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  • Jack Ewing
    Speaker name
    Jack Ewing
    Speaker occupation
    Journalist The New York Times
    Speech title/theme
    Moderator
    Speaker/speech summary
    Jack 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.
  • Ann-Sofie Hermansson
    Speaker name
    Ann-Sofie Hermansson
    Speaker occupation
    Chair of the City Executive Board, City of Gothenburg
    Speaker/speech summary
    2016- 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
  • Mikael Damberg
    Speaker name
    Mikael Damberg
    Speaker occupation
    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
    Speaker/speech summary
    Swedish Social Democratic Party
    Areas of responsibility
    • Industrial and innovation issues
    • State ownership of enterprises
    Positions and assignments
    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation 2014–
    Group leader,
    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
  • Umberto Guida
    Speaker name
    Umberto Guida
    Speaker occupation
    UITP Director of Research and Innovation
    Speaker/speech summary
    Umberto 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.
  • Pia Sandvik
    Speaker name
    Pia Sandvik
    Speaker occupation
    CEO of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
    Speaker/speech summary
    Pia 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.
  • Niklas Gustafsson
    Speaker name
    Niklas Gustafsson
    Speaker occupation
    Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Volvo Group
    Speaker/speech summary
    As 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.
  • Frank Horch
    Speaker name
    Frank Horch
    Speaker occupation
    Minister of Economy, Transport and Innovation Hamburg
    Speaker/speech summary
    1969 - 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
  • Kristina
    Speaker name
    Kristina Jonäng
    Speaker occupation
    Member of the The Regional Executive Board in Region Västra Götaland
    Speaker/speech summary
    Kristina 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.
  • Håkan Agnevall
    Speaker name
    Håkan Agnevall
    Speaker occupation
    President of Volvo Bus Corporation and a member of the Volvo Group Management.
    Speaker/speech summary
    Volvo 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.
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Time: 10:05
  • Jan Hellåker
    Speaker name
    Jan Hellåker
    Speaker occupation
    Program Director of Drive Sweden
    Speaker/speech summary
    Mr. 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.
  • Jessica Sandström
    Speaker name
    Jessica Sandström
    Speaker occupation
    Senior Vice President City Mobility Volvo Bus Corporation
    Speaker/speech summary
    Jessica 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.

  • Leonardo Rosado
    Speaker name
    Leonardo Rosado
    Speaker occupation
    Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Chalmers focusing on the Urban Metabolism field
    Speaker/speech summary
    Leonardo 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.
  • Harmen van Sprang
    Speaker name
    Harmen van Sprang
    Speaker occupation
    Global expert in the field of sharing & platform economy
    Speaker/speech summary
    Harmen 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.’

  • Emma Öhrwall
    Speaker name
    Emma Öhrwall
    Speaker occupation
    Human Ecologist and Co-founder Collaborative Economy Gothenburg
    Speaker/speech summary
    Emma 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).
  •  Kes Mac Cormick
    Speaker name
    Kes Mac Cormick
    Speaker occupation
    Associate Professor and Assistant Head at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden.
    Speaker/speech summary
    Kes 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.
  • Anders Berger
    Speaker name
    Anders Berger
    Speaker occupation
    Transport Solution Specialist at Volvo Group
    Speaker/speech summary
    Dr. 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.
  • Anna-Karin S. Öjerskog
    Speaker name
    Anna-Karin S. Öjerskog
    Speaker occupation
    Moderator
    Speaker/speech summary
    Since 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.

  • Martin Savén
    Speaker name
    Martin Savén
    Speaker occupation
    Martin Savén, Public Policy Manager, Uber Sweden
    Speaker/speech summary
    Martin 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.