Louise Bengtsson, Elizabeth Walentin, and Ian Higham are Crimson Clarke

Louise Bengtsson, Elizabeth Walentin, and Ian Higham are Crimson Clarke

Our team of consultants and affiliates is made up of ex-pats and globe-trotting Swedes. Most of us have English as a native language and hold advanced degrees in politics or public policy. You may have seen some of us on TV offering expert commentary on the latest developments in American politics. We also have in-house expertise in both EU and Swedish public affairs.


Elizabeth Walentin, founder & CEO

Elizabeth Walentin is CEO of Crimson Clarke. She appears frequently on Swedish TV and radio as an expert on campaigns and messaging, and is a sought-after media trainer and communications advisor for organizations in both the public and private sector.

Elizabeth is one of few expats in Sweden who can also call herself a veteran of the Swedish communications industry. She founded Crimson Clarke after previous roles as the director of public affairs at Geelmuyden Kiese and Burson-Marsteller, and as senior consultant at StrandbergHaage and JG Communication (now Sitrus Agency.) 

Born and raised in New England, she began her career working in communications and advocacy for non-profit organizations and interest groups in Washington and New York (including Children's Defense Fund, Child Care Action Campaign, and Homes for the Homeless.)

Her experience in politics began with an internship in Bill Clinton's White House, and proceeded to stints in field operations for Howard Dean in South Carolina, and for Barack Obama in Virginia and California.  She has also been active in Swedish politics, and was head of the intelligence team for the Social Democrats during the 2014 EU and national election campaigns.

Elizabeth holds a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also has degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and Stockholm University where she was a Fulbright scholar in political science. 

Ian Higham, Consultant

Ian Higham is a political and public affairs specialist who works primarily with Crimson Clarke projects focused on corporate social responsibility, strategic profile positioning, and international best practices. A native of the US, he previously worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a researcher at the Boston Consulting Group and as a socially responsible investment analyst and engagement specialist at EIRIS. Ian has a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in political science at Stockholm University and regularly provides analysis and commentary on American politics for television, radio, and newspapers in Sweden.

Ian excels at engaging organizational leaders to produce meaningful change and in synthesizing complex information for different stakeholders, especially in a trans-Atlantic context.  He has had extensive experience working across national and cultural boundaries and helping organizations address challenges in a globalized world.

louise bengtsson, Consultant

Louise Bengtsson is a specialist in European and public affairs, with particular expertise in public health and sustainable development. Louise has previously held positions at the European Commission in Brussels, in the Swedish government offices, as well as at Edelman Ltd in London. She holds a BA from University College London and a MA from Collège d’Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Currently she is also pursuing a doctoral degree at Stockholm University, researching European health governance.

With her experience from both policy-making, communications, and academia in Stockholm, Brussels and London, Louise has extensive experience addressing policy problems and global challenges in international contexts. A Swedish native speaker, Louise is also fluent in French, Spanish and Italian.

Peter Hjertsson, Consultant

Peter Hjertsson is a specialist in international business and marketing, who works primarily with Crimson Clarke projects focused on Almedalen. Previously, Peter has worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and as a consultant providing communications, marketing, and business design projects for SME clients across public relations, eCommerce, financial services, FMCG, politics, and international trade & development.

Born in Detroit, he has previously worked in Johannesburg, Paris, and London, where he obtained his MSc in International Business graduating top of his class from Hult International Business School.