On November 18, 2021, we are looking forward to welcoming you to celebrate our 60th Anniversary with a Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit followed by a fantastic Gala Dinner with a long list of Exclusive Guests, Dinner speakers, Business Award Ceremony and First-Class Entertainment.
The Swedish–Dutch Innovation and Sustainability Summit will focus on 21st-century Innovation, bringing together business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics from both Sweden and the Netherlands to address the greater trends facing us, from tech and innovation to sustainability and impact, as well as the future workforce and global trade.
14.00 – 17.00
The Swedish – Dutch
Innovation Sustainability Summit
STATE SECRETARY TO MINISTER FOR BUSINESS, INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION IBRAHIM BAYLAN
More speakers to be confirmed
More speakers to be confirmed
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Moderator: Patrick Mesterton, Co-founder and CEO of Epicenter
Patrick Mesterton Patrick Mesterton is co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. Epicenter is Digital House of Innovation located in the heart of Sweden, Norway and Finland digital landscape. At Epicenter local and international entrepreneurs and companies meet to collaborate, learn and grow their businesses.Before founding Epicenter, Patrick served as CEO for innovations consultancy outfit Result, where he has been an advisor on innovation and internationalization to world leading organizations such as Santander Consumer Bank, Grant Thornton and the Egyptian Central Bank. Prior to joining Result, he spent 15 years within digital advertising and local search industry in various senior executive positions in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. Patrick has a deep understanding of how businesses can embrace digital opportunities and technology. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and creating innovation environments.
International Relation Leader Inter IKEA Systems B.V.. Chairman Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, Chairman the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition
Professor Jan Peter Balkenende was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010. During 2011-2016, Balkenende worked as Partner at EY on corporate responsibility and international affairs. Since 2016, he is External Senior Advisor to EY and since May 2021 Associate Partner at Hague Corporate Affairs as well. Balkenende chairs the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, the Major Alliance and the Noaber Foundation. Balkenende is Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Member of the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid. In 2009 he became Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden.
Anna Borg, CEO Vattenfall
Anna Borg is the president and CEO of Vattenfall. Since 2017 Anna Borg was Vattenfall’s CFO and has many years of experience within the energy sector. Among other things, she has been Senior Vice President for Vattenfall’s Business Area Markets, led the Nordic Sales business, the Swedish Heat business as well as the European B2C business. Anna Borg has also been Senior Vice President Nordics at Klarna.
Hélène Barnekow, CEO Microsoft Sweden
Hélène Barnekow has more than 25 years of experience from the IT and Telecom industry. Prior to joining Microsoft in December 2018, Hélène worked as the CEO of the Telco company, Telia Sweden. Earlier in her career she was Head of Field & Partner Marketing at EMC in Boston, USA, where she was awarded several grants for her excellent leadership and marketing achievements. She has also been assigned several leadership roles at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Hélène is part of the Board of Directors of GN Store Nord A/S and Kindred Group plc. In August 2019, Hélène launched her first book, Re:start, about valued-based leadership in a ever changing world.
Krister Mattsson, Managing Director of Ingka Investments
Krister Mattsson has 35 years of experience in investments, corporate finance, tax and treasury. Following graduation from the University of Lund, Sweden, and the University of California, USA, he embarked on trainee jobs in Germany, South Africa and the USA, before working for Skanska Group and Alfa Laval Group in Sweden. He then joined IKEA group, which later became Ingka group. Today, he is a member of the Ingka Group Management as well as a member of several country boards and other boards within Ingka Group. He holds two positions, Managing Director of Ingka Investments and Head of Ingka Group Corporate Finance and Tax (including Treasury and Insurance).
Funda Sezgi is co-founder and MD at Norrsken Impact Accelerator. Before focusing on the accelerator, Funda took on the chief growth officer and chief operating officer roles at Norrsken Foundation, responsible for the foundation’s operations, partnerships and expansion to Africa and Europe. She also headed Norrsken House and was in charge of setting up and running their first entrepreneurial hub in Stockholm. Funda has been part of the management team since she joined the foundation in its early days. Prior to joining Norrsken, Funda worked as a market analyst, a management consultant, and an acceleration program manager helping social entrepreneurs go international. Funda earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from IESE Business School, where she focused on impact ventures and their scaling strategies. She also spent time in Silicon Valley as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Born in Turkey, Funda’s international journey also brought her through Melbourne, Barcelona, Cairo and Madurai before moving to her favorite city Stockholm several years ago.
Sam Mirson, Country Manager Quinyx
Quinyx is a leading workforce management software providing technology that simplifies scheduling, time reporting, communication, task management, budgeting, and forecasting. Through advanced and flexible features, Quinyx helps more than 850 companies around the world remain compliant, improve efficiency, reduce costs of labor, and engage employees. Quinyx has offices in the U.S, U.K, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands has more than 850 customers in 50 countries and 1 million active users on their platform. Clients include McDonald’s, Starbucks, Domino’s, Oatly, Well Pharmacy, Maersk, London City Airport, Virgin Atlantic, Hilton, IHG, Rituals, Swarovski, Odeon Cinemas Group, and DHL. In October 2020 Quinyx acquired Rotterdam based AI company Widget Brian. NL is Quinyx second largest office with 50 employees.
Everth E. Flores, Managing Director Ericsson NL
As head of Ericsson Netherlands, Everth Flores is responsible for Ericsson’s sales and operations and bringing a leading portfolio to customers. Everth is a veteran of the Service Provider Segment with more than 25 years of experience in working with Service Providers in the telecom sector. Having worked with service providers in Europe, US, and Latin America across both the Digital Media, Cable and Telco industry give him a unique perspective of business needs and the importance of collaborative approach in the market. Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. Ericsson is bridging the Fixed and Mobile divide to create more opportunities to enable Dutch Services Providers to leverage technologies such as 5G and IoT to create additional business, increase efficiency and create more value to the end users. Prior to Ericsson, Everth held multiple international senior leadership roles in Cisco, Harmonic Inc, and other companies focused on Video, Access Networks and Connected Home.
Jon Abrahamsson Ring, CEO of Inter IKEA Group
Jon Abrahamsson Ring started his IKEA career in IKEA Örebro in 1998 and various assignments followed, among others in the IKEA Canada and IKEA China retail organizations. He was also assistant to IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad for four years. In 2008, Jon left the IKEA business to become CEO of fashion brand Filippa K and later CEO of gardening brand Plantagen. He re-joined IKEA when he started working for Inter IKEA Systems in 2017. Jon became CEO of Inter IKEA Group in 2020.
Dinner Speaker: Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation
Per Heggenes is the CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation, the owner of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Heggenes sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Heggenes has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in more than 45 countries. He serves as an Advisory Group member of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, London. Heggenes is also a Councilor for the World Refugee Council, Canada and a member of the World Commission for Forced Displacement. Previously, Heggenes held global and regional leadership roles for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, based in London and New York. Heggenes served in the Norwegian Air Force and graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a “Diplom Oekonom” (MBA).
Eva Axelsson, CSO and Head of Group Sustainability at Saab AB
Eva Axelsson has over 20 years of experience in sustainable business, organizations and authorities, of which the last 8 years in the finance industry. Eva has a Master of science in biology and environmental management and economics. Over the years, Eva has developed organizations, people and methods to combine sustainability with good business in different industries. Today, as Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Group Sustainability at Saab AB, Eva has recently joined Saab AB to lead and further develop sustainability strategy and involvement/communication with regulators, institutions and sector organizations. Eva is a board member at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) Lund.
Stina Billinger, State Secretary to Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan