Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Atlantic and National Journal held a reception at Library of Congress before President Obama’s State of the Union Address

A pre-State of the Union reception at Library of Congress was hosted by The Atlantic and National Journal. A pre-State of the Union reception at Library of Congress was hosted by The Atlantic and National Journal.

THE ATLANTIC and National Journal hosted an elegant pre-State of the Union reception at the Library of Congress’ Great Hall on Tuesday evening, Jan. 24. The glitzy reception attracted members of Congress, journalists and other high-profile Washingtonians. Among them were Steve Clemons, editor in chief of Atlantic Live; John Fox Sullivan, publisher at large of National Journal; California Congress Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Henry Waxman; and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). Susan Gage Caterers provided the delicious hors d’oeuvres.

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A pre-State of the Union reception at Library of Congress was hosted by The Atlantic and National Journal.

A pre-State of the Union reception at Library of Congress was hosted by The Atlantic and National Journal.

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The National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee in Washington, D.C. visits the Embassy of Sri Lanka

Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Peggy Orchowski, congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outlook magazine. Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Peggy Orchowski, congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outlook magazine.

THE NATIONAL Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee held its first Embassy Night of the year at the elegant residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 25. After hors d’oeuvres, Mr. Wickramasuriya spoke about “Opportunities and Challenges for 2012 and Beyond.”

Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Hugh GrindstaffJaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Hugh Grindstaff

AFTER MORE THAN two decades of civil war, Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a regional actor. The government’s decisive victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 restored peace to the war-weary country. Sri Lanka’s economy is poised to achieve high global growth rates and the country’s geopolitical position makes it a possible linchpin in what many consider the most important strategic region of the 21st Century.

SRI LANKA will celebrate its Independence Day Saturday, Feb. 4, with a big event at the University of District of Columbia. Ambassador and Mrs. Jaliya Wickramasuriya will preside at the celebration.

The residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington.The residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington.

Swedish-American Cultural Union Luncheon in Washington with GWU Professor Dr. Anna Helm and Students

Dr. Robert Dyer, professor of marketing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Ms. Nina Lahijanian; Mr. Matthew Williams; Nils Bruzelius, chair of SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union); Mr. Bilal Afzal; Dr. Anna Helm, assistant professor ofDr. Robert Dyer, professor of marketing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Ms. Nina Lahijanian; Mr. Matthew Williams; Nils Bruzelius, chair of SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union); Mr. Bilal Afzal; Dr. Anna Helm, assistant professor of international business at George Washington University; Maja Persson, manager at SACC-DC (The Washington Chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce).

DR. ANNA HELM, assistant professor of international business at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her students Mr. Bilal Afzal, Ms. Nina Lahijanian and Mr. Matthew Williams, presented the results of a recent project at the university’s Global Masters of Business Program at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington.

UNDER THE auspices of the program, students developed marketing strategies for Swedish companies that offer “clean” technology products or services, and that want to expand their business to the United States.

THE PROGRAM WAS done with the cooperation of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, which nominated and screened member firms to be clients for the students. Dr. Helm presented the background of the project and how the course was organized and executed. Mr. Afzal, Ms. Lahijanian and Mr. Williams – three of the 19 students in the project – presented the results of their marketing research and how their Swedish company responded to the help.

Washington real estate developer Alan Novak receives the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in the U.S. Capital

Washington real estate developer Alan Novak, who received the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, and his wife Kate Novak. Washington real estate developer Alan Novak, who received the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, and his wife Kate Novak.

WASHINGTON real estate developer Alan Novak was awarded the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m at a buffet reception at the Ambassador’s residence on Nebraska Ave. in Northwest Washington on Monday evening, Jan. 23. Mr. Novak was instrumental in helping the Swedish government acquire the plot of land next to the Potomac River in Georgetown, where the new Swedish Embassy and the House of Sweden was built in 2006. That prime location has played a significant role in the success of the Embassy and the House of Sweden as one of Washington’s preeminent venues for leadership business, social and educational events.

AMONG THE many guests who enjoyed the delicious buffet in the beautiful residence were former Swedish vice prime-minister and former leader of the Centrist Party Maud Olofsson; Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO of IFC (International Finance Corporation) at the World Bank, and his wife Yvonne Thunell, chair of Mentor International; Swedish daily G?teborgs-Posten’s Senior Reporter Britt-Marie Mattsson and her husband Professor S?ren Holmberg, Gothenburg University; Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of Liechtenstein; and The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) President Allan Sessoms and Mrs. Sessoms.

Anna Lidhagen, former Swedish vice prime-minister Maud Olofsson, and Gunilla Thorstensson, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillv?tverket).Anna Lidhagen, former Swedish vice prime-minister Maud Olofsson, and Gunilla Thorstensson, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillv?tverket).

Cecilia Browning, chair of SWEA Washington, DC, and Ingrid Beach, founder of the Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU).Cecilia Browning, chair of SWEA Washington, DC, and Ingrid Beach, founder of the Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU).

Per Augustsson, who is a Senior Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at SAIS, and his wife Gabriella Augustsson, press counselor at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington.Per Augustsson, who is a Senior Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., and his wife Gabriella Augustsson, press counselor at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington.

Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m awards Washington real estate developer Alan Novak the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star. Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m awards Washington real estate developer Alan Novak the Insignia of Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.

New website for the Swedish-speaking job market in the New York area

Hanna B. JacksonSwede Hanna B. Jackson has launched the website http://swedishjobsnyc.com/  for employers looking for Swedish-speaking employees and Swedes looking for jobs in the Metropolitan New York area.

HANNA B. JACKSON - a 27-year old Swede from Stockholm living in New York – recently started the website http://swedishjobsnyc.com/ - for the Swedish speaking job market in the New York area.
“I was surprised that there was such a demand and many opportunities for people with a Swedish background in the New York job market. While looking for a job myself, I came up with the idea of a website, where Swedish companies and others could post their openings and Swedish speakers could look for work.”

“THE GOAL is that the site will grow into a platform where Swedish companies with activity in New York and the United States, who are looking for Swedish-speakers, can advertise, so that employers and prospective employees can ‘meet’ directly on the site,” says Hanna, who just started working on a project-basis as a legal researcher. Previously she worked as assistant editor for the online lifestyle magazine “UrbanDaddy” in New York, and also did freelance journalism work.

HANNA, who grew up in the Vasastan section of Stockholm, is married to an Australian and has lived in New York since 2008. She says her childhood dream actually was to become a reporter and writer. “My father thought I was a good writer and was supported of me becoming one, but he suggested that I studied law to get some competence that the journalists who went to university to study journalism would not have.”

AFTER SPENDING 6 months in London after her high-school graduation, she started her law studies at the University of Stockholm Law School.
“The final push to study law came after a meeting with a successful lawyer at Sony in London, who was very inspirational.”
Now she holds a masters degree in law, LL.M., but also spent one semester at Poppius Journalism School in Stockholm.

DURING A YEAR off, taking care of her infant son, she decided that after all she wanted to practice law. “I realized that the way a lawyer works – the different cases, the information gathering, and the problem solving – was the way I enjoyed working the most. But it proved much harder in this tough job market to start a legal career than I had anticipated at first.”
“I am passionate about human and civil rights and have a great interest in immigration law, and I was looking at positions at international organizations and NGOs as well as law firms.”

“I THOUGHT it would be easier for me to find a position with Swedish as a requirement or advantage, or within a Swedish company. Going through many job sites and hundreds of listings every day, was both time-consuming and monotone. I heard about other Swedes in my situation and since I was going through all these listings, I thought I might as well collect all the Swedish-related ones, and create a Swedish job site in the New York area!” she says.

HANNA LOVES living in New York. “It is a challenge and a struggle to live in New York, but there is a certain feeling of unity, that I never felt in Stockholm,” she says. “It is wonderful, very inspiring, exhilarating and tough, with a fantastic social and nightlife.”

“A FRIEND of mine once described living in New York as a constant battle, and I can understand what she meant. It is hard because it is full of so many talented and amazing people who all want to succeed. Rent is expensive, and no one here is going to babysit you. But with this ‘battle’ comes a feeling of belonging, everyone who is here is here because they want to, and the battle is worth it because of all the opportunities and incredible experiences that New York brings.”

HANNA AND her husband Chad and their young son now live in Brooklyn, but they previously lived in Manhattan. She says that her closest friends are Swedish, but that she meets a lot of different people and has friends from a variety of countries, but notes that “New York is full of Swedes. I feel like I meet new ones every week!”

“AND RECENTLY I became a member of The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, New York (SACC-NY), and attended a couple of their events,” says Hanna, who spends her leisure time enjoying New York’s amazing restaurants, or playing chess which is a new-found obsession.