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“Women in business and politics” in the United Kingdom and Sweden in focus at seminar in London with Cherie Blair and Patricia Hewitt

Press Release   •   Jan 28, 2010 16:20 GMT

London, 28 January 2010

“Today, one of the most often debated issues in business and politics, in Sweden and in the United Kingdom, is the lack of women at senior level of management, in the board rooms and in politics”, says Annika Wahlberg, Managing Director at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. “The case of gender equality continues to make headlines in the world press and the facts speak for themselves; there is a gap in the distribution of men and women in both politics and business”.

"We are delighted to see such an esteemed panel of speakers join us for this important event", says Peter Sandberg, Communications Manager at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. "It is a topical event and it will be interesting to learn from both British and Swedish experiences when it comes to gender equality in business and politics".

Other speakers and panelists include Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive, British Bankers' Association, Ingrid Bonde, President, AMF, Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Capital Management, Sven Hagströmer, Chairman, Investment AB Öresund, Margaret Cole, Director, Enforcement and Financial Crime, FSA, Lena Olving, Executive Vice President, Saab, Susie Uppal, Director of Legal Enforcement, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Jens Orback, Secretary General, Olof Palme International Center. Lars Einar Engström, Author, Columnist and Managing Director, Eventum and Margot James, Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Women. An opening address will be given by Dr Beatrice Engström-Bondy. Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Investor AB and Carl Nisser will be the roving commentator.

For press enquiries, please contact Peter Sandberg, Communications Manager on +44 20 7224 8001 or by e-mail to


The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 and has around 400 Member companies, representing not only Swedish companies but also British and European companies interested in strengthening their existing ties with Sweden and the UK or expanding to new markets. Today the Swedish Chamber is one of the largest and most active foreign Chambers in the UK.

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