Sara Persson

Executive Director

Sara Persson grew up in Karlstad, Sweden. She has a BS in Human Resource Management, with a specialization in Work and Organizational Psychology, from Lund University.

Before moving to Atlanta Sara worked as a research assistant for both Lund and Karlstad University. In those positions she was involved with project execution and administrative support.

Sara has a strong background working with non-profit organizations in project management and event planning roles. She is currently a board member of the Swedish Lacrosse Federation.

Sara moved to Atlanta in June of 2016. She was appointed the Executive Director of SACC-Georgia in January of 2017. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, as well as playing lacrosse.


Ashkan Eghtesadi-Azar

Business Development Coordinator

Ashkan Eghtesadi-Azar was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. His parents are from Iran and relocated to Sweden in the 80’s. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg and has a background within sales as a telemarketer.

Ashkan’s interest in gaining international experience and
learning about new cultures made him pursue an internship at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok in the section of Politics, Trade and Promotion.

During his internship Ashkan focused on trade and economic issues and planned business events and delegations together with Business Sweden and the Thai- Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
Ashkan moved to Atlanta in August 2017 and joined the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Georgia as a the Business Development Coordinator. He is looking forward to learning more about the American business culture and to expand on his international experience.


Sara von Sydow

Marketing & Event Coordinator

Sara von Sydow grew up in Stockholm, Sweden with a family that loves spending time together, preferably while traveling or in the proximity of a volleyball court. Her fascination with American life and culture started back in 2008 when she went on her first short-term student exchange to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She later returned to the U.S to complete a high school exchange year in Michigan.

Sara holds a bachelor in International Business & Marketing from Uppsala University. Parallel to her studies Sara worked with in-house and freelance projects as a copy writer and content marketer. In addition, she has a strong background working with non-profit organizations. Most of her spare time is spent volunteering for Youth For Understanding, a non-profit organization working toward cultural understanding across national borders mainly through high school exchange programs.

In August 2017 she joined the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Georgia as the Marketing & Event Coordinator.