Today, trade agreements between long-established global partners, from countries united together to individual companies, are constantly being challenged by economic and political pressures.
Please join AmCham Sweden, Chamber Trade Sweden, the French-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, and the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce for an in-depth discussion on current free trade practices.
The program will begin with insights provided by award-winning author Johan Norberg and followed by a panel where Patricia Kempff of ABB and Tanja Rasmusson from the National Board of Trade will join and provide additional prospectives. The discussion will be moderated by David Landes of the Local.
Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. He lectures about entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization around the world. Johan has received several prestigious awards and is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. His most recent book, the celebrated Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016) was chosen as the Book of the Year by The Economist, Guardian and Observer. www.johannorberg.net
Patricia Kempff is head of Public Affairs at ABB Sweden where she is supporting business interests to implement the company’s strategy towards key stakeholders in the public sphere. Patricia has a broad network within the Swedish public opinion and socioeconomic communities. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Public Affairs at Swedbank with responsibility for community engagement and community relations. Patricia has also worked for government agencies and within non-profit organisations.
Tanja Rasmusson is the Director of the WTO (World Trade Organization) Department at the National Board of Trade in Sweden. Tanja previously served in the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was State Secretary working alongside the Minister of Development, Hillevi Engström. As State Secretary, Tanja was responsible for implementing government aid policy and coordinating it with trade and foreign policy.
David Landes is Head of Commercial Content at The Local Europe, a Stockholm-based network of English-language news sites. He joined The Local in 2008, serving as editor of The Local Sweden from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining The Local, he worked in commercial and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC.