ABOUT MUNDUS

Mundus International  provides news and analysis of the Nordics, pulling the whole story together for an international audience.

Mundus International AB was founded by Jessica Nilsson Williams in 2012  to provide information and analysis to embassies accredited to Sweden. Since then, we have built up a strong client base amongst diplomats, businesspeople and international students through our news and research reports. We are adept at explaining the subtleties of the culture, processes and politics to an international audience.

In 2018 we expanded our services to Finland and in 2019 we started up our Nordic-wide media- and parliamentary monitoring service. In 2020 we launched Nordic Green, a new venture to provide news from the Nordic countries.

OUR VISION

Mundus International means that our focus is in interpreting events for an international audience, adding extra context for those new to the Nordics – or monitoring the Nordics – who are not aware of the historical background to everything and ensuring that we make explicit cultural assumptions that the locals may take for granted. We provide facts, analysis and interpretation –  pulling the whole story together for an international audience.

OUR VALUES

We are proud to work with embassies and top executives in a range of different sectors. Our goal is to help them deliver their objectives by providing them with a deep understanding of the Nordic society and the Nordics on the global arena. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are committed to ​quality​ and ​excellence​.

MULTI-LINGUAL AND MULTI-CULTURAL

Mundus’ speciality is in working with people from other cultures. All of our team has lived and worked in more than one country, which means that we naturally see things from more than the obvious Swedish perspective. And, as you would expect, we speak a wide array of languages, including English, the Nordic languages, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Russian. 

In addition to our language competence, our principals are also trained in intercultural competence. We have been involved in a number of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in Sweden, and in 2020 are publishing a book looking at how cultures approach the corona crisis in different ways, seeking to identify what can be learned from others.

Meet the Mundus team

Mundus is headquartered in Danderyd outside Stockholm, Sweden, and runs a hybrid office with a team operating in a number of countries

  • Jessica Nilsson Williams

    Jessica Nilsson Williams

    CEO & Founder

    Jessica began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.

  • Sean Williams

    Sean Williams

    Commercial Director

    Sean began his career in the oil industry Australia. After working internationally in commercial roles with BP in South Africa, the UK and Singapore he moved to Sweden with his family in 2009. He worked in business development and then as the Strategy and Growth Director for NASDAQ Commodities from 2009 to 2015. Sean holds an engineering degree from Adelaide University and an MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

  • Adin Mezquida Slette

    Adin Mezquida Slette

    Media Intelligence Manager and Senior writer

    Adin holds a Major in Urban Planning from Stockholm University. Adin has worked as a Political Advisor to a County Council Commissioner at the Stockholm County Council with regional planning as her area of expertise. She has spend the past 15 years abroad in Singapore and the UAE.

  • Anna Rivetti

    Anna Rivetti

    Editor

    Anna holds a degree in International Law and Economics from Hankuk University in South Korea. Anna began her career in Seoul, initially with an international investment firm and then with the Korean arbitral institution. Prior to her time in South Korea, she served in the Swedish Armed Forces as a Medic Tank Chief. She has a keen interest in development issues, particularly in the ambit of human rights. She speaks Italian, English, Swedish, French and Korean.

  • August Ahlin

    August Ahlin

    Senior Writer

    August is a Law student at Uppsala University and have previously studied Business Administration and Management on a soccer scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Earlier in his career, he have worked as a freelance journalist and junior SEO specialist at Aftonbladet. He is plays football at a semi professional level as a goalkeeper for Gamla Upsala SK. August speaks Swedish, English and Estonian.

  • Axel Berggren

    Axel Berggren

    Senior Writer

    Axel comes from an international background having lived in Egypt, Turkey, Sweden, Greece, Britain and Mexico. Axel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Leeds and a Master’s in Management from the Business School at Stockholm University. He has previously worked at political newspaper Altinget and is currently at Sveriges Radio.

