Outer Thinking: Swedish-British Summit 2023

30 November, 9:00am - 5:30pm

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, 22 Portman Square, London W1H 7BG

In the presence of
TRH The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel of Sweden

From geopolitical and financial uncertainty, to the climate crisis, the next tech revolution, and people culture – how can we as 21st century leaders challenge the status quo, explore new perspectives, and join forces in tackling the greater trends facing us?

At Outer Thinking, we will be joined by business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics, including some of the greatest thinkers from both Sweden and the United Kingdom: committed to pushing the boundaries and bringing new ideas and solutions to the table.

This is Outer Thinking

At this full-day conference we will be discussing the key trends facing any business today – from artificial intelligence to sustainability and continuous learning – and looking forward to the business of tomorrow. 


See the highlights from Outer Thinking 2022

Booking information

SCC member price: £109
YP member price: £109
Non-member price: £327

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 events@scc.org.uk. Limited availability, members are prioritised.

Swedish-British Summit & Annual Christmas Luncheon Package

The Annual Christmas Luncheon takes place the day after the Swedish-British Summit. To book a package and attend both events, please contact events@scc.org.uk. Joint ticket price: £338 (available to members only).

The event is sold out, but you can join the waiting list by registering your interest in the link below. 

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The agenda is continuously updated with more details. 

Registration and breakfast


Welcome to Outer Thinking 2023: Pushing the boundaries

Fredrik Warneryd., Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Introduction from our Masters of Ceremonies

Hélène Barnekow., Partner, Ascension, and Master of Ceremonies

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

Keynote with Q&A: The world in 2024

Tom Standage, Deputy Editor, The Economist and Editor of The World Ahead

Panel: Geopolitics pushing new global boundaries for the security of society

Prof. Deeph Chana, Professor Imperial College London & Managing Director DIANA, NATO

Christian Hedelin, Chief Strategy Officer, Saab

Panel: Navigating uncertainty in the quest for stability

Lisa Christie, Interim Country Manager UK, Vattenfall

Katy Dowding, President & CEO, Skanska UK

James Heath, CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

Coffee break

Brain stretching: Pushing the boundaries of neuro flexibility to solve the world’s problems

Dr. Katarina Gospic, Brain Researcher, Medical Doctor, Physiologist, Author, Lecturer, Entrepreneur and ESG expert

Panel: Future of work – humans & AI – can we be friends?

Daniel Akenine, National Technology Officer, Microsoft

Carl Benedikt Frey, Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Panel: Can fusion save our future?

Dr. Valerie Jamieson, Development Manager, The Fusion Cluster, UK Atomic Energy Authority

Peter Roos, CEO, Novatron

Fireside Chat: Future of food – fabulous fungi

Ida Svensson, Transformation Manager New Food, Tetra Pak


In conversation with Koenigsegg: Transcending the boundaries - our innovation DNA

Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder and CEO, Koenigsegg Automotive

Halldora von Koenigsegg, COO, Koenigsegg Automotive

Fireside chat: Beauty and Logic: Human skills for a better future

Jakob Trollbäck, Founder of The New Division & Trollbäck + Company - the main architect behind the communication language for the United Nation's 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals

Panel: Our personal footprint – pushing the boundaries of the consumer behaviour journey for sustainability

Kristian Elvefors., Senior Advisor, Volvo Car UK

Greg Lucas, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Group UK & IE

Sarah Schaefer, VP Sustainability Europe, Electrolux

Fireside chat: The vision and technology behind a groundbreaking new genre

Ludvig Andersson, Producer, ABBA Voyage

Panel: No longer the same old song and dance – does music need to strike a different note and change the tune?

Carolin Alkegaard, Marketing Manager, Nettwerk Music Group

Ludvig Andersson, Producer, ABBA Voyage

Lucy Blair, Market Strategy & Operations Manager, Spotify UK & Ireland

Stefan Sporsén, Musician & Composer

Panel: Pushing the boundaries within sport for a level playing field

Jonas Eidevall, Head Coach, Arsenal WFC

Carolina Klüft, Olympic Champion & Operation Manager, Generation Pep

Peter Mattsson, Global Performance Director, Red Bull Athlete Performance Center

Fireside chat with State Secretary Håkan Jevrell: Reflecting on the trade and investment cooperation between Sweden and the UK

Håkan Jevrell, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Q&A: A new strategic partnership for bilateral trade and investment between Sweden and the UK

H.E. Judith Gough, The British Ambassador to Sweden

H.E. Stefan Gullgren, Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Håkan Jevrell, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Summary Reflections from our Masters of Ceremony

Hélène Barnekow., Partner, Ascension, and Master of Ceremonies

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

Closing remarks

Peter Jelkeby., Chair of Swedish Chamber of Commerce & UK&IE Country CEO & CSO at IKEA Group

Networking and drinks


Confirmed Speakers

Daniel Akenine

Daniel Akenine

National Technology Officer, Microsoft

Daniel Akenine is a physicist, lecturer, writer and former neuroscientist at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. He works for the Microsoft Technology Office with tech strategy and policy. In 2015 he was appointed to IASA Fellow and ranked as one of the top IT-architects worldwide. 2022 he was appointed by IDG and TechSverige as one of the 50 most influential in Swedish techindustry and in 2023 he was listed as one of the 10 most influential people in digitalization of the public sector in Sweden. Daniel is one of ten members in the National Digitalisation Council chaired by the Swedish Minister of Digitalisation and is also an established Swedish fiction writer with best-selling novels as well as non-fictions on technology.

