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The winner is selected by the SACC New York-Deloitte Green Award jury and will be presented during the Sustainology Summit.

 
 
Andreas Marcetic
Partner – Financial Advisory Leader
Deloitte Sweden

Andreas Marcetic is a Partner and Executive Group Member of Deloitte Sweden. He joined Deloitte in 1995 and is responsible for Financial Advisory’s consultants in Sweden, providing expertise in transactions, valuations and corporate finance advisory, primarily for strategic and private equity clients in the Nordic region, Europe and the U.S. Recurring clients include KKR, ICA Gruppen, AstraZeneca, Volvo Cars, Stora Enso and SKF. Marcetic also serves as a Board Member of SACC New York.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Marcetic worked for Gota Bank and Retriva, primarily focussing on funding of the Nordic real estate market. He is a graduate of the University of Stockholm and has studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Karl Wellner
Chairman
SACC New York

Karl Wellner is the Chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. He is also the Chairman and CEO for Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management Inc. New York, a registered investment firm and a member of NASD. With his help, Papamarkou has become the highly regarded wealth management firm it is today. Prior to joining Papamarkou, Wellner was the President for Key Asset Management USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of London based Hedge Fund firm. He has held several Director and President positions throughout his career, such as Director of Business Development of Bank Julius Baer, New York 1990-1993, Director of the Advisory Board of Key Hedge Fund Ltd., London, 1990-1996, and President of JS Products Inc., New York, the US subsidiary of an investment firm in the Swedish Volvo Group. 1983-1987, and was the Assistant Swedish Trade Commission in Zurich, Switzerland between 1978-1983. Besides his role at Papamarkou, Wellner is also the Vice President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Karl Wellner has a BS in Political Science from Uppsala University and Stockholm University, and a MS in Finance and International Marketing from Stockholm School of Economics. He is fluent in six languages, English, Swedish, German, French, Italian and Estonian.

 

Anna Schreil
VP Operations
The Absolut Company

As VP of Operations at The Absolut Company, Anna Schreil is responsible for the production of three global spirits brands; Absolut Vodka, Malibu and Kahlúa. She was handpicked for the role because of her profound knowledge when it comes to production, product development, and supply chain management from the food industry.

Schreil started at The Absolut Company as Head of Product Development and R&D for Absolut Vodka, Sweden’s largest food export and the world’s fifth largest spirits brand. During her first four years she headed up several projects related to sustainability, innovation and eco-design. Anna has brought her passion for these issues into her current role.

Schreil is based in the small town of Åhus in southern Sweden where every single drop of Absolut Vodka is produced. Today, the vodka production is climate neutral and the most energy-efficient large distillery in the world. The goal is set to become a completely sustainable and circular production site with net zero resource consumption and net zero climate impact by 2040.

Johan Jörgensen
Founder
Sweden FoodTech

Johan Jörgensen is the founder of Sweden FoodTech (swedenfoodtech.com) a coaching and venture company focused on building the next generation food system entrepreneurs. He has more than 20 years of experience from being an entrepreneur and investor in the Internet sector, but converted to the future of food after being voted “venture capitalist of the year” in 2011 and subsequently was bombarded by irrelevant business ideas.

The fundamental change of the current food system is not a passion, it is an existential necessity that can only be solved by deploying massive amounts of innovation, plus a substantial dose of tech and entrepreneurship. Each year that is also showcased at Smaka på Stockholm, one of the world’s largest food festivals, where Jörgensen is a partner. In 2015 Jörgensen headed up the USA Pavilion innovation program on food and tech at Expo 2015 in Milan.

Currently he lives between Stockholm and London, spending an unfair amount of time in transit between events and meetings aimed at re-building the food sector. He is also partner of Smaka på Stockholm, one of the world’s largest food festivals.

Nina Ekelund
Executive Director
The Haga Initiative

Nina Ekelund is the initiator, together with the companies, of the sustainable business network The Haga Initiative as well as founder and chairperson of 2050 Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience from pursuing environment and climate issues within the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, The Prime Minister's Office, The Environment Department in The Stockholm City Council, Stockholm Resilience Centre and as member of the party board for Christian Democrats. Further, Ekelund participated as special adviser in the multipartisan Committee on the Environment, which was responsible for the development of Sweden´s new climate goals. She has several times been appointed one of the most influential people regarding environmental issues in Sweden. Through the Haga Initiative, Nina strives toward mitigation of climate impact from businesses focusing on making climate change the top priority for business leaders as well as politicians. The Haga Initiative gathers leading companies who reduce climate impact and profit from business opportunities and transforming goals into action. The member companies recently set the goal to be fossil fuel free within their own operations by 2030.

Siggi Hilmarsson
Founder & CEO
siggi’s Dairy

Siggi Hilmarsson is Founder and CEO of the Icelandic Milk & Skyr Corporation, better known as siggi’s yogurt.

Not long after moving to New York from his native Iceland to attend graduate school, Hilmarsson found himself missing skyr, the Icelandic yogurt he grew up eating. In 2006, he started making skyr in his kitchen and began selling it at a local farmer’s market. Now, ten years later, his products are available in stores nationwide. In addition to the thick, creamy, and protein-rich skyr, Hilmarsson’s product line also includes siggi’s probiotic yoghurt shots and filmjölk, a Swedish-style drinkable yogurt. He espouses a policy of low sugar and a short ingredient list for all his products. The skyr is made with milk from grass-fed, local New York cows and comes in a cup that uses 40 to 50 percent less plastic than other typical yogurt cups. (The not-so-secret secret is the recyclable cardboard sleeve that supports the container.) Most of the whey, the byproduct water strained away to make the yogurt so thick, is donated to local farmers who use it as feed for their pigs, who quite enjoy it. Hilmarsson’s brainchild has gotten wide coverage in the media and has landed him on Food & Wine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list of the most influential people on the U.S. food scene.