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SI Alumni Profile: Dr. Bahar Baser

Name: Dr. Bahar Baser

Country: Turkey

When, where & what you studied/researched about in Sweden:

I completed my MA in International Studies at Uppsala University (The Department of Peace and Conflict Research) thanks to the Swedish Institute scholarship between 2006 and 2007. Between 2007 and 2008, I received a visiting researcher scholarship from the SI to become part of a research project led by Prof. Ashok Swain, entitled ‘Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes’. I learnt a great deal in these 2 years and worked with amazing people. This experience also helped me to land on a fully-funded Phd programme at a very prestigious institution, the European University Institute in Florence. Read more » >>

SI Alumni Profile: Georgina Chávez Lizarraga

Georgina Chávez Lizarraga “nailing” her thesis.

Name: Georgina Chávez Lizarraga

Country: Bolivia

When, where & what you studied/researched about in Sweden:

I was part of a Sandwich Program which means I did half  of my PhD in Bolivia and half in Sweden, however I did also a stage in The Netherlands. I came to department of Biotechnology at Lund University in 2006 and defend my thesis in Oxidation of ketones in 2013.

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SI Alumni Profile: Sukma Dwi Andrina

2014 NFGL Diploma Ceremony in the Golden Hall of the Stockholm City Hall

Name: Sukma Dwi Andrina (Andrina)

Country: Indonesia

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:
I took Master of Environmental Law in Stockholm University in 2013 – 2014.

Current occupation:
I am currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. I am doing a research on the interplay of investment law and sustainable development – also looking at different ways to improve international investment law.

You finished your scholarship period this year and were one of the speakers at the NFGL Diploma Ceremony in the City Hall in Stockholm on 16 May 2014. Please tell us what your time as a SI scholarship holder meant to you and what hopes you have for the future as an SI Alumnus
Addressing my fellow scholarship holders at the NFGL Diploma Ceremony was one of the best things that happened to me in Sweden. I spoke about making good environmental choices as individuals – where it is easy to contribute to environmental protection only by changing your way of life. Living in Sweden inspired me to choose this topic since caring for the environment is already a part of the Swedish culture.

Being an SI Scholar allowed me to meet people with different backgrounds from different parts of the world, especially during conferences and my travels. As an SI alumnus, this is what I hope to continue to do. I’d like to be the voice for cooperation in environmental efforts which brings everyone on board, from companies, governments and individuals.

Above all, being part of NFGL makes me feel welcomed in this country!

SI Alumni Profile: Dawit Hailu Mazengia

Skiing in Uppsala, winter 2010.

Name: Dawit Hailu Mazengia

Country: Ethiopia

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:
I was awarded an SI scholarship in 2006 to attend my master’s studies in Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, which I completed in 2008. Immediately after that, I joined Uppsala University and studied Sustainable Development specializing on Energy and completed my studies in 2010.

Current occupation:
Currently I’m working at Libya Oil Ethiopia Ltd, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as Lead Engineer and working part time research works in Water and Energy related issues (self)

Strongest memory from Sweden:
Biking in the snow was one of my favorite activities sin Sweden. I also did some skiing in the winters and that was quite an amazing experience too. Read more » >>

Alumni Maciej on Polish TV about Swedish economy

We often get questions on what our alumni are are up to after they have finnised their studies, reaserach and scholarship peiod in Sweden. Our visby Scholarship holder was resentlty on TV as an expert on the Swedish economy. I asked him to send us a short report about his TV session and this is what he had to share with us. I hope you enjoy and share your comments!


Maciej M. Sokolowski

Maciej M. Sokolowski

Maciej M. Sokolowski, member of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders’, and soon to be SI Alumni was a guest of “the Value” programme on the Polish business television TVN CNBC. Commenting on the latest good data on the Swedish economy he emphasized that they were rather unexpected, and previous market sentiments were worse.



The consumers’ sentiments have fallen below the historical average in terms of the ranking of the market confidence – said Maciej M. Sokolowski citing figures from a few weeks ago. According to Sokolowski the latest information from the Swedish market show that the strength of the Swedish economy is much stronger because it has a good structure that would not be so easily undermined.

As the foundation of the Swedish economy Sokolowski indicated export. – Despite the fact that in the first quarter there were some changes in comparison to the data from the previous year, by about 10% in export, if we look at the product structure we have an increase, e.g. Swedish pharmaceuticals recorded 34% growth – explained Sokolowski. He also referred to the Swedish foreign investments (e.g. Tetra Pak has opened its own factory in India, which is able to produce 8.5 billion packages in a year, or Scania, which has signed a contract for the supply of 360 buses to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

When asked about the direction of the Swedish economic cooperation Sokolowski commented on the recent visit of the Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg in Africa – Today the Swedish export structure is as follows: 70% is still Europe, as for Africa, it is only 2.5%. Nevertheless, Swedes have a plan that in 2016 about 14% of Swedish exports will go to Africa – said Sokolowski. In the context of export policy Maciej M. Sokolowski, pointed out that SEK is its important part. He quoted the social data confirming this commitment to the Swedish currency. – Two years ago, about 50% of Swedes wanted to join the euro zone, today it is only 40% – underlined Sokolowski.