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Joakim Persson

Freelance business and lifestyle photojournalist

Behaviour change in focus for Ulrika Brunner and Inspire Group Asia

Kuala Lumpur-based Ulrika Brunner, who has already had a long career in Asia, has just climbed up another step at her career ladder: appointed CEO at Inspire Group Asia (a New Zealand company). Inspire Group offers bespoke learning solutions that are engaging, impactful and that resonate, in order to help solve business challenges and shift…

Asia Exchange, Edunation: facilitators of student mobility in Asia, Finland and Europe

Since 2007 Asia Exchange facilitates for northern Europeans to study at quality universities in many of Asia’s most attractive places. Likewise, since 2017 Asians can also get help to study in Finland and select European nations. Learn all about how this idea came about, based on a typical start-up problem scenario, and grew into a…

Danish Consulate General Shanghai at the heart of Chinese trade, digitalisation

Looking, in year 2020, at Shanghai, and from a Nordic perspective in particular Danish activity seems to be incredibly brisk. Their flow of trade-related undertakings are relentless, paired with the very fact that Denmark’s Shanghai mission includes a team of fifty men and women – which speaks volumes about the importance of this hub for…

Eva Karlberg reflects on: her many years in Hong Kong, the SwedCham GM role

The handover to China of the former British colony, and this last year of protests and a new coronavirus, are among the milestones when Swedish Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong General Manager Eva Karlberg reflects on her life there. September was here last month in the job, having clocked an impressive 22+ years with the…

Doerscircle: new platform and solutions for self-employed – entrepreneurs, freelancers

At last, a new start-up that delivers 360-degree solutions and solves the pain points of freelancers and the self-employed – a group of people that Doerscircle call Independent Doers. Danish Helle Priess is the brainchild behind this highly relevant concept. ‘What took this so long?’ was my first thought when I came across the Doerscircle…

Ambassador Björn Häggmark heads Sweden’s development cooperation change with Cambodia

Seasoned diplomat Björn Häggmark is on his debut mission as ambassador for Sweden, which has brought him to Phnom Penh and Cambodia, a country that has been encountering many challenges in recent years, while there are also some promising signs relating to its future. H.E. Björn Häggmark, the new Swedish ambassador to Cambodia, presented his…

Telenor Connexion making headway in Asia-Pacific: Seth Ryding, CSO

With 20 years’ experience as developer and provider of IoT solutions Telenor Connexion also has over ten years in Asia-Pacific region. The Swedish-based provider is now boosting its organisation to further develop the established customer base, and to leverage on the significant market opportunities and future growth throughout the region. In charge to lead that…

On Covid-19 and the future of hospitality: Sam-Erik Ruttman

Back in the 1990’s and until the early 2000’s Swedish-Finnish hotelier Sam-Erik Ruttman was a well-known face within Bangkok’s expatriate community. Then, working for Dusit Hotels & Resorts he was appointed to manage their Phuket-based property, where ScandAsia interviewed him in 2004. Sam-Erik then continued with the Thai hospitality brand’s expansion into the Middle East,…

Helsinki Business Hub continues smart building, construction Singapore collaboration

Since Finland’s 100 Years independence celebrations in 2017, Helsinki Business Hub (HBH), a regional development and marketing agency, has been engaging with Singapore based on its ’Smart Nation’ initiative for growth through innovation and technology. HBH is the international trade and investment promotion agency for the Finnish capital region (from 2021 it will be fully…

Swede Nick Jonsson and partners purchase EGN Singapore franchise

“The way we network is changing now and it will probably be with us for the rest of our lives; it will be a different networking landscape when we come out of this,” believes Nick Jonsson from the knowledge-sharing network Executives’ Global Network (EGN) in Singapore. The Swede, whose career in Southeast Asia is already…