Norrsken House SE Forum

SE Forum announces new Board and welcomes new Members

April 23, 2018 - News

At our Annual Meeting earlier this month, SE Forum’s members elected a new Board, consisting of previous members as well as several new and exciting additions with varied experience from the private sector, internationally and in Sweden.

The new members are:

Ingrid von Konow, an internationally experienced General Manager and Business Developer with 12 years of experience, primarily from the media industry. She has a passion for and interest in businesses with social impact and coaching others, which is visible in her engagement as a volunteer for Inkludera Invest, CEO for the tutoring company My Academy and her freelancing role for Norrsken Foundation.

Johan Eliasson, Managing Partner at Eliasson Group, where he advises clients in areas such as communication strategies, corporate profiling and positioning, and fundraising. He is an expert in issues relating to sustainability and social responsibility and has previous experience in leading firms in the area of CSR branding.

Katarina Strandberg, a lawyer specialised in financial law, currently working as a consultant through her own consultancy firm Strandberg Legal, while also investing time in an employee healthcare enterprise that she is the co-founder of. She has previously worked in Financial Services Risk & Regulation at PwC Sverige, leading the regulatory task force for Asset & Wealth Management. Katarina has also taught corporate law at Stockholm University while doing legal research regarding the legal structure of investment funds and has served as an expert on investment funds in Swedish legislative work under appointment by the Swedish Minister of Financial Markets, Per Bolund. Katarina has furthermore served as representative in the Swedish Private Equity Association, SVCA and the European mother organisation Invest Europe.

Joining the Board as Treasurer is Stefan Eriksson, with 20 years of experience from the Financial Services sector, mainly focusing on accounting and risk. He currently serves as interim CFO for Sveriges Utbildningsradio (UR), and previously held accounting and auditing roles with Nordea, NASDAQ OMX, Handelsbanken, and EY.

Previous Chair of the Board, Maria Bustamante, an international executive exeprienced in marketing, communications, business development, and strategy, has stepped down from her role but will stay on the Board as a Member. Taking her place as the new Chair is fellow Board Member Gregg Vanourek, Vice Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Program, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Vice Center Director for the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship at KTH, with a background in start-ups and foundations, and a co-author of three books.


“Adding these new board members gives us a burst of fresh energy and real gravitas. At SE Forum, we have a lot of momentum now, building on a track record of quality and impact, great partnerships like our current work with Seeds of Peace on the GATHER Fellowship, and our first-rate accelerator programmes. We look forward to working with such great people with a heart to serve and to harness business as a force for good by promoting, inspiring, and empowering entrepreneurs from Sweden and all over the world”.

– Gregg Vanourek, Chair of the Board


Also staying on the Board are the following members: Johan Carrick, Director of Sales and Fundraising, SOS-Barnbyar; Ola Jönsson, Co-Founder, Coest; and Ylva Hansdotter, Head of Customer Experience, HTC Vice.

Everyone at SE Forum would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Board Members who are stepping down for their excellent work for SE Forum and commitment to social entrepreneurship: Ebba Theding, Eva Jarlsdotter, Jenny Fürstenbach, Mona Bostarius, and Victor Ganguly.


Photo credit: the entrance to our offices at Norrsken House, by Stina Svanberg