Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson is a Swedish journalist, moderator and program host focusing on
sustainability. She is chair of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge) and
program host for We Don´t Have Time in collaboration with UNDP where she hosts online TV-broadcasts for audiences of up to 50 million people. She is also Content Director and moderator for A Sustainable Tomorrow and a TED-X speaker. Catarina has moderated for 15 years for The EU Commission, The Swedish government, international corporations and for NGO´s. Her expertise is on all aspects of sustainability, but primarily climate action. Catarina has worked as a journalist since 1991, based in New York, Stockholm, Singapore and Malmö, Sweden. She has published 12 books in the field of sustainability and she lectures in Sweden as well as internationally. Catarina is co- founder of the international NGO “Our Kids´Climate” with groups in 23 countries. Her academic background is in political science, cultural science and journalism.

Talkamatic brings interactive spoken dialogue to EdTech platforms using conversational AI.

GPT and similar technologies are powerful tools, but their inherent weaknesses prevent “off the shelf” use in educational contexts. We show our conversational EdTech applications and discuss how we use GPT to improve user experience and pedagogical results.


About the organiser

We make EdTech software for reading comprehension and second-language learning. Our solutions are based on how humans interact and learn in real life. We combine education and conversational AI research with user focused design. Our technology makes conversational AI more human.

Jaani heads the global investment promotion and advisory operations at Business Sweden in Stockholm. From 2019 to 2021 he led the Business Sweden investment promotion and advisory operations in APAC and was based in Shanghai. Jaani has over 25 years’ experience in global business, technology and government operations in Europe, USA, Brazil, Russia, India and East Asia including 14 years living in Shanghai. Jaani was a Founder and later the Board Chairman of the successful FinChi Innovation Center in Shanghai, which was established in 2005 and has so far supported over 150 Finnish companies in their China market entry. He has a broad experience in consulting companies and leading organisations in their international strategies, in investor relations and innovation projects.

This panel will discuss how demand in the public sector can be a great driver for both innovation and increased markets for impact startups and scaleups.

The public sector can lead the way by requiring and procuring new solutions from startups and scaleups that are clearly assessed and calculated to have a large climate impact. This will also help the startups and scaleups to better take on further markets and opportunities as a next step.


About the organisers

Ignite Sweden is a non-profit initiative part of SISP- Swedish Incubators & Science Parks that aims to foster innovation and accelerate commercialisation by connecting startups to large companies and public organisations. Since it began in spring 2017, Ignite has matched over 1200 startups with 300+ corporates and public organizations in more than 5700 curated matchmaking meetings, resulting in
over 453 commercial collaborations.

Swedish Incubators and Science Parks (SISP) is Sweden’s industry association for incubators and science parks. Through strong collaboration between their members and Sweden’s leading universities, private sector actors, public organizations, and customers, SISP aims to develop the world’s most effective innovation ecosystem and tackle today’s biggest challenges.

Tony Mc Carrick is a Strategic Advisor at Atea. He has more than 20 years of experience in digitisation, primarily in the public sector. He has previously been digitalisation strategist in Södertälje municipality where the focus was on creating value for the citizens and organisation in synergies between different technology such as AI, IoT, Open data and Blockchain. The time for changes is always now.

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.

Allison Cohen is the Senior Applied AI Projects Lead at Mila. In this role, Allison works closely with AI researchers, social science experts and external partners to professionalize and deploy socially beneficial AI projects. Her portfolio of work includes: a misogyny detection and correction tool, an application that can identify online activity suspected of containing human trafficking victims, and an agricultural analytics tool to support sustainable practices among smallholder farmers in Rwanda.
She was on InspiredMinds an appeared in the Top 50 Influential Women in AI list and was the Runner Up for the 2022 Women in AI “Leader of the Year” Award in the category of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She holds an MA in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a BA in International Development from McGill University.

Andreas Carlson has served as Minister of Infrastructure and Housing since October 2022. He is leading the government´s work in transport, infrastructure, community planning and housing. He has served as a member of Parliament between 2010-2022, where he was group leader for the Christian Democrats 2015-2022 and Deputy Chair on the Committee of Justice 2018-2022. He started his public service in Mullsjö Municipality in 2006, where he represented the party on the Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive Board.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, Andreas worked as press secretary in the European Parliament and as a journalist. He has an educational background in law and communications from Lund University and Jönköping University.

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.

Anna Hammarberg has over 15 years of experience within trade & investment promotion and international business development. She has held various positions within Business Sweden, helping international companies to invest and expand in Sweden. Today Anna is coordinating the national investment promotion program and develops collaboration with regional investment promotion agencies, partners and stakeholders. Previously she has a background within the venture capital industry, growing tech startups.