Impact 2022

27 May, 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Londoner Hotel, 50 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DY

In the presence of
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden

The great challenge of our lifetime, and how we can solve it together

With growing calls for a green recovery and societal acceleration in fighting climate change – business, policy makers and consumers need to walk hand in hand. Join us at Impact 2022 to hone in on the key issues and solutions in helping us reduce our footprint, and together reaching the United Nations sustainable development goals. At Impact you will meet businesses making real impactful changes to their operations, business models being turned upside down, politicians and policy makers working alongside corporates, and the next generation entrepreneurs and ideas shaping our future.

Impact is followed by the Royal Gala Dinner, celebrating centuries of friendship and trade between Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Learn more about the Royal Gala Dinner

This is Impact 

Impact is a yearly gathering bringing together stakeholders from across relevant industries and some of the greatest thinkers from both Sweden and the UK to discuss the way to a green recovery.

This full day event brings together 200+ business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, thought-leaders and academics from both the UK and Sweden.

See the programme from Impact 2021

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Booking options

SCC member price: £99
YP member price: £99
Non-member price: £297

Terms & Conditions
Bookings are non-refundable but at the discretion of the organiser, you can change the name of the person(s) attending. For this, please contact Limited availability, members are prioritised.

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Welcome & Introduction


Peter Sandberg., Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Petra Bergman, Anchor, EFN News, and Master of Ceremonies

Nik Gowing, Director and Founder, Thinking the Unthinkable, and Master of Ceremonies

Cooperation across sectors and borders - continued Swedish-British partnership

Anna Ekström, Swedish Minister for Education

Future-proofing aviation

Air travel produces millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. How can the aviation industry transform towards a greener path, "Delivering Jet Zero" and can technology play a role?

Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive Officer, EasyJet

Anko van der Werff, President & CEO, SAS

Fuelling innovation in the energy sector

There was much optimism around investing in renewables post COP26, but what does the path to net-zero look like for the energy sector in light of recent happenings, and is it moving fast enough?

Anna Borg, Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall

The built environment and infrastructure

Nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the building and construction sectors. No other sector has a larger impact on emissions. What are corporates doing to tackle the issue, and can public procurement help move the needle?

Anders Danielsson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Skanska

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair, Network Rail

Knowledge transfer as a tool to achieve net-zero

In order to achieve net-zero at wanted and necessary speed, there is a growing need for knowledge transfer and collaboration across business, politics and academia. But how do we get there, and is it happening fast enough?

Leif Johansson, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE, Chair of the Carbon Trust

Coffee Break


The transnational problem - what will it take to achieve net-zero?

Net-zero has become the overarching goal for climate action - but how do we make it a success with national agendas and multinational corporates?

Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy, University of Oxford

Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian

Jan-Olof Jacke, Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia Company

A media company as a catalyst for sustainability

Streaming services now reach audiences everywhere – and are rapidly rewriting the script for the global entertainment industry. In today’s increasingly polarised societies, how can streamed storytelling and sports help build bridges, widen perspectives and create a more sustainable future?

Anders Jensen, President and CEO, Viaplay Group

Fossil-free steel - a realistic vision?

Global steel production is forecast to grow by a third to 2050, and today steel plants are responsible for 9% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Last year Sweden delivered the world's first shipment of steel produced without the use of fossil fuels, a major milestone on the road towards cutting carbon emissions from industry. But is it a realistic vision?

Martin Lindqvist, President & CEO, SSAB

Darren Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, LKAB Minerals

How can the tech industries show the way?

Gaming often serves as an escape from everyday life, but at the same time gaming companies, studios and developers generate a large amount of CO2 emissions per year. How can tech industries show the way, and drive climate awareness and action?

Todd Green, General Manager of Candy Crush Saga, King

Greentech entrepreneurs pitching on stage

Five aspiring start-and-scale-up Greentech businesses pitch their business ideas to the audience



The rise of circularity and turning waste into assets

Changing consumer demands is a powerful influence in shifting the status quo, but how are corporates tackling circularity, turning waste into assets, changing consumption and promoting more sustainable living?

