LIST OF SPEAKERS, A-Z


Hedvig Ahlgren

Co-founder and COO of Stagecast


Hedvig Ahlgren is the co-founder and COO of Stagecast. She recently graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology within Product Innovation. Stagecast is a live interaction platform for concerts which turns technology such as mobiles into parts of the live experience in a smarter and more engaging way. 

Anki Ahrnell

Chief Digital Officer at the Bonnier Media Group


Anki´s role as CDO at Bonnier is to strengthen the digital transition and product development across the group. She also serves on the boards of Bonniers Magazines Sweden and BookBeat. Before Bonnier, she was Head of Digital Development at Swedbank and prior to that, she has held executive positions at Lowe Brindfors, Cambridge Technology Partners and IBM. Anki has a proven track record of developing businesses and delivering digital transformation projects with focus on customers’ needs and bridging the gap between business and technology. She was named intrapreneur of the year in Sweden 2013 and honored as one of the 50 most inspirational women in the technology sector across the Nordics 2016.

Tove Andersson

Art Director, NORD DDB


Tove Andersson is a crypto-geek creative at NORD DDB, a lecturer on cryptocurrencies and the founder of KryptoGäris - a cryptocurrency and blockchain forum for women and non-binary people. She is passionate about the endless possibilities of blockchain technology and strives to get more women involved in the field.

Marwan Ayache

Head of Operations, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship


Marwan is Head of Operations at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. He helps students with dreams become entrepreneurs with accomplishments. He hasn't won many awards, but enjoys holding trophies as much as anyone else. He was once awarded Stockholm's Startup Community Builder of the Year award (in 2015 but feels like yesterday). He has a background in language and linguistics. He helped grow the Stockholm TechMeetup events into Europe's largest monthly meetup event. He's a serial hackathon mentorer, learns from everyone around him, and believes the future will be better than advertised.

Valerie Bannert-Thurner

Global Head of the Risk & Surveillance solutions business of Nasdaq


Valerie is a leading figure in fighting financial crime in the world’s capital markets, as well as heading one of Nasdaq’s most profitable businesses, Risk & Surveillance Solutions. The business develops surveillance technology that is used by regulators, banks, brokers, buy-side and exchanges to keep markets safe from financial crime. Valerie and her global team have been instrumental in embracing new emerging technology such as machine intelligence to improve how markets are surveilled to detect market abuse. She was recently named one of Financial News's 100 most influential women in finance.

Marie Bemler

Senior engineer, Scania


Marie Bemler has always been interested in infrastructures, these large technical systems that are such a big part of our everyday life that we don’t even think about them. At least not as long as they’re working. Upon graduating from Uppsala University Marie found herself at Scania, working with technology that could fundamentally change our way of transportation. Marie has been involved in the strategy for advanced driver systems and autonomous vehicles, taking part in an ongoing shift within Scania – from a company of steel to a company of software. Currently Marie works with digital strategies for autonomous vehicles and intelligent transport systems.

Elina Berglund

CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles


Dr. Elina Berglund is the CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles - the world’s first, and only, app to be certified as a contraception. She was part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson at the CERN laboratory, which led to the Nobel Prize in physics in 2013. Elina’s mission is to educate and empower women worldwide to take control of their fertility and future, championing a vision where every pregnancy brings happiness.

Elsa Bernadotte

Co-founder of Karma


Elsa Bernadotte is co-founder of Karma, the Swedish food rescuing app where restaurants sell their surplus food and consumers can buy great food at a lower price. Together with her team, her vision is to lead the way to a more sustainable society by disrupting the food industry and fight global food waste. Elsa was recently named to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list and her company has been awarded one of the top 100 hottest startups in Europe by Wired UK. Prior to Karma, Elsa founded Pop Fruits, a healthy ice-cream alternative made of frozen fruit on sticks where she spearheaded operations in four markets including business development, setting up production in southern Vietnam, and sales and marketing operations. Eventually, Elsa sold the company and soon thereafter founded Karma.

