The Local

James Savage, CEO and Publisher

James moved to Sweden from the UK at the start of the millennium and was a co-founder of The Local in 2004. The Local provides local news and advice for international professionals and expats in nine European countries. James is currently CEO & Publisher at The Local and is also a panelist and regular commentator for Swedish, British and US media, talking about issues affecting international professionals and Swedish current affairs.



Philip Sheppard, Senior Relationship Manager

Philip  has worked for Handelsbanken for almost 35 years, with much time spent in the UK. Philip held the position of Head of Private Banking – among other positions – in Handelsbanken’s London office. Philip is currently Senior Relationship Manager at Handelsbanken in Stockholm.



Emma Berglund Uväng, Managing Partner

Emma is Managing Partner at Schjødt law firm. She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­vis­ing companies in distressed sit­u­a­tions and she also represents clients in connection with insolvency related litigation. She is reg­u­lar­ly ap­point­ed as an administrator in company reorganisation, bankruptcy trustee and liquidator.


Eversheds Sutherland Advokatbyrå AB

Rebecca Farkhooy, Associate

Rebecca is an Associate in the Employment Law Practice Group at Eversheds Sutherland Advokatbyrå AB.


Gowling WLG

Julian Henwood, Partner and Head of European Business Development

Julian has over 30 years’ experience in project managing significant cross-border corporate transactions for a largely European-headquartered client base – including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and asset purchases and disposals.



Oskar Ahnfelt, Vice president of Public & Regulatory Affairs

Oskar is Vice president of Public & Regulatory Affairs at Vattenfall.



Claes Berglund, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability

Claes Berglund has been a senior executive in the shipping industry for 15 years, including leading roles at Stena Line. Previously he worked for 12 years in road-based transport and third-party logistics services. Mr Berglund is also a reserve officer in the Royal Swedish Navy.



Magdalena Gerger, Chair

Magdalena was appointed Chair of the BSCC at the AGM on 31 May. Magdalena was formerly the President & CEO of Systembolaget AB where she worked from May 2009 until 1st February 2022. Magdalena currently holds non-executive board positions with Investor AB and Peab and she is the Chair of Nefab and of the Royal Academy of Engineering – the Business Council. She is a member of VW global Sustainability Council.



Charlotte Ljung, Vice Chair

Charlotte is an entrepreneur, with one foot in the family business, DUX and one foot in new ventures such as the tech start-up Endbright. Charlotte is active as an advisor and board member in several companies and organisations, not least as Vice Chair of the BSCC Executive Board.