Robert Petersson, Chief Executive Officer, Kinnarps

Jo Pybus, Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager UK & ROI, Essity

Sarah Schaefer, Vice President Sustainability, Electrolux

Vianney Valès, Chief Executive Officer, Wastefront

Retailers road to net-zero

Retail is undergoing an unprecedented transition. The shift from high-street to online, the impacts of globalisation and a generation focused on making sure that waste doesn't exist. How are retailers reducing the negative impact of products on both people and the environment through the supply chain?

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, British Retail Consortium

Francesca Lilley, Head of Sustainability and Brand Strategy, COS

Patrik Söderström, Chief Executive Officer, GANT

The potential to deliver climate-neutral mobility

A decarbonized mobility sector requires working with stakeholders across the public real, and energy players to redesign systemic change. What challenges lie ahead, and what are the potentials in delivering climate-neutral mobility?

Sam Longman, Head of Corporate Environment, Transport for London

Christina Moe Gjerde, General Manager Nordics, Voi Technology

Nils Mösko, Chief Strategy Officer, Polestar

Robert Ziegler, General Manager Europe, Einride

Green finance and financing green

How can the financial sector accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient and sustainable economy?

Chuka Umunna, Managing Director & Head of EMEA ESG, JP Morgan and Former MP

Sophie Walker, Head of Sustainability for Private Capital, EQT

Richard Winder, Head of Sustainability, Handelsbanken UK

Summary & Closing


Petra Bergman, Anchor, EFN News, and Master of Ceremonies

Nik Gowing, Director and Founder, Thinking the Unthinkable, and Master of Ceremonies

Jan Olsson., CEO of the Nordics, Deutsche Bank and Chairman, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Confirmed Speakers 2022

Petra Bergman

Petra Bergman

Anchor, EFN News, and Master of Ceremonies

Petra Bergman has worked as a journalist in economics and politics since 2000. She has mainly worked as a presenter and editor for various news programs and magazines on television and radio. She has worked at Sveriges Radios Ekonomiekot, EFN, Ekonominyheterna on TV4, DiTV and Aktuellt on SVT.

Anna Borg

Anna Borg

Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall

Anna Borg is President and CEO for Vattenfall since November 2020. She has extensive management experience from the energy and fin tech industries as well as board assignments. She holds a Master of Economics and Political Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Anders Danielsson

Anders Danielsson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Skanska

Anders Danielsson has more than 30 years of experience from the construction and development industry. He has worked for a long time within the company and held many different positions and worked in several of the countries where the company operates. He has been Executive Vice President for Skanska in Sweden, Norway, UK, and USA. Since 2018 he is Skanska Groups President and CEO. Danielsson has a M.Sc. in Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and is a graduate from the advanced Management Program at Harvard, Boston, USA.

Helen Dickinson

Helen Dickinson

Chief Executive Officer, British Retail Consortium

Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Retail.

Helen is passionate about diversity and inclusion in retail, acting as the BRC’s Social Mobility Commission ambassador; participating in the Timewise Innovation Unit, looking to support more flexibility in jobs, particularly at senior levels; supporting the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme; and having previously been the Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping women offenders find employment.

Helen believes retail can make a strong contribution to communities, and is also on the advisory board for Pennies, a charity which offers digital charity boxes to businesses. Helen was previously UK Head of Retail at KPMG, driving and developing the retail practice and leading relationships and audits for many clients.

Anna Ekström

Anna Ekström

Swedish Minister for Education

Ms Anna Ekström is the Swedish Minister for Education since 2019. Her responsibilities include liberal adult education, research, higher education and training, space affairs, student finance, UNESCO and adult education and training.

Minister Ekström has spent the past two decades in leading roles in the Swedish Government and government agencies. She has served as Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training (2016-2019), Director-General for the National Agency for Education (2011–2016), and Chair of the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (2001–2011).

