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Speaker nameJack EwingSpeaker occupationJournalist The New York TimesSpeech title/themeModeratorSpeaker/speech summaryJack Ewing writes about business, banking, economics and monetary policy from Frankfurt, and sometimes helps out on terrorism coverage and other breaking news.
Mr. Ewing joined The International Herald Tribune, now the international edition of The New York Times, in 2010. Previously, he worked for a decade at BusinessWeek magazine in Frankfurt, where he was European regional editor. He first came to Europe in 1993 as a German Marshall Fund journalism fellow in Brussels, and wound up staying permanently.
Mr. Ewing won a New York Times publisher’s award in 2011 for coverage of the European debt crisis.
Speaker nameAnn-Sofie HermanssonSpeaker occupationChair of the City Executive Board, City of GothenburgSpeaker/speech summary2016- Chair of the City Executive Board, City of Gothenburg
2011-2016 Local Representative, Swedish Social Democrats in the European Parliament, based in Gothenburg
2009-2011 Member of the Chief Guardians’ Committee, City of Gothenburg
2003-2009 Policy Advisor (Social Democrats), City Executive Board (working primarily for Göran Johansson, Chairman of the City Executive Board), City of Gothenburg
1996-2003 Policy Officer, Swedish Trade Union Confederation, Stockholm
1995-1996 Policy Advisor (Social Democrats), Prime Minister’s Office (working primarily for Mona Sahlin, Deputy Prime Minister), Stockholm
1994 Political writer, editorial page of Swedish daily Aftonbladet, Stockholm
1991-1995 Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology, University of Gothenburg
1984-1991 Factory worker, automotive industry, Volvo, Gothenburg
Speaker nameMikael DambergSpeaker occupationMinister for Enterprise and InnovationSpeaker/speech summarySwedish Social Democratic Party
Areas of responsibility
• Industrial and innovation issues
• State ownership of enterprises
Positions and assignments
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation 2014–
Social Democratic parliamentary party group 2012–2014
Member of the Riksdag 2002– 2014
Chair, Swedish Social Democratic Youth League 1999–2003
Political Adviser, Prime Minister's Office 1997–1999
Political Adviser, Ministry of Defence 1995–1997
Speaker nameUmberto GuidaSpeaker occupationUITP Director of Research and InnovationSpeaker/speech summaryUmberto Guida is the UITP Director of Research and Innovation. He has a long experience in Research and Innovation Projects Management, in particular in the Transport domain, as well as in System Engineering techniques and Complex Systems development. Umberto has a high knowledge of Public Transport technologies, services and strategies, in particular related to buses, including electromobility. He has coordinated projects like EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) and ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System). Before joining UITP, Umberto has worked to the European GNSS programme as member of Italian satellite industry.
Speaker namePia SandvikSpeaker occupationCEO of RISE Research Institutes of SwedenSpeaker/speech summaryPia Sandvik, CEO of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, is born in Ludvika and holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from Linköping University.
Pia Sandvik, PhD and docent in Quality Control Technology, has previously been President at Luleå University of Technology and CEO of Länsförsäkringar Jämtland.
Pia Sandvik is Deputy Chairman of IVA’s Business Executives Council and Member of the Board of Almi AB, the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Speaker nameNiklas GustafssonSpeaker occupationSenior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Volvo GroupSpeaker/speech summaryAs CSO of Volvo Group Niklas is responsible for the interface to society stakeholder within the areas of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs. Niklas is also responsible for the Volvo Group global representation offices in the main markets and world political power centers.
In Volvo Group Niklas has held the following positions since 2008:
Senior Vice President Public and Environmental Affairs, Volvo Group, 2008-2013
Executive Vice President, Corporate Public & Environmental Affairs Volvo Group 2013-2014
Chief Sustainability Officer, Corporate Sustainability & Public Affairs Volvo Group 2015-2017
Chief Sustainability Officer, CTO Office 2018-
Before joining the Volvo Group in 2008 Niklas worked at Volvo Car Corporation, 1987-2008.
