Elwin Svenson


Dr. Elwin Svenson
Executive Director

Dr. Elwin Svenson is the Executive Director of International Programs for FEMBA's Global Access Program and Senior Advisor to the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. As a founding member of the Global Access Program (GAP), he is responsible for maintaining and developing the institutional relationships with current international partners from trade and technology development agencies located in Finland, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, Chile, and Spain. He is also working on the development of new partner institutional relationships in China and India. Recently, Dr. Elwin Svenson received Finland's Highest Honor: Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose for his work and contribution toward the improvement of Finnish companies' competitiveness and promotion of management education in Finland.
Dr. Svenson formally retired as UCLA's Vice Chancellor of Institutional Relations in 1991. He has over 40 years experience in international cooperation and educational programs at UCLA. All of his management positions since
1957 have included responsibilities for international activities covering cooperative programs with universities and governmental agencies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Svenson led the first delegation of UCLA faculty to China in January 1979. UCLA was one of the first American universities to establish academic ties with China after normalization of relations with the United States. UCLA faculty established four ESL centers that focused on preparing Chinese leaders to expand their knowledge in science, technology, economics and business to work and study in the U.S. Dr. Svenson worked closely with the UCLA faculty, UCLA administration and the Chinese government and university administrators to ensure the success of these centers. Due to this involvement, he helped UCLA's Graduate School of Management faculty develop a number of programs in China including one with the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics to promote understanding of accounting and taxation systems in the US and China.
In addition, Dr. Svenson negotiated and directed US Peace Corps training at UCLA, primarily for volunteers going to Africa and Latin America. For the first six years of the Peace Corps program, approximately 10% of all volunteers were trained at UCLA. With faculty and administrators, he also developed and coordinated the University of California and University of Chile exchange program and was involved in building the continuing education program at the University of Nigeria.
Other areas of his responsibilities as Vice Chancellor included the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Center for the Performing Arts, member of the the Advisory Commission on International Relations for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and member of the fundraising effort for the construction of the Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
As part of the Central Administration of UCLA from 1970 to 1991, Dr. Svenson participated in and contributed to the spectacular growth and creativity of UCLA's global emergence as a top-ranked university.

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