In addition, Minister Ekström has taken on numerous assignments, including as Chair of the 2015 Schools Commission, Chair of the Linköping University Board, and Chair of the Delegation for Gender Equality in School. She has also served as a Board Member of various organisations, including Transparency International Sweden and the European Trade Union Confederation.

Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing

Director and Founder, Thinking the Unthinkable, and Master of Ceremonies

Nik Gowing was the main news presenter for BBC World News (1996-2014), and he has 35 years of analytical experience in diplomacy, defence and international security. In 2018 Nik Gowing, along with Chris Langdon, released the book Thinking the Unthinkable: A new imperative for leadership in the digital age.

Todd Green

Todd Green

General Manager of Candy Crush Saga, King

With more than 20 years’ experience in media and tech, spanning radio, TV and games, Todd has played a key role in the growth and success that Candy Crush Saga has enjoyed under his leadership.

Todd joined King in January 2013 in the early days of the London Studio and was responsible for the launch and business management of Farm Heroes Saga, which has passed $1B in lifetime revenue. Since then, he has held roles including VP Product and Head of Studio, before taking on his current role in January 2020. Todd cares a lot about simplifying complex issues, building high-performing teams, and developing emerging talent.

Todd started his career at the BBC World Service and held a number of R&D and digital strategy roles at Fremantle before joining King.

Dr. Thomas Hale

Dr. Thomas Hale

Associate Professor of Global Public Policy, University of Oxford

Dr. Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve--or not--to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental, economic, and health issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. A US national, Dr. Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Beyond Gridlock (Polity 2017), Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013). Dr. Hale leads the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker.

Fiona Harvey

Fiona Harvey

Environment Correspondent, The Guardian

Fiona Harvey is an award-winning journalist who has covered the environment since 2004, at the Financial Times and subsequently for the Guardian newspaper. She has written extensively on every environmental issue, from air pollution and biodiversity to ocean plastic and climate change. Her assignments have taken her as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and she has attended almost every UNFCCC Cop since 2004, including reporting live from the 2015 Paris conference and the Cop26 summit in Glasgow in 2021. The long list of major world figures she has interviewed includes Antonio Guterres, John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Jose Manuel Barroso, Noam Chomsky, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sir David Attenborough. Among numerous awards and recognitions, she has twice won the Foreign Press Association award for Environment Story of the Year, the British Environment and Media Awards journalist of the year, and in 2020 she was named in the Woman’s Hour Power List of 30 top UK women, focusing on Our Planet.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Chair, Network Rail

Sir Peter is the Chair of Network Rail Board and London Legacy Development Corporation and was commissioner of Transport for London from 2006 to 2015, where he led the successful operation of London’s transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

In 2020 Sir Peter was tasked by the Prime Minister with carrying out the Union connectivity review, exploring ways in which transport can better connect all parts of the United Kingdom. The final report was published in November 2021.

Sir Peter Hendy provides support to the government by providing advice on and scrutiny of the plans of all rail, road, coach, maritime and aviation operators during phases of re-opening the economy throughout the pandemic. He is also the Chair of the Euston Partnership Board, which is supervising the redevelopment of Euston including the HS2 Station and rebuilding the Network Rail Station. 

Sir Peter was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, having been made CBE in 2006 for services to public transport.

Jan-Olof Jacke

Jan-Olof Jacke

Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Jan-Olof Jacke is the Director General of Confederation of Swedish Enterprise since 2018. Swedish Enterprise brings together 60,000 companies and 50 industry and employer organisations. Jan-Olof holds an MBA from Gothenburg School Of Economics. After graduation, he worked as a management consultant before joining AstraZeneca in 1999. There he held the position as Chief Financial Officer for various units until 2013 when he was appointed CEO of AstraZeneca Sweden.

Jan-Olof is First Vice Chairman of Alecta, a pension manager that manage the occupational pensions of 35,000 companies and 2.6 million private individuals in Sweden. He is also the First Vice Chairman of Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Foundation and holds Board positions at ICC Sweden (International Chamber of Commerce), The Research Institute of Industrial Economics and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences division VI (Management).

