Introducing our new Young Professional Coordinators: Xenia & Elin

Meet SACC-NE’s newest talents: Xenia & Elin!

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 Wolker

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!

2018 SACC-NE Annual General Meeting

We would like to extend a big thank you to all members who participated at our 2018 Annual General Meeting. We would also like to send out a special thanks to AXIS Communication, Just Add Cooking, Boston’s Consulate of Sweden and Hult International Business School for presenting and giving the SACC-NE network a closer insight into their organizations.  

After a successful SACC-NE Annual Meeting we can now proudly present our new Board of Directors. Next up, event-wise: European Cocktail Night, September 27th. We hope that we will see you there!

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Re-introducing: Douglas

We recently welcomed Douglas von Rosen back on the SACC-NE Operational team on full-time duties.

As mentioned, in Douglas’s last introductory interview, Douglas is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the International University of Monaco, but has currently put his studies on a hold to join us at the Chamber. We are beyond happy to have him back and Douglas is eager to get started!

What made you come back to SACC-NE?

Last semester I got a glimpse into the organization after having part-time volunteered for SACC-NE, parallel to my studies at Suffolk University. The fact that I fell in love with my experience in Boston, working for the Chamber and being a part of the team led by Christina is why I desperately applied to come back!

What’s new since last time?

I’m 21 now (chuckles). Jokes aside, not much has been happening since I left. I spent the summer at home in Stockholm, interned at the Bank of Åland and enjoyed many great days in the Archipelago of Stockholm.

How will you contribute to the team?

Given my background, curiosity and eagerness to personally develop, I hope to be able to act as a sounding board to the team, come up with ideas and expand our current platform. I feel confident bringing on any challenge we may bump into on our way towards success.   

What is your plan for the future?

 My main priority is to focus on what I can do for SACC-NE and what we could improve. After the new year, I am hoping to transfer to and graduate from one of the great business schools around Boston.

Introducing our new Trainee: Jacob!

We’re pleased to welcome our new SACC Trainee Jacob Hansen Karaduman to the SACC-NE team! Jacob joins us from Stockholm with a strong background in entrepreneurship and fintech.

Before getting involved in the growing Swedish startup scene, Jacob pursued a Master’s degree in International Business at Griffith University (Australia). Prior to that, Jacob obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom.

Jacob is passionate about entrepreneurship and international trade, and looks to bring that energy to his work at SACC-NE.

What made you want to join SACC-NE?

SACC-NE met many, if not all of the criteria I was looking for. I was looking for an opportunity that would offer me hands-on experience with international business, an area I have academic knowledge of but little to no practical experience in. This combined with the opportunity of living and working in the United States while experiencing the local business culture in my everyday life made it a perfect match.

How will you contribute to the team?

I believe my hands-on experience in the startup scene and academic background in international business provides me with a sound platform to understand the needs and challenges facing companies seeking to pursue international expansion.

What are your expectations of Boston?

Besides trying out the famous lobster rolls and visiting Fenway Park, I am eager to explore other parts of the New England region ranging from the marina in Newport to the ski slopes in Vermont. I am also keen on experiencing Boston’s urban environment - especially the booming brewery scene with a seemingly endless supply of new ales to try out.

What was the latest book you read?

I recently finished reading My Name is Red by Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk (2006). The book manages to illustrate Turkey’s never ending balancing act between east and west illustrated through the use of a ‘who did it?’ murder story and the lives of the sultans miniaturists and surrounding characters. My Name is Red is a page turner that, besides being an intriguing read, still carries plenty of symbolic value. Highly recommended! 

President's Letter | September 2018

Dear SACC-NE Community,



With the summer almost over, schools open, and the Swedish elections leaving much open for debate on the world stage, I’m pleased to share with you some announcements from our end as well! As you may have seen in our previous emails, we will be hosting our Annual Meeting this Thursday, September 13th from 6pm at 50 Milk Street, Boston. During our Annual Meeting, we will highlight what we did in the 2017 – 2018 year as well as introduce to you the program we’re planning for the upcoming year followed by networking. 


After having spent a lot of time and energy over the last few years developing a powerful platform comprised of some of Sweden and New England’s most recognized partners, we are working hard to develop programs, experiences, and events designed to introduce you to more meaningful connections and opportunities. We are also looking to bring more fun and engagement to our organization while fulfilling our mission of continuously promoting trade, innovation, and business relationships between Sweden and the United States.


I would additionally like to take this opportunity to welcome several new Corporate Members to the SACC-NE community, whom you will be hearing more from! These include Axis Communications, Hästens, Fjällräven, Boda Borg, Sweden’s Consulate to New York, and IceBug! We are thrilled to expand our network with some of Sweden’s most celebrated brands, and in the coming months, will share with you new SACC-NE Membership benefits and discounts. 


With a new program, members and projects in line, we are naturally expanding our team and are excited to introduce you to our new Trainee Jacob Karaduman and returning Intern Douglas von Rosen. In the next newsletter, we'll be introducing the team’s new additions - so stay tuned! 


I encourage you to read the rest of our September newsletter, which includes invitations to our upcoming events, a spotlight story on our Summer 2018 SACC-NE ACCELERATE Internship, a fun video our Hult International Business School interns made this summer putting a light spin on difficult-to-pronounce Swedish words, and your weekly fix of what's current as far as Swedish-American news goes.


Thank you for reading and wish to see you in the near future (maybe even at the upcoming Euro Networking Cocktail?) !  


At your service,

Christina Björnström

President, SACC-NE