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Board of directors

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Micael Nord

Chairman of the board

Micael Nord is business director at Malmö City. He studied political science at Göteborg and Lund Universities and English language and literature at London’s South Bank University before working in a variety of local and national government positions, including EU secretary for the Swedish Parliament, development manager for Göteborg and deputy director of development in the Region of Skåne.

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Mikael Palmquist

Vice chairman of the board

Mikael Palmquist is deputy Retail Operations Manager IKEA Retail, Ingka Group (former IKEA Group), among others he is responsible for IKEA in Japan and chairman of the board IKEA Japan KK. He was based in Tokyo from January 2011 to June 2019, first as CEO & Country Manager for IKEA Japan KK and from February 2014 as Regional Retail Manager for Asia Pacific, IKEA Group.

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Kerstin Tham

Board member

Kerstin Tham is vice-chancellor at Malmö University and professor in Occupational therapy. Her research is focusing on activities and participation in everyday Life after stroke from a rehabilitation perspective. She has cooperated with Japanese universities within medicine and health in her previous role as vice president at Karolinska Institutet with a focus on ”Everyday Technology and Ageing”.

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Lars Vargö

Board member

Dr. Lars Vargö is a former Swedish Ambassador to Japan (2011-14) and South Korea (2006-11). He currently heads Institute for Security & Development Policy Japan Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Japanese studies (history) from the University of Stockholm (1982). In 1972-76 he was a repeat Mombusho scholar at Kyoto University. As a diplomat Vargö has returned to Japan four times.  Vargö has published a number of books on Japan in Swedish, mainly in the fields of history and literature. He has translated Japanese novels, short stories and poetry into Swedish. He is the founder of the Tokyo International Literary Society. Vargö has been decorated with the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” (2014) and the “Kwanghwa Medal Order of Diplomatic Service” (2011).

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Viktor Öwall

Board member

Viktor Öwall is pro vice-chancellor for infrastructure and digitalization at Lund University. He is a professor of integrated electronic systems and was dean of Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering (LTH) 2015-2020. He is a board member of the Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). Öwall is LU:s representative in the MIRAI General Assembly – the MIRAI cooperation connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation.

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Cerold Andersson

Board member

Cerold Andersson is CEO Fanuc Nordic, including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Before joining Fanuc – a Japanese leading global manufacturer of factory automation – Andersson worked for Brother and Citizen, two other Japanese companies for 15 years. He has frequently visited Japan and travelled around in different regions and cultures for 20 years. The business relations have comprised purchase, commerce, technology and service.

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Ofelia Madsen

Board member

Ofelia Madsen is VP Sales & Business Development at PanLink Group, an international electrical assembly partner. She has previously worked for Sony Mobile Communications for 13 years with extensive cooperation towards suppliers and manufacturers in Asia. She has been based in Asia for several years and has, heading up departments in Japan, been a frequent traveler to Tokyo.

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Anders Olshov

Board member

Anders Olshov is founder and chief of the think tank Intelligence Watch and a well-known economist and debater in Sweden. He worked as economist at Nordea Bank before he founded the Swedish-Danish cross border institute Öresundsinstitutet, which he headed for 12 years. In 2010 he was named economist of the year in Skåne. He has visited and written about J-Parc (Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex) and about business relations Skåne-Japan.

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Cecilia Christersson

Deputy board member

Cecilia Christersson is the vice rector for Global Engagement and Challenge Based Learning at Malmö University, following six years´ assignment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, with education, internationalisation and quality development in her portfolio. As a dentist by profession, Cecilia also holds an associate professorship in Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Material Science. She embraces a wide international academic network including higher education institutions in Japan, with focus on value based leadership and equity education for sustainable development. Cecilia is the recipient of the Value Based Leadership Award of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (USA) and the Janne Carlsson Award for Academic Leadership of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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Richard Hultin

Deputy board member

Richard Hultin is senior advisor at Skanska AB, one of the world’s leading construction and project development companies with about 32,500 employees. He was Executive Vice President and member of Skanska’s Senior Executive Team (SET) responsible for Skanska’s Residential Development units and Commercial Development Europe 2011-2013 and later CEO Skanska Rental Houses.