Anders Jensen

Anders Jensen

President and CEO, Viaplay Group

Anders was appointed President & CEO of Viaplay Group in April 2018 after serving as EVP, CEO of MTG Nordic Entertainment. Anders joined MTG Sweden in 2014, prior to which he held senior positions at a number of Europe's leading telecommunications, retail and consumer goods companies. These roles included Senior Executive Vice President at TDC Group, where he ran the Consumer division and was also Chief Marketing Officer; CEO of Telenor, the second largest mobile operator in Hungary; CEO of Grameenphone, the market leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh; and Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone / Telenor in Sweden. He is also a non-executive director of Guardian Media Group.

Leif Johansson

Leif Johansson

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca

Mr Leif Johansson is the Chairman of the Board of the global, science-led biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (since April 2012).

Mr Johansson holds Board positions at Autoliv, Inc and Ecolean AB. He is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (Chairman 2009 to 2014), a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (Chairman 2012 to 2017) and a member of the Council of Advisors, Boao Forum for Asia.

Mr Johansson was the Chairman of the Board of the global telecommunications company LM Ericsson 2011-2018, a Member of the Board of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, SCA 2006-2016 and a Non-Executive Director of Bristol Myers Squibb 1998-2011.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of AB Volvo 1997-2011.  Prior to that, Mr Johansson held different executive positions within the Electrolux group, latterly as the group Chief Executive Officer 1994-1997. Mr Johansson holds an MSc in engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE

Chair of the Carbon Trust

Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, where she chairs the Science and Technology Select Committee. She is an engineer with extensive experience in industry, at Rolls-Royce plc, and in academia.  Her current interests focus on technology and climate change.

Julia was Vice Chair of the UK Climate Change Committee for 12 years from 2008 – 2021, is Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the CCC, and advises the UK Government as a member of the Hydrogen Advisory Council and as climate change advisor to the Jet Zero Council. She is also Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Climate Commission established by the Mayor of the Combined Authority.

Julia chairs The Carbon Trust, is a non-executive director of Ørsted and of Ceres Power, and was a non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank.  She led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2007) for the UK Government.

Allison Kirkby

Allison Kirkby

President and CEO, Telia Company

Allison Kirkby is President and CEO of Telia Company since May 2020. Telia Company, headquartered in Sweden, is the market leading digital communications provider to the societies of the Nordics & Baltics, serving millions of customers every day in one of the world’s most connected and digitalized regions. Telia is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm and Helsinki stock exchanges, with a Market Cap of SEK 146Bn. She also serves as an independent Non-Executive Director of BT Group plc, the UK’s multinational provider of communication services.

Until October 2019, Allison Kirkby was President and Group CEO of TDC Group, the largest telecommunications company in Denmark. Prior to joining TDC, Allison served as President & Group CEO of Tele2 AB from 2015 to 2018, having been their EVP & CFO since 2014. She moved into the TMT sector in 2010, initially joining Virgin Media and then as CFO of Shine Group (a division of 21st Century Fox). Prior to that, she spent two decades at Procter & Gamble, in both senior financial & operational roles.

Allison is recognized for building and successfully leading strong teams in periods of change, to create significant shareholder value, and has been awarded Sweden’s Most
Powerful Female CEO/Leader in 2017 and 2020 respectively. Allison is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Francesca Lilley

Francesca Lilley

Head of Sustainability and Brand Strategy, COS

Francesca’s knowledge and enthusiasm for culture blossomed through her formal studies - a masters in the History and Culture of Fashion in 2007. Learning about the impact the fashion industry can have on the environment and people around the world fueled her passion to make the industry more sustainable.

Having been with the brand for over 10 years, Francesca has been part of COS’ journey, witnessing the evolution of its commitments and ambitions. In her first position, overseeing the brand’s content creation, Francesca acted as brand guardian to ensure multi-channel marketing and communication assets were in-line with COS’ values and guidelines. This was followed by progression through various positions within marketing and brand strategy before being made the Head of Sustainability and Brand Strategy in 2020. 