Joy Buolamwini

Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League


Joy Buolamwini leads the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze, undesirable bias in machine learning. Her research at the MIT Media Lab explores the intersection of social impact technology and inclusion. As the Chief Technology Officer for Techturized Inc., a hair care technology company, and Swift Tech Solutions, a global health tech consultancy. Buolamwini holds a master's degree from MIT, a master's degree in Learning and Technology from Oxford University, and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at MIT.

Rebecka Carlsson

Climate activist and Entrepreneur


Rebecka Carlsson was on the class of Singularity University’s 2017 Global Solutions Program, spending 12 weeks with 90 scientists/entrepreneurs at NASA to learn how to use exponential technologies to solve grand challenges. Rebecka has co-founded five start-ups/NGO's such as Gigafood and Workaround. She has served as a Political Advisor to Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate and the Environment, National Spokesperson for the Young Greens and an Official Representative to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York. Now she's helping companies develop exponential and sustainable business models.

Rumman Chowdhury

Senior Principal and global lead for Accenture’s Strategic Global initiative on Responsible AI


Rumman’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She comes to data science from a quantitative social science background. Currently, she is a Senior Principal at Accenture, working on cutting-edge applications of Artificial Intelligence and leading Accenture’s Strategic Global Initiative on Responsible Artificial Intelligence. In her job she advises companies on ethical AI practices and work with organizations such as the World Economic Forum, and the IEEE's Wellbeing Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. In 2017 she was selected as one of theBBC 100 women as a part of #Teamlead tasked with tackling the glass ceiling by creating an app that can teach women to 'lean in' during meetings.

Katarina Cornelius

Head of Business Transformation at Cybercom


Katarina Cornelius holds a BSc in Foreign Trade and an MSc in Global Marketing. She has degrees in IT, Digital Strategy, Leadership and Japanese, and has over 20 years of experience working in the digital field. During the past eight years she has been working full-time as a speaker, accelerator and facilitator of digital business transformation where she has guided some of the world’s largest brands and companies into the new paradigm. Katarina is also author of the book "Byt Värld", published in 2016. It is currently being translated into English.

Galina Esther Shubina

Director of Software Engineering and AI in Northvolt


Galina's passion is helping companies become data-first, build great data teams, and co-creating data and product strategies that make sense. She strives to make companies both more human and more data-driven. Her dream is to help transform the technology industry into a place that is diverse all the time - not just talking about diversity all the time. She spent over a decade at Google on projects varying from developing advertising products to building highly scalable distributed systems; another year building Data and Analytics engineering team at Schibsted; an entrepreneurial journey with her own consulting company, Gradient Descent, and as a Director of Data with Trinity Mirror. She's now working at Northvolt, which aims to build world's greenest batteries for our carbon-free future.

Mouna Esmaeilzadeh

Medical Doctor, Neuroscientist, Visionary entrepreneur and TV profile


Dr. Mouna has been a pioneer in the field of preventive medicine during the last decade and a leading authority in longevity and the future of health. Today, she is a well-known and respected science communicator in Scandinavia and a popular face on the Swedish TV, being the expert science communicator for the Nobel Prize coverage, as well as from her inspiring program at the Swedish Today Show - covering science, technology, future of health, and sharing her knowledge about how the brain works and how the future of technology will change everything from diseases to our social norms.

Marie Fossum Strannegård

Advisory Services Partner at EY


Marie joined EY Advisory Services in 2018 and is an experienced business leader and management consultant within Strategy, Business Development and R&D. The sectors she is focusing on are primarily technology, media, telecom and energy. Prior to EY, Marie had several line management positions and VP roles at global organizations including Head of Energy and Utilities and Head of Business Consulting at Ericsson and VP New Business and Head of Renewable Division at Fortum. Just before joining EY, Marie was also Head of Recycling at the recently founded energy company Northvolt building Europe’s largest battery factory. Marie is also a Board Member of the Swedish SmartGrid council chaired by the Swedish Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan.

