CONFIRMED SPEAKERS TO DATE
Helena Stålnert is the Founder of Stålnert Kommunikation, a company that serves business leaders with communication and leadership advice, holds seminars in media relations and media training, leads conferences and seminars as moderator. Stålnert has a vast experience in business and media. She has held positions as Vice President of the steel company SSAB as well as the defense company Saab.
She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of SVT’s (Swedish public service television company) leading news program Aktuellt, anchored the 9 o’clock news, and been their Foreign Correspondent in Brussels for several years. She has also been the Business Correspondent of the weekly Veckans Affärer and the daily Svenska Dagbladet.
Today Stålnert is also the Chair of the Ownership Foundation for Swedish Radio, Swedish TV and Education Radio/TV. She is also the Chair of the Institute for Media Studies as well as a Board Member of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation.
Stina Bergfors is Co-Founder of United Screens and has been with the company from the start in 2013. First as CEO from launch to February 2016, and now as Co-Founder working with strategic business development.
Between 2008 and 2013, Bergfors was the Swedish Country Director of Google and YouTube where she, among other things, launched YouTube in Sweden 2008. Prior to that, she was the CEO of the media agency Carat.
Bergfors is a member of the board of H&M and IKEA Ingka Holding Supervisory Board, and she is an Honorary Doctor of the Luleå University of Technology.
Volvo Cars Mobility
Bodil Eriksson was recently appointed Chief Executive of Volvo Cars Mobility, a new business unit which will develop and expand Volvo Cars sharing mobility services. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Vice President of Volvo Cars USA.; heading the Product, Brand, and Communications team in the United States, with the task of re-establishing the Volvo Car brand in the U.S.
Throughout her career, Eriksson has amassed experience from various industries. Prior to moving to the U.S., she was Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Group, heading the global Corporate Communications and Governmental Affairs team. Before that she held positons such as Executive Vice President of Apotek Hjärtat (Pharmacy/Retail Company), Senior Vice President of SCA, Executive Vice President of Axfood, and Senior Vice President of Folksam (Insurance).
In addition, Eriksson has served on several boards including Nobia, Attendo, Intellecta, S-Invest, Hemtex, and Oriflame and is currently on the board of Swedbank. Her educational background includes Uppsala University and Berghs School of Communication.
Anna Omstedt Lindgren
Anna Omstedt Lindgren is the CEO and Co-Founder of MedUniverse. She also co-founded and headed Sweden’s largest food and drink website, Tasteline in 1999, which was sold to Schibsted in 2005. Omstedt is a proven entrepreneur and leader of digital media organizations and has several years of experience from implementing successful business strategies, running start-ups towards aggressive financial and market targets within the digital landscape.
Omstedt is also known for creating dynamic and high-performing teams in sales oriented environments within media, online/digital, life science and service sectors. She has experience from both selling and acquiring businesses and has been a Board Member for over fifteen years of both public and private companies from the start-up, online, e-commerce, media, life science and service industries. Over the last five years she has been focused on helping traditional companies with their digital transformation. She is also a Mentor to several of Sweden’s most successful start-ups.
During her ten-year career with the BBC in London, Maddy Savage reported for domestic and global television news channels as well as anchoring BBC World Service radio programs reaching more than 50 million people a week. Based in Stockholm since 2014, she currently works as a freelance journalist for a range of global media including BBC, Monocle and The Guardian.
In 2016 Savage developed, produced and presented two seasons of The Stockholmer podcast, profiling inspiring guests in fika-sized ten-minute interviews, including leading names from the city's startup scene such as iZettle's CEO Jacob de Geer, FundedByMe founder Daniel Daboczy and STING's Digital, Marketing and Community Manager Maral Kalajian. Savage was previously Editor of The Local Sweden, Sweden’s largest English-language news site. Her current reporting interests include entrepreneurship, wellness, gender equality and integration in Sweden.
Dr. Strømme is presently Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she is heading a research department of 35 researchers developing nanomaterials for a number of industrial applications. Dr. Strømme was appointed Professor in 2004, and thus became the youngest Technology Chair Professor in Sweden at age 34.
