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).
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 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.