The Foundation

The PAUSE Scholarship Foundation is the largest Swedish scholarship in HR and leadership. The purpose is to give personal development and leadership ability to the alumni but also to accumulate knowledge in HR and leadership to be deployed to Swedish international business and others who are interested in the area.

PAUSE stands for Personnel management Abroad by University Studies and Experience.
In 1982, the idea of PAUSE was initiated by Torsten Lundberg, the Personnel Director of the Tetra Pak group. The idea was further developed and Torsten was joined by Arne Baldhagen, a former international human resources manager of Alfa Laval. Arne and Torsten contributed equally with their own funds, thus the foundation was laid. PAUSE has also been generously sponsored by Swedish companies such as ABB, AGA, Atlas Copco, Boliden, Investment AB Cardo, Esab, IFL, Ikea, Axel Johnson, Sandvik, SAAB-Scania, SEB, Skandia, SKF, SPP, Stena, Stora, Svedala, Swedish Unilever, Tetra Pak and Volvo.

Since 1982, the PAUSE Scholarship Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships. Many of the alumni have attained leading positions in Swedish international business, but also within organizations and administration. Several have also created their own companies and as specialists in HR and leadership.

Torsten Lundberg, founder and initiator of PAUSE, together with 2017 alumni Josefin Holmgren and Christian Jacobsson.