I am native Swedish and have a long experience in tourism and am a passionate promotor of Sustainability, inclusive businessmodels, and UN Global Compact. I have a Bachelors degree in business management from Otago University, New Zealand; an IPM diploma from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil and a Masters degree in international development and management from Lund University, Sweden. I went to the Maldives in 2010 with Susanna to work for the United Nations Development Programme, but also to research for our dissertation, which recieved attention both in Maldivian media as well from the government who used it in their HR Development plan for 2011-2014. I am currently working in the Norwegian tourism industry promoting ISR the best I can and when there is nothing better to do I love to write, walk in the mountains or practice my ballerinaskills on the slackline.
Living in Tanzania from 2010-2011 was only part of Tanny’s dream as a “Chinese in Africa.” The other part of her dream has to do with trying to make sense of this topic. Interning at the African Development Bank helped her to do just this as she assessed the social and environmental impacts on Chinese contracted road development projects along the Tanzanian-Kenyan border. She decided it’s not just how poorly or positively projects affect the local people and environments but how to jump-start the good initiatives into action and actually create and capture value. Tanny is passionate about responsible value chains and recently started to dabble in the potential of Chinese CSR in Africa and social venturing in the emerging economies. She hopes to eventually start her own organization that will help to bridge the cross-cultural gaps in communication, business innovation, and ultimately social entrepreneurship. Currently, Tanny is enjoying an autumn-like winter in the American Southwest and running crazy with her adopted dog, Sasha.