About the conference

Piku – Nya tankar i rörelse

Against firearm-related violence is arranged by educational company Piku. Piku was founded in 2001 and is now known to deliver news and valuable knowledge in matters that affect the public sector in Sweden. We arrange lectures and courses as well as conferences and presentations of new legislations and governmental investigations. Apart from this, we also receive commissions to do specially designed courses in municipalities and regions where we can adapt the content and arrangement based on the clients’ needs, which further increases the quality of the education. Furthermore, we also record our livestreamed courses and conferences and make the available as OnDemand lectures that our customers can see whenever they like. You’ll find our entire catalogue of courses and events on our webpage www.piku.se!

BraveTalk by Piku

This conference is the first one in our newly launched conference concept BraveTalk, dedicated to urgent and important challenges that Swedish municipalities face today, even if these issues are considered sensitive. Read more about BraveTalk here.

Yi-Wen Chen

In charge of this conference is Yi-Wen Chen who has a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies. She is dedicated to the issue of armed violence and has visited El Salvador to study gang violence and gun-related crime. What she saw there is not something we ever wish to see in Sweden, which is why Yi-Wen has initiated this conference.

Why Against firearm-related violence?

Firearm-related violence and shootings is a globally widespread problem that has increased in Sweden during the last decade.

It is a challenge that Sweden must face head on; however, no one can put a stop to the violence by themselves. This is why we organize this conference, with the goal to inspire proactive and brave solutions that serve to strengthen our society and everyone who lives here.

Firearm-related violence in Sweden is a complex issue that requires us to take multiple perspectives into account in order to find the best strategies. We are proud to present prominent researchers, practitioners and experts in our list of speakers. Together, we can stimulate a  creative dialogue about that brings us closer to real solutions and makes a mark in the fight against gun-related violence.

Reference group

To ensure that the conference turned out as proactive and rewarding as possible, we assembled a reference group of experts and practitioners who have a deep understanding of this issue. The members are:

Contact us

For general questions about the conference, please contact:
Yi-Wen Chen, project manager

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Juliana Buzi

Juliana Buzi

Regional Cooperation Specialist, SEESAC

Juliana Buzi is SEESAC Regional Cooperation Specialist. She is primarily responsible for coordinating SEESAC’s regional cooperation and arms control policy related activities implemented under EU Council Decision 2019/2111 as well as overseeing SEESAC’s activities related to the coordination and monitoring of the Western Balkans Roadmap, within the EU CD 2018/1788. Juliana holds a degree in philology from the University of Tirana and has completed post-graduate studies at the Albanian Diplomatic Academy. Prior to joining SEESAC, she worked for the NATO Support Agency – NSPA (former-NAMSA) in the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mines Project in Albania (2000-2001). During 2002-2014, Juliana served as Programme Specialist with the Albanian Mine Action Executive for the implementation of the Mine Action and Hotspots Clearance Programme in Albania. In addition, she held the position of Project Officer at the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), as well as at the Implementation Support Unit for the AP Mines Ban Convention (2006-2008) based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ardavan Khoshnood

Criminologist, researcher, emergency physician and docent in emergency healthcare

xArdavan Khoshnood is a specialist in emergency care and a Doctor of Medical Sciences (PhD). Since November 2018 he is also a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University. In May 2014 Ardavan received a master’s degree in Criminology from Malmö University, where he currently researches profiling, criminal intelligence and serious violent crimes. In both intelligence analysis and political science, his focus is mainly on security studies, Iran and Iran’s intelligence services.

Karin Olofsson

Secretary general, PFSALW

Karin Olofsson is Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons. She has worked in the field of peace, security and development for more than 15 years. During 10 years she worked at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, including positions at the Swedish Embassies in Colombia and Guatemala and formerly within civil society organisations. Karin has an academic background as political scientist, Master’s Degree.

Margareta Wahlström

Margareta Wahlström

Chairwoman of the Swedish Red Cross

Margareta Wahlström is chairwoman of the Swedish Red Cross. Margareta has thirty-five years of experience, above all international work in various contexts. For about fifteen years she worked as an administrator and manager within the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Swedish Red Cross. Since 2000, the UN has been her main client and employer.