Alexandr Hobza 

Head of Unit, Chief Economist, European Commission

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 Almgren 

Mayor of Lund

Anders Almgren (Social Democrat) is since 2022 the mayor of the City of Lund. He also served as mayor the term 2014 to 2018.

Anna Ledin 

Professor, PhD, City of Gothenburg, Environmental Administration

Director for the environmental administration in the City of Gothenburg since 2014. Before that Secretary General for the Swedish research council Formas and Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Lund University and Linköping University. Got her PhD in analytical and environmental chemistry at Linköping University in 1993, and became Reader at the same university in 1996. She has according long experience working for sustainable development in different positions in a municipality, on national level and in academia.

Anne Mettler

Vice President, 
Europe Breakthrough Energy

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.

Catarina Rolfsdotter

Moderator

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson is a journalist, moderator and program host focusing on sustainability. She is chair of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge), program host for We Don´t Have Time and Content Director and moderator for A Sustainable Tomorrow.

Catarina has worked as a journalist since 1991, based in New York, Stockholm, Singapore and Malmö, Sweden. Catarina has published 12 books in the field of sustainability and she lectures in Sweden as well as internationally.
She is spokesperson for the climate NGO “Våra barns klimat” and 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 from Lund University (1983-1986) and Skurup School of journalism (1986-1987). She has additional education as a TV anchor from Channel 7 in New York and as a sustainability expert from the organization The Natural Step.

Christian Lindfors

CEO at Science Village Scandinavia (SVS)

Christian is the Chief Executive Officer at Science Village Scandinavia AB (SVS) since 2020. SVS’s mission is to develop a knowledge ecosystem that takes advantage of the research results from the big science infrastructures ESS and MAX IV in Lund, Sweden. Prior to this, he served for many years as Executive Vice President for the large Swedish consultancy group Tyréns and in different roles at the large construction and development company NCC.

Among his responsibilities at Tyréns was leading consultancy operation in infrastructure and urban development as well as being responsible for operations in research and innovation. Between 2013 and 2019 he was chairing the faculty board of Technology and Society at Malmo University, Sweden.

He also holds positions of trust, among others as board director the leading intellectual property firm AWA and the global digital marketplace for the construction industry BIMobject.

Mr. Lindfors holds a PhD in Industrial Economics and Organisation from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and a MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, USA. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University.

Ebba Lund

Chief Executive Officer, IASP

Ebba Lund is Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), and a member of its Executive Board. Her leadership role at IASP focuses on international relations, business opportunities for science and technology parks and their companies, and support to a global membership of science/technology parks and areas of innovation in more than 75 countries. Ebba has implemented and developed many knowledge-based services for science and technology parks around the world in her work at IASP. She has led the organisation of 20 IASP World Conferences, and has 20 years’ experience in the industry of innovation ecosystems. Ebba Lund holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

Fredrik Gröndahl 

Associate Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH

Associate Professor Fredrik Gröndahl is the manager on the Blue Food Center at KTH financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Region of Västra Götaland with 8 academic partners and around 70 external partners engaged in the production of food both from the Sea and freshwater systems. Fredrik Gröndahl is a marine biologist and industrial ecologist  and has long experience of the cultivation of Seaweeds and the sustainable use of marine biomass. He is the co-author of Swedens most used book about sustainable development and is also one of the co-founders of Nordic Seafarm that is developing the cultivation of seaweeds in Sweden.

Ingrid Petersson 

Inquiry Chair
The Government Office

At present Ingrid is the Inquiry Chair of two Swedish inquiries; the Inquiry on enhanced food security and the Inquiry on research and innovation funding. For the last nine years, between 2013 and 2022, she has been the Director-General for Formas – a Swedish research council for sustainable development. Ingrid has previous worked with Science Relations and Collaborations at AstraZeneca and been State Secretary at the Ministry for Agriculture. Ingrid is on the board of the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Forest Agency. She has previously been on the Board of the Swedish Agricultural University and Stockholm Environment Institute and chaired the Swedish Agenda 2030-delegation. In 2021 she left as Vice-President of Science Europé after six years in this position.

Jakob Trollbäck 

The New Division,
Founder

Jakob Trollbäck is the main architect behind the language and visual identity of the UN's 17 Global Goals, which were launched in 2015. He is also one of the initiators of the Inner Development Goals, a framework of the individual skills and qualities needed to accelerate the work toward Agenda 2030. In 2017, Jakob founded The New Division, which is a consulting agency that supports companies and organizations to strengthen and activate their sustainability work.

