Graduated as MScEE from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and study Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. From 1975 to 1992 he worked in research, development and implementation of air defence radar systems. Employers included Ericsson, Marconi, Bofors and Nobel Industries. Extended assignments saw him relocate from Stockholm to London, Singapore, Japan and India.
In 1992, John re-focused to work more towards social development in emerging markets around the world. His expertise in Social Anthropology came in handy as he led roll-outs of mobile telephone networks in numerous hard-ship locations. Over a fifteen year period his work rolling out mobile phone networks took him to remote places like Congo Brazzaville, the Amazonas and Mato Grosso of Brazil, Punta Arenas in Chile, Cali and Bogota in Columbia, Kingston, Jamaica and across the southern states of the U.S.
Now retired, John spends his time going on expeditions around the world to do research for the books that he co-writes with his son under the joint pseudonym Mitch Vandell. Their first book was entitled Poor-Sucker Syndrome and is based on years of observations of men engaging in relationships while working abroad.