He held different positions at Volvo Cars mainly in the areas of electronics and engine development as well as several years within environmental engineering, communications and governmental affairs.
Speaker nameFrank HorchSpeaker occupationMinister of Economy, Transport and Innovation HamburgSpeaker/speech summary1969 - 1974 Studied shipbuilding in Hamburg
1971 - 1974 Design engineer at shipyards Mützelfeld-Werft Cuxhaven and HDW-Hamburg
1974 Joined Phoenix-AG as development engineer
1980 Head of the central development department
1984 Director of development and production
1988 Member of the Supervisory Board of Phoenix-AG (representing managerial staff)
1991 Appointed fully authorized representative of Phoenix-AG
1993 Joined Friedrich Krupp AG
1994 Plant manager, Hamburg-Harburg Krupp Kunststofftechnik (plastics)
1997 Chairman of the Executive Board of Krupp Elastomertechnik
2001 Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Elastomertechnik
2005 - December 2007 Chairman of the Executive Board of Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH (mechanical engineering)
January 2008 - May 2008 Member of the Executive Board of Blohm + Voss International GmbH (merger of company with Blohm + Voss Shipyards GmbH)
April 2008 - March 2011 Member of the Executive Board of Blohm + Voss Shipyards & Services GmbH
May 2008 – January 2011 President of Hamburg Chamber of Commerce January 2011
March 23, 2011 appointed Senator
Speaker nameKristina JonängSpeaker occupationMember of the The Regional Executive Board in Region Västra GötalandSpeaker/speech summaryKristina Jonäng is a member of the The Regional Executive Board in Region Västra Götaland. She is also President of the Environment Committee in Region Västra Götaland.
Kristina has a Bachelor Degree from School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.
She was chief of staff during 2006-2008 when mr Andreas Carlgren was Minister of Environment in Sweden.
Speaker nameHåkan AgnevallSpeaker occupationPresident of Volvo Bus Corporation and a member of the Volvo Group Management.Speaker/speech summaryVolvo Buses is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of buses and coaches and a leading provider of sustainable public transport solutions and are pioneering the development of future public transport systems based on electrical buses.
Mr. Agnevall has previously held senior management positions with ABB and Bombardier in the fields of power systems, industrial robots and electrical powertrains. He has extensive international experience, having worked and lived in the U.S., Thailand, Brazil and Switzerland.
Mr. Agnevall holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from LTH, Sweden and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.
Speaker nameJan HellåkerSpeaker occupationProgram Director of Drive SwedenSpeaker/speech summaryMr. Jan Hellåker is the Program Director of Drive Sweden, a national strategic program launched by the Swedish government to design the next generation mobility based on connected, self-driving and shared vehicles.
Prior to joining Lindholmen Science Park which is the host organization for Drive Sweden, Jan spent 25+ years in advanced vehicle research within the Volvo Group. He was also the founder and first CEO of WirelessCar, a leading telematics service provider.
Jan started his career with Ericsson, and earned his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology.
Speaker nameJessica SandströmSpeaker occupationSenior Vice President City Mobility Volvo Bus CorporationSpeaker/speech summaryJessica Sandström joined Volvo 2002 and has since then held a number of different positions. She led the team that developed the first industrialized Volvo hybrid driveline put in production 2009 in a bus application. After joining Volvo Buses 2009 she worked as Head of product planning & global marketing. She was part of the team who took the strategic decision of industrializing electromobility in big scale at Volvo Buses.
Jessica is currently the Senior Vice President City Mobility. The City Mobility team aims at supporting cities around the globe with electromobility solutions. The position as well includes a responsibility for electromobility for the Volvo Group including driving the electromobility product development, strategy and implementation.