Jenni Nordborg

PhD, Director of International Affairs, Lif

Jenni Nordborg, PhD, is since January 2023 Director for International Affairs at Lif – the research-based pharmaceutical companies. Prior to this position, Dr. Nordborg has for the past 5 years held the position as National Life Sciences Coordinator appointed by the Swedish Government. It this role she was also Director of the Office for Life Sciences at the Government Offices of Sweden, responsible for the Swedish National Life Sciences Strategy. Previously Dr. Nordborg was Director and Head of the Health Division at Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Innovation Agency. Dr. Nordborg is active in strategic innovation policy development and implementation within health and life science on national and international level. Her network includes international innovation policy, entrepreneurship and the health and life science ecosystem. Her research background is from Chalmers University of Technology. She has experience from senior management positions in both the private and public sector, an entrepreneurial background from commercialization of research, and worked with international collaborations and marketing and sales management. She also has experience in board level positions both in private companies and governmental organizations.

Karin Ebbinghaus 

CEO
Elonroad

Karin Ebbinghaus, LLM, MBA, is the CEO of deeptech e-mobility company Elonroad. Karin has extensive experience from working as lawyer (M&A) and investor but fell for Elonroad and their inspiring approach to tackle the climate challenge with new thinking and belief in technology. Elonroad enables acceleration into electrification of the transport sector by providing a novel kind of charging infrastructure. Karin is an internationally experienced results-oriented leader with substantial management skills.

Kjell-Håkan Närfält 

Chief Strategy Advisor,
Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt has been working with technology driven business development and R&D for more than 20 years in different management positions. He has served as a board member and advisor to several R&D based start-ups during his time as an investment director in a corporate venture and as partner in a private seed investment company. He has also served as an international advisor, expert and board member in different international governmental initiatives in EU, Norway and Thailand. Kjell-Håkan is currently involved in the strategic development of a new area at Vinnova – Ecosystems for innovative companies and acting as chair for EU’s Policy Support Facility to Croatia on applied research, science-business linkages and commercialisation of research. He is also chairperson for UNECE’s Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies and has a research background in computer science which resulted in an academic spin-off that encouraged him to leave academia and to exploit the research results in a commercial context.

Lena Miranda

CEO, Linköping Science Park

Lena Miranda is the CEO of Linköping Science Park since 2014. She is also the vice chairman of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation. Previous, Lena have been the chairman of the Swedish Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation for five years as well as a member of the Swedish Innovation Council led by the Prime minister to Sweden. Before joining Linköping Science Park, Lena Miranda have a background in entrepreneurship, running her own company for a ten year period. At the moment she is very engaged in topics covering emerging innovation eco-systems, missions and system innovation.

Malin Källbacka

Training Manager and Consultant,
SIS

Malin works with business and organizational development at the Swedish Institute for Standards. She sees standards as essential tools organizations can use to reach their innovation and sustainability goals efficiently and successfully.

Marie Wall

Deputy Director
Swedish Ministry of Climate and Enterprise

Marie Wall has a broad range of experience from different parts of the private sector including within computer science research, start-ups, venture capital. She has also worked at large corporations within tech, as well as having policy experience from heading the national funding of incubators and young start-ups at the innovation agency (Vinnova). Some of Marie’s areas of responsibilities within the Swedish government office include start-ups, scale-ups, deep tech and skill supply.

Marianne Larsson

Director of HealthTech Nordic at Innovation Skåne

Marianne works at Innovation Skåne as Director of HealthTech Nordic. Together with Nordic partners, she founded HealthTech Nordic and the predecessor Nordic Connected Health Star Track. Prior to that she co-founded Mobile Heights Business Center, accelerating tech startups. Before Innovation Skåne, Marianne worked nine years as management consultant in various industries, after 15 years in international business development at Tetra Pak and Alfa Laval.She is often consulted by national innovation agencies for her expertise and as a juror – currently in e-health and healthtech awards. She was also a juror in the popular Swedish reality show Uppfinnarna (The Inventors) on TV4.She has grown with her expertise in start-ups, growth, innovation, mobile, tech, connected health, healthtech, and industry management experience from biotech, pharma, energy, food processing and packaging, and more. At Innovation Skåne, Marianne has also been involved in other innovation projects, such as Materials Business Center and Lighting Metropolis. Her main motivation is to accelerate disruptive innovation in health care, to radically improve health, care quality and cost–efficiency.

