Kate Marion Williman with the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg.
Kate Marion Williman with the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg.


Kate Williman, who is originally from New Zealand, is currently working on her Master’s thesis on the land use intensification in Uruguay associated with beef and soy exports. In her study she assesses land use sustainability and identifying key actors in the soy export supply chain.

In her nomination for the award, Kate was described as a "superior student with excellent grades and fieldwork performance." Furthermore, she is praised for her work with improving student conditions at the Centre, engaging her class in social and professional events and for supporting her fellow students during difficult times.

The award ceremony was headed by the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg and Annika Rembe, the Director-General of the Swedish Institute.

The idea behind the Global Swede award is that the students will be ambassadors for Sweden and act as important contacts for Swedish businesses around the world.