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Alumnus of the Year

Each year, Uppsala University awards the title of Alumnus of the Year to an alumnus or alumna who has made an outstanding contribution to their professional field, or has accomplished something else worthy of honouring.

Nominations can be submitted by anyone with a connection to Uppsala University. The person awarded Uppsala University Alumnus of the Year will be announced during the celebration of the anniversary of the University’s foundation, taking place in the first week of October.

The final date for nominations 2018 has expired.

About the award Alumnus of the Year

Alumnus of the Year – recipients

Alumna of the Year 2017: Anita Falkenek

Anita Falkenek is CEO of Krav and has long worked with environment and sustainability issues. She has a degree in ecotoxicology and biology from Uppsala University.
From the award citation:
“Anita Falkenek is deeply committed to and involved in the challenges faced by society and food production today. Through her tireless work, she has contributed to Swedish major companies understanding that environment and sustainability are self-evident areas of development and prerequisites for profitable business activities. Through her work for environmental and sustainability issues, Anita Falkenek has taken an active roll in societal development and contributed to a better world. Thereby, she is a good role model for Uppsala University’s students.”

Alumnus of the Year 2016: Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi – political adviser and Iran expert. His studies at Uppsala University became a foundation for an international career. He has, among other things, been an adviser at the White House, won awards for his books on international relations and worked in the UN General Assembly with human rights issues.
From the award citation:
“Through his passionate work for democracy and development, Trita Parsi has become a role model who has taken action in society. His articles on Middle East issues have been published in world-leading journals and he can often be seen on CNN, NPR and Al-Jazeera. Trita Parsi personifies Uppsala University’s ultimate goal: to contribute to a better world.”

Alumnus of the Year 2015: Niklas Zennström

The title of Alumnus of the Year 2015 at Uppsala University is being awarded to IT entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, current CEO of the investment firm Atomico. He receives the award for his work in climate change and his entrepreneurship.
From the award citation:
‘Niklas Zennström, founder of the technology companies Skype, Kazaa and Joost among others, has greatly contributed to the advancement of the global information and knowledge society of today. Currently, Niklas Zennström runs the investment firm Atomico, which specializes in innovative IT companies.’

Alumnus of the Year 2014: Jan and Maria Berglin

The 2014 Alumnus of the Year award has been awarded to cartoonists Jan and Maria Berglin. They have been chosen for the award for their important input to public debate in Sweden. As continuously current portrayers of society they are good role models for today’s and tomorrow’s students.
From the award citation:
‘The comic artists Jan and Maria Berglin provide important input to Swedish public debate. As continuously current portrayers of society they are good role models for today’s and tomorrow’s students. The Berglins raise and put the spotlight on truths, contradictions and shortcomings in everyday life and society. The messages conveyed are insightful, humorous, satirical, and charitable. The comics reach a wide readership.’

Alumna of the Year 2013: Petra Einarsson

The 2013 Alumna of the Year Award at Uppsala University goes to Petra Einarsson, the CEO of Sandvik Materials Technology. She was selected to receive the award because of her deep commitment to diversity issues and her inclusive leadership style, and for setting a good example for students of today and tomorrow.
From the award citation:
"Petra Einarsson has distinguished herself in her career at Sandvik and is a good ambassador for Uppsala University. She started out as a trainee and then held many different positions in finance, including business controller and CFO. Petra Einarsson has demonstrated her deep commitment to diversity issues and an inclusive leadership style, and she sets a good example for today's students – and those of tomorrow."

Alumnus of the Year 2012:
Stefan Swartling Peterson, Professor of Global Health

Alumnus of the Year 2010:
Peter Englund, Author, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy (1 June 2009 – 31 May 2015)