“Preparing global leaders in a modern world – Building bridges between cultures and generations”

Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Preparing Global
Leaders in a Modern World


Reinforcing global competence is vital for individuals to thrive in a rapidly changing world and cultural awareness is a pivotal aspect for all international businesses. Business leaders of today need the ability to examine and understand international perspectives and world views. An intercultural panel discussion consisting of inspiring people with backgrounds in studying abroad and working in an intercultural environment will be leading a discussion about the future of leadership.

The panelists will share their experiences regarding intercultural competence and explore tools for multicultural understanding in a business environment. This event is also an opportunity to educate current business leaders on the importance of intercultural management and understanding in the workplace but also in the community.

Date:​  ​      April 24
Time:       17:00-19:30
Venue:​     Grant Thornton,
Sveavägen 20

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17:00   Introduction
17:15   Keynote speaker
17:30   Panel discussion
18:00   Q&A
18:15   Conclusion
18:30   Networking
19:30   End


Meg Tiveus has extensive experience in running major corporations in Sweden and has been named one of the most powerful women in the country. She has been CEO of Svenska Spel, Senior Vice President at the Royal Post of Sweden as well as Divisional Manager at both Åhléns and Holmen. She is also a former AFS exchange student in the US. Today she is a professional Board member of several companies both public and private. She has been on the board of among others Cloetta, Billerud and Swedish Match.

Karin Henriksson is a journalist and author, based in Washington, DC. She was the correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet for almost 25 years, and is now a columnist in four regional newspapers and a contributor to Amerikaanalys, a website published by Uppsala University and Högskolan i Halmstad. She has written several books about the US, the latest being the first biography in Swedish of President Trump,TRUMP – miljarderna, medierna och makten (Lind & Co). She has also translated the Constitution of the United States.

Yves Chantereau is a recognized expert in sustainable cities and an important actor of the bilateral economic relationship between France and Sweden. He is the President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and Vice President of the Fondation Lycée Français Saint Louis de Stockholm. He has been a Senior architect and Partner at Equator Stockholm for almost thirty years, and Chairman there since 2016. He has been awarded as Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2015.

Karin Björkman is a Swedish entrepreneur with experience working with international talents. She has over 20 years of experience at Undutchables Recruitment Agency working with small companies to multinational corporations on the recruitment of internationals in the Netherlands. She is the founder of Undutchables Sweden, which she launched on the Swedish market over a year ago. Her business focuses on diversity, cultural backgrounds, international and multilingual talents.

Barbara Zehnder is a Swiss image consultant and trainer in international business etiquette, corporate and business dress codes, intercultural empathy and competence. She started her own business in 2003 and has 30 years of experience in diplomatic etiquette as an accompanying partner of a Swiss diplomat. She is co-author of a book on international etiquette and hospitality. Barbara lived and worked in Switzerland, Belgium, South Korea, Austria, Ukraine and, since 2015, in Sweden.

Linda Karlsson is the Director for Grant Thornton Sweden’s International Business Centre where she works with international clients from all over the world. She has experience from working in the UK, studying in Spain and working in many intercontinental teams and projects. Apart from the business aspect which is serving international clients with audit and consultancy services, she has a big commitment to identify and help develop talents with international business capabilities as we see the need for this increases in the audit and consulting industry.

Margareta Neld is a management consultant, entrepreneur, experienced board executive, and author based in Stockholm. She was named Chairman of the Swedish AFS Intercultural Programs in 2016, and has deep knowledge of intercultural management and diversity. She founded and led for ten years Women In Progress, a board program and education for women in leading positions. She was an exchange student in the United States with AFS and will moderate the panel discussion

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