Olga Kordas 

Programme Director at Viable Cities, Associate Professor at KTH

Dr. Olga Kordas has more than 20-year experience of combining research, teaching and strategic innovation management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development, leading the research group “Urban Analytics and Transition” at KTH. Her research aims at understanding and enabling the transition toward sustainable urban systems using a fusion of complex systems science and innovation studies. Since 2017, she is the Director of Viable Cities - the Swedish National Strategic Innovation Program for Smart and Sustainable Cities. Olga is leading Viable Cities Transition Lab aiming at development and implementation of Viable Cities theory of change and methods for transformative change towards the mission “Climate Neutral Cities 2030 with a good life for all within planetary boundaries”.

Peter Strömbäck

Director General, PRV

Peter Strömbäck is the Director General for the Swedish Intellectual Property Office, PRV since March of 2018. A M Sc graduate from the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm with long working experience in the Swedish innovation system. Previously Director General for Swedac, Sweden's national accreditation body, Commissioner for the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and CEO for Innovationsbron, now part of Almi Företagspartner AB, which strived to make Sweden leading in commercialization of research and innovation. Active in various controlling and steering bodies for WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, EPO European Patent Office, and EUIPO EU Intellectual Property Office.

Sarah Lidé

Deputy CEO, Medicon Village

Sarah Lidé is the Deputy CEO at Medicon Village Innovation, with Medicon Village being a vibrant and thriving science park with more than 180 life science companies and organisations located in the city of Lund in southern Sweden. Sarah has a wealth of experience in leading and facilitating strategic processes, understanding macro and industry trends and their implications for business, and driving multi-stakeholder engagement. She has previously held roles as a management consultant within the public sector, healthcare and life science for about a decade, and subsequently as a senior strategy and project manager with the life science cluster organisation Medicon Valley Alliance, where, among other things, she led the Interreg-financed Microbiome Signature Project together with colleagues from Invest in Skåne and Copenhagen Capacity with the aim of strengthening and positioning the greater Copenhagen region as a leading microbiome hub.

Sindra Petersson Årsköld

Associate Professor & Senior Science Advisor, ESS

With an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Biochemistry, Sindra Petersson Årsköld has a broad interest in the natural sciences. She pursued most of her academic career at Lund University, and also spent a few years at the Australian National University. Eleven years ago she joined ESS, then in the design phase, and has seen this science mega project grow from a green field to today’s facility. She has co-founded two companies: one in the lab tech sector and one catering to the retro culture and dance community, and she serves on the board of the LINXS Advanced Institute of Neutron and X-ray Science.

Stina Lantz

Interim CEO & Program Manager
SISP/Ignite Sweden

Stina Lantz is the Interim CEO at Sweden Incubators & Science Parks (SISP) and Program Manager at Ignite Sweden, an initiative that aims to foster commercial collaboration between startups, corporates and the public sector. An entrepreneur at heart, Stina has a profound background in business development and marketing in small and middle-sized B2B tech companies. Stina was also a member of the Swedish Government's collaboration program for the industry’s digital transformation.

Susanne Ekstedt 

Innovation Manager, Innovatum Science Park

Susanne Ekstedt works as an innovation manager within the Blue Bioeconomy team at Innovatum Science Park. She has a long track record of working in the food industry as well as in applied research. All through her career she has been engaging in a diversity of development projects and processes within academy and industry focusing heavily on innovation and is well acquainted with the entire innovation system. An overarching aim in her work is to catalyze development that brings innovation to the market and can bring benefits to society. Always with a holistic view, she is preparing the pathway for the next progressive step.

Tine Thygesen

Tech entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker

The big difference between Tine Thygesen and most speakers is that she is not a consultant or a trend forecaster, she is an actual business person who starts companies and makes decisions based on the trends she predicts. Tine Thygesen is on the board of some of Denmark's most important established companies where she is involved in difficult and important change processes driven by the climate crises and changing commercial environment. She has started 4 companies as an entrepreneur based on the same and works in three venture companies trying to select the most likely future winners, incl. as chairperson for the national program investing 100 mio kr of public money into new startups. 
 
Aside from being in the deep end herself, she is an entertaining and compelling speaker, especially in English after having lived in English-speaking countries for 8 years. She openly shares her opinions and business predictions, also when they are radical, incl. on national TV where she is a regular business commentator on TV2 News. 
 
Having worked on the forefront of technology for a decade, Tine Thygesen has dived into planetary processes and green transition in recent years in order to understand the changing landscape of business, planet and humans and understand how we must change to thrive in the future.