Board of Directors

Christer Bergman
Chairman

Novexus

Mr. Bergman is the founder of Novexus, LLC, a business development consultancy company based in Vienna, Virginia. Since 2000, Mr. Bergman has been a well-known business leader in the Security and Biometrics industry and has been involved in numerous speaking engagements before industry groups as well as Congress. He currently serves as Board of Directors of EyeVerify, Inc., as well as on the Supervisory Board of WCC Group He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Fingerprint Cards AB, Authasas BV, Ubiqo AB, SweCard AB, and Quard Technology AS. The focus of his services is within the Biometrics and Security industry as well as business development and business expansion for non-U.S. based companies into the US marketplace.

Nancy A. Fischer
President

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Ms. Fischer leads Pillsbury Law’s s 60-lawyer Public Practices and Public Policy sections. She concentrates her practice in international trade law and international dispute resolution including compliance and litigation matters related to export controls and embargoes, foreign investment reviews under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and foreign ownership mitigation for Defense Security Service (DSS) cleared facilities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), trade remedy laws, customs law, and WTO and NAFTA disputes. She has represented Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Israeli, Japanese, Mexican, Russian, Swedish, Thai and U.S. companies in a variety of industry sectors, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemicals, communications, defense and government contracts, electronics, energy, financial services, insurance, photographic products, satellites, plastics and technology.

Lars-Erik Hjelm
Secretary

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Mr. Hjelm is a Partner at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Mr. Hjelm focuses on customs law and policy. He represents Fortune 500 companies whose imports and exports are regulated by the Homeland Security Bureaus of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as other federal agencies. His experience covers the wide range of commercial and enforcement laws and policies that CBP and ICE administer, which include duty preference programs, tariff classification, valuation, entry procedures, customs brokerage, country of origin marking, binding rulings, audits, anti-terrorism and border protection initiatives (e.g., the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), export control and sanctions, voluntary disclosures, seizures and forfeitures, fraud and strategic investigations, and civil and criminal penalties. Clients for whom Mr. Hjelm serves include companies engaged in the airline, customs brokerage, electronics, food, freight forwarding, home furnishings, non-vessel operating common carrier, paper, telecommunications and textile industries. His accomplishments include representing a company before the Court of International Trade in a historic case regarding CBP’s refusal to grant duty free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences and counseling clients through intensive customs audits.

Markus Larsson
Treasurer

Life Asset

Mr. Larsson is the founder and Executive Director of Life Asset, a non-profit organization in Washington DC providing microloans and business training to low-income entrepreneurs.  In addition, Markus is the founder and organizing chair of Life Asset Credit Union to be chartered in Washington DC. Markus also manages an import/export business that he founded. Markus moved to Washington D.C. from Sweden in 2003 to establish SWE-DISH Satellite Systems Inc. During 6 years of rapid expansion for the company, Markus gained valuable experience establishing and operating a Swedish subsidiary in the U.S. and managing the company to be successfully acquired by a US defense company, traded on the NY Stock Exchange.  Markus has also provided consulting services to several Swedish companies wanting to do business in the U.S.

Nils Johansson
Finance Committee Chair

Office for Defense Industry Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden

Ms. Johansson is Senior Advisor for Defense Industry Cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. For more than fifteen years in this position, Mr. Johansson has assisted Swedish defense contactors with business development and government relations on the U.S. market. The main focus of his work has been to provide support to traditional Swedish defense contractors such as Saab, BAE Systems Bofors and Hägglunds. In addition, small and medium sized Swedish companies have benefited from his consulting services. Prior to his current position, Mr. Johansson worked with enterprise resource planning software implementation at U.S. manufacturing businesses for the Baan Company. After graduating from the University of Lund in Sweden with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986, Mr. Johansson worked for five years in sales and project management in the chemical and environmental field.

Robert Thomas

Elekta

Mr. Thomas is Elekta’s Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Government Affairs. In this role, Bob creates, builds and leads a formal Public Policy function and team inWashington, D.C. In addition, he is responsible for developing and implementing Elekta’s North American government affairs and public policy strategies, as well as representing Elekta’s interests on important healthcare policy issues concerning the treatment of cancer. Bob also serves on the Elekta North American corporate senior leadership team. Prior to joining Elekta, Bob held positions of increasing responsibility at IBM, MEDRAD, and Bayer Healthcare. His roles included sales, sales management, national sales management, talent acquisition and retention, and public policy. His areas of expertise include legislative affairs, business development, customer satisfaction, coalition management, building strategic alliances, and creating a positive corporate culture. Bob has also served in multiple corporate leadership roles in the areas of diversity outreach, CRM, college recruiting, and major event planning.