Sabinije von Gaffke

Moderator


Global Communications Expert - Moderator - Content Creator - TV-Journalist Founder of The Game Changer Global Initiative – Social Impact Through Storytelling. Nominated Speaker- Moderator Of The Year 2017. Sabinije von Gaffke is a versatile, passionate and knowledgeable moderator with experience across sectors and within a wide range of topics. Her engaging style, professionalism and expertise, unique ability to facilitate and inspire people and audiences combined with her appreciated personality, has made Sabinije a sought-after moderator and TV-journalist, globally. Moderating events and interviews across a range of sectors including technology, media, ICT, digital health, sustainability, social impact, media to entertainment.

Åsa Hedin

Non-Executive Board Director & Business adviser


Åsa is an experienced business executive, innovator and intrapreneur having worked across a broad set of industries and companies globally. Åsa holds a Master of Science in BioPhysics from University of Minnesota where she conducted research in mathematical models in health sciences. She is currently an investor and on the board of several public and private tech- and life science companies including Tobii AB, Fingerprint AB, Nolato AB and Immunovia. Åsa is also an industry advisor to the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers University. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Elekta Neuroscience. Åsa has been listed several times as one of Swedish enterprise most powerful women by Veckans Affärer and has been instrumental in taking companies like Elekta and Filippa K from startups to multinationals.

Stephanie Huf

Head of Marketing, Division X, Telia Company


Joining Telia’s Division X in July 2017, Stephanie brings more than 22 years’ experience in telecoms, across four continents. Division X’s mission is to spearhead the new generation telco, by innovating and scaling new businesses, partnering to build relevant ecosystems, and through strategic investments and acquisitions. Prior to Telia, Stephanie held a range of senior roles at Ericsson, and has always gravitated towards innovation and sustainability related opportunities, including undertaking the first CO2 reduction assessments for mobile field-force applications and establishing Ericsson’s Smart and Sustainable Cities business. Her board and advisory roles have included six years on the Board of Directors for Information City Australia. In 2014, Stephanie was presented with the CMO Asia Women Leader Award for ICT development, in recognition of her contribution to Ericsson’s responsible entry to Myanmar.

Vedrana Högqvist Tabor

CEO and co-founder ofBoost Thyroid


Vedrana’s goal is to increase public awareness as well as research interest in thyroid conditions, predominantly female conditions, and prevent health complications coming from too late diagnosis. Thyroid, a digital health company focused on solving health complications caused by thyroid autoimmune conditions and enabling people to live healthy and age well. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Vedrana obtained her doctorate degree at Humboldt University in Berlin, and has worked on cancer research in some of the world’s most renowned institutions, such as The Netherlands Cancer Institute and Karolinska Institutet. Vedrana is a digital health advocate and is a frequent speaker on the power of digital tools at events includingTEDx and WIRED Health and at universities such as Oxford, Stanford and Columbia. Vedrana believes that the right to health information is one of our basic human rights.

Maral Kalajian

Head of Marketing and Comms at Watty


Maral, also known as, ‘Maral from Twitter’, ‘Powerhouse’, 'energy pack' or ‘Curly’ is one of the most familiar faces in the Stockholm tech scene. Maral is the head of marketing and communications at Watty, one of the hottest startups in Europe. She is also the co-founder of Peppy Pals and SUP46 Femtech co-organizer. Maral was listed as among the 100 most influential names in the Scandinavian startup scene by tech site The Nordic Web in 2016 and 2017.

Danica Kragic

Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH


Danica Kragic research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden. Her research is supported by the EU, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Swedish Research Council.

