We are delighted to be able to present the newest additions to SACC-NE’s operational team! Xenia and Elin will be joining the organization on a part-time basis as the Chamber’s Young Professionals Coordinators. SACC-NE’s Young Professional network is something to look out for as we are now in the early stages of a revitalization of the initiative, which is led by Douglas von Rosen.
So who are our new stars? Have a look below for a quick highlight on both of them!
Xenia Klark Kurpatow
Xenia, a Swedish native, is currently enrolled at Northeastern University here in Boston, where she has just entered her junior year, studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics. For Xenia’s highlight, we decided to do a short interview:
What brought you to Boston?
I had a great and caring college counselor who helped me find my way to Boston, to attend Northeastern University. My university provides me with an interesting interdisciplinary degree, while also encouraging me to take time off my studies to gain valuable work experience with local and global partner organizations to the University.
How did you come in contact with SACC-NE?
Well, it’s kind of funny. I know Douglas (SACC-NE Intern) from Stockholm - and he knew I was studying here in Boston. Last semester, while I was working at the Swedish Chamber in London, Douglas was telling me about the amazing opportunity he had gotten here. Once I returned to Boston I was introduced to SACC-NE by Douglas. Eventually I was presented with the opportunity to assist the Chamber, which I was an offer that I was excited to be able to accept.
How will you contribute to the team?
My past experiences in London will be helpful in the sense that I am aware of the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that a chamber faces in this constantly changing and fast-paced world. I am excited at the opportunity to take what I have learned from previous experiences to help the Chamber. I also look forward to collaborating with the team and to learn from them.
What do you like to do in Boston, when you are not studying or working?
The Bostonians truly take their food seriously and I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the best of what the town has to offer food-wise. Pro tip: try the squid ink pasta at The Daily Catch in the North End. Other than that, I love to hang out with friends - going to concerts or other music events around the area.
Elin, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am currently in my 4th and final year as an undergraduate student at Boston University. I am majoring in International Relations with a focus on business, politics, and economics in the European region. I was born in Sweden and raised in Southern California by my Swedish father and Mexican mother, and ended up moving to the East Coast to attend university. Besides academics, I enjoy the athletic and multi-cultural aspect of the city. I compete on the Cross Country and Track & Field team at BU and enjoy exploring Boston’s diverse restaurant scene in my spare time.
What led you to join SACC-NE?
I initially joined SACC-NE as a student member a year ago, as I was eager to meet other Swedes and be a part of the local Swedish community. I am interested in the cross-cultural communication and connection that exists between Sweden and the US and want to be a part of this relationship-building process through SACC-NE. I think SACC-NE will offer me a hands-on experience, where I can learn from professionals, but also contribute with my ideas and perspective as a student.
How will you contribute to the team?
This year, I hope to build a strong foundation and inviting atmosphere for Young Professionals - helping other students, like myself, gain valuable, career-related experiences and make the most of what the city of Boston has to offer!