2002 - Blenda Kangas
The 2002 is Blenda Donatella Kangas. Among 10 highly qualified candidates, Blenda Kangas was the ultimate winner. A natural linguist, Blenda has a double major in Marketing and International Business, complemented by the CEMS Master’s in International Management.
Blendas' comments on the Scholarship
Graduating from SSE, I was looking for a big challenge that could combine my interests in Marketing and International Business. I knew that Anna - last year's holder of the scholarship, was really happy with her work at Pharmacia. The scholarship had everything I dreamt of, including an international professional experience and access to a great network of important and inspiring people. At present, I have started at Pharmacia AB and I am introduced to the world of pharmaceuticals by a broad introduction of the company and its products. This period serves as a first insight to and understanding of the complex industry before my transfer to the US headquarter. I am very thankful to Barbro & Friends, Pharmacia and SSE for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity!"
The Female Economist of the Year Award Ceremony 2002
This year's winner of the Female Economist of the Year 2002 scholarship, Blenda Kangas, was announced at a grand ceremony held at the beautiful 18th century Confidencen Theatre on August 18, 2002. Barbro Ehnbom, founder of the scholarship, joined her network of young women, BBBs, i.e. Barbro's Best & Brightest, in greeting the more than 120 prominent guests. Also present were new Friends, including the Ambassador of the United States to Sweden, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. and his wife Monica, Thomas MacDowall from Hongkong, Barbara Knaub from Florida and Gunnar and Aila Andersson from Stockholm.
After highly appreciated musical performances by Kjerstin Dellert, Ivan Renliden, Karin Nybom and Marcus Forss, Barbro Ehnbom spoke about the aspirations of the scholarship and this year's highly qualified candidates. The ceremony included remarks by other Selection Committee members, such as, Leif Lindmark, Dean of the Stockholm School of Economics, Lennart Rydén, Vice President of Pharmacia AB and Oyvind Saetre, Head of Orrefors worldwide. Holding the striking glass sculpture designed exclusively for FEOY by Erika Lagerbielke of Orrefors, Blenda Kangas gave a speech in which neither parents nor people working for the promotion of female competence were forgotten. Ms Ehnbom concluded the official presentation by awarding Best Male Support 2002 to an important but for now anonymous Friend. The ceremony was followed by dinner and champagne in festive circus tents in the beautiful Swedish summer night.