Angelica Lips da Cruz

Entrepreneur and founder of The New Algorithm, ALDC Partnership


Angelica is an executive, leader and entrepreneur within digital financial solutions at ALDC Partnership, and the founder of The New Algorithm, a fintech and impact tech pioneering new financial industrial standards in rating systems that incorporate climate and social aspects in company and credit assessment. Angelica is a former Vice President of Citibank and Director Business Developer at SEB and RCI Banque Renault Finance, after having had top positions at L’Óreal and SAS. Angelica focus on user experience and cutting edge technologies, addressing complex sustainable development goals in solutions for the markets, bridging generations and ecosystems to meet 21st century challenges with purpose-driven business and human-centred approach, redesigning steering models with high level of innovation and equality for growth opportunities.

Ebba Ljungerud

CCO at Kindred Group


Ebba is a passionate leader who has spent most of her career in fast paced and growth driven organizations, where she has driven her teams to develop and adapt without losing focus on the company’s vision. As the Chief Commercial Officer for Kindred Group, a world leading gambling company, Ebba is accustomed to the constant changes and challenges presented to tech companies today. Ebba joined Kindred in 2010 as Head of Maria Casino and has held different positions within the Group. Before moving into the gambling and gaming industry, Ebba spent more than ten years in the media industry mainly focusing on print and online media. Ebba is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Board at Paradox Interactive and will assume the role as in August 2018. Ebba holds a BSc in Economics from Lund University.

Annie Lööf

Leader of the Centre Party


Annie Lööf is a lawyer and a Swedish center-right politician. She is the leader of the Centre Party, since 2011. Lööf has been a Member of the Parliament, representing her home constituency, Jönköping County, since 2006. She served as Minister for Enterprise, head of the Ministry of Enterprise, Communications and Energy from 2011 to 2014 in the center-right coalition Government. She was, together with the Prime Minister, one of four members of the Government’s inner cabinet 2011-2014. After the general election in September 2014, Lööf is now one of the opposition leaders in the national parliament.

Johanna Mannung

IT Security Architect at the Swedish Police Authority


Johanna is a change maker with experience from both public and private sector. She has a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and has also done research in the field of security in peer-to-peer systems. Since 2011 she works at the Swedish Police Authority where she makes sure we are all a bit safer by leading development of security infrastructure. She’s also one of the founders of the #metoo call to action within the tech sector - #teknisktfel. This didn’t surprise those who knew that she in 2002 won the Royal Instititute of Technology Gender Equality Award. Making the world a fair and better place has always been at the top of Johannas todo list.

Elena Malakhatka

Industrial engineering & management, KTH


Elena is the Ph.D Candidate at KTH Live-in-Lab and founder of VR Sci Fest - the biggest in Europe festival dedicated to VR/AR application in Science. She is conducting her research in the area of 'Big data in the smart buildings' and constantly exploring how data and information could be re-thinking and representing in the new way.

Anna Olin Kardell

Moderator​


Anna Olin Kardell is one of Sweden’s most frequently booked and appreciated moderators and debate leaders. With more than 20 years of experience in front of and behind the cameras she is a true professional. Her interview skills and stage presence has helped lift many events. Some of her clients include the Swedish government and the Administration, Tech and Healthcare industries. Prior to this, she hosted a number of TV shows for Swedish television TV4 and TV8.

Anna Omstedt

Entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of MedUniverse


MedUniverse, a global, digital platform for patient cases used in educating doctors and nurses. A serial entrepreneur who  has engaged in multiple successful digital ventures, including Tasteline which she co-founded in 1999 and sold to Schibsted in 2003. Anna is a Member of the Board of Sveriges Radio, Hemfrid, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and Forum för Välfärd. Anna has a M.Sc. in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Siduri Poli

Co-founder, Changers Hub


Siduri knows how innovation and new technologies must be linked to democracy and inclusion if we want to go forward. Super Talent of the Year and Digital Inspirer of the Year, Siduri Poli, is co-founder of one of Sweden's largest and most important entrepreneur hubs, Changers Hub, with the aim of democratising success and enabling young people in marginalised areas to succeed with their start-up ideas. Siduri Poli has a background as a tech expert for some of Sweden's largest media, as well as long history in the start-up industry as co-founder and digital business developer.

