Tech investor, geopolitical risk advisor and sustainability strategist Aurore Belfrage spends her time in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and international affairs. She is the co-founder of the sustainable technology thinktank SusTechable, geopolitical advisor at Consilio International, and was a steering committee member for the Swedish government’s contribution to Expo2020 Dubai and a previous investor at EQT Ventures. She’s a columnist, vlogger and hosts a podcast on pressing issues such as environment, geopolitics, governance and technology. In 2011, she co-founded the disruptive global fintech startup Wrapp, for which Skype founder Zennström and Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman were early investors. Born in London, she was partly raised there as well as in Saudi and Sweden, with previous lives in scrap dealing at Stena Metall, speechwriting and attempts at stand-up comedy.
The strategic area, Future Innovations systematically explores methodologies, mindsets, tools, and other means to better understand possible futures, and make strategic decisions today based on what path leads to the desired future. Foresight, experimentation, dialogue, collaborations, facts, and evidence together with an explorative mindset are all fundamental ingredients. As the strategic lead, Joakim is responsible for organising the team operatively and driving the agenda according to Vinnova’s strategy. He has a background in computer science and before joining Vinnova was head of innovation at a large data-intense company, spurring the innovation spirit in his colleagues while establishing partnerships with startups in a true open innovation manner.
Kajsa Paludan is the International Coordinator at the Swedish Energy Agency and is responsible for their international research, innovation cooperations and strategy. Her background is within sustainability and organisational change and she has been working with the transition to a sustainable future since 2008.