastic speakers line-up for the Nordic Circular Economy Summit 2019
More than 200 guests have signed up for the Nordic Circular Economy Summit January 2019! We are excited to welcome Keynote speaker Robert Schröder, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation.
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Circular Economy Summit 15 January 2019!
The organization partners of the Nordic Circular Economy Summit 2019 were very happy to welcome an amazing speakers line up with more than 15 key speakers together with almost 300 people in the audience.  The conference was co-hosted by the 4 Nordic Embassies, the 4 Nordic Chambers of Commerce and the EU commission.  A great example of Nordic collaboration to address one of the most important questions of this time: How to move from a linear to a circular economy? A mix of Nordic and Dutch businesses as well as NGO’s and governmental institutions from all over the world gathered together to discuss these topics and gave good examples of what has been done, but also spoke about what still needs to be done for the near future to achieve a circular future.  We hope the Nordic Circular Economy Summit will lead to lots of new connections and collaborations as well as inspire all participants to take further steps and lead the way from linear to circular. #NordicEconomySummit2019 Thanks to everyone who participated and for contributing to making Nordic Circular Economy Summit 2019 to a great success. For more information and event photos welcome to visit:       
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Swedish Chamber will open new office at Epicenter Amsterdam
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce will open our new office at Epicenter Amsterdam per 2019-01-01. Epicenter is the first innovation house of Amsterdam, dedicated to innovation and development – a venue in the Zuidas district of Amsterdam where established corporations as well as smaller, entrepreneurial companies with proven business models can meet to build new companies and businesses.  Epicenter is an innovative environment driven by sustainability where people with similar business interests meet. The move to Epicenter Amsterdam means that all Swedish Chamber Members will be able to attend events hosted by Epicenter. It also provides great opportunities to network with other companies within the building. Our new office is very easy to reach by public transport, bike and car. See you at Epicenter Amsterdam as of January 1st, 2019! The new office address is: Fred. Roeskestraat 115 1076 EE Amsterdam The Netherlands
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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.
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YP Lucia Celebrations
What a great evening we had together with Epicenter Amsterdam yesterday! On behalf of the Young Professionals, we wish to thank everyone who joined us in celebrating this lovely (and slightly weird) Scandinavian tradition, and we also wish to extend a special thank you to Kristina at Fika for providing us with such delicious saffron buns. This was the last YP activity of 2018. We hope to see everyone again in 2019, which will offer some great social and business events. Keep an eye on our website for more information about the upcoming YP events. Happy Holidays!
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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
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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
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