Stockholms Akademiska Forum proudly presents
The SDCN International
Talent of the Year Award
The SDCN International Talent of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional member of SDCN and honors them for their professional achievements in Stockholm, their active participation in the network’s events, their drive and determination in pursuing opportunities, and for easing into the social milieu of Sweden.
The 2021 Winner of the Award will be announced
in the Stockholm City Hall on 30 November.
Peng’s story of taking the decision to settle down in Stockholm seven years ago, was more happenstance than an actual plan. He was visiting his partner who had shifted to Stockholm, and was convinced by her to stay, when he was slightly tipsy over dinner – at least that’s the story that he likes to tell! But Peng’s story is also one of resilience, adaptability, and a willingness to embrace an unfamiliar place.
Mehdi Attarpour is from Iran and has a background in data analysis. A go-getter and a persevering professional, he came to Stockholm in August 2018, and was a regular at SDCN events and career development sessions. He made the most of an opportunity to attend a course at the Software Development Academy in KTH, a collaborative effort with Novare Potential. With this course under his belt, there was no looking back for Mehdi. He is presently employed as Junior Java Developer at 3 Sverige and is doing all sorts of geeky things!
Lili Wang from China has brought her dry sense of humor, her contagious energy, and her unconventional style to SDCN, where she has been “the soul of the Intelligence team”. Lili always comes up with new and creative thinking to further develop the network. She embraces new ideas, seemingly without fear, and can be relied on both to take initiatives and to see projects through. Her expertise in SAP technologies enabled her to find a job at Klarna as SAP Basis Manager. Lili is also a real head hunter within Klarna where she looks out for new talents to recruit from SDCN. When she started her job she actually negotiated with her employer the possibility to take time off when needed to remain an active member of the SDCN Management Team. We couldn’t be more grateful!
Honorary SDCN Members
Per Bengtsson, former University Director at Karolinska Institutet, identified a collective gap in Swedish universities’ approach to talent retention since too many highly qualified scholars left the country prematurely. This led to his urgent support of the cause of both international talents and their partners having an equal access to opportunities in Sweden, for them to make a sustained contribution. This was the fundamental premise which served as the inspiration behind the beginning of SDCN’s journey and shaped the ethos of the network.
Laure Marcellesi was one of the founding members of SDCN, and was instrumental in the development of the network. Leveraging her stellar academic background and people-centric organizational acumen, Laure facilitated volunteer engagement, put together events and helped members in various capacities, during her time with SDCN. The weekly career support session is also one of her enduring contributions to SDCN.
Frithjof Stöppler has been a steadfast pillar of support to SDCN right from its genesis in 2015, not to mention his tenure as the President of the SDCN Management Team for three and a half solid years. A complete people’s person through and through, Frithjof touched numerous lives during his stewardship of SDCN and continues to be an important part of the network.
Jenny Harler is a heady concoction of humanist, CEO, PR veteran, communication expert, and among many other things, germinated the very idea of the SDCN International Talent of the Year Award. She has been a consistent friend to SDCN for several years and has enriched the network with various inputs.
Global SDCN Members
The SDCN Global Membership is an honorary membership conferred on distinguished former members of the network, who have departed from Stockholm to reside elsewhere, but in the course of their association with SDCN made significant and sustained contributions to the network. They left SDCN richer with positive experiences, and continue carrying with them SDCN’s message of the cruciality of internationalism and a truly multicultural society.