Francesca thrives on variety and spends much of her time working alongside different teams, which means no two days are the same. Motivated by challenges and different perspectives, Francesca finds inspiration in people, psychology, the natural world, and solving problems.

Martin Lindqvist

Martin Lindqvist

President & CEO, SSAB

Martin Lindqvist is the President and CEO of SSAB since 2011. He joined the company in 1998, and has held various leading positions, such as Head of Business Area EMEA
and Strip Products as well as CFO. Before joining SSAB, Martin Lindqvist worked as VP Group Controller at NCC and within the financial area. He started his career in the
steel industry at Finnish Outokumpu in 1988. Martin Lindqvist holds a degree in MSc. in B.A, 1988 University of Uppsala. He is married and has three children.

Sam Longman

Sam Longman

Head of Corporate Environment, Transport for London

Sam is Head of Corporate Environment for Transport for London (TfL).  He is Responsible for driving TfL's corporate environmental performance, including transitioning TfL’s operations to net zero carbon, adapting to climate change, increasing green infrastructure and biodiversity, reducing waste, embedding triple-bottom-line sustainability and TfL’s green financing strategy.  He led the development and publication of TfL’s first ever Sustainability Report and Corporate Environment Plan.  He has worked for TfL for 8 years and during this time led the development, public consultation and secured the Mayoral decision to implement London’s world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone.  Prior to working at TfL he worked for the London Borough of Camden where he led the transport strategy team, managed capital investment and behaviour change programmes and developed and implemented land use planning policy.

Johan Lundgren

Johan Lundgren

Chief Executive Officer, EasyJet

Johan Lundgren joined easyJet on 1 December 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry and spent his career working his way up through various organisations to become most recently the Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer of TUI AG and Chief Executive Officer of Mainstream Tourism at TUI AG.

Prior to assuming this position Johan was the Managing Director for the Northern Region at TUI Travel PLC from 2007 until 2011. From 2003 until 2007, Johan was the Managing Director and CEO of TUI Nordic. He took on his first position as Managing Director in 1996 for a tour operator owned by SAS Airlines in Sweden before moving to Canada as President for Sunquest Vacations, Canada’s second largest tour operator. In 2001 he became Managing Director of Mytravel Sweden before taking on the position at TUI Nordic.

Christina Moe Gjerde

Christina Moe Gjerde

General Manager Nordics, Voi Technology

Christina Moe Gjerde has since 2019 worked at the Swedish micromobility operator Voi Technology and helped build the company from 70 to now over 1,200 employees in 75 cities across 13 countries. She started as a strategy manager and was then given the responsibility of building up the company's operations in the Norwegian and Finnish markets, and now leads the Nordic market.

Christina is convinced that new electric, zero emission mobility plays a key role in addressing the climate crisis, changing people's lives and contributing to greener and more liveable cities. Before joining Voi, Christina worked as a consultant in EY and AVO Consulting, and has a master's degree in economics from NHH and UC Berkeley.

Nils Mösko

Nils Mösko

Chief Strategy Officer, Polestar

Nils is the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Head of Strategy and Business Development at Polestar. Developing the growth strategy, overseeing the market expansion and managing the strategic project portfolio. He also manages partnerships, alliances, and M&A as well as developing the innovation and business models at Polestar. Nils is a highly experienced senior business & finance professional, currently heading strategy in cutting edge auto sector with a deep understanding of the auto value chain.

Nils joined in 2018 from Volvo Cars, building up the finance function in the role including the equity funding rounds. Before this, he built up the IR function at Volvo Cars, and held several senior finance and treasury roles for Volvo Cars and Ford Motor Company. Nils has 17 years of automotive industry experience.

Nils holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of Gothenburg and additionally a CEFA from the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education.

Robert Petersson

Robert Petersson

Chief Executive Officer, Kinnarps

Robert Petersson is the CEO of Kinnarps Group since 2016. Kinnarps is one of Europe's leading supplier of total interior design solutions for office, education and healthcare, with operations in 40 countries. Robert Petersson holds a degree in MSc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University. His professional career has allowed him to gain solid experience in holding managerial positions, both as Managing Director, Sales Director and Production Director in different companies.

