Emna Khadri is a Master’s student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in Finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Retail Management from the Stockholm School of Economics. Ms. Khadri is a recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s full-tuition ‘Yes Program’, awarded to 20 students from her home country each year. She spent one semester studying at a high school in the US and led the role of youth ambassador to spread awareness about her home country and help bridge the gap between the Arab world and the U.S.
Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Khadri previously worked in a strategy and operations a Deloitte and growth capital at a Swedish investment firm. She also interned at a fast-growing operator of online marketplaces where she learned about technology and coding skills. Emna is particularly interested in financial management, the development of international businesses and the intersection of the private and the public sector. She is fluent in French, Arabic, and English, and has a proficient understanding of Swedish.
During the summer, Ms. Khadri interned at Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, an award-winning affordable housing developer in Virginia. She learned about how the political economy of governments shapes the growth of businesses. She conducted pro forma financial analysis, funding applications, and policy analysis. Ms. Khadri has chosen classes in international negotiations and political economy of cities as she is keen on learning about foreign policy.
Wuraola Okuwobiis a Master’s in Finance student at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). She was the only Swedish Institute scholarship recipient at SSE in 2021. She graduated top of her class at Afe Babalola University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She is interested in optimizing finance for sustainable development.
Prior to SSE, she worked in the international tax divisions at PwC and Andersen where she advised multinationals and domestic group companies on related party transactions. While at Andersen, she contributed to the development of the firm’s Transfer Pricing practice in Africa and the Middle East.
Ms. Okuwobi manages the finance operations and sits on the board of Green Growth Africa (formerly ISNAD-Africa), a UNEP accredited organization committed to driving sustainable development in Africa through its various initiatives focused on education, energy, and environment.
As a Wallenberg fellow, Ms. Okuwobi works on exciting projects at GEF Capital Partners, a niche private equity firm focused on financing climate action and pollution mitigation. In this role, she contributes to different stages of a private equity deal process and discovers parallels between professional practice and theories from her SSE classes.
Isak Öhlund is a Master’s student at the Stockholm School of Economics pursuing a degree in International Business. He previously graduated from the Bachelor Program in Business & Economics with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance from the same school. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Öhlund spent an exchange semester at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
Mr. Öhlund has additional academic experience from Stockholm University, where he has studied French. Furthermore, he has worked in human resources and assisted a digital health start-up. Additionally, Mr. Öhlund has done a 4-week global engagement internship in Uganda as part of his Master’s.
His interests include politics, where he sees the growing globalization and political volatility as a call for increased appreciation of institutional considerations in corporate strategy. Mr. Öhlund’s interest in politics is an aspect he looks forward to expanding as a Wallenberg Fellow. He is a native speaker of Swedish, fluent in English, and has intermediate knowledge of French.
His internship in Washington this summer was with Medtronic in the International Relations team, where he worked on sustainability-related questions and regulatory barriers in emerging markets for the medical technology industry. Throughout the fall, Mr. Öhlund is continuing his internship at Medtronic.
Georgetown University Fellows
Flora Adamian is a candidate for the Master of Arts in German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she is also pursuing an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Ms. Adamian is the recipient of the BMW Center for German and European Studies’ Flynn Memorial Scholarship, a full-tuition award granted to one outstanding member of each incoming class.
Ms. Adamian graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she studied Diplomacy and World Affairs with a minor in German. In 2019, she was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Congress-Bundestag Fellowship for Young Professionals, which allowed her to study at Humboldt Universität, intern for the German Parliament, and report on local news for a Berlin-based NPR member station.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Ms. Adamian worked as a Press Assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, which sparked her interest in private-public partnerships. She has also worked in journalism specializing in public policy coverage and disinformation campaigns. After years of experience in media and the public sector, she is interested in exploring private sector solutions to global crises. She is particularly curious about solutions for addressing wealth inequality and sustainability. She is fluent in German and Armenian.
While in Stockholm, Ms. Adamian worked as a Sustainability Associate for EQT AB’s Group Sustainability and EQT Exeter (real estate) teams. She helped develop and implement the company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework and focused heavily on the collection and input of ESG data, research on global sustainability policies for firms, due diligence reports, and internal communications. Her summer experience sparked a passion for sustainable finance, which she plans to pursue after graduation.
Drew Fenneris a Master’s candidate in German and European Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is also pursuing an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy with specific interest in trade, technology, and sustainability. His Master’s thesis focuses on transatlantic convergence on semiconductor trade and investment policy. Mr. Fenner graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in European Union Studies. During his undergraduate career, he spent summers abroad in Salzburg, Austria and Brussels, Belgium studying EU foreign and economic policy.
Mr. Fenner’s background concentrates on business-government relations in the EU and transatlantic contexts. Previously, he was a European Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, focusing on business challenges and opportunities linked to the EU’s green and digital agendas. Prior to Georgetown, he worked on issues of EU legislative politics at Brussels-based institutions, including Alber & Geiger, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and the Institute for Competitiveness. Mr. Fenner was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He is a native English speaker and has an advanced knowledge of French.
As a Wallenberg International Fellow, Mr. Fenner worked as a Sustainability Associate within the Private Capital and Infrastructure divisions at EQT Group. At EQT, he supported leadership in designing a firm-wide negative screening policy, as well as developed portfolio companies’ sustainability agendas used in fundraising efforts.
Eleanor Rubin is a Master’s candidate in German and European Studies at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she is pursuing the International Business Diplomacy Honors Program and is most interested in studying the intersection of diplomacy, technology, and business.
Ms. Rubin graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in June 2021, having double majored in Law, Letters, and Society and Germanic Studies. She received the Germanic Studies Department’s Romberg Summer Research Award for her honors undergraduate thesis research. Her interdisciplinary thesis combined topics from both majors, comparing approaches to freedom of speech and internet hate speech regulation in the United States and Germany.
Ms. Rubin is most focused on international relations, business, and technology, and plans to pursue a related internship in Stockholm this summer. She is fluent in Spanish and German, competent in Latin and Hebrew, and holds United States, German and Israeli citizenships.
This summer, Ms. Rubin worked at Ericsson in Stockholm as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) Go-to-Market Team. She helped her team research and develop a business strategy concerning the implications of evolving global technology policies and regulations for Ericsson’s IoT solutions. Ms. Rubin was thrilled to work at the Ericsson office in Kista and experience Science City’s entrepreneurial atmosphere, while getting to know her colleagues in Stockholm and around the world.