We are sad to inform you that Ivan Öfverholm, founder of Ingenjörer utan gränser, suddenly passed away on Tuesday the 6th of March at 75 years old. Ivan will be greatly missed as a father, grandfather, friend, mentor, and colleague.



Ivan founded Ingenjörer utan gränser in Gothenburg in 2007 and was our chairperson until 2015. He was a man with a big heart. The idea of Ingenjörer utan gränser was born during the tragedy of the tsunami in 2004. Ivan was the glue that held us all together during the first years, always positive, working tirelessly to bring the best out of everyone and to find new talents for the team. Under his leadership, the organisation expanded from a small group at Chalmers to a national organization with groups in many major Swedish cities.


Ivan had a rich and eventful life as an engineer and manager, starting his career in early software and mobile telecommunications. He later moved on to the space industry, where he was CEO of Saab Ericsson Space, now Ruag Space, for almost two decades. He held several other roles in the engineering community, for example as president of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in West Sweden (IVA Väst). Ivan always had a close connection to Chalmers, with a history as treasurer for the student union.

The final years of his life he dedicated to his grandchildren and friends, making the occasional visit to Ingenjörer utan gränser such as helping set up our Engineer to Engineer activities.

We want to thank Ivan for all the love and dedication he has shown Ingenjörer utan gränser throughout the years, and the lasting impressing he has left on so many of us.

The funeral will be held in Masthuggskyrkan at 13:00 on April 6th.

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