Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews during the later stages of World War II. 

While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. He disapeared on 17 January 1945. Due to his courageous actions Raoul Wallenberg has been the subject of numerous humanitarian honors in the decades following his presumed death. 


In 1981, U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, himself one of those saved by Wallenberg, sponsored a bill making Wallenberg an Honorary Citizen of the United States. 

He was the second person ever to receive this honor, after Winston Churchill and unlike Churchill, neither of his parents had been born in the United States. 

Wallenberg is also an honorary citizen of Canada, Hungary, Australia and Israel. Israel has also designated Wallenberg one of the Righteous Among the Nations. 

Monuments have been dedicated to him, and streets have been named after him throughout the world. 

A Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States was created in 1981 to “perpetuate the humanitarian ideals and the nonviolent courage of Raoul Wallenberg.” 

It gives the Raoul Wallenberg Award annually to recognize persons who carry out those goals. Postage stamps have been issued in his honour by Australia, Hungary, Sweden, Canada and the United States.

On 26 July 2012, he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress “in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust.”

Raoul Wallenberg is the essence of Swedish diplomacy and a hero for us all. 

They did it again! Jose Mourinhos’ – The Special One – new dynamic superduo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (34) and his young protégée Marcus Rushfird (18). 


Manchester United beat Hull away on a goal from Rushford in the 92nd minute of the game. 

Winning with a single goal, away, in pouring rain. That’s how you win titles in the long run. 

There is a saying in Sweden about Swedish international soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic – now playing for Manchester United – he is everywhere, all the time. Well, it really is true. 

Soccer is popular also in Australia. Manchester United is the number one club, so…..also in Australia, Ibrahimovic ia everywhere. 


In newspapers, media, on billboards, in commercials, on TV. Everywhere. All the time. 

Back in one of my favourite countries in the world, Australia for work. I always enjoy returning down under. 

I am in Sydney over the weekend for meetings early next week. 

I love Sydney. It is a truly amazing city. My first ever long journey in 1988 took me here, to Sydney, where I lived for a perild of time in Randwick in the South of Sydney.

After that I took the grand tour of Australia with Darwin, Cairns, Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Magnetic Island, Townsville, Rockhampton, Great Keppel Island, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast, Melbourne (where we got a car), Great Ocean Road, Adelaide, Alice Spings (and back), Bellarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Canberra, Wollongong and back to Sydney. It was a fantastic year. And I learned a lot – not only about Australia.

However, my favourite is Sydney and the harbour, Circular Quay. 

Australia and Sydney has so much to offer; great people, wonderful nature, wildlife, amazing culture, music, food & drinks – sports and wonderful climate. In addition the weather is always good. 


Don’t miss it. If you haven’t been here – get the ticket today.

It is also great to work here, since it is a great environment. We have been working with a client here for the last two years now. It is one of the best projects we ever had in all aspects.

I love movies. I always have. Travelling as much as I do, also presents a great opportunity to watch a lot of movies – especially on the long hauls. I like different kinds of movies, from thrillers to biograhies. What I do prefer is an intelligent plot (or true story), told in an original way with good professional craftmanship. I like movies where good actors can shine. 

These are my three favourote movies right now and they are surely recommended to all of you. You will not be disapointed.

Spotlight

Based on the true story of the team of dogged Boston Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church abuse scandal, director Tom McCarthy’s drama is cinematic storytelling at its best. 

With its stellar ensemble cast (including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams) and a crackling depiction of shoe-leather reporting, it keeps on surprising until the very last scene. Spotlight is that rare film that’s deeply important and highly entertaining, and made for an easy choice to recommend.

The Walk

The Walk is a 2015 American 3D biographical drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Christopher Browne and Zemeckis. It is based on the story of 24-year-old French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. 

This is one of the best movies I have seen in recent years. It is extremely well done and even though it is a story about a real event – and I know the end – it still keeps me exited to the last minute. I want to see whst happens. 
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz and Steve Valentine. The film was dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Ex Machina

Three of Hollywood’s top young actors — Oscar Isaac, Domnhall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander — headline director Alex Garland’s beautifully shot, slow-boiling sci-fi thriller about a Frankenstein-esque inventor, his naive protégé, and the sentient android they’re trying to perfect. 

Equal parts smart, sexy, and shocking, and always enthralling.

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, and Barkhad Abdi. The film, directed by Gavin Hood and based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, is about military personnel facing legal, ethical, and political dilemmas presented by modern drone warfare against those using terrorist tactics, and civilians who are endangered by it. 

It is a great movie showing the difficult dilemma and decisions that sometomes are necessary in this new age of terrorism that we live in. Fantastic actors and actresses and a smart script asking more questions and delivering answers. 

I like films that makes you think – and this movie certainly does that. 

I want to remind you all about the new book, ‘Offshore, oil and gas installations security’ by friend and colleague Dr. Mikhail Kashubsky, at the Center of Customs and Excise Center of Charles Sturt University. Milhail is also Head lf the Secretariat of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), where I am Honarary Fellow and Member of the international Advisory Board.

This is an important book about an important sector. Don’t miss it.

Oil & Gas and the security area around it has a huge impact on global security and supply chain.

We need more academic work in the Customs area and more research and development. This will be a priority for the years to come.