Michael Andersson

Saab North America, Inc.

With over 30 years seniority in the Saab Group, Michael Andersson is Head of Saab’s Market Area North America and holds the title of  President & CEO of Saab North America Inc., a subsidiary of the Saab Group. Established in 2010, Market Area North America has overall responsibility for Saab’s marketing activities, business development and continued growth in US and Canada. From 2006 through 2012, Michael held the position of Deputy Head for Saab’s Support and Services Business Area. Michael Andersson has also held the positions of President, Saab Support and Services, LLC. (2006-2013) and President for Saab Aircraft AB (2003-2006), as well as several additional management roles within Saab AB.

Tenley Carp

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Ms. Carp is a Partner who has been practicing government contracts law for more than 20 years. She specializes in government contracts litigation, counseling, audits and investigations as well as mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Carp has represented clients in nearly 100 bid protests and/or claims before the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, United States District Courts and the various Boards of Contract Appeals. Ms. Carp’s community involvement includes serving as a Board member (and Immediate Past President) of the Greater Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia Chapter, CCFA; Small Business Committee Chair, FBA Government Contracts Section; Member, Board of Trustees, Springboard Enterprises, Inc. and Pro Bono Mediator, Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Patrick S. Dine

PSD Global

Mr. Dine is currently CEO of PSD Global Inc., a leading international consulting firm with clients and past projects in more than 100 countries and offices on 4 continents. The company counts among its clients some of the world’s top companies including Apple, Siemens and Akamai as well as governments from the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Brazil and many other countries. During his tenure, PSD Global has grown to be a leader in its field and the firm’s market entry clients have seen average revenue growth above 200% annually. He has won multiple awards for excellence in exporting and is a former member of the Florida District Export Council.

Gunilla Ekberg

Ekberg International, Inc

Ms. Ekberg is a recognized entrepreneur and innovative thinker known for her ability to conceive, develop and implement programs in the area of people and service management. Her trademark trend forecasting is invaluable to consumer-driven industries, which rely on her unique approach to problem-solving and growth. She has been instrumental in establishing several branding concepts and launches, the PR and marketing campaigns, as well is her record for successful fund-raising and lobbying.Ms. Ekberg, a native Swede, has twenty-five years’ experience in national and international market development for publicly-traded and other businesses. She founded Ekberg International in 1994 to help businesses develop international market opportunities and relocated to the U.S.

Magnus Eriksson

Skanska Infrastructure Development

As Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development (ID), Mr. Eriksson brings more than 20 years of senior leadership and management experience in project development, project financing and public private partnerships. During his 16 years with Skanska ID, he has been part of delivering public private partnership projects (P3s) to the Skanska group in excess of $14 billion. Magnus is a member of Skanska ID’s executive team and overseas the P3 bid development activities in North America. Under his leadership three of the largest P3 projects to date in the US, the Midtown Tunnel Project, Virginia, the Ultimate I-4, Florida and most recently the LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project in New York have been successfully closed and are now under construction.

Douglas L. Faulkner

Leatherstocking LLC

Mr. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of clean-technologies for over fifteen years. Throughout his careers in government and business he has promoted market-based solutions and public-private partnerships. He is President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a cleantechnology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides advice on business strategy where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance and science overlap. Mr. Faulkner offers guidance on the best path through federal and state governments for assistance as well as a network of key partnerships and contacts in both the public and private sectors.

Magnus Friberg
Golf Committee Chair

Icomera

Mr. Friberg is a transformational and strategic leader with a proven track record of success in achieving revenue, profit and business growth with start-up, turnaround, SME and large multi-national organizations. With over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, he has built and led various teams in the Americas with significant backgrounds in the high tech industry. Currently President of Scanreco, he previously held executive and senior level positions at Reverb Networks, CMG Management Group, SmartTrust, MobileAccess Networks, Allgon Telecom, Flextronics and Telcom Global Solutions, prior to its acquisition by Flextronics. Magnus also serves on the board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C., InnSpire Intelligent Hotel Solutions , as well as on the advisory board of Widelity and Mobrise.