Speaker nameLeonardo RosadoSpeaker occupationAssistant Professor at the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Chalmers focusing on the Urban Metabolism fieldSpeaker/speech summaryLeonardo Rosado is an Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Chalmers focusing on the Urban Metabolism field, in particular using a holistic approach to develop methods to study all resource flows of cities. Leonardo Rosado has developed a groundbreaking method to account for materials in urban areas – the Urban Metabolism Analyst. The main goal is to study cities to provide valuable information to stakeholders on different levels: circular economy, waste management, urban planning, industry and households.
Speaker nameHarmen van SprangSpeaker occupationGlobal expert in the field of sharing & platform economySpeaker/speech summaryHarmen van Sprang is a an independent global expert in the field of sharing & platform economy. He advises governments, businesses and platforms worldwide through his social enterprise ‘shareNL’ and his foundation called ‘Sharing Cities Alliance’. Over the past years Harmen gave 200+ presentations in cities like Paris, Singapore, New York and Tokyo. He is also the co-author of a business book called ‘Share.’ With new technologies emerging, Harmen and his team guide their ecosystem of businesses and governments to continuously balance between (hu)man & machine. Their purpose: ‘reshaping the way we live, work and play.’
Speaker nameEmma ÖhrwallSpeaker occupationHuman Ecologist and Co-founder Collaborative Economy GothenburgSpeaker/speech summaryEmma Öhrwall is a Human Ecologist and she's the Co-founder of the non profit organization Collaborative Economy Gothenburg, who run the Smart Map (Smarta Kartan). Emma is established in the grassroots movements where she enables the rise of Bike Kitchens, Repair Cafés and Makerspaces etc.
She's a wellknown lecturer about the return of "access before ownership".
- Nominated as 1 of 33 talents, who sets the sustainability agenda (Aktuell Hålbarhet)
- 1 of 100 opinion makers with the greatest power in social media within sustainability (SB Insight).
Speaker nameKes Mac CormickSpeaker occupationAssociate Professor and Assistant Head at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden.Speaker/speech summaryKes works in the fields of sustainability, governance, cities and greening the economy. I have participated in European, Swedish and Australian research and innovation projects, and since 2004, I have produced over 100 publications in a diversity of formats and presented at 50 international conferences. I am the program coordinator for Sharing Cities Sweden – a national program for the sharing economy in cities.
Speaker nameAnders BergerSpeaker occupationTransport Solution Specialist at Volvo GroupSpeaker/speech summaryDr. Anders Berger is Transport Solution Specialist at Volvo Group focusing on transport effectiveness concepts and total customer solutions related to the environmental and efficiency challenges of the road transport system. He contributes extensively in setting the national and international research agendas and roadmap process, e.g. within the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), by providing input to the EU Framework Programs in the areas of Long Distance Freight Transport and Urban Mobility.
Speaker nameAnna-Karin S. ÖjerskogSpeaker occupationModeratorSpeaker/speech summarySince more than 10 years, Anna-Karin S. Öjerskog is an esteemed moderator specialized in society, sustainability and leadership.
Previously, she worked as Office Manager at Semcon and Industry and Tourism Manager at the Municipality of Lilla Edet. Through her broad experience, as a leader in both private and public organizations and as a professional sports woman, Anna-Karin has developed an ability to understand the everyday challenges facing the audience.
Anna-Karing is a World Champion in sailing and was awarded Sailor of the Year by the Swedish Sailing Federation.
Speaker nameMartin SavénSpeaker occupationMartin Savén, Public Policy Manager, Uber SwedenSpeaker/speech summaryMartin joined Uber in early 2016 and has worked with Uber's Public Affairs and Public Policy needs since. Before joining Uber, Martin completed a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Oxford University. Prior to Oxford, Martin worked for almost 5 years as a political advisor to the Moderate Party, first at Stockholm City Hall for the Vice Mayor for Traffic, and subsequently a year working for the Moderate Party Majority Whip. Martin also holds a Business and Economics Degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.