Sweden: Dealing with Arctic Climate Change and Security
Discussion with H.E. Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
PCFR is pleased to welcome the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, Karin Olofsdotter for an in-person program and reception. Ambassador Olofsdotter will speak about bilateral relations between Sweden and the U.S, climate change and the geopolitical issues surrounding the Arctic. As a member of the Arctic Council, Sweden plays an important role in seeking cooperation among the Council’s members on maritime rights, environmental issues, the rights of indigenous people and energy. The Arctic Council is made up of Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the United States.
Ambassador Olofsdotter is a seasoned diplomat, who has served as Swedish Ambassador to the United States since September, 2017. She has also served in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as Ambassador to Hungary, in the Swedish embassy in Moscow and in Brussels working on defense and European security policy. She speaks Swedish English, French and Russian.
Following the program, there will be a networking opportunity with complimentary adult beverages and snacks.
If you're interested in getting more involved with the Swedish business community, please join the SACC Summit, which will take place in the same location as the PCFR program.
$25 for PCFR Members
$35 for Non-Members
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Program: 4:00 PM MST
Networking: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM MST
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
111 E Taylor St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 (map)
H.E. Karin Olofsdotter
Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter took up her post as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States on September 1, 2017.
Ambassador Olofsdotter has long been an advocate for Swedish trade and diplomatic relations with the United States. Trade and economic growth remain top priorities for the Ambassador, along with defense cooperation, public diplomacy, and strong collaboration with the international community.
Ambassador Olofsdotter brings extensive experience in trade promotion to her current post. Prior to assuming the role as Ambassador to the United States, she served as Director-General for Trade at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has also held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade, and CSR at the Foreign Ministry.
Ambassador Olofsdotter is an accomplished diplomat. Her career in the Foreign Service started in 1994 with her first posting to the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow. In the years following, she worked in security policy and defense issues as well as in numerous leadership posts within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including serving as Chief of Staff for several of its Ministers and Director of the Ministers’ Office. She has also served as part of the Swedish delegation to NATO and at the Swedish EU Representation in Brussels, working with European security policy and defense issues.
In 2008, Ambassador Olofsdotter was asked to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC. She served at the post for three years before starting her first ambassadorial position as Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary in 2011.
Ambassador Olofsdotter has a strong affection for the United States, having lived, studied, and worked in different parts of the country, including during a high school exchange program, as an undergraduate student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and through her various diplomatic postings.
Ambassador Olofsdotter has a B.A. in psychology, economics, and Russian. She studied at UCLA Anderson School of Management and speaks French, Russian and English. She is married and has a son and a daughter.
About Our Sponsor
Crow Industries (CI) is an Arizona-based company that specializes in extreme environment technologies, primarily developing rugged, artificially intelligent robotic systems for year-round operations in the Arctic with no humans required in the field. Through their partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks, CI has facilities in the Arctic to conduct testing and deployments of their systems. The company was awarded a contract from the US military in August of this year to create a high-speed, high-bandwidth telecommunications system for remote Arctic operations. CI maintains a suite of technologies for Arctic situational awareness and is able to custom-build unique solutions for their clients operating throughout the Arctic. The company is proud to sponsor Ambassador Olofsdotter's talk on Arctic climate change and security, as these are two of CI's primary focus areas in the region.
About SACC Summit
The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce are proud to have successfully facilitated and nurtured business relations between the United States and Sweden for more than 115 years. In addition, our regional chamber in Arizona celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
By bringing together high level decision makers, industry leaders, academics, and members from our 19 chambers to the SACC Summit 2021, we are a catalyst for future business success.
This year SACC Summit 2021 covers the important and timely topics:
- Connectivity: Expansion and innovation in connectivity is expected to change our lives, and industry players are racing to deliver pervasive and seamless technologies in areas such as high-speed mobile broadband and Internet of Things.
- Mobility: The entire way we travel from point A to point B for work or play is changing. This shift will impact more than just automakers and logistics companies. Many industries are evaluating how their services will change, and how they can create value in this changing market.
- Workforce: With innovation, connectivity, and distributed workforce, the workplace is no longer always a central location. New technologies as AI and robotics change what humans can and will do in the workplace.
Learn more and sign up for the summit at saccarizona.org/saccsummit2021/.