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Board of Directors

Friends of House of Sweden is run by a board of directors, Americans and Swedes who care about promoting U.S.-Swedish relations. The Embassy of Sweden officials serve on an ex officio basis.

Robert H. Craft, Jr., President, is Senior Counsel at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he has spent his entire legal career with the exception of brief stints at the State Department and Securities Exchange Commission. He has been president of the Washington National Opera for many years.

Björn Arvidsson

Natalia Brzezinski

David Dangoor is Sweden’s Honorary Consul General in New York, and President of Innoventive Partners LLC, consulting services in strategic planning, marketing and public relations. Mr. Dangoor is also Chairman of BioGaia AB, a Swedish bio-techy company.

Monica Enqvist is the Head of Public Diplomacy, Press and Communications at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. Before taking up her current position in September 2014, she was Press Secretary at the Office of the Minister for Trade. Ms Enqvist worked with Sweden’s Minister for Trade since 2009 and was responsible for all press and communication issues. Before starting at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm Ms Enqvist worked as a journalist and news anchor.

Brent Erickson is executive vice president in charge of the Industrial and Environmental Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations.

Bruce Karstadt is President and CEO of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. He serves as Honorary Consul General for Sweden in Minnesota. Mr. Karstadt is also on the Boards of Swedish Council of America, SACC-Minnesota, and the Swedish-American Historical Society.

Göran Lithell is Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC. From 2010 until he took up his present position in September 2014, Mr. Lithell was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Lithell was Chief of Staff for Sweden’s Minister of Defence. He has also worked as advisor to the Minister for Trade. Mr. Lithell has previously been posted in Tallin, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has also worked as Deputy Director at the ministerial HR department.

Renée Lundholm

Kate Novak is a resident of Washington, D.C. where she has been active in many civic and cultural organizations, including SVEA, of which she was the founder and first president. She established and ran a interior design firm in Washington for over 30 years, involving residences, offices and American embassies. Mrs. Novak lives with her husband Alan Novak adjacent to House of Sweden.

Gerd Sjögren