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Macro economists and strategists

Jens Magnusson
Chief Economist

Jens Magnusson

Chief Economist

Jens is SEB's chief economist and has the overall responsibility for SEB's Swedish and global analyzes of macroeconomics and economic policy. He joined SEB in 2005 from a position as deputy director in the Ministry of Finance. Jens has, among other things, been the bank's personal economist, head of investment analysis within branch operations and head of external analysis within SEB Pension & Insurance. He is educated at Stockholm University and Australia National University with degrees in economics, political science and international relations.


Carl Hammer
Head of Macro & FICC Research

Carl Hammer

Head of Macro & FICC Research

Carl Hammer is SEB's head of research and is responsible for the bank's macro, currency, interest rate and commodity analysis. Carl focuses on global macro/strategy, FX and central banks. He joined SEB in 2006 from the Debt Office, where he worked as a portfolio manager of the Swedish government's external debt. Carl started his career in London at Monitor Company as an analyst in Corporate Finance with a focus on Private Equity. Carl has an MSc degree from the London School of Economics and a BSc degree from Uppsala University.


Robert Bergqvist
Senior Economist

Robert Bergqvist

Senior Economist

Robert Bergqvist is SEB’s Senior Economist. From 2007 until 2021, he served as the bank’s Chief Economist. Robert joined SEB in 1997. Before joining the bank, Robert was responsible for the Swedish Central Bank´s Monetary & Exchange Rate Policy Department, where he was Head of the analysis division from 1988 to 1997. There he also agreed to bump interest rates to 500 per cent during the 1992 Swedish Krona defence. Robert holds an MSc in Economics & Statistics from the University of Linköping, Sweden.


Daniel Bergvall
Economist, expert on Nordic, Eurozone and public finances

Daniel Bergvall

Economist, expert on Nordic, Eurozone and public finances

Daniel focuses on the euro zone, Sweden and public finances. He joined SEB in 2009. Prior to working at SEB he did macroeconomic analysis, forecasting and public finance reviews for 10 years, primarily at the Swedish Ministry of Finance and Paris based OECD. Daniel holds an M.Ss. in economics from Linköping University, Sweden.


Erica Dalstø
Chief Strategist, Norway

Erica Dalstø

Chief Strategist, Norway

Erica Dalstø is Chief Strategist in Norway and responsible for SEB’s Norwegian research, focusing on macro, the local currency and interest rates. Erica joined SEB in 2007 as a Swedish fixed income strategist. She has been in her current position since 2010. Erica holds a M.Sc. in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.


Lina Fransson
Fixed Income Strategist

Lina Fransson

Fixed Income Strategist

Lina Fransson is on parental leave until early 2023. In the meantime, Olle Holmgren will answer questions concerning Lina’s areas of expertise. 

Lina joined SEB in 2016. She previously worked at the Swedish central bank (Riksbanken) for two years where she was part of the Monetary Policy Department, focusing on the dynamics between monetary policy and financial markets. Lina has also worked two years as an analyst at the Wealth Management unit at Söderberg & Partners. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Lund University.


Håkan Frisén
Head of Economic Forecasting

Håkan Frisén

Head of Economic Forecasting

Håkan is Chief Editor of SEB’s Nordic Outlook report. He joined SEB in 2001. Before this he was Head of Unit at Sweden's Finance Ministry, Deputy General Director at NIER, Senior Economist at the European Commission and Chief Economist at the Confederation of Municipalities. He served on the Economic Council for Industry in 2003-2013. Håkan holds a M.Sc. Master of Science from Linköping University and Bachelor of Economics from Lund University.


Dainis Gašpuitis
Chief Economist, Latvia

Dainis Gašpuitis

Chief Economist, Latvia

Dainis joined SEB in 2007. Prior to working at SEB, he worked as Chief Economist, International Department, for Bank of Latvia between 2000 and 2007. He holds a bachelor's degree in law as well a master's degree in international business and economics from the University of Latvia.


Jussi Hiljanen
Chief Strategist, EUR and USD rates

Jussi Hiljanen

Chief Strategist, EUR and USD rates

Jussi joined SEB in 1999 and has since been holding various positions in sales, fixed income and macro research and trading. His professional career started in 1995 as Portfolio Analyst at Erik Selin Bankers (later Carnegie) in Helsinki, followed by positions as Quantitative Analyst at Handelsbanken Markets in Helsinki and Stockholm. As part of his studies, he went to in Indiana University, School of Business. He holds M.Sc. in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.