Helena Samsioe

CEO and founder of GLOBHE


Helena is the CEO and Founder of GLOBHE, a startup using drones and AI to create a better, more informed future. Helena is a firm believer that the future of possible is already here and passionate about using innovative technology to show it. Currently, in collaboration with the United Nations, GLOBHE is transforming the way cutting edge technology is solving pressing challenges around the world. In 2017 Helena was ranked among the top 100 young business leaders in Sweden, won the pitch competition Female Founder of the Year by Di Digital, named a Top Woman to Watch in the Drone Industry, won Rivstart the prestigious innovation competition by Swedbank, and was featured as the "Drone Queen" on BBC.

Maddy Savage

Journalist and Presenter


Reporter Working as a BBC staff journalist in London for more than a decade, Maddy reported for UK and global TV news programmes and anchored BBC World Service radio shows reaching 50 million people a week. Based in Stockholm since 2014, she is currently a freelance journalist for media including BBC, Monocle and NPR, focussing on Swedish business, current affairs and lifestyle trends. Voted one of the 100 most impactful and influential figures in the Nordic startup scene in 2017, Maddy produces and hosts The Stockholmer Podcast, interviewing the Swedish capital’s most inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs, and works as a moderator at some of the region’s most prominent tech and media events.

Ulrika Saxon

CEO Bonnier Ventures


Ulrika Saxon is the CEO of Bonnier Ventures (formerly Bonnier Growth Media) and Chairman of the Board for KIT, United Screens and Refunder. She is also a Board Member of SF Studios, FLX and Electrolux.  Ulrika Saxon has previously served as CEO of Bonnier Tidskrifter, CEO Bonzoo Förlag and Ad Director of Bonniers Veckotidningar. She has also worked as a media consultancy advisor.  Head of the business area Ventures.

Anna Stenberg

Founder of WES


Anna Stenberg is a tech investor and entrepreneur with a senior career at MTG, where she worked with, for instance, digitalizing the radio industry in her role as COO for MTG Radio. Seven years ago, Anna started the management recruitment company Wes, challenging the traditional recruitment industry with its inclusive methodology and expertise within recruitment of female leaders to management positions and boards. As an investor and board member of tech companies such as Tipser, Ingager, Strawbees, Bofink and Citerus, Anna also has an exciting investor perspective on the diversity and talent issues that are crucial to the digital transformation that the business world is facing.

Anna Svensson

Inventor and Product Manager at SolTech Energy


From idea to final products she has developed BIPV, building integrated solar panels at SolTech Energy, furniture at a large furniture company in Älmhult, researched the environment at Spitsbergen and also been a part of a team who developed a prototype car on fuel cell and hydrogen which was presented to President Obama during his visit in Stockholm 2013. The building integrated solar panels such as semi-transparent glass, colorful solar panels and ShingEl, a solar power roof tile, can been seen in Vallastaden in Linköping. Apart from Vallastaden she travels every other month to SolTech’s partner ASP, Advanced Solar Power, in Hangzhou to develop new solar power solutions together with a great team, contributing to greener future in this wonderful brave new world!

Jessica Stark

CEO, Swedish Academy of Board of Directors (Stockholm) - Cofounder SUP46


Jessica is working as CEO at the Swedish Academy of Board Directors in Stockholm, with the mission to strengthen the boardroom professionalism for company’s growth and development. She is the co-founder and former CEO of startup hub SUP46 (Startup People of Sweden) and now active as one of the board members. Jessica has over 13 years’ experience from the startup field and is extremely passionate about the Swedish startup ecosystem.

Ishtar Touailat

Head of Innovation Incubation, Tieto


Ishtar Touailat is a well-known and awarded profile on the Swedish startup scene and was named “IT woman of the year” in Sweden in 2016. This year she was also recognised as one of Sweden’s super talents and top influencers 2017 by the business magazine Veckans Affärer. Ishtar is Head of Innovation at the Nordic region’s largest IT consulting company, Tieto. She also runs an AI & Data Combinator where ideas within AI, big data, IoT, Augmented reality, VR evolve into innovations and then pushed into the global market.

