Dan Olofsson

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Dan Olofsson
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Born (1950-09-24) 24 September 1950 (age 66)
Ekenäs, Finland
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist

Dan Olof Olofsson, born 24 September 1950, is a Swedish entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist.

Olofsson has been married to Christin since 1973. Together, they have three children: Johan (born 1974), Andreas (born 1977) and Hanna (born 1980).

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Dan Olofsson was born in Ekenäs in Finland. His father was employed as pastor of Karis from 1948 to 1951. His parents and family are rooted in Jämtland in northern Sweden. When Olofsson was one year old his family moved to Malmö in southern Sweden, where he was brought up and still lives.[1][2]

Olofsson attended upper secondary technical school at Pauliskolan in Malmö and graduated as Master of Science in Engineering at Lunds Tekniska Högskola in 1974.[1]

Career[edit]

After his education, Olofsson began a carrier in the technology consulting industry. He started at VBB (what is now Sweco) and then proceeded to Skandiaconsult.

In 1986 Sapia was established, and Dan Olofssons was assigned the task of building its technical consultancy part, which he then acquired in 1993. The company was renamed Sigma, and an IPO took place in 1997.[3] In 2001, each of Sigma's three business areas became separate companies and went public as Sigma, Epsilon and Teleca.[4]

Since the start in 1986, Sigma, Epsilon and Teleca has grown from zero to approximately 9,000 employees in an entrepreneurial development with subsidiaries in over ten countries.[5] Through a concept called entrepreneurial packages some 25 companies with currently more than 3,000 employees have been established.

Today, Dan Olofsson is conducting his business through the family-owned company Danir AB, where his son Johan Glennmo is CEO. Via a public offer in 2013, Danir acquired the entire Sigma group. Sigma has since developed very well and grown organically with approximately 600 employees per year. Currently it has 3,300 employees. Danir also has a number of other investments in different countries.

In the autumn of 2012, Dan Olofsson’s autobiography "Mina tre liv" ("My three lives") was published by the publishing house Ekerlids Förlag. The book has received particular attention for its claim that the Swedish government should have committed a financial miscarriage of justice at financier Maths O Sundqvist.[6]

In recent years, Dan Olofsson has actively participated in the public debate on issues relating to business conditions and entrepreneurship.

Commitment in Africa and in Malmö[edit]

After having devoted himself to his great hunting interest in Africa, he and his wife Christin Olofsson in the early 2000s decided to develop the safari facility Thanda Safari with more than 14,000 hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal in eastern South Africa. Every year 2009–2016 this safari facility has been named "The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge" by the World Travel Awards.[7] In 2016, the marine reserve Thanda Island opened in Tanzania.

Dan Olofssons’s philanthropic commitment is best seen through the organization Star for Life, which he and his wife Christin launched in 2005. So far, 250,000 young people has participated in a three-year preventive programme against hiv/aids in South Africa, Namibia, and Sri Lanka.[8][9] Star for Life recently was established also in Sweden, to strengthen young people's self-esteem and belief in the future.

Dan Olofsson is also the founder of the Thanda Foundation, working with projects in KwaZulu-Natal and in Nelson Mandela's birthplace Mvezo in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.[10]

In the spring of 2011, Dan Olofsson initiated the funding of "Uppstart Malmö", a trust aimed at creating more job opportunities in the under-privileged areas of his hometown Malmö. The concept behind the trust is to offer advice, support and financial help to local entrepreneurs who want to develop their business ideas and create more jobs, and to help young people enter the labor market. [11] Altogether 2,000 people have found work through this initiative.

Awards[edit]

Dan Olofsson has received several plaudits for his work. These include being voted South Swedish county of Skåne's Greatest Entrepreneur in 2001, Malmö Ambassador of the Year 2004, the Pegasus Prize in 2008,[12] the Community Philanthropy Award at Global Business Coalition in New York in 2008,[8] Entrepreneurial Model of the Year 2011 by Founders Alliance and H.M. The King's Medal 12th size for important contributions to Swedish business and filantrophic commitment in 2011.[13] In 2012 Dan Olofsson was awarded The Royal Patriotic Society Business Medal for outstanding entrepreneurship,[14] Also in 2012 he received the magazine Veckans Affärer’s Social Capitalist Award. It’s given to role models who through business try to solve problems in society.[15] In 2015, Dan Olofsson was honoured with the Swedish Region Skåne's award for exceptional efforts for the development of Skåne.[16] In October 2015, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Technology and Society at Malmö University in Malmö, Sweden, for contributing to resolve societal problems through the use of information and communication technology.[17] Furthermore, in November, the University of FASTA in Argentine awarded Dan Olofsson an honorary doctorate, for his citizenship and philanthropic efforts in Africa and Sweden.[18] He was also awarded The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise' (Swedish: Svenskt Näringsliv) Nicolin Prize for 2015 for his contributions to the public debate for a better understanding of the importance of enterprises.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hemma bäst för IT-kungen", Sydsvenskan, 23 September 2010 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "IT-miljardären Dan har hittat sin oas i Malmö", Kvällsposten, 9 September 2012 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ "Sigmas erbjudande övertecknat 40 ggr", Pressmeddelande Sigma AB., 10 February 1997 (in Swedish)
  4. ^ "Sigma delas upp i tre bolag", Affärsvärlden, 24 januari 2001 (in Swedish)
  5. ^ "Kamp mot aids ny utmaning för IT-miljardären", Världen idag, 4 december 2007 (in Swedish)
  6. ^ "Göran Skytte: På ett ögonblick kan allt förändras", Svenska Dagbladet, 30 September 2012 (in Swedish)
  7. ^ "World Travel Awards 2012"
  8. ^ a b "Community Philanthropy Award Commended (2008)", GBCHealth, 31 October 2008
  9. ^ "Jag känner att jag vill ge tillbaka", Aftonbladet, 18 oktober 2011 (in Swedish)
  10. ^ "Genombrott för Sydafrikaprojektet som engagerar Dan Olofsson: Siemens bygger gymnasium i världsklass i Nelson Mandelas födelseby", Pressmeddelande Thanda Foundation, 29 juni 2011 (in Swedish)
  11. ^ "Dan Olofsson och Luciano Astudillo: Malmös entreprenörer satsar på att skapa nya jobb", Sydsvenskan, 28 februari 2011 (in Swedish)
  12. ^ "Dan Olofsson prisad på gala", Sydsvenskan, 14 mars 2008 (in Swedish)
  13. ^ "Medaljförläningar 6 juni 2011", Sveriges Kungahus, 6 juni 2011 (in Swedish)
  14. ^ "Dan Olofsson får Näringslivsmedalj för framstående entreprenörskap", Pressmeddelande från Kungliga patriotiska sällskapet, 25 April 2012 (in Swedish)
  15. ^ "Samhällskapitalistdagen", Veckans Affärer, 5 September 2012 (in Swedish)
  16. ^ "Dan Olofsson prisas av Region Skåne", Sydsvenskan, 9 februari 2015 (in Swedish)
  17. ^ "Dan Olofsson will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Technology and Society", www.mah.se, 9 october 2015
  18. ^ "El Mg. Dan Olofsson será investido Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad FASTA", www.ufasta.edu.ar, 9 november 2015 (in Spanish)

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