Dear members of Plantagon International Association

At the annual meeting that was held at Plantagon in Stockholm on September 17th, 2015 a new board was elected. The new members are Oren Lyons (chairman), Magnus Hjelmare, Camilla Weichert and Sepehr Mousavi. This board was proposed by the nomination committee led by Maja Stilling and was approved by the annual meeting.

The reason for the board being so small - only four persons which is the minimum number the board can have according to our statutes - is that the nomination committee advised the annual meeting that during an interim phase the board's work should focus on doing concrete activities with the goal of recruiting new members. To achieve this as quickly as possible a small group of people in the board will make decision making easier and get things going - more action, less talk.

As spokesperson for the new board I want to share that we will put every effort into selling more lectures on the Companization, since this is the best way to create income for the association as well as make more people interested in joining the association. During the spring both Sepehr and I have sold lectures like this, and we are convinced that it is possible to sell many more. Anyone interested in doing this should contact us - we have a presentation that anyone can use and we will train you on using this - please send an e-mail to

The next board meeting will be open to all members who want to listen in - join us over Skype or come to Plantagon if you are in Stockholm. We will invite you when we have a date set; right now we are focusing on getting the sales of lectures going.

You can find the minutes from the annual meeting below or here, and using this link ( you will take part of Hans Hassle's view on the current situation in the association.

Best regards,

Magnus Hjelmare



Minutes of annual meeting, Plantagon Non Profit Assocation, September 17th 2015, 17.00 – 19.00 (CEST)

§1. Opening of the annual meeting

The meeting was called to order.

a.   Election of chairman

  • Magnus Hjelmare was elected chairman of the meeting.

b.   Election of secretary for the meeting.

  • Sara Grundemark was elected secretary of the meeting.

c.   Election of certifiers and tellers  (person responsible for counting the votes)

  • Mats Hellström and Henrik Passmark were elected certifiers and tellers of the meeting.

§2. Establish a quorum

The quorum was established and approved. See attachment 1. 

§3. Approval of proposed agenda

The proposed agenda was approved.

§ 4. Approval of how the meeting was called

The meeting was determined duly convened. 

§ 5. The Board’s administration report 

Due to many board members leaving their posts it has been difficult to establish a good working group. Lack of consistency in meetings and lack of leadership has contributed to few decisions and actions being taken. 

§ 6. Financial report

a.    Presentation of annual report and auditor’s report

Since it is not mandatory to have an auditor’s report for the association during the interim period, such report has not been compiled. However, the board would like to share the following information regarding the financial situation.

  • There are 206 closure right members and 331 members in total
  • The income generated is mainly based upon consultancy work made for the city of Malmö. The work was performed by the for profit company, but the work was initiated as non profit and the grants went to the PNA. Also, paid seminars and lectures at universities and companies have generated income as well as members. Retail of memberships, t-shirts and other items in the shop has also contributed to the income.
  • Expenses during the financial year includes the hiring of Sepehr Mousavizadeh during a shorter period of time, work performed related to the annual report and work performed to develop the members’ digital platform.

§ 7. Decisions on

a.    establishment of profit and loss account and balance sheet

The profit and loss account were presented and established by the meeting.

b.    disposal concerning the association´s profit or loss according to the established balance sheet,

The meeting resolved that the profit should be transferred to the new balance sheet.   

c.    approval of that the activities complied with the purpose requirements as stated in the regulations and

The meeting approved that the activities comply with the purpose requirements as stated in the regulations. This in accordance with § 5.

d.    freedom from responsibility for the members of the board and management.

The board was discharged from liability.

§ 8. Establishment of remunerations for members of the Board and auditor

The quorum approved to empower the board to make decisions on remuneration.  

§ 9. Election of Board and if appropriate election of auditor and auditor deputies and deputies for the members of the board

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir suggested that 8 people should be elected in the board in difference to the proposal of the board consisting of 4 people, which was suggested by the nomination committee. A vote was made according to these two suggestions:

    Votes in favor of 8 people: 

    Henrik Passmark

    Yusuf Abdul- Qadir

    Afnan Ahmed

    Ian Blochwitz

Votes in favor of 4 people: 

    Mats Hellström

    Karin Hassle

    Lars Holmberg

    Sepehr Mousavizadeh

    Shrikant Ramakrishnan

    Owe Pettersson

    Sara Grundemark

    Magnus Hjelmare

Hans Hassle abstained voting. 

The following Board members were proposed by the nomination committee and elected by the quorum:

Oren Lyons

Magnus Hjelmare

Sepehr Mousavizadeh

Camilla Weichert

Auditor: No auditor was chosen. The meeting suggests that PwC should accept the role as auditor on pro- bono.

§ 10. Additional matters transferred to the annual meeting from the Board 

There were no additional matters transferred to the annual meeting.

§ 11. Additional matters

  • Plantagon initiated a work on standardization for Urban Agriculture together with SIS that has been taken up on an ISO level. 
  • A discussion about Hans Hassle leaving as CEO of Plantagon International AB and moving to the Non Profit side has been initiated. When and if this might happen is not decided.
  • Hans Hassle suggested that Plantagon Non Profit Association should have national boards or chapters within the Non Profit Association and one umbrella organization. The recruitment of members could be performed within each chapter where they can create their own activities. This enables smaller working group to work locally but still connect in the international organization. It was suggested that the board etablish a working group to realize this proposal.
  • Hans Hassle informed that AMF has been introduced to the idea of the non-profit side working as consultants to implement the Global Compact in AMF. This gives great possibilities for the PNA to earn money.
  • The board has a responsibility to establish a sound economy in the association by carrying out activities that lead to income for the association. It is also the board’s responsibility to increase the number of members.

§ 12. Closing of the meeting

The meeting was declared closed. 


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