Anna Wikland

Country Director, Google Sweden


Anna Wikland is is keen to drive the digital development agenda locally. Anna has more than 13 years experience from the online world and worked as the CEO for Keybroker before joining Google. Prior to Keybroker, Anna worked in the US for several years with marketing and sales for both the healthcare- and fashion industry. Besides her role at Google, Anna sits on the board for IT&Telekom företagen. Anna was awarded "Sweden's most powerful woman in Tech" in March 2017 by Veckans Affärer. She is also a respected leader and received the "Future Leader" award at Chefsgalan 2015 and made the list of "Sweden's 101 super talents" published in January 2016 by Veckans Affärer.

Karin Wanngård

Mayor of Stockholm


Karin Wanngård studied human resources at the University of Stockholm and worked in human resources management before becoming a full time politician. Karin Wanngård has a long and impressive political career and she entered the Stockholm City Council in 1994. Representing the Social Democratic Party she acted as Opposition Vice Mayor in 2011-2014 and during the same period also as Vice President of the City Executive Board. After the general elections in 2014 the City Council elected Karin Wanngård to be the Mayor of Stockholm. Wanngård is President of the City Executive Board, Chair of the board of Stockholm Stadshus AB and Group leader of the Social Democratic Party in the City of Stockholm. Wanngård is also Vice President of EUROCITIES, a Co-leader of C40 Low-carbon District Network, a Champion Mayor of OECD Inclusive Growth in Cities, a member of EU-commissioner Moeda´s High-level Panel of the European Decarbonisations Pathways and a Board-member of Strong-Cities Network.

Linda Waxin

Co-founder / CEO / CMO MatchingID


Co-founder and CEO of talent tech startup MatchingID, aiming to enforce the power shift in the job market from corporations to talent (people), through anonymizing and digitalizing talent sourcing using an AI-based algorithm. Waxin left her top position in the PR Industry after ten+ intense years including the last three as CEO of Edelman Stockholm (now Edelman Deportivo) to travel the world and find her purpose. After mixing philosophy studies with board of director appointments, poetry with C-suite coaching and recruiting, she decided on liberating bravery through fighting for female ownership generally and building MatchingID specifically.

Johanna Wollert Melin

Founder and Board member of Trice Imaging


Trice Imaging mobilizes medical images by sending them from any imaging modality to any mobile device. Physicians receive remote access to images and reports, costefficient storage and the ability to collaborate with other physicians. Patients receive highquality medical images that they can print, store, publish and send to family and friends or to doctors for a second opinion. Trice Imaging’s patented technology is a value-added service to any medical imaging system or diagnostic software and our service is awarded two Global Mobile Awards for “Best Mobile Innovation for Health” 2012 and 2015.

Amelie von Zweigbergk

Head of Industrial Development, Teknikföretagen


Amelie von Zweigbergk is Head of Industrial Development at Teknikföretagen since 2016. She has previously served as Executive Board member of UNESCO and State Secretary at the Ministry of Education & Research/Prime Minister’s Office.

The Magnettes

Music/entertainment


This pop-band was founded in Pajala, Sweden and has crafted their own blend of electro-pop and riot grrrl punk. In 2015 they performed at SXSW in Austin, TX and signed with label Digsin/Universal, where their debut album ”Ugly Youth” was released in 2017. Their latest single ”Young & Wild” premiered on prime time TV and became the 10 most played Swedish song on Swedish radio. The Magnettes have been praised by sites and tastemakers like Earmilk, Perez Hilton, Popcrush and Elle Sweden and so far toured in over 10 countries. Early 2018 they’ll release new material, play Eurosonic Noorderslag in Holland, Tallin Music Week, tour Europe and make their second appearance at SXSW.