She is the Author of 260 international journal publications, ~300 conference papers, 12 book sections/review articles, and the inventor behind 30 + patents. Amongst her inventions is a battery that was named The-salt-and-paper-battery by MIT tech review as well as the world record breaking moisture sorption material Upsalite®.
Dr. Strømme is the Founder of the company Disruptive Materials AB that was on the list of Sweden’s 33 hottest hightech companies both in 2014 and in 2015. She frequently acts as keynote speaker at international scientific conferences and industrial meetings and also contributes to educating industrial actors, politicians and the public in nanotechnology issues via TV and Radio programs as well as lectures.
She has received a number of prestigious awards for her scientific and entrepreneurial achievements including the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Gold Medal in 2012 ‘for her basic and applied research in nanotechnology and for her extensive entrepreneurship within physics and medicine’.
Dr. Strømme is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), the Norwegian Academy of Engineering Sciences (NTVA) as well as the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). She is the Vice Chairman of the latter since 2015. Dr. Strømme’s present assignments include board positions in various companies; Uppsala University, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, NANO2021 within the Research Council of Norway, and Research board of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
An entrepreneur since age 14, Caroline itches to solve problems. She is a Partner at Walerud Ventures, a deep tech pre-seed and seed stage investment firm, where she focuses on companies that solve environmental challenges. She is also Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volumental, a 3D scanning and AI company. She has advised the Swedish government on startup policy and promotes entrepreneurship through STING Incubator's advisory board and Prince Daniel’s Fellowship.
Walerud was named one the “Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list” in 2016, and was ranked #1 of the “101 Super Talent” in 2013 by the Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer. She studied natural sciences with a focus on zoology and neuroscience at Cambridge University, and currently splits her time between Stockholm and San Francisco
The New York Times
Christina Anderson moved back to Stockholm from New York City in 2004. She is a Freelance Journalist and Writer, reporting among other things on breaking news from Scandinavia for The New York Times. She has worked for a diverse range of clients, from reporting for channels such as Dow Jones Newswires and Radio Sweden to working as a Press Officer at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Strategist and Writer for various content agencies.
In 2008 Anderson wrote Sweden’s first human rights report for the UN’s Universal Periodic Review. She holds Masters’ degrees in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia University. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but she has lived in Sweden on and off for 30 years.
& MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Instructor
After almost two decades as a CEO in the global branding industry and a Creative Director in Corporate America, Linda Björk is now dedicated to teaching meditation and mind-skills to leaders worldwide. She is the author of “Inner Business – Training Your Mind for Leadership Success”.
Björk is based in New York City, is a trained MBSR Instructor (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), an Executive Success Coach, and has had a daily meditation practice since 1996.
Through company programs, speaking engagements, and individual coaching Björk is helping organizations get their inner business in order. She makes meditation and mind-skills attractive and approachable through her business know-how, deep interest in neuro-science, fascination with quantum mechanics and her questionable sense of humor.
Björk has brought her stress-reducing techniques and mind-expanding tools to a varied clientele, including some of Sweden’s biggest media- and fashion companies, global banks and construction companies, NYC real estate agents and architects, lawyers and startups, and members of the U.S. military.
and Advisor to the Swedish Government
Anna Felländer has extensive experience in analyzing how digitalization is changing society, business and the economy. She has published a number of reports on the subject, one of which describes opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy.
Felländer has been working with the Swedish government for ten years, and is currently an Advisor to the Swedish Minister of Digitalization. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, as well as a Board Member and Expert Advisor to AI companies.
In addition to her work with the Digitalization Commission she was an Expert Advisor in the government’s official report on taxi and car sharing in 2016. From 2013 to 2016 she held positions as Chief Economist and Digital Economist at Swedbank.
Felländer has a Master of Science in International Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
The Absolut Company
Anna Malmhake is Chairman and CEO of The Absolut Company since July 2016. Previously, Malmhake held a number of senior management roles within Pernod Ricard. She joined the Absolut Company in 2007 as Global Brand Director, Absolut Vodka, and was appointed Vice President Global Marketing in September 2009.
