SACC-USA Executive Forum

House of Sweden


​​​​​​​Executive Forum is a marquis event of the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce taking place in Washington D.C. every Spring featuring high-profile speakers, discussions and networking at the spectacular premises of House of Sweden on the Potomac River. As a premier business development platform, Executive Forum gathers senior executives and policymakers from a broad range of industries and from both sides of the aisle and the Atlantic.​​​​​​​
Thank you for attending Executive Forum 2024!​​​​​​

The Future is Now: Outlook and Insights at Crucial Junctures 

In an era defined by unprecedented change, we stand at the crossroads of multiple transformative shifts. From the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the evolution of global trade dynamics, and the ongoing geopolitical landscape—such as the 2024 U.S. elections as well as Sweden's recent NATO accession—this year's Executive Forum will explore how to navigate the complexities of today's world.


The event begins on May 29 at 6:00 PM EDT with a Reception at House of Sweden rooftop terrasse.

On May 30, the Executive Forum starts at 8:15 AM with a breakfast buffet and registration, which will be followed by the program listed in the next section. 

Guests will receive goodie bags with exclusive content from KostaBoda, Orrefors, a book from an acclaimed author, and more!


​Interested in sponsoring Executive Forum? 
Sponsor Menu below 

​​​​​​​Sponsorship enquiries

Axel Wachtmeister: [email protected]



H.E. Urban Ahlin
Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
H.E. Thomas L. Siebert 
Former Ambassador of the United States to Sweden 
H.E. Philip T. Reeker
Former Ambassador of the United States to North Macedonia 
H.E. William B. Taylor
Former Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine
Håkan Jevrell
State Secretary
Peter Linder 
Head of Thought Leadership North America, Ericsson
Joshua Alphonse
Head of Mobile Robotics US, ABB
Michaela Wallin 
Delivery Lead E2E Track & Trace, H&M
Zach Helzer 
Senior Director, Europe and Head, U.S. - UK Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
Elizabeth Tate
Associate Partner, U.S. Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group
William A. Reinsch 
​​​​​​​Scholl Chair, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Peter Fellman
​​​​​​​Editor in Chief, Dagens Industri and Business Manager Bonnier News Business
Marie-Thérèse Allen
​​​​​​​Chairman, Mentor Foundation USA​​​​​​​
Steve Scully 
Sr. VP Bipartisan Policy Center, former C-Span Sr. Executive Producer 
Dr. Eugene B. Kogan
​​​​​​​Instructor at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, Professional & Executive Development Programs
Lanny Davis 
​​​​​​​Former Special Counsel to President Clinton 
Hans-Christian Schulze
​​​​​​​Founder and CEO, IOWN Renewable Energy Inc. (Keeping you Cool)
Fredrik Nilsson 
Vice President of the Americas, Axis Communications 
Linda Bjork
​​​​​​​Founder Mindfulness Intelligence (MQ) and CEO Inner Business Institute 
Sasko Cuklev 
Head of On-Road Solutions, Volvo Autonomus Solutions, Volvo Group
Zeljka Lemaster
Sr. Director, AI Engagement Strategy, Global AI Accelerator, Ericsson
Rick Klein
ABC NEWS Political Director 
Marc Lotter 
Former Director of Strategic Communications, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. 
Jasmin Utter 
General Manager, Region Americas, SAS - Scandinavian Airlines 
Elisabeth Braw
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Columnist, POLITICO, and Author
Christopher Swift 
Partner, Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations at Foley & Lardner LLP
Rachel Rizzo 
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Europe Center
Michael Steele
MSNBC Anchor, former Lt. Gov. MD and former Chair RNC
Jonathan Milläng 
Head of Sustainable Finance, Ethos International
Nancy Fischer
International Trade Partner and Practice Section Leader
André Persson 
Chief Communications Officer, SACC-USA
Per Cedergren
Chairman, Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce


Business Award Nomination

The award was instituted to promote and support the success of Swedish companies operating in the American market. The company selected as the winner will be the main sponsor/keynote speaker at the Executive Forum (est. value up to $20,000). The winner will also gain publicity in SACC-USA's channels and receive a one-year membership in the umbrella organization.

Nomination period is closed

Welcome to Executive Forum 2024!

The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America (SACC-USA) is honored to welcome you to our flagship event, the Executive Forum.


Karin Hammar: [email protected]
Anders Wiman Eriksson: [email protected]
Jonathan Johansson: [email protected]
Axel Wachtmeister: [email protected]

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Previous Executive Forums

2023, May 3-4

House of Sweden
Thank you for attending Executive Forum 2023!​​​​​​

Executive Forum 2023

The 2023 Executive Forum showcased the innovative companies leading the way towards net zero across a diverse set of industries. These thoughtleaders have made a commitment to not only benefit their bottom line, but also to positively impact society as a whole. As a premier business development platform, the Executive Forum also explored how to leverage the Swedish Brand against the backdrop of an increasingly fragmented and uncertain geopolitical and economic outlook.
  • Signhild Arnegård Hansen, Chairman, Swedish American Chambers of Commerce, Inc.

  • Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States

  • William Bill Taylor, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, USIP Vice President for Russia and Europe

  • Ingrid Ask, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden

  • Courtney McBride, Diplomacy and National Security Correspondent, Bloomberg News

  • Blair Pasalic, Director, Office of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy 

  • Stephen Jordan, CEO, Institute of Sustainable Development 

  • Paul Voelker, Mayor of Richardson, TX

  • Patrik Melander, co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Connecr 5G

  • Eric Asmussen, Managing Director North America, CAKE 

  • Niklas Reinedahl, General Manager North America, Einride

  • Lina Ankargren, Director of Engineering, Scania Group

  • Linda Andrén, Executive Director, Sweden-U.S. Green Transition Initiative

  • Jasmin Utter, General Manager Americas, SAS

  • Peter Fellman, Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Dagens Industri
  • Henrik Einarsson, Director of Investment Promotion, Business Region Göteborg

  • Charlotta Barnden Uddén, Head of Sales, Visit Sweden

  • Josefin Haraldsson, Country Manager USA, Visit Sweden

  • Gary Bruce, Managing Partner, Prosperity Developers International

  • Alex Tanzi, Senior Editor, Bloomberg News 

  • Martin Blåvarg, General Manager, Handelsbanken, New York 

  • Petra Hansson, Counselor, Embassy of Sweden

  • Molly Ball, TIME National Political Correspondent

  • Jon Decker, White House Reporter, Gray Telivision

  • David Urban, CNN Political Contributor, frmly Sr. Advisor to 2016 Trump presidential campaign

  • Steve Scully, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Martin Hansson, Director, Orrefors 

  • Mike Sjoeblom, Founder and CEO, Sjoeblom Winery
  • Linnea Larsdotter, Founder and CEO, Nordic International Film Festival

Winner of Business Award 2023: IOWN RENEWABLE

The award was instituted to promote and support the success of Swedish companies operating in the American market. The company selected as the winner will be the main sponsor/keynote speaker at the Executive Forum 2024 (est. value up to $20,000). The winner will also gain publicity in SACC-USA's channels and receive a one-year membership in the umbrella organization.

Winner of this year's Business Award: IOWN RENEWABLE

Thank you to our sponsors!

2022, June 1-2

House of Sweden

Navigating Turbulent Waters

Executive Forum 2022 took place in House of Sweden on June 1-2. The theme of the event, Navigating Turbulent Waters, highlighted new market solutions, groundbreaking technologies and strategies to tackle challenges such as climate change and much more.

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