She is passionate about finding solutions to all kinds of social challenges as well as to the huge climate problems and finding new economical models that make it possible to see long-term solutions to the UN Sustainability Developing goals. CEO of The Bridge (www.thebridge.se) which is aiming to bridge science with business in order to push humanity forward. As CEO of Altitude Meetings which is also running the accelerator Impact Startup, with the main goal to broaden the impact economy in Sweden.
Koen THEWISSEN is the founder of weareDaniel, a strategic communications consultancy that connects academia with ‘the real world’. Koen believes that the key to tackling today's most important challenges is understanding the way our brain works. Only then we can try to ‘hack it’. weareDaniel has worked for clients such as NATO, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, various Belgian governments, IKEA international, PWC, ING, Bonnier news, IKANO bank and many other Belgian and international organisations. Koen is particularly fond of elephants. You’ll soon understand why.
Claes ERIXON joined Scania as trainee in 1994 after obtaining a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
He commenced his career at Scania as a development trainee and took his first management position in 1998.
Since then he has held various management positions within Research and Development and Production and Logistics, among them workshop manager Cab assembly, Head of Research and Development in Brazil, Head of Truck Chassis Development, Head of Scania Project Office and Senior Vice President and Head of Vehicle Definition.
Claes ERIXON was appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development in 2016.
Since 2021 he has the title Chief Technical Officer, CTO.
Education: Master of Science in Engineering Physics, MSc.
Dr Martin EDLUND has for the last 20 years combined management consulting and strategy research collaboration with world-class technology companies such as ABB, GE, LM Ericsson and SKF. He has been active in the marine energy industry for the last decade. Since 2016 Martin Edlund leads Minesto's company strategy to commercialise its unique product.
Education: Ph.D. in Innovation Management, M.Sc. in Engineering Physics.
Dr. Christofer LAURELL is the Senior Vice President of Research and Public Affairs at Einride, a Swedish technology company that develops and provides freight mobility solutions based on electric and autonomous vehicles, leading the transition to sustainable transport. Christofer holds a PhD from Stockholm University and has published extensively on the interplay between technological innovation and institutional change in leading academic journals within his field. Prior to joining Einride, he was based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor and at Stockholm School of Economics where he holds a docentship.
Jacques joined Dassault Systèmes in 2019 as Vice President for Cities & Public Services. In this capacity he is responsible for the worldwide activity of Dassault Systèmes in this sector, aiming at accelerating the digital transformation of Cities and public administrations by leveraging the power of Virtual Twins.
Canadian-Swedish Vanessa BUTANI is Electrolux Group VP of Sustainability since 2021. Butani was previously Head of Sustainability for Electrolux Europe and before that Director of Sustainable Business at Scandic Hotel Group. She has held several senior managerial roles in connected appliances and sustainability.
Vanessa is passionate about driving sustainable business and integrating sustainability thinking into every aspect of the business.
“Electrolux is a leader in sustainability and we have a unique position to help people live more sustainably every day,” says Butani. With my team of 56,000 employees, we are committed to achieving our ambitious For the Better 2030 sustainability goals.”
Vanessa holds an honors degree in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada.
She lives with her family in Stockholm, Sweden
Hillevi PRISCAR is Country Manager OX2 Sweden. She holds a Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering (EEIGM) and has a long experience from the energy sector working with different energy sources from hydropower, heat and power plants to renewable energy. She is leading the Swedish team in developing renewable energy projects in Sweden since 2014