In 2011, Anna moved to Dublin and joined Irish Distillers as Chairman & CEO. With her strategic management and marketing skills, as well as her commercial understanding, she continued the rapid development of Jameson Irish Whiskey as an icon of the global spirits industry.
Malmhake holds a Bachelor degree of Social Science, Business and Law from the University of Stockholm. She started her career in 1991 at Procter & Gamble in Sweden and then joined the Coca-Cola company in Stockholm in 1996, where she held various marketing positions.
From 2001 to 2003, Malmhake worked for Motorola in Sweden, London and Chicago. Returning to Sweden at the end of 2003, she became Managing Director of Temo AB, a Swedish market research firm and then took up the position of Marketing Director of the Coca Cola Swedish bottler.
Malmhake received the title of CEO of The Year at IMAGE Businesswoman Awards 2015 for her work with Irish Distillers. She is member of the Executive Committee for Pernod Ricard, and sits on the Board of Directors for Oriflame, a beauty company selling direct, founded in Sweden.
She enjoys a well-made cocktail and visiting new bars and restaurants. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and partner, and an active lifestyle. Some favorites include computer gaming, history, especially vikings, film and fashion.
Victoria Senkpiel is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the beauty subscription service GLOSSYBOX in the Nordics. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of her own self-titled footwear brand Victoria Senkpiel Stockholm, dedicated to strong, leading women.
Senkpiel holds an international background. She is born in Lund, Sweden to Swedish and German parents, but raised in Canada and Norway and has lived abroad her whole life until moving to Stockholm in 2009.
Senkpiel describes herself as the classical Ballet Dancer, turned Investment Banker, turned Marketer turned entrepreneur and Shoe Designer. She holds a Masters degree in Marketing and Media Management from Stockholm School of Economics and has previously worked within Credit Sales at JPMorgan Chase in London (2007-2009) as well as a Product Manager at L’Oréal Sweden, prior to joining the founding team for GLOSSYBOX in the Nordics.
Yvonne Thunell is Founder & Partner of Thunell & Partners and Chairman of the Mentor Foundation International, a global non-profit organization that promotes health and well-being among youths-at-risk.
Thunell has a wide-ranging background in mentoring and executive coaching. For more than fifteen years, she has developed leadership and mentoring programs as a corporate consultant. She has also co-founded two associations in Sweden promoting ethics and quality regarding mentoring and coaching, The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) of Sweden and The Certified Mentors Association, (DMF). Thunell has held several international leadership positions within the Ericsson and SAAB Groups.
Thunell is the Program Director of the SACC New York Mentor Program in International Business.
Perfect Day Media
Hannah Widell is the Founder & CEO of Perfect Day Media; a media house focusing on creating content with a personal sender on all platforms - podcasts, social media and traditional commercial spaces. She has also Founded the fashion brand Daisy Grace with her sister, Amanda Schulman, and the model agency Lily&Jack which focuses on providing an inclusive range of nationalities, bodies and ages.
Hélène is a change maker with a key role in one of the most interesting and transformative times where Telia Company breaks new ground, innovates and creates services that touches millions and millions. Barnekow brings unique insights and experience from the mobile and IT business, most recently as Head of Group Commercial where she has been crucial in setting the agenda to transform Telia Company to a New Generation Telco.
Before starting at Telia Company, April 2014, Hélène was Head of Worldwide Field & Partner Marketing at EMC in Boston where her hall mark was strong skills in commercial management and marketing, including go-to-market, branding, communications, product management, and channel management from the mobile communications and it sector.
Barnekow graduated from Lund University in 1990 with a Masters degree in International Business. Part of her upper education was achieved at ESCP, Paris and Webster University, Geneva.
Maalfrid Brath is Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Norway since 2009. Previously, Brath held the position as CEO of Storebrand Fondsforsikring and Executive Vice President Retail at Storebrand, Norway’s largest pension provider, where she was responsible for developing defined contribution and unit linked products in the Norwegian market.
Brath is Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement Norway, Chairman of the Board of National Federation Service Industries Norway and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees at BI The Norwegian Business School. She is a sought-after speaker and is particularly concerned with the issues of education and qualification in the Norwegian and global work life.
Brath has a MSc. (Professional Accountancy) from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and an MBA from BI Norwegian Business School.
Klövern & ActionAid
Pia Gideon has spent over 20 years working with leadership, board assignments, change management, executive coaching, and mentorship. From 1998-2008, she served as VP of Market and External Communications for the Ericsson Group, two of those years as VP of Marketing in North America, pioneering their digital marketing strategy. Gideon began her career in banking as a financial analyst and went on to spend ten years as a business reporter. She currently shares her time between board assignments and executive coaching.
Today she has board assignments in listed and state owned companies such as Svevia and Metria and in startups in digital heath such as, Min Doktor.se and Qlucore in the gene sequencing field. She was recently appointed Chairman of Klövern, one of the leading real estate company in Sweden, as well as Chairman of ActionAid Sweden.
Furthermore, Gideon is Program Director of SACC New York’s initiative Swedish Gateway USA, as well as Chairman of EWC Advisory Board. She received her post-graduate degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and executive training from Columbia University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Pia is a CTI-trained Executive Coach.
Deidrea Miller is Digital Communications Manager for National Grid, America's 5th largest utility, where she is designing and implementing the company's 3-year digital roadmap. She is an expert in helping organizations from the energy, finance, retail, travel, and education sectors communicate complex and nuanced stories via emerging digital platforms. Her experience includes digital campaigns informed by big data, animated shorts, crisis management, and media relations.
Miller has advised start-ups including Naked Labs, and Round on their communications efforts – with a special interest in working with entrepreneurs of color and from Europe. She serves on the boards of Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City and the Melbourne USA Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s degree in marketing from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Petra Stenqvist has 20 years’ experience from working with developing digital business. She is Co-Founder of Pond, one of Sweden’s most respected digital marketing businesses and she is also Experience Leader of Pond/PwC Experience Center.
Prior to Pond, Stenqvist was the Founder and CEO of Moonwalk and Stockholm New Media. She started her career as CEO for Universum’s digital business. She has extensive experience from assisting companies that want to expand their digital presence and sales channels. Some of her customers include SJ, KappAhl, Stadium and Åhléns.
Cathinka Wahlström is the Senior Managing Director at Accenture leading the Financial Services sector in North America. In this role, she is responsible for running the business and developing client relationships that position Accenture as the premier innovation and execution partner of financial services companies in North America.
With more than 20 years of experience in consulting to the world’s largest universal banks, investment banks and exchanges, Wahlström’s work has spanned mergers and acquisitions, business change and transformational programs, and technology initiatives. She has built deep client relationships and has worked extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Wahlström is involved in a variety of mentoring, diversity and civic activities. She is the President of the Accenture Foundation and sits on the board of the New York City Ballet as well as on the board of SACC New York. She is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program and a Co-Founder of FinTech Innovation Labs New York.
Anna Widler is the Global Head of Product Delivery and also a part of the Group Management team at Nepa. She has 20 years of experience within market research and led Nepa’s pioneering work in transforming analog market research methodologies to digital, fully automated, market research solutions 10 years ago. She has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Lucy Barzun Donnelly
Lucy Barzun Donnelly founded Locomotive in 2007, and since then she has produced six films under that banner as well as building a slate of film and TV series.
Her producing career began with Oscar and Independent Spirit nominee Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt. Pieces of April premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Next, she teamed up with Writer-Director Martin Hynes to develop and produce The Go-Getter, starring Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone. That film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to a theatrical release garnering critical acclaim and launched M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel ́s band, SHE & HIM.
Donnelly subsequently developed and produced Grey Gardens, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Released on HBO in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim, Donnelly won a Golden Globe an Emmy, a Critics’ Choice award and a Producers Guild award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Donnelly served as Executive Producer of Friends with Kids, with Kristin Wiig, Adam Scott and Maya Rudolf, and Maggie’s Plan starring Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore and produced A Bag of Hammers, starring Rebecca Hall and Amanda Seyfried, That ́s What She Said, a comedy starring Anne Heche, and is in final stages of post production on Look Away, staring Chloë Sevigny and Aidan Turner.
