Sebastian Lindstrom

Sebastian Lindstrom

Co-Founder What Took You So Long?

Amherst, Massachusetts (Springfield, Massachusetts Area)
International Affairs

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Sebastian Lindstrom's Overview

  • Co-Founder and Producer at What Took You So Long?
  • Co-Founder / Chairman at Light for Children (Ghana)
  • Nairobi Sandbox Ambassador at Sandbox-Network
  • Assistant to the Chairman at SureTrace Security Corp

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Sebastian Lindstrom's Summary

Traveler, NGO founder and filmmaker Sebastian Lindstrom has traversed 65 countries in the past three years, trekking deep within the jungles of Papua New Guinea, crossing Africa by bus and train, and crossed Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East tracking the rise of the camel milk industry. Double TEDx speaker at NHH in Norway on Camel Milk entrepreneurship and at TEDxAthens on Disruptive filmmaking. Sebastian has studied in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.

Being a filmmaker is one layer of a powerful connection and network-based movement underlying the provocatively named the What Took You So Long?, which Sebastian co-founded in 2008. Guerilla filmmaking is about looking for untold stories in remote areas ; small equipment gives you this access. Use your feet. You are only as good as your last movie. The filmmaking field is wide open ; anyone can get access to some film equipment and start exploring how to tell compelling stories. Guerilla filmmaking is about going in without an agenda, integrating with the locals, using the smallest amount of gear to do the work you need to do. Quality is critical. No lights no boom no massive cameras.
New technology is enabling a new generation to participate. There's no need for a director or producer on a shoot today, they can work remote and roles can be combined.
Never stop moving.

Sebastian has also co-founded the NGO Light for Children in Ghana with Ghanaians Mike Owusu and Yaw Ochere, and the Sandbox-Network in Nairobi. He has been sharing findings associated with his projects at The Royal Geographical Society, on Swedish television, with Muhammad Yunus, radio's and at top universities around the world.

Specialties: NGOs, connecting dots, guerilla film-making, mobilization

Sebastian Lindstrom's Experience

Co-Founder and Producer

What Took You So Long?

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

June 2008Present (6 years 4 months) world-wide

Co-Founder / filmmaker
Sebastian is the epitome of Guerilla filmmaking, managing to edit camels into every project he is working on, which are as numerous in number as they are diverse. He is always ahead of the pack and therefore the boundless Team Leader! Filmed in 65 countries ; traveled in total to 105 plus.

Co-Founder / Chairman

Light for Children (Ghana)

2005Present (9 years)

Chairman of a child-centred non-profit with a US$25,000 early working budget.
Mobilize 50+ volunteers per year to support our work in Ghana
Coordinate a HIV/AIDS children’s program that supports 50 HIV-infected children.

Nairobi Sandbox Ambassador


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

March 20112012 (1 year)

Initiate, mobilize and start the first Sandbox Hub in Africa.

Assistant to the Chairman

SureTrace Security Corp

April 2005October 2006 (1 year 7 months)

Assistant to the Chairman / Special projects coordinator
Directed & oversaw group activities in South East Asia, North America & Europe.
Involved with Sales, government relations & marketing.

Sebastian Lindstrom's Projects

  • TEDx United Nations Plaza: Bravery Video

    • September 2013 to Present

    Served as a Production Assistant for What Took So Long?'s coverage of the TEDx UN Plaza. Filmed interviews and b-roll as well as co-edited a video produced under 48 hours for the second day of the event.

Sebastian Lindstrom's Skills & Expertise

  1. mover
  2. mobilizer
  3. connector
  4. NGOs
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Mobilization
  7. Social Media
  8. Editing
  9. Research
  10. Film Production
  11. Social Entrepreneurship
  12. Social Networking
  13. International Development
  14. New Media
  15. Project Management
  16. International Relations
  17. Start-ups
  18. Social Innovation
  19. Fundraising
  20. Business
  21. Non-profits
  22. Strategic Partnerships
  23. Strategy
  24. Nonprofits
  25. Public Speaking
  26. Team Leadership
  27. Corporate Social Responsibility

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Sebastian Lindstrom's Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Master in International Education, Development


Non formal education solutions in complex / fragile regions

University of Hong Kong

International Business and Global Management, Business


Activities and Societies: Scholarship student (yearly intake; 25 students out of 800+ applicants) Selected to represent the University at UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen Clinton Global Initiative, NGO participant, Miami, United States Mobilized over US$30,000 from University funds for various volunteer expeditions

Korea University

Bachelor of International Business, International Business


James Cook University

Business / Tourism


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