MFA (Master of Fine Art) University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, 2006. Director of Studies and Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication and Design at , Linköping University, 2019-. Has previously been teaching at KTH Media Technology and Interaction Design, KTH School of Architecture and at Bergh's School of Communication. As a conceptual artist Alessandra works with a wide range of expressions such as video, performance, sound art, robotics, artificial intelligence and artist books. With DIS since 2019.
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Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, with a certificate in translational medicine, from the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University (Boston MA, 2015). Postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, since 2015). Research focus on blood stem cells and the development of childhood leukemia. With DIS since January 2018.
Ph.D. (Department of Literature, Stockholm University, 2016). M.A. (Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, 1999). Instructor at the Department of Gender Studies at Stockholm University (2010-2013, 2015-current) as well as the 'Gender in Swedish Culture and Society' course at The Swedish Program from 2008-2016. Fields of research interest include gender perspectives in cultural studies, Swedish and international literature, and history. With DIS since 2016.
Studied photojournalism at Nordens Fotoskola (2002). Since then she has worked full time with photojournalism and is specialized in portraits and stories. Anna works mostly for magazines and union newspapers and was the photo editor of the now closed magazine Ingenjören. In 2010 and 2012 she won the Best Photo Award at the Union Press Day.
Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, 2014). M.St. in European Literature (Oxford University, 2004). Taught Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies and Media and Communication at Stockholm University 2006–2017 (part time), as well as at other Swedish universities. Fields of interest include media history, intermedial studies, visual culture, gender studies and postcolonial studies. With DIS since 2017.
PhD in medical science from Karolinska Institutet (2013). MSc in Public Health with the specialization Work & Health from Maastricht University, the Netherlands (2008). BSc in Public Health from Mälardalen University (2007). Project assistant in the HOUPE (Health and Organisation among University Physicians in Europe)-study 2014. Analyst at the Swedish National Social Insurance Agency January – July 2015. Trainee in Work Disability Prevention 2012-2015, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto University, Canada. Since May 2018 Doctoral Students’ Ombudsperson at the Medical Students Union, Karolinska Institutet. With DIS since Fall 2019.
M.Sc. in Psychology, (University of Stockholm, 1988 - 1993). Specialist training in Organizational Psychology and Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma therapy. The first part of her career has been in clinical work, mainly in the public sector. Among other things she has worked with adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses in residential care and multi-problematic families. The last ten years she has worked as an organizational consultant, first in an international consultancy company, where she became Head of Consultants and member of the executive management team. In addition she has worked with personality assessments and management team development internationally, in the Nordics, Russia, Ukraine and the US. Since 2011 she has been self-employed as a clinical and organizational consultant. With DIS since 2016.
MSc in Equality Studies (University College Dublin, 2008). Trans activist and educator, engaged in LGBTQ activism in Ireland and Europe since 2007, as former Co-Chair of Transgender Europe (TGEU) and Co-ordinator of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). Currently Chairperson of Trans Fest Stockholm, a community collective celebrating trans and gender-diverse visibility, culture and community. With DIS since 2017.
M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature, Washington University of St. Louis, graduation year 2007. Also Swedish official teaching qualification (subject: languages) from Stockholm University and Stockholm Lärarhögskola, graduation year 2009. Current self-employed at Bee Swedish, a private language business, since February 2016. Former Education Manager and also teacher in English at Komvux, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. Also member of the board at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm. Has been teaching Swedish as a foreign language since 2004, for example at Internationella Skolorna Düsseldorf, Germany and also Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.
M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (Stockholm University, 2015), B.A. in Philosophy (Stockholm University, 2013). Visiting student in Politics and Public Policy at New York University, and research internship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Founder of Poplar, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving political civility in society. Also working as an organisational consultant, focusing on leadership development, stress resilience and well-being. With DIS since 2016.
Mag.Phil. in Literature, History, Psychology and Pedagogics (University of Vienna 1985). University of Uppsala (1985-1986): Scandinavian literature with focus on women in literature from the Vikings until modern times. Founder and Owner of the language company Deutsch Exzellent (1990-). Has recently also been working with immigrants and long term unemployed people. With DIS since 2017.
Obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris (France). Her research interest started with language acquisition in infants leading to the study of the cerebral processing of language and music in adults. She became interested in neurodevelopmental disorders starting with developmental dyslexia then expending into autism spectrum disorders as well as ADHD. She is using techniques from psychology as well as neuroimaging in her research, this includes MRI (anatomical and functional) as well as EEG and eye tracking. She has been conducting her latest research at Karolinska Institutet Center for Neuro-developmental Disorders (KIND). Her interests include social cognitive skills, empathy and emotion processing within the whole spectrum of functioning from typicality till disorders such as ASD. She has been with DIS since 2016.
