Natalia Brzezinski ~ Sweden
Washington D.C.-based Natalia Brzezinski, 31, is an experienced moderator, journalist, and communications strategist focused on building dynamic dialogue across numerous sectors and cultures. She is an expert on U.S.-Scandinavian cultural and business practices, as well as a digital activist passionate about fostering links between tech, sustainable fashion, politics, and music. In November 2015 Brzezinski became the host of Stand Out: an Acast original podcast, featuring authentic discussions with some of the world’s most influential and dynamic female entrepreneurs, politicians, and change-makers. She is an international advisor for the prestigious global strategic communications firm Kreab. She serves as the CEO of Brilliant Minds, Stockholm Symposium— an annual thought leadership symposium on the future of creativity and the cross-section of music, tech, fashion and disruptive business.
Following international relations and journalism studies at the University of Richmond and University of Copenhagen (where she focused on analysing the European Union), Chicago-born Brzezinski’s career has incorporated governmental communications work and speech-writing, as well as high-level conference moderation and public speaking. As a journalist, Brzezinski is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and English-language European news source, The Local. She sits on the advisory board of the Swedish-headquartered, international contemporary and classical music awards, the Polar Music Prize, (founded by ABBA manager, Stig Anderson).
Brzezinski was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who emigrated from Poland and Ukraine. She is a fluent Polish speaker, with proficiency in French and Russian. She was a competitive ice skater for 13 years. She also ran high school Varsity track as a sprinter and hurdle jumper. Brzezinski has a 6-year-old daughter, Aurora, who speaks fluent Swedish. She is married to Mark F. Brzezinski, former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and now serving as the Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee at The White House.