  • Elliot Easton

    Elliot Easton

    Senor Writer

    Born in Sweden to Turkish and Scottish parents, Elliot has pursued an academic career in anthropology, receiving his BSc from St. Andrews University and an MSc from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Alongside Mundus International, Elliot works as a freelance UX-researcher for a fintech start-up located in Stockholm. He speaks fluent English and Swedish, as well as being able to converse at an intermediate level in Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe

    Elisabeth Gheorghe

    Analyst and Senior Writer

    Elisabeth holds a BA (Hons) and MA in Russian and East European Studies from the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She began her career in academia, and after having initially dived into the media sector in London, Elisabeth worked at organisations such as the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council, on issues such as corruption, energy and the green transition, defence, regional cooperation and integration. She speaks English, French and Russian, among other languages.

  • Eric Bergman

    Eric Bergman

    Analyst and Senior writer

    Eric is a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki with a background in international business, communications, and language editing. A Finnish American who was raised bilingually, he has first-hand experience of the planet as a global village.

  • Hellen Gheorghe

    Hellen Gheorghe

    Analyst and Senior Writer

    Hellen holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic from the University of Westminster and MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She began her career at the BBC Arabic News Service and then worked for a range of news agencies. Hellen has also worked with a global investment bank at Kantar Media and has experience of policy work at the European Commission. She is fluent in Swedish, English, French and Arabic.

  • Ian Higham

    Ian Higham

    Analyst and Senior Writer

    Ian is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies and Lecturer at Stockholm University. Prior to that, he worked as a research analyst at EIRIS and as a business researcher for The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stockholm University and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

  • Jake Lowther

    Jake Lowther

    Editor

    Jake is a qualified lawyer who graduated with honours from the University of Notre Dame Australia. He began his legal career with an international corporate law firm in Perth, and has work experience from the Republic of Korea and from Germany, where he completed his LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution. He is a trainee at Magnusson law firm.

  • Janetta Santalo

    Janetta Santalo

    Senior Writer

    Janetta has worked as freelance journalist for various types of publications, with communications agencies, NGO's and media houses as clients. Having lived in six countries: Finland, Sweden, US, France, Bulgaria and Croatia, Janetta is an avid follower of international affairs, politics and cultural trends around the world.

  • Mahmoud Samara

    Mahmoud Samara

    Intern Nordic Green

    Mahmoud holds a B.Sc. in applied Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Industrial Management, both from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is fluent in English, Swedish and Arabic. Mahmoud also takes great interest in sustainability issues, specifically energy transitions in the industry, as well as business development.

  • Miika Järvisaari

    Miika Järvisaari

    Senior Writer

    Miika is a student of Economics, Law and International Relations at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea. His passion lies in parliamentary debate, where he actively competes in tournaments and leads practice sessions at his university, discussing topics from politics to philosophy. He takes great interest in ethics, and is a big proponent of animal rights.

  • Nick Davenport

    Nick Davenport

    Project Manager

    Nick holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, post degree he worked in London for publications including the Guardian and AFK News. He also worked at Director level for a UK Property development firm for over a decade before moving to Stockholm with his partner and son. In Sweden he worked with a number of green startups before joining Mundus International in order to better focus on green issues Nordic wide

  • Samu Järvisaari

    Samu Järvisaari

    Writer

    Samu is studying for an MSc degree in Economics at the University of Oulu, Finland. He studied his BBA degree in Bangkok, where he went on to work multiple years in international trade consulting, specialising in markets of Southeast Asia and China. He has a keen interest in environmental economics and sustainable development, and passionate about improving basic education in developing countries.

  • Venla Hannuksela

    Venla Hannuksela

    Senior Writer

    Venla holds a Master’s Degree in political science from Åbo Akademi University in Finland, having also studied public international law, intercultural communication, and philosophy. She started her career interning for the Embassy of Finland in Stockholm. Venla has held various positions of trust from the age of 16 and has a keen interest for politics, culture, human rights, and development issues. She has full professional proficiency in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, and Spanish.