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Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand

Catharina is a board member of Optimizer Foundation. She is a lawyer and heads the legal team at Debt Capital Markets at one of the major Nordic banks Handelsbanken. Prior to her life as an in-house lawyer, Catharina was a senior associate at Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling, advising on financing transactions, predominantly in syndicated and bilateral lending deals. Catharina is involved in Handelsbanken’s recent project of developing products to promote sustainable financing, combining her desire to contribute to supporting more sustainable businesses and building with her interest in viable financing solutions.

Catharina was born in London, spent her young years in the Middle East, her adolescence in Stockholm and Brussels and has since then studied in Florence, Lund and London and now lives with her family in Stockholm.