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.


Award Winner


Pouya, from Iran, moved to Stockholm in August 2021, enthusiastic and motivated to begin a new chapter in life. His ambition to settle into society by finding a job as soon as possible presented him a difficulty path, but an internship via Jobbsprånget ultimately helped him break into the Swedish labor market. Pouya’s determination and dedication in everything he undertakes has inspired all of us and he continues to generously share his experience and insights with SDCN members. You will now find him working to electrify mobility as a Mechanical Development Engineer at Northvolt.

Puck, from the Netherlands, arrived in Stockholm in 2019 after living in Australia for three years. Puck’s warm-hearted optimism, reliability, and adaptability shine through in all that she does. An active member of SDCN, she also served as a dedicated President of the Management team. After immersing herself in the Swedish language and courageously pivoting in her career path, Puck now applies her background and skillset as a Data Scientist at Telia.

Heshan grew up in Sri Lanka but moved to Stockholm after a stint abroad in Germany and France. Trained in Polymer Science and Technology, Heshan looked to enter the Swedish job market with courage and determination. While on the hunt for a job, he worked in the hospitality industry and still even managed to participate in SDCN events. Heshan joined Northvolt in September as a Quality Control Technician.