Andreas Carlson is the Minister for Infrastructure and Housing within the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Infrastructure. This ministry is responsible for matters relating to rural areas, food and land- and water-based industries, regional development, transport and infrastructure, housing, and community planning.
Darja Isaksson is Director General of Vinnova, Sweden’s national innovation agency, and serves as a member of the Swedish government’s National Digitalization Council. As the founder of two agencies, she has worked in business and product development for clients such as Sony Ericsson, Ikea and Husqvarna. She has served as adviser to the Prime Minister’s Innovation Council, been recognised as one of Sweden’s most powerful opinion-makers by the financial magazine Veckans Affarer and was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by the website Apolitical.
Alexandr Hobza is Chief Economist at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission. He leads a team of economists who enhance the evidence base in support of science, technology and innovation policies of the European Commission. Previously, he headed teams working on assessments of structural reforms and was an advisor to the Director-General of DG ECFIN of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he also worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Economics in Prague, D.E.A. degree in quantitative economics from Université Libre de Bruxelles and M.A. degree in Economics of European Integration from an international programme delivered by University of Antwerp, Staffordshire University and University of Economics in Prague.
Anna Broeders works as a Community & Employer Branding Manager at Linköping Science Park, Linköping, Sweden. Today, the lack of talent is one of the biggest challenges for knowledge based companies. At Linköping Science Park they believe that by utilising international talent, they can create the conditions to ensure Swedish competitiveness and support companies’ need for talent. Anna is the project leader of Switch to Sweden, a national, Vinnova-funded initiative with the aim of increasing the number of qualified matches between international academic talents who are already in Sweden and recruiting companies.
In her position at Linköping Science Park, Anna supports companies by attracting talent to the Science Park, the region and the country as well as creating value for those who already act in the tech industry in the region.
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.
Catharina Sandberg is the CEO at LEAD Business Incubator in Linköping and Norrköping. a deep-tech incubator owned by Linköping University, closely related to Linköping University. Having held the role for the past three years, she states that LEAD is at the forefront in coaching startups to build their business to be fully sustainable. Catharina holds a Master of Science in Physics from Linköping University. Previously holding several roles for Sectra, a Medtech and Security company in Sweden, for almost 20 years, she was privileged to be part of a growth journey from 60 to 600 employees with offices in more than ten countries. Her skills are mainly in leadership and project management. She also worked a year and a half for Linköping university Innovation, scouting early Life Science ideas.
Dan Vikström is the HR Manager at Acorai, a revolutionary start-up company in heart failure monitoring. His primary focus is personnel, salaries, pensions and employee development, as well as finance, grant applications and accounting. With a background in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) & Philosophy (Political Philosophy), Dan has multiple years of experience in healthcare consumables for regions and municipalities in Sweden. He is interested in finance, personal finance, savings, investments and personal/professional development. Dan is constantly working towards financial independence and always ready to help other people improve their own finances.
Daniel Gillblad is the Co-director for Scientific Vision of AI Sweden and the Director of Chalmers AI Research Centre. He has a background in AI, machine learning, data analytics and their practical applications, and has worked for many years with digital- and research strategies within industry and academia. He holds a PhD in Machine Learning and a MSc in Electrical Engineering, both from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and has lead research projects, groups and laboratories for more than 15 years.
Frida Fossland is a Project Manager at Region Västerbotten with expertise in skill supply and business development. Her current main focus is The North Sweden Green Deal project. The project focuses on the social transformation taking place thanks to all the green industry investments in northern Sweden. The major investments, are beyond anything that has been seen before. In order to succeed with the social transformation, we will require a much larger workforce than currently exists in the North of Sweden.