Anja Melander

Anja Melander, Head of Culture, SSES

Anja Melander is the Head of Culture at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Anja has a BSc in Behavioural Science with a major in Psychology, MSc studies in Strategic Communication and a MSc in General Management from the Stockholm School of Economics. After working at a PR-agency in New York, she moved to Stockholm and co-founded the social design firm, Tankeapoteket in 2013, specialized in organizational culture and innovation.

She is part of the advisory board for Gather Festival and served as the Head of Innovation for the first festival in 2017. In 2015, she joined Fotografiska as their Global Innovation Director, working closely with the CEO and the management team to secure an international expansion. Anja joined SSES in December 2017 as the first-ever Head of Culture.


What is your educational background? (university education(s) and field(s))

BSc in Psychology and Behavioral Science, MSc in General Management, One year MSc in Strategic Communication

What is your title at SSES?

Head of Culture

What are some of the everyday activities you perform at SSES?

Ensuring a coherent brand image, tone-of-voice and overall representation of SSES. Exploring the core values at the heart of the organization, what a future vision might look like and how one might go about developing a culture for SSES moving forward.

What is your previous work experience?

I am the founder of the social design firm, Tankeapoteket. I have also worked as the Global Innovation Director at Fotografiska, creating their vision and core values as well as developing their international expansion strategy and franchise concept. I was (and still am) also involved in the Gather Festival, acting as their Head of Innovation.

Name one or several of your unexpected skills.

Excellent barista and makes a mean caipirinha.

What is the best thing about working at SSES?

Being able to work together with such an ambitious, smart and diverse group of people and being able to influence and push the boundaries of interdisciplinary education.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A warm summer’s morning with a big cup of Ethiopian coffee and the New York Times.

Which living person do you most admire?

Oprah Winfrey. Hands down.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“So, I just read this AMAZING article/book… “



Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Alain de Botton. He has such a forgiving attitude to our human weaknesses.

What is your motto?

“Life’s short, talk fast”.