Anders Almgren (Social Democrat) has been the Mayor of the City of Lund since 2022. He also served as mayor from 2014 to 2018. Anders has a professional background from the construction industry, as a technical expert specialising in low energy buildings, energy use, environmental impact, life-cycle assessment and life-cycle costs. His educational background is a MSc. in Civil Engineering and five years of research in the field of environmental impact of buildings. Anders is a committed advocate for climate neutrality, goal-oriented city planning and the need for further innovation within the public sector as well as intensified collaboration with industry and academia.
Anders Sand holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Åbo Akademi University, Finland since 2010 and is Docent in Mineral Processing at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden since 2017. Anders has about 15 years’ experience in senior academic and corporate positions within the mining industry, with his main field of expertise in process technology. At Boliden he has held positions as Process Manager, Manager of the Process Technology R&D and currently as Research Manager. In his current role, Anders coordinates research and innovation across Boliden Mines, with particular focus on external research programmes in collaboration with other industry, research institutes and academia. He is active in a number of boards and steering committees, including Swedish Mining Innovation, EIT Raw Materials, Svemin, and the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR).
Anna Birgitta Ledin has been the Director of the Environmental Administration at the City of Gothenburg since 2014. Before that she was the Secretary General for the Swedish Research Council, Formas and a Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Lund University and Linköping University. Anna got her PhD in analytical and environmental chemistry at Linköping University in 1993, and became a Reader at the same university in 1996. She has extensive experience working for sustainable development in different positions at municipality and national levels as well as in academia.
Today, she is responsible for coordinating and pushing the work to fulfill the aims in the city’s environmental and climate program. This responsibility includes a very challenging task – the climate transition. The most challenging part is transforming the traditional governance of a city into one that can make this transition happen.
Annika Ramsköld has been the Vice President Corporate Sustainability at Vattenfall since January 1st 2014. Her main task for the unit is to drive and coordinate the strategy work related to sustainability within the company on all levels and throughout the value chain. This includes target setting, monitoring progress, consolidated sustainability reporting, running stakeholder dialogues and trainings, setting policies, defining processes etc. Annika has worked in Vattenfall for over 30 years with a wide range of assignments from R&D and business development to sales, trading, marketing and strategy. Her more recent positions are as VP Market Strategy and Business Development and VP CEO Office. As VP Market Strategy and Business Development, she initiated and ran two major business development programs; e-mobility and sustainable cities. Annika has a Master of Science degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is the chairman of the Joint Venture “Volvo-Vattenfall Plug-in-hybrid company”, Värtan Gas and Gasnätet Stockholm, and a board member of CSR Sweden and on the nomination committee for Global Compact Network Sweden as well as active in many industry associations and working groups.
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.
Dr. Christofer Laurell is the Senior Vice President of Research and Public Affairs at Einride, a Swedish technology company that develops and provides freight mobility solutions based on electric and autonomous vehicles, leading the transition to sustainable transport. Christofer holds a PhD from Stockholm University and has published extensively on the interplay between technological innovation and institutional change in leading academic journals within his field. Prior to joining Einride, he was based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor and at Stockholm School of Economics where he holds a docentship.
Elvir Dzanic has been the CEO at the Port of Gothenburg since 2019. He is also a Board Member of the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Elvir was the Vice President of Business Development North America at CEVA Logistics, based in Houston. He has also had prior roles within supply chain operator Geodis with focus on sea- and ocean freight forwarding.