Alumni of the Year

Each year, Linköping University chooses two Alumni of the Year to recognise the work and commitment of previous students. 

To be chosen as Alumni of the Year, the candidate must have studied at Linköping University for at least two years on a full-time basis, and subsequently achieved highly, devoted her- or himself to an important cause or done something else worthy of recognition.

Nominate someone for Alumni of the Year

To nominate a candidate for Alumni of the Year, email alumni@liu.se, including the candidate’s name, programme of study, a brief description of what the candidate has done and of why you feel she or he deserves the award.

Alumni of the Year 2021

 Climate denialism and sexual abuse 

Two portraits, a woman and a manAlumni of the Year are Cecilia Bödker Pedersen, general secretary of the Storasyster organisation, and Martin Hultman, docent at Chalmers University of Technology. They received their reward on 8 October at a ceremony at Campus Norrköping.

Cecilia Bödker Pedersen took the Social Work programme at LiU and was appointed general secretary of Storasyster in 2014. Under her leadership, the organisation has grown and achieved a major impact not only in social media but also in traditional channels. She receives the award for her work to support many of those affected by sexual violence and to increase knowledge about it. 

Martin Hultman took the Social and Cultural Analysis programme and went on to research education in the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change. He receives the Alumni of the Year award for his powerful work in setting the spotlight onto important questions of climate denialism, which has received attention both within Sweden and abroad. 

Alumni of the Year 2020 - Linnea Bergman and Anders Tegnell Show/Hide content

Alumni of the Year 2019 - Sara Magnusson and Andreas Norlén Show/Hide content

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Speaker of the Swedish parliament Andreas Norlén, alumnus from Linköping University, shares his views on democracy and describes how they guide him in his work.

Alumni of the Year 2018 - Rebecka Le Moine and Eva Uustal  Show/Hide content

Alumni of the Year 2017 - Sofie Lindblom and Oskar Henrikson  Show/Hide content

Alumni of the Year 2016 - Suad Ali and Thomas Lunner  Show/Hide content

Alumni of the Year 2015 - Kajsa Andersson and Mihai Aldén Show/Hide content

Alumni of the Year 2014 - Elnaz Baghlanian and Peter Agnefjäll Show/Hide content

Elnaz Baghlanian

LiU alumna from Literary Studies, who uses her passion for social issues, her artistic talents and her knowledge of literature to enable others to express themselves freely.

Peter Agnefjäll

LiU alumnus from Business Administration, who has had a remarkable career, starting out on the sales floor and advancing to CEO of a world-leading corporation.

Alumni of the Year 2013 - Maha Bouzeid and Jonas Ludvigsson Show/Hide content

Maha Bouzeid

LiU alumna from Industrial Engineering and Management, who inspires others by way of her fascinating career and her efforts to see more women reach senior management roles.

Jonas Ludvigsson

LiU alumnus from Medicine, who combines a successful career as a researcher with his practice as a paediatrician, and generously shares his knowledge and engagement.

Alumni of the Year 2012 - Carina Brage and Melker Becker Show/Hide content

Carina Brage

LiU alumna from Education, who is passionate about sustainable, joyful learning – outdoors and with one’s whole body – in science and engineering.

Melker Becker

LiU alumnus from Culture, Society and Media Production, who can convey knowledge to a TV audience in a way that is easy to grasp, in fields as diverse as hard rock and neo-gothic church architecture.

Alumni of the Year 2011 - Jeanette Mikkelsen and Erik Thorstensson Show/Hide content

Jeanette Mikkelsen

LiU alumna from Social Work, who works to bring improvements to elderly care.

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LiU alumnus from Mechanical Engineering, who contributes to a sustainable world by creating new products out of surplus materials from the industrial sector.

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