Jo Pybus

Jo Pybus

Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager UK & ROI, Essity

Jo has more than 20 years’ experience in roles spanning operations to marketing to product development and public affairs. She has a passion to integrate sustainable thinking locally as well as globally and a deep understanding of the practical realities, challenges and complexities involved in developing, implementing and communicating sustainable product and packaging solutions. Across both brand and retail product portfolios, Jo has expertise in B2B and B2C markets.

Sarah Schaefer

Sarah Schaefer

Vice President Sustainability, Electrolux

Sarah Schaefer is Sustainability VP for Electrolux Europe. She is a member of the European Leadership Team (ELT). Before joining Electrolux, Schaefer worked 4 years for Unilever, first as the Global Director for Policy & Advocacy and later as a consultant for the Sustainable Sourcing team based in the UK. In these roles, she led Unilever’s external engagement and industry mobilization on sustainable agriculture and nutrition, as well as advised on the supply chain component of overall corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. 

Prior to Unilever, Schaefer worked as Global Director Sustainability for Mars Inc. and Mars Chocolate. She has acted as Special Advisor to several bodies in the UK government. Schaefer started her career in journalism and served as Political Correspondent for, the Press Association, and the newspaper The Independent. She has a Master’s degree in European Politics  from Oxford University.

Patrik Söderström

Patrik Söderström

Chief Executive Officer, GANT

Patrik Söderström was appointed as the CEO of GANT, on 1 February 2020. Patrik joined GANT in 2016 as Executive Vice President Global Markets. Prior to that, he worked as a Northern European Managing Director at Italian eyewear company Luxottica and spent eight years in various roles at US sportswear brand Reebok. 

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna

Managing Director & Head of EMEA ESG, JP Morgan and Former MP

Chuka Umunna is an investment banker who has spent two decades in law, public policy, and finance advising various companies and organizations on business-critical issues that impact on long term value, environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) in particular.
He is a Managing Director and Head of EMEA ESG for JP Morgan. In this role, he co-leads the firm's global ESG investment banking team, which advises corporate clients across all major industry verticals on how to improve their sustainability credentials, optimize value and mitigate risk through effective ESG integration, and on how to access ESG-focused capital across equity, debt and private markets. In EMEA, he co-ordinates JP Morgan’s investment banking coverage of clients in emerging green sectors. In addition, he oversees JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s ESG strategy across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, overseeing the franchise’s efforts to integrate ESG into its own operations and business activities in the region.
Before joining our Corporate & Investment Bank in April 2021, he was Global Co-Head of ESG at Edelman, the world’s biggest strategy and communications advisory firm. In addition, from 2020 until 2021 he served as a non-executive director (NED) for leading private equity firms BC Partners and Vista Equity Partners on the board of their portfolio company, Advanced, the UK’s third largest software company. He has also served as a NED of Digital Identity Net UK, a UK fintech firm in the digital identity sector and has sat on the advisory board of Signal AI, a leader in Artificial Intelligence solutions for business and professional services.
He was a Member of the UK Parliament from 2010 to 2019, during which time he served in a number of senior roles in the UK parliament including as the UK's Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
A qualified lawyer, prior to his election to the UK Parliament he worked as a corporate employment law solicitor for international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for several years.

Vianney Valès

Vianney Valès

Chief Executive Officer, Wastefront

Vianney Valès is the CEO of Wastefront. He was first introduced to Wastefront by its liquid offtaker Vitol in 2019, and was initially engaged with the Norwegian company in his former position as CEO of Devaltec LLC, a project developer and solutions provider in new and sustainable energies. He brings to Wastefront a wealth of experience in leading innovative projects and technologies to commercial success. His rigorous approach to project management ensures a systematic mitigation of risks while maximising profitability. Valès is a vastly experienced oil and gas executive, having worked at some of the largest global companies in the sector, working both in Europe and North America. Valès studied at École Polytechnique, IFP School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker

Head of Sustainability for Private Capital, EQT

Sophie joined EQT Partners in June 2021. Sophie works closely with EQT’s investment advisors and with the portfolio companies to foster sustainability and diversity leadership, to unlock commercial value creation from sustainability and to enable radical sustainability system change across the healthcare, TMT, services and industrial sectors. Sophie is also a member of the Private Equity Management Group and Private Capital Management Group.

