Ylva Freihofer

Ylva Freihofer

Executive Director

Ylva Freihofer joined the Chamber in November 2016. She grew up in Uppsala, Sweden and later moved to Geneva, Switzerland to study French. Ylva went on to study Political Science at the University of Geneva and graduated with a Masters (Licence es Sci Pol). Before relocating to New Delhi, India, Ylva worked in Public Relations and Marketing in both Geneva and Zurich. In India she joined the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce as the General Manager. After almost 5 years in New Delhi, she moved back to Switzerland where she assumed the role of Executive Director for the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce. Ylva has been living in the DC area with her family since July 2014.

Cerise Pfannenstill

Cerise Pfannenstill

Business Associate

Cerise Pfannenstill joined the Chamber in January 2018. She’s a Business graduate from Lund University with a major in Corporate Financial Management. She’s interested in compliance and sustainability and in her thesis, she examined the presence of women at leading positions in Swedish companies and evaluated the relationship between women and earnings management. Cerise grew up in south of Sweden but she has international experience from studying at San Diego State University and in 2016 she was selected for the exchange program at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. Before joining the Chamber, Cerise worked at Nordea Bank AB where she worked with analyzing customers’ needs to improve customer service and with risk management to prevent money laundering and financial crime.

Maria Alamine

Maria Alamine

Business Associate

Maria Alamine joined the Chamber in June 2018. She grew up in Sweden and has lived in Paris for one year where she studied at the university of IPAG. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in the field of International Business and graduated from Linneaus University in Sweden. She’s fluent in Swedish, English, Arabic and speaks French. Overall her education focused on the internationalization and the growth of domestic organizations to global markets. She recently worked at Jobtip in Gothenburg where tasks involved navigating and consulting companies on how to strengthen their Employer Brand to specific target groups on social media.

Arvid Stigland

Arvid Stigland

Communications Associate

Arvid Stigland joined the Chamber in August 2018. He is a recent bachelor graduate and the first associate to take over the newly initiated communications position. Arvid is originally from Gothenburg but later moved south to pursue a degree in strategic communication at Lund University. He holds previous international experience from studying in Vancouver and previous work experience from a wide variety of different jobs. More recently, he assumed the role as a creative intern at a communication agency in Malmö, where he practiced turning strategy into business-driven, creative concepts.