SI Alumni Network

The Swedish Institute wants to stay in contact with all SI alumni and offers different types of opportunities for everyone who is a part of the SI Alumni Network.

Who is part of the SI Alumni Network?

The SI Alumni Network includes almost 14,000 talented individuals from ca 140 countries. You are a member of this exclusive global network if you have:

  • received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute
  • participated in a Swedish Institute Leadership Programme
  • received the Global Swede award
  • participated in summer courses financed by the Swedish Institute
  • been a digital ambassador for the Swedish Institute
  • studied, or are studying, Swedish abroad
  • We communicate via our Facebook page, LinkedIn group and blog. Be sure to follow these channels to stay up to date with what is happening within the network.

Alumni Opportunities

The Swedish Institute offers different types of opportunities for alumni such as coming back to Sweden, attending conferences globally for professional development or financial support for event organisation.

Events in Sweden

We always strive for our alumni to stay in touch with Sweden. Therefore we have a few calls for applications for alumni to join events in Sweden – either organized by the Swedish Institute or by another organization. We announce information about these via our blog and facebook.

Financial support – organize your own activity!

We encourage all members of the SI Alumni Network to stay engaged and organise activities to reach a global impact towards social change. Therefore we offer funding for SI alumni to hold events in their local context.  The Swedish Institute offers up to 15 000 SEK for alumni to organise activities. We have an open call for applications once or twice every year, get information about the next call by following our channels. If you have ideas or questions, you are always welcome to contact us directly at

Events & conferences in your own region

Do you know about a conference in your region that could be of interest to our alumni? Send us an email! In some cases the Swedish Institute can give financial support for alumni to attend local conferences or events for personal or professional development.

Events at the Swedish Embassies and consulates

The Swedish Institute is working closely with the Swedish embassies and consulates around the world and we always encourage them to involve the local alumni community in their work and offers. Make sure that then Swedish embassy in your country has your updated email address to be on their list to participate in cultural and networking events.

We also encourage alumni to get in touch with the embassies in your region. By giving them your email address you may get invited to their events or networking opportunities. It is a great way to stay in touch with Sweden from abroad!

Regional SI Alumni Networks

SI Alumni Networks exist all over the world. If you want to start a local network, send us an email and we will support you by reaching out to alumni and with materials and ideas etc. A recommendation is to find a few other alumni who also are willing to get involved and to create a communications platform for your local alumni community; it can be a group on Facebook/ LinkedIn or similar.

For a list of all current networks and contact persons, please scroll down to the end of this page.

Are you interested in setting up a local alumni network for Sweden or SI alumni where you live? Please send an email to and we will help you.

Alumni Network Certification

Once you have a network established you can apply to become certified by the Swedish Institute. All certified alumni networks can apply for an event grant of 12 000 SEK any time during the year. To become certified we need you to be able to show that you have a member’s base, a steering committee of at least three members, a clear focus/vision of what you want to accomplish with the network/association and a year plan with activities. It is important that the network is open to all SI alumni.

Stay in touch!

You can always contact us at

We publish most of our offers and updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and our blog but also via email. If you have not been in touch with us since you graduated or have changed your email address since then – please give us your new address by emailing to with the subject line “new email address”.


Regional SI Alumni Networks

Regional SI Alumni Networks are open to SI alumni only.


Name:  SI Alumni Association in Georgia
Contact persons: Vazha Macharadze and Tamar Papavadze


Name: SI Alumni Network Kenya
Contact person: Dorothy Ansgar Atieno, Head of Network


Name: SI Alumni in Lithuania
Contact person: Agne Peredne, Head of Network


Name: Macedonian SI Alumni Network
Contact person: Aleksandar Narasanov, Head of Network
Facebook page:


Name: SI Alumni Moldova
Contact person: Andrei Tarus, Head of Network


Name: SI Alumni in Nepal
Contact person: Shrijit Rajbhandari, Head of Network


Name: SI Alumni Pakistan (SIAP)
Contact person: Shan Khan, Head of Network


Name: SI-Rwanda Alumni Network
Contact person: Athanasie Mukantabana, Head of Network


Name: SI Alumni in Sweden
Contact person: Elena Kell, Head of Network


Name: Swedish Institute Alumni Network in Thailand
Contact person: Sukumal Somboon, Head of Network


Name: SI Alumni Network in Uganda
Contact person: Esther Nakirulu, Head of Network



Sweden Alumni Networks

Sweden Alumni Networks are open for anyone who studied in Sweden.


Name: Azerbaijan-Scandinavia Alumni Association
Contact person: Elvin Mejidov, Head of Association
Facebook group


Name: Bangladesh-Sweden Students Association
Contact person: Iffat Khan, Head of Association

Burkina Faso

Contact person: Korodjouma Ouattara, Head of Association
Facebook group


Name: Swedish Alumni Network in Colombia
Contact person: José Alejandro Morena Peralta, Head of Network
Facebook group


Name: Sweden Alumni Network in Colombia
Contact person: Assem Abouhatab, Head of Network
Facebook group


Name: Ethio Swedish Alumni Association
Contact person: Dawit Mazengia, Head of Association
Facebook group


Name: The Hellenic Society of Swedish Scholars
Contact person: Stamatis Kalogirou
Facebook group


Name: Alumni Swedia
Contact person: Erlanga Arfan, Head of Network

China (mainland)

Name: Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC)
Contact person: Zhang Ling, Head of Network
WeChat: 瑞典中国校友会

Hong Kong & Macau

Name: Swedish Culture Association
Contact person: Berky Kong, Head of Association


Name: Alumni Mexico-Suecia (AMS)
Contact person: Miguel Morales, Head of Network
Facebook group


Name: Nigerian-Swedish Alumni Association
Contact persons: Sireed Yusuf, Stan Chuka IGWE, Prof. Adekunle Kayode Feyisetan


Name: Swedish Alumni Network Turkey
Contact persons:
Erdal Akdeve, Head of Ankara chapter
Rana Babac, Head of Istanbul chapter

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