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.

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.

Ebba Busch is the Swedish Minister for Energy, Business and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister. Ministry of Climate and Enterprise. The Ministry of Climate and Enterprise is responsible for matters relating to the climate, the environment, energy, enterprise, innovation as well as radiation safety and outdoor life. The Ministry is also working to ensure the transition to a circular economy.

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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.

Anders Cronholm is the CEO at Blekinge Business Incubator and Chairman of SISP Swedish Incubator and Science Parks. He is also the co-founder of Octacon AB and Blackdrop Interactive AB. Professionally skilled in Product Management, Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, and Business Strategy, Seed funding and Venture Capital, Anders has been working with early stages startups for more than 20 years.

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).

At Breakthrough Energy – an organisation founded by Bill Gates in 2015 – Ann Mettler is working with European partners to accelerate clean tech innovation in the pursuit of climate neutrality and net-zero emissions. Previously, she served as Director-General at the European Commission where she ran the internal strategy department, reporting directly to the President. An entrepreneur at heart, Ann set up her own think tank which she ran for more than a decade. Her career started at the World Economic Forum where she led the Europe department.

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.

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.