Sven-Olof Hökborg

Mr. Hökborg graduated from the Pilot Training School of the Swedish Air force in 1962.  After graduation he served at different fighter wings in the Swedish Air Force. Early on he became interested in flight safety and served as an expert assigned to the Defense Department Commission for Accident Investigations. The general has earned academic degrees in different disciplines. In 1965 he earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He later attended the University of Stockholm where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1969.

Walter Howes

Verdigris Capital, LLC

Mr. Howes is the Managing Director of Verdigris Capital, LLC, a merchant banking firm focused on companies, technologies and projects in the areas of – energy, transportation, agriculture, and infrastructure. Verdigris invests in, partners with and advises companies and projects in these sectors, both in the US and internationally. Prior to founding Verdigris, Mr. Howes served at the U.S. Department of Energy, holding numerous positions, under four Secretaries’ of Energy. As Director of the Office of Acquisition Reform and Privatization, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Energy developing and implementing the Department’s privatization, finance and acquisition reform initiatives. In the position of Senior Advisor for Acquisition Policy he; drove the integration of disciplined project management with performance based acquisition skills, developed core elements of DOE’s orders and directives, and oversaw the acquisition of new projects ranging in size from several million to over $10 billion. He also led the development and execution of public-private partnerships in several areas, including technology commercialization and the financing/construction of new facilities and laboratories for the federal government.

Robin Lindgren
Program Committee Chair

SAAB North America

Jonathan Miller

Volvo Group North America

Mr. Miller is Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. He has been in this position since August 2007 and is responsible for leading Volvo Group North America’s government relations efforts in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Volvo Group, Mr. Miller was Senior Trade Advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Washington from 1997 to 2007. He held various staff positions for U.S. Representative David Minge from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Miller earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

Bradley J. Olson

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Mr. Olson is a partner in the intellectual property group of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP working in their Washington, DC offices.  His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on intellectual property licensing and enforcement. Mr. Olson has extensive experience in the patent field and advises clients on patentability, infringement, and validity issues, with a focus on the biotechnology and bio-medical fields.He has also published numerous articles concerning intellectual property law in legal journals and national business periodicals. Mr. Olson is currently the Chairman of the Washington, DC chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as Immediate Past-Chairman of its nationwide umbrella organization: The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA, Inc.  He has been an active member in the Washington DC chapter in various capacities for almost 20 years. Mr. Olson has worked with numerous Swedish-based companies assisting them in transitioning their businesses and networks into the United States of America.

Jesica Lindgren

Ms. Lindgren (formerly Seacor) is the General Counsel at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, and works on a variety of client issues. Previously, Ms. Lindgren was a Director and Senior Vice President at ResCare, Inc., a leading U.S. human services company. She handled government relations and business development for ResCare’s Youth Services. She also led ResCare’s international Workforce Services group, with operations primarily in Europe and the Middle East, and was a board member of ResCare’s international subsidiaries. Ms. Lindgren began her career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC. In 1997, she joined the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She participated in a staff exchange from the ILO to the World Bank’s External and UN Affairs Unit in Washington, DC from 2004-2005 and then served as Deputy Director of the ILO’s Washington Office from 2005 until she joined ResCare in 2008.

Kelly Shields

Ericsson Inc

Jim Solyst

Swedish Match North America

Mr. Solyst is the Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs with Swedish Match North America, where he coordinates the Company’s Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) process and related regulatory science engagements.  He has held senior positions in Washington DC based companies and associations, including the National Governors’ Association, American Chemistry Council, and the consulting firm ENVIRON International Corporation.  During his over 30 years in Washington he has worked closely with federal agencies, including EPA, FDA and the Office of Management and Budget. He has also worked with international organizations, including the UN, WHO and OECD.

Chris Villasenor

Mercuri Urval

Mr. Villasenor leads Mercuri Urval’s operation and team in North America. His focus is on how to best align services, resources and solutions to fit the needs of both domestic and international clients in the region. . As a consultant, he leads the Board & Executive and Business Transformation practices and specializes in the fields of M&A, business coaching, strategy implementation, executive search and organizational design. He has led large-scale global projects to align people capabilities with business strategy within the energy, ICT, manufacturing, P/E  and consumer products industries. He is certified as a executive coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  Chris received is BS from VA Tech in Biological Systems Engineering (2000) and his MBA from Robert Smith School University of Maryland (2011).