2007 - Raheleh Nassaji
Raheleh Nassaji has been selected Female Economist of the Year 2007. As always, the weather gods were smiling over the Female Economist of the Year Award Ceremony, which took place on the evening of June 4th at Confidencen – the Royal Theatre at Ulriksdal.
The recipient of the 2007 year’s scholarship, Raheleh Nassaji, was celebrated by the scholarship founder Barbro Ehnbom and 160 exclusively invited guests, including Friends and members of the female network Barbro’s Best and Brightest (BBB).
The audience was made up of the wonderful variety of people that this unique scholarship seems to attract every year, with business industrialists mingling with ambassadors, up-and-coming politicians, established cultural personalities and, of course, the plentiful presence of tomorrow’s female leaders...
After a champagne reception in the beautiful garden, the festivities continued inside the rococo theatre. Kjerstin Dellert, Director of Confidencen, was the hostess of the evening and Alexandra Charles its mistress of ceremonies. After the welcoming remarks, superb musical performances followed: Dramatic soprano Madeleine Kristoffersson, who had come to Stockholm from NYC for this night only, entered the stage, accompanied by pianist Magnus Mårtensson, also from NYC. They were brilliantly followed by Marcus Forss, clarinettist, and the piano legend Ivan Renliden. The tenor Fernando Concha continued with two beautiful love songs. Jazz singer and BBB-member Jenny Karlberg finished the musical part of the evening together with Sven-Olof Johansson on trumpet, Friend and Best Male Support 2004.
After the musical performances, Barbro Ehnbom opened the award ceremony in her very own style. She was followed by Lars Bergman, President of Stockhom School of Economics, and Niklas Prager, CEO of Pfizer AB. Erika Lagerbielke from Orrefors gave this year’s “inspirational speech”. Ms. Ehnbom then presented Raheleh Nassaji with the beautiful Female Economist of the Year sculpture, exclusively designed by Erika Lagerbielke for the scholarship. Raheleh gave a moving speech about the importance of the Female Economist of the Year scholarship, what it had meant to her and what she hoped it would mean to her in the future.
Before the award ceremony was over, the Swedish-American business man and SSE alumni Gunnar Gillberg received the honourable price Best Male Support 2007. A dinner then followed in the garden outside Confidencen, with pianist Magnus Mårtensson entertaining the guests.