Today, Crown Princess Victoria held an Audience for Peter Wiwen-Nilsson of Race for the Baltic.
Race for the Baltic is a non-profit organization which strives to accelerate action to clean up the Baltic Sea. Founded by Niklas and Catherine Zennströms in 2013, the organization prides itself on being entrepreneurial, technology friendly and open-minded while bringing together politicians, companies and scientists, as well as managing concrete nutrient reduction projects, all to improve the health of the Baltic Sea.
In the fall of 2018, Peter Wiwen-Nilsson took over as CEO of Race for the Baltic. Previously Peter worked in the private sector in multiple CEO and managerial roles. At Race for the Baltic he leads the strategies and programs. Race for the Baltic’s largest program is their Baltic Sea City Accelerator Program. This program, having completed its first cohort in 2017, is now accepting applicants for their Spring 2019 Cohort. The program helps participants identify cost-effective, smart and innovative solutions to local water and wastewater management challenges. Their first cohort was made up of 7 municipalities in 4 different countries.
The Crown Princess has a long and deep relationship to organizations connected to sustainability and the Baltic Sea. Growing up in Sweden, the Crown Princess has talked fondly about her memories of summers along the Baltic, in Öland, and both her parents have spoken about the importance of keeping the Baltic clean for the future generations. Her commitment to the sustainability efforts around the world, not only the Baltic, were recognized by the UN General Secretary in 2016 who named her as one of 16 Advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.