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IKEA boss and PEN editor are 2014 Alumni of the Year

Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO of IKEA Group, and Elnaz Baghlanian, editor and office coordinator at Swedish PEN, have been named Linköping University’s Alumni of the Year for 2014.

Elnaz Baghlanian and Peter AgnefjällFrom their time at Linköping University, Mr Agnefjäll has an MA in business administration and Ms Baghlanian a BA in literature.

As office coordinator at Swedish Pen, Ms Baghlanian fights for freedom of speech. She is also editor of the Dissident Blog, where PEN publishes writings by authors who are censured in their own countries.

”My job combines my two biggest interests: social issues and literature. I’m extremely privileged.”

Elnaz Baghlanian won the award because, as the jury writes, she ”uses her passion for social issues, her artistic talents and her knowledge of literature to enable others to express themselves freely”.

Twenty years ago, Mr Agnefjäll started working at IKEA as a trainee. Today he leads the company’s worldwide business, as President and CEO of the IKEA Group.

”I’ve simply been able to work with duties I enjoy. You do a good job then.”

Peter Agnefjäll is ”a resourceful, ambitious person who has had a fantastic career, working his way from the salesfloor to a top role in a world-leading company”, according to the jury.

The Alumni of the Year awards are a way for Linköping University to honour former students (alumni) who make outstanding contributions. This is the fourth consecutive year that the university selects Alumni of the Year.

On Friday 3 October, Ms Baghlanian and Mr Agnefjäll will receive their awards at a ceremony at Linköping University’s Campus Valla. Students and staff will be able to listen to their stories of engagement, careers and life choices.

 

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More about Alumni of the Year, and registration for the awards ceremony (only available in Swedish)


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