MBA (Finance, Manchester Business School) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) from Stockholm School of Economics. Greger has been working for more than 30 years in the financial markets. He has a solid experience as head of large asset management units; 14 years as head of Handelsbanken's fixed income fund management and asset allocation, as well as heading the investment division at the swedish central bank (Riksbanken) in charge of the management of the gold and foreign exchange reserves. Originally, an economist, but he has also worked as quant analyst as well as senior sales in structured derivatives and Private Banking at Handelsbanken. He is an appreciated teacher in economics, bond markets and interest rate products, among other things. Since 2010 he is a subconsultant to Finanskompetens and educates Investment advisors in finance, financial markets and portfolio theory for the SwedSec license. Examples of such employees who need that licence can be investment advisors, brokers, managers, analysts, compliance officers, risk managers and management. Greger has been a member of the Credit Market group in The Swedish Society of Financial Analysts (SFF) for 20 years. With DIS Stockholm since 2017.
PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. His research is focused upon various aspects of counter-terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, and intelligence based police. At the moment he is finishing his PhD thesis on the use of hard power policies in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Some of his latest publications are “A Neo-Nationalist Network: The English Defense League and Europe´s Counter-Jihad Network” (with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, 2013) and “Terrorism Learning and Innovation: Lessons from PIRA in Northern Ireland” (with Magnus Ranstorp, 2013). He gives lectures on a regular basis in Sweden, Europe, and the United States for academics as well as professionals. With DIS since 2016.
MA and BA in Philosophy, Stockholm University. PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. Visiting student research collaborator, Princeton University 2008. Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet since 2008. With DIS since 2017.
Doctoral student in the department of Public Health at Karolinska Institutet with focus on health economics of tuberculosis control and migrant health. Msc in health economy, policy and Management. Bs in Pharmacy. With DIS since 2019.
Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. PhD in Comparative Literature at Stockholm University. Visiting researcher at Oxford University and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. Most recent publication: Filosofen och vargen (The Philosopher and the Wolf) (2015), which deals with the intricate relationship between philosophy and literature, from Plato to Derrida. Current research project: Radical Mimesis: Writing the Other. With DIS since 2017.
PhD in molecular neurobiology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2005), MSc in biology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2000). Senior researcher and group leader at Science for Life laboratory, department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute since 2010. Group leader of the brain profiling efforts within the Human Protein Atlas project since 2010. Research in identifying the cellular location of proteins linked to brain function and disease. With DIS since 2017.
M.SC. ECONS (Development Studies, London School of Economics, 1995). BA (Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1983). A practicing economist with 20 years experience in the field. Taught at The International Training Centre Of The United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) – DELNET (Torino, Italy, 2003-2005). With DIS since 2017.
MD (University of Crete 2016). Research Assistant at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Solna University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2017.
PhD Candidate in History, Department of History/Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University. Taught medieval history at Stockholm University (2012–16). MA in History, Stockholm University (2010). Visiting Scholar to Columbia University (2016), Cornell University (2014) and the University of Navarra, Spain (2012–13). Areas of specialization: medieval Scandinavia; medieval Iberia; comparative history; medieval literature; political culture; gender history; the history of emotions. With DIS since 2018.
Specialist and educator in behavioral finance and senior advisor at Council Advisory Services Europe AB. He is author of a Swedish book about behavioral finance; "Börsens Psykologi - så vinner du över dina hjärnspöken och gör bättre aktieaffärer" (Sterners förlag, 2015). Long work experience (+20) in asset allocation, portfolio management and financial advisory from Handelsbanken Asset Management (www.handelsbanken.com) in Stockholm. Educator in behavioral finance and portfolio theory at Handelsbanken. M.Sc of Economics and Business, Economic Analysis, Örebro University, Sweden. Certified Financial Analyst (CEFA), Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Linus Meyer is a renowned photographer with a degree from Nordens Fotoskola and 17 years experience freelancing as a photographer for some of the biggest newspapers and magazines in Sweden. He has won several awards for his portraits and stories, both in Sweden and internationally. In recent years he has been focusing on photographing extreme sports, like cliff skiing and mountain biking; sports that he also practices in his spare time.
Ph.D. (Department of History, Södertörn University, 2016). M.A. (History, Political Science, Scandinavian Studies, Greifswald University, 2009). Lecturer at the Department of History at Södertörn University (2015-current) and Stockholm University (2016). Fields of research interest include historical perspectives at Higher Education and the development of historical regions. With DIS since 2016.
M.A. in Music, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 2017. Professional Swedish singer, performing regularly in solo, band, and vocal group concerts. Vocal teacher and teacher in music and ensemble with 10+ years experience. With DIS since 2017.
Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology (China University of Political Science and Law, 2010). Post Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (Gothenburg University, 2012). Worked as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership and cross-cultural competence training in Sweden. Also has worked as a teacher and researcher at universities in China, and was promoted to the position of associate professor in China. With DIS since 2016.
Melody Almroth, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Portland State University (2010), Master of Public Health from Umeå University (2014). 2015-present, doctoral student at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet with a research focus on academic expectations and adolescent mental health, dissertation defense scheduled for December 2019. With DIS since 2019.
Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Merrick is also Honorary Guest Professor at Leshan Normal University, P. R. China. In addition, he has had teaching assignments at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication and at the Department of Social Work at Stockholm University and at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Merrick has worked on a number of international projects, among them as Project Advisor for the Eurasian Research Centre in the Kyrgyz Republic and as Project Co-coordinator and Lecturer for the Democracy School Project in Estonia. He is a recipient of the Pedagogical Award from Stockholm University. With DIS since 2019.
MSc degree in Environmental Protection from the Helsinki University and is conducting his Doctoral thesis in value driven innovations in Smart Cities for the University of Wasa. Project manager at the City of Stockholm. More than 25 years of experience in leading development projects and was initiating, developing and is now managing all Stockholm activities in the 5-year EU-funded smart cities and communities (SCC) project GrowSmarter. As Site Manager, he has the overall management responsibility for smart sustainable solutions implementation and demonstration in Stockholm and is working closely with industrial partners. Mika has also worked with the development and execution of Stockholm’s strategy for a smart connected city since 2016. With DIS since 2019.
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2005). Post-doctoral fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. Associate Professor Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Fulbright scholar (1999-2001). Research in genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Has created, designed, implemented and evaluated courses at university level. Acted as Pedagogical Advisor, Development and Regeneration Doctoral Program, Karolinska Institutet. Has participated in national and international committees to evaluate and promote scientific and academic advancements. With DIS since 2017.
Master in Economic History and graduated Journalist (Stockholm University). Editor-in-chief for the scholarly journal Baltic Worlds at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University (since 2009). A recognized expert in the anti-trafficking field nationally as well as internationally, involved for over a decade in numerous studies, projects, and reports on human trafficking. Formed the Swedish Platform Civil society Against Human Trafficking in 2013, which she chaired until 2018. Has experience of working with victims of human trafficking from first identification and protection, to empowerment and life free from exploitation. With DiS since spring 2019.
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Stockholm University, 2014). Group Leader, Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University. With DIS since 2019.
Masters of Science (2012, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University). Current PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Criminology, Stockholm University. PhD work investigates the invisibility of male victims of human trafficking, with publications on the subject. Previously worked as Migrant Counsellor and Reintegration Assistant (2014) at the International Organization for Migration in Moscow. With DIS since 2016.
Dr. Rebecca (Reba) Howard completed bachelors and doctoral degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Pomona College and the University of California, San Francisco in addition to a NIH-NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Skidmore College. She has managed a team conducting biochemistry and electrophysiology experiments as well as molecular simulations to investigate the structure and function of ion channels at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm since 2016. Howard’s recent work includes first-author publications in PNAS, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, etc., and invited talks at the Biophysical Society, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, TEDx, and other institutions. With DIS Stockholm since 2018.
BA in Art History and Political Science, Stockholm University, 2006. Project Manager international Residency Program 2006-2010, Editor in Chief of NU-E Nordic Art Review Magazine 2004-2006, Art Critic in Flash Art, , 2005-, Communications Manager and Editor SSE Art Initiative, Stockholm School of Economics 2016-, Course Manager Art Management/Curatorial Studies at Stockholm University 2018-. With DIS since 2019.
Doctoral fellow at Karolinska Institute Stockholm in Perinatal Mental Health and Fellow at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Visiting Researcher at Fudan University, Medical School, Shanghai, China. M.S. Psychotherapy (New York City University, 2015), M.A. Linguistics, M.S. in Psychology (University of Gothenburg, 2009), B.A. (University of Zurich, 2007). Worked as psychotherapist in Shanghai, New York, Zurich, and Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.
M.A. in Political Sociology, Harvard University. Extensive teaching experience in comparative politics, multiculturalism, globalization, welfare state policy and positive psychology. Works as a Leadership Consultant, bringing the lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience to the world of business. Also an avid squash player and kayaker. With DIS since 2016.
PhD Candidate in International Entrepreneurship, Uppsala University (Sweden). Starting point of his research was his twice-awarded Master Thesis in Linnaeus University (Sweden), when he researched the Business Strategy of Small Exporting Enterprises. Later, his research focused on the International Entrepreneurship behavior of Small and Medium Sized firms. By designing the research strategy, gathering data for more than 250 Swedish cases, and analyzing both in qualitative and quantitative methods, he contributed to knowledge of the opportunity driven internationalization of firms by his research publications in high ranked peer-reviewed journals. His interests include the entrepreneurial behavior of firms, their business networks, and the attributes of the developed opportunities in terms of novelty and value, as well as explaining the seemingly irrational decision making of entrepreneurs.
BA and MA in Psychology (Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, 2008), BA in Economics and Business Communication (Budapest Business School, 2003), currently working on her Phd in Psychology. Research interests include restorative justice and victims, and cross-cultural communication. Worked as a psychologist with children and adolescents. Susanna is a communication and conflict management trainer and a lecturer at Budapest Business School. With DIS since 2017.