TJC, TEDC host Scandinavian leadership delegation

TJC and Tyler Economic Development Council recently hosted a leadership delegation from Sweden and Denmark.

The delegation was from Kristianstad, Sweden and their Krinova Incubator & Science Park as well as their Copenhagen, Denmark partner Otanes Network for International and Transnational Studies.

TJC was well represented though its leadership team and led in the discussion on ways to strengthen the partnership among the organizations.

“TJC is a premier institution of higher learning and the opportunity to partner and collaborate with organizations like Krinova validate the focus by the institution as world class,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. “We have visionary leaders who, in future meetings, will identify opportunities to promote outcomes to benefit our region.”

The Swedish delegation was led by Dr. Mostafa Malki, professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas, who has done extensive work in the United States and Mexico to promote strategic planning and business development.

TJC’s Dean for Continuing Studies and Executive Administrator at TJC West, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, facilitated the work session among the attendees.

“The meeting was energetic and collaborative. The level of new ideas was impressive and there seem to be exciting possibilities for East Texas partnerships with Krinova and Dr. Malki,” said Dr. Sharpe.
Mejia added, “I am very proud of the TJC leadership team, and we are very fortunate to have access to an economic development leader like Tom Mullins.” Mullins serves as the president/CEO of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and Tyler Economic Development Council.

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Attendees from Krinova Incubator and Science Park:
Charlotte Lorentz Hjorth (CEO at Krinova)
Hannes van Lunteren (Business Designer and head of Food Innovation at Krinova)
Martin Johansson (CEO at SVP Engineering and Chairman of Krinova's Board of Directors)
Andreas Nilsson (CFO at Sibbhultsverken Group AB) 

Otanes-NIT Studies:
Johan Malki Jepsen (Chairman and founder of Otanes-NIT Studies) Copenhagen Denmark
Ali Rock (Otanes-NIT Studies) San Diego, California
Chakib Idrissi Hachimi (Otanes-NIT Studies) Casablanca, Morocco
Dr. Mihai Irimia-Vladu, Senior Scientist, Weiz, Austria, and associate member of Otanes-NIT Studies
Dr. Mostafa Malki, UNT-Dallas, and member of Otanes-NIT Studies' board of directors

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