"Against firearm-related violence in Sweden" is arranged by educational company Piku. For 20 years we have created courses, lectures and events that put new thoughts in motion at Swedish municipalities and regions. We work all over Sweden, from Haparanda in the north to Trelleborg in the south.
“Against firearm-related violence in Sweden” is the first conference in our newly launched conference concept BraveTalk, where we dare to discuss major challenges for municipalities and society at large - even if these topics are considered sensitive. Read more about BraveTalk or browse Piku's website to find other events.
Firearm-related violence has increased in the past decade, both globally and in Sweden.
Firearm-related violence is a global problem that destroys thousands of lives every year, and Sweden must also meet this challenge – however, no one can stop the violence on their own. This is why Piku organizes a conference on the subject with the goal of inspiring brave and proactive solutions that save lives and create a better, safer and more sustainable society.
The issue of firearm-related violence in Sweden is a complex one that requires many perspectives to be taken into account. There is a need for a platform where municipalities, police, civil society actors and other stakeholders can connect, be creative and cooperate.
“We are proud to be able to present so many prominent and competent international researchers and experts. Together with our speakers and participants, we aim to set a dialogue in motion with the goal to find practical solutions and prevention methods to the problem. In the long term, we hope to make a mark in the fight against armed violence and contribute to a safer society for everyone.
To make sure that this conference is as proactive and proffessional as possible, we take support and advice from a reference group of people who have especially good knowledge about this subject. The members are:
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.
Daniel de Torres is the Director of Small Arms Survey. From 2008 to 2019, he served as deputy head, then later, head, of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance’s (DCAF) Gender and Security Division. Prior to that, he worked for the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., served in the Spanish Marines, and led emergency relief work for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. Mr. de Torres has managed numerous teams; designed and implemented a variety of programmes; and led trainings for security and justice sector personnel, parliamentarians, and civil society organisations. His professional experiences are underpinned by a Master in International Development from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor in History from George Mason University in Virginia.
Ardavan Khoshnood is a specialist in emergency care and a Doctor of Medical Sciences (PhD). Since November 2018 he is also a post-doctoral 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 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 is the chairman of the Swedish Red Cross society. 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.
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.