Per Hammarlund
Chief Emerging Markets Strategist

Per Hammarlund

Chief Emerging Markets Strategist

Per covers FX and fixed income markets, primarily in EMEA and Latin America. He joined SEB in 2011 as a country risk economist. Prior to joining SEB, Per worked at ACE (now Chubb) and AIG in New York, where he headed the company’s FX risk analysis. Per holds a B.Sc. degree from Lund University and M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Olle Holmgren
Fixed Income Macro Strategist

Olle Holmgren

Fixed Income Macro Strategist

Olle Holmgren has worked in different SEB research and strategy teams since 2001, mainly as an economist focusing on the Swedish economy and inflation. Prior to SEB, Olle worked as an analyst at the Ministry of Finance, the National institute of Economic research and the Riksbank. Olle studied mathematics and economics at Uppsala University, Sweden.


Claus Hvidegaard
Head of Fixed Income Research, Denmark

Claus Hvidegaard

Head of Fixed Income Research, Denmark

Claus joined SEB in 20017. He has experience in fixed income since 2000 as an analyst and investor in securitisations, mortgage bonds, government bonds and credits and IRS.


Johan Javeus
Chief Strategist

Johan Javeus

Chief Strategist

Johan's main focus is on topical research of new and hot trends in the economy and financial markets. Johan joined SEB in 2004 as an FX strategist from Svenska Handelsbanken. He has worked with macro, FX and fixed income analysis since the late 1990s. He holds a B.Sc. from Uppsala university.


Elisabet Kopelman
US Economist, Fed Watcher

Elisabet Kopelman

US Economist, Fed Watcher

Elisabet is responsible for covering the US economy and the Fed. She joined SEB in 2001, working in the Investment Strategy team. She has been a macro economist in the bank since 2004, covering Swedish/global economy and monetary policy. Elisabet was head of the then separate Macro Research unit in 2014-2015. In her earlier career, Elisabet worked as an economist at Svenska Handelsbanken (1993-2000) and as a financial journalist (1988-1993). Elisabet holds a B.Sc. in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a degree in Journalism from University of Gothenburg.


Mihkel Nestor
Chief Economist, Estonia

Mihkel Nestor

Chief Economist, Estonia

Mihkel has been SEB’s chief economist in Estonia since 2015. While his main focus lies on Estonian economy, he also helps to cover SEB’s research on Finland. Before joining SEB, Mihkel worked as an analyst in the Estonian Ministry of Education, for Estonia’s largest think-tank Praxis and for Estonia’s National Audit Office. Mihkel holds an MA degree in Economics from Tartu University.


Tadas Povilauskas
Chief Economist, Lithuania

Tadas Povilauskas

Chief Economist, Lithuania

Tadas is responsible for our Lithuanian economic research. Prior to joining SEB in 2015, he was focusing on equity research and commodities trading. Tadas holds a Master of Economic Analysis from Vilnius University, Lithuania.


Bjarne Schieldrop
Chief Analyst, Commodities

Bjarne Schieldrop

Chief Analyst, Commodities

Karl Steiner
Chief Quantitative Strategist

Karl Steiner

Chief Quantitative Strategist

Karl joined SEB in 2006 as analyst conducting risk management advisory towards large corporates and financial institutions. In 2009 moved to a role as Quantitative FX Strategist. Before SEB he worked three years as a researcher and lecturer for the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg from where he also holds a M.Sc. in Economics.


Thomas Thygesen
Chief strategist, Stock market

Thomas Thygesen

Chief strategist, Stock market

Eugenia Victorino
Head of Asia Strategy

Eugenia Victorino

Head of Asia Strategy

Eugenia focuses on macroeconomic research in the Asia-Pacific region. She joined SEB in 2018. Prior to SEB, Eugenia spent almost 6 years as an Economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ Bank) in Singapore covering ASEAN and South Korea. She has also worked at ING Bank in Amsterdam, focusing on country risk in Emerging Markets. Previously, she worked as a university lecturer handling Microeconomic Theory, Mathematics for Economics, and Statistics for Economics at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Ateneo de Manila.


Marcus Widén
Euro economist, ECB and Sweden

Marcus Widén

Euro economist, ECB and Sweden

Marcus focuses on European and Swedish economies. He joined SEB  in 2019. He has a wide experience from public and private organizations such as  the Ministry of Finance, Barclays Capital, National Institute of Economic Research and Statistics Sweden. The main focus has been forecasting the Swedish economy and inflation. Marcus holds a M.Pol.Sc. in Economics from Lund University.