Prior to joining EQT Partners, Sophie was UK Board member and Head of Sustainability at professional services firm JLL. Sophie previously led the strategic
sustainability consulting function at JLL up to 2015, when took on the broader Head of Sustainability role across all business lines. Prior to this, Sophie held political, environmental and human rights roles, including working in the UK House of Commons for an MP on the Treasury Select Committee. 

Sophie holds a MSc in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield
University and an MA (Oxon) in English and Modern Languages (Russian) from the
University of Oxford.

Anko van der Werff

Anko van der Werff

President & CEO, SAS

Anko van der Werff, CEO & President of SAS, has extensive high level management experience. With over twenty years of experience in the airline sector, he has been CEO and held various leading positions in companies such as Avianca, Aeromexico, Qatar Airways and Air France KLM.

Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, LKAB Minerals

Darren Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer of LKAB Minerals which is part of the Swedish State owned iron ore mining company LKAB. The key objective for the Minerals division is to maximise value and sustainable resource efficiency from LKAB mining by-products through multiple routes to market. In addition, LKAB Minerals processes minerals internationally specialising in using mining and processing by-products into construction, agriculture and specialist value-adding industries. With operations across Europe and sales offices from Chicago to Shanghai, LKAB Minerals operates in 12 countries.

Darren joined LKAB in 2013 as the UK Managing Director having previously worked in various roles for the French Construction Materials company Saint-Gobain. In his time at LKAB, he has taken a leading role in both significantly growing the business as well changing the product focus towards sustainable material by-products. Outside of LKAB he is the Chair of the CBIs East Midlands Regional Council.

Richard Winder

Richard Winder

Head of Sustainability, Handelsbanken UK

Richard is the Head of Sustainability for Handelsbanken plc, UK subsidiary of the Swedish-headquartered Handelsbanken Group. In this role, Richard steers the organisation’s focus to those environmental, social and governance issues the bank is able to influence most through its distinctive business approach and market position. He leads the development, embedding and reporting of the bank’s climate- and sustainability-related policies and practices.

Prior to assuming this role, Richard directed external affairs for Handelsbanken, at both domestic and global level. Working with the bank’s stakeholders on their priority issues over several years confirmed the growing urgency of climate and environmental action, social equity issues and the broader Sustainable Development Goals. While working out of Stockholm, he sat on the Group Sustainability Council and was personally involved in a number of cross-sectoral initiatives around employee empowerment, community engagement and purposeful business.

Robert Ziegler

Robert Ziegler

General Manager Europe, Einride

At Einride, Ziegler is driving the expansion of the European markets with a focus on large strategic accounts and key regional customers. Before joining Einride Robert Ziegler has over 25 years executive leadership experience in the transportation and logistics industries, with his most recent role leading the Solutions30 Group as Chief Transformation Officer and CEO of Germany. Previous to that, he held C-level roles at DHL Freight and Waberer’s International, in addition to over 17 years at Kearney, the Global consulting firm, where he specialized in transportation.

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The Swedish-British relationship is one of friendship and trade and has gone from strength to strength over the last few decades, SCC Chief Executive Peter Sandberg writes in today's City AM
Today, SCC Chief Executive Peter Sandberg spoke to @EFNTV about the UK market - its current state, upcoming opportunities and the place of Swedish businesses. Find the full interview:
Today, @JanOlsson , CEO of the #Nordics, @DeutscheBank and Chairman of the SCC, spoke at @AreBusiness2022 , covering the topic of #global #geopolitics and its effect on the future financial market:
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