Liselotte Duthu is Digital Transformation Officer for Atlas Copco since summer 2016. In this role she reports to the CEO of the Group.
Duthu started her career at Atlas Copco in Sweden as a management trainee after her graduation from the university. She has been with the Atlas Copco Group for 30 years whereof more than 20 years outside of Sweden, and held several senior international positions within the Group in France, Sweden, Belgium and China. Before taking her current position, she was the Vice President Holding for the Greater China region.
She graduated 1985 with a university degree in Business Administration from Uppsala University, in Sweden.
Sofie Lindblom is an Innovation Expert, Diversity Champion, Speaker, and Writer. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of the global ideation platform ideation360. Prior to this role she was Global Head of Innovation at Spotify.
Lindblom has a big passion for the startup ecosystem, innovation and diversity, this has lead her to board positions in Womengineer, Silicon Vikings and most recently Business Sweden. In 2014 she received Microsoft’s award “IT girl of the year” for her work to break down stereotypes and inspire more girls to choose a profession in technology. Following this she did two TEDx Talks: “IT girls are the new it girls” about challenging stereotypes and “All that glitters is not gold” about finding your passion by being a prototype. In 2016, Lindblom was named one of the top “111 Most Influential Women in Business” and one of the top “101 Super Talents” by Veckans Affärer, and “Digital Influencer of the Year” by Consid. Most recently, in 2017, she was named one of the “50 Most Inspiring Women in Tech” by Inspiring Fifty.
Lindblom has a M.Sc in Engineering and Media Technology from Linköping University, Sweden.
As the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating
Officer of Cross MediaWorks, Stephanie Mitchko-
Beale provides day-to-day leadership in the development
and execution of strategic initiatives. She is leading the Operations
and IT teams to champion change efforts and design
stream-lined, standardized processes to ensure continued
scalability of Cross MediaWorks’ products and services. Cross
MediaWorks is the parent company of Cadent Network, the
leading national unwired television advertising network and
Black Arrow, an international leader in advanced advertising
platforms and data solutions, as well as a portfolio of companies
that service the media industry.
With more than 20 years of experience, Mitchko-Beale is a media, technology, and interactive advertising maven with a solid record of pioneering industry-changing products. She has garnered several top industry awards and acknowledgements throughout her career, including Emmy Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mitchko-Beale holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York, teaches as a guest lecturer at NYU/Stern Graduate School, and is a member of the NYU Poly Enterprise Learning Board.
Helena Stjernholm has been CEO of AB Industrivärden, a long-term asset manager and active owner of listed Nordic companies, since September 2015. She is a Board Member of Ericsson, Sandvik, Volvo and Industrivärden, and is Nominating Committee Chair for Handelsbanken, SCA and Skanska. She is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
During the period 1998–2015 Helena Stjernholm was a partner in the private equity firm IK Investment Partners, where in later years she headed the Stockholm office. This work entailed directorships in numerous companies in Sweden and abroad. During the period 1997–1998 she worked as a strategic consultant for Bain & Company.
Stjernholm has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Elizabeth Walentin is the Founder and CEO of Crimson Clarke, a PR firm in Stockholm specializing in international public affairs and corporate communications. Born and raised in the U.S., Walentin has a background working in political and advocacy campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic. She appears frequently in the Swedish media as an expert on American politics.
Walentin is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden (AmCham) as well as the anti-trafficking foundation Not for Sale Sweden. She holds a master’s of public policy degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and was a Fulbright scholar to Sweden in political science.
Anna Wikland works as the Country Manager for Google in Sweden. Prior to Google, Wikland worked as the CEO for the digital agency Keybroker. She also has a background from the U.S. where she lived and worked for several years.
Besides her role at Google, Wikland sits on the board for IAB Sweden and IT&Telekomföretagen. She is a respected leader and was named “Sweden’s Most Powerful Woman in Tech” by Veckans Affärer in 2017 and received the "Sweden’s Future Leader" award at Chefsgalan 2015.