Carolin Alkegaard

Carolin Alkegaard

Marketing Manager, Nettwerk Music Group

Carolin Alkegaard started her career in the Swedish TV and entertainment industry before heading over to the UK and joined the record label Nettwerk Music Group as Marketing Manager. She has been working with a diverse range of artists  in their creative journeys and building successful marketing campaigns with both international and Swedish artists such as Sarah Klang, Winona Oak and Elina. 

Ludvig Andersson

Ludvig Andersson

Producer, ABBA Voyage

With extensive experience in the music, theatre and film industry, Ludvig has worked on several global box office hits around the globe including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as well as the critically acclaimed And Then We Danced, The Circle and Yung Lean - In my head.
Originally a musician and artist, Ludvig is also the founder and head of RMV - a publishing, film and record company based in Stockholm. 


Hélène Barnekow.

Hélène Barnekow.

Partner, Ascension, and Master of Ceremonies

Hélène Barnekow has 30  years of experience from the tech industry. Prior to joining Ascension AS, Hélène has been CEO of Microsoft Sweden, between 2018 and 2022 and prior to that she was the CEO of Telia Sweden. Before moving to Stockholm she was based in Boston USA and held the position as SVP Global  Field & Partner Marketing at EMC.. She has also been assigned several leadership roles at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. During her career she has been awarded several awards and recognitions for her excellent leadership and her impact across companies and society. Hélène is part of the Board of Directors of GN Store Nord A/S , Handelsbanken AB and Voyado AB. In August 2019, Hélène launched her first book, Re:start, about values-based leadership in a ever changing world.” In November 2023, Re:start had its international launch as the book became available in English. 

Lucy Blair

Lucy Blair

Market Strategy & Operations Manager, Spotify UK & Ireland

Lucy is Market Strategy & Operations Manager at Spotify UK & Ireland, where she is responsible for business strategy, planning and insights, regional operating processes, and managing strategic cross-functional projects. She previously worked in Spotify's Music Team for 5 years, first leading Spotify's independent artist and label partnerships in the UK & Ireland, and then leading Music Team strategy and operations, industry partnerships and artist and industry education. 

With 13+ years of experience at the intersection of music and technology, Lucy has worked across marketing, partnerships and strategy at some of the music industry's leading companies, including The Orchard, Ministry of Sound and Involved Productions. 

Prof. Deeph Chana

Prof. Deeph Chana

Professor Imperial College London & Managing Director DIANA, NATO

Prof. Chana has joined DIANA as its first Managing Director, bringing with him extensive experience of leading innovative science and technology research and development in academia, industry and government, focusing on global risks and next generation infrastructure security. He is joining DIANA from Imperial College London where he was Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and Co-Director of the Centre for 
Financial Technology within Imperial College Business School. 

Prof. Chana is interested in low probability high impact events and their ramifications on sustainable security and resilience and has published on the use of machine learning methods for defensive and offensive cyber-physical security, developed advanced technologies for mitigating physical security risks and set national and international policy related to the security of space borne systems as part of the UK government. 

Prof. Chana has consulted and lectured worldwide with businesses and governments on the nature and implications of disruptive and emerging technologies, and he has several decades of experience in technology entrepreneurship, covering a wide range of applications spanning quantum cascade laser detectors to materials science.

Established by the current Secretary General, Prof. Chana was the founding Chair of NATO's Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies and is currently a high-level science advisor to the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Prof. Chana holds MSci and PhD degrees in Physics from King’s College London

Lisa Christie

Lisa Christie

Interim Country Manager UK, Vattenfall

Lisa has been Vattenfall’s UK Director of Public & Regulatory Affairs since April 2018, and was appointed Interim Country Manager in April 2023.  Her previous experience includes running the Public Affairs team at Centrica plc, working for public affairs consultancy Politics International, and a number of roles in Westminster working for the Liberal Democrat Party.

She is a corporate affairs expert with significant experience advising Board members and implementing integrated strategic corporate communications strategies.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she gained an undergraduate degree in Politics, and an MA in International Political Economy.

Katy Dowding

Katy Dowding

President & CEO, Skanska UK

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Katy has a wide breadth of experience across multiple building, infrastructure and service sectors, including defence, transportation, education, commercial office, light industrial and healthcare. 

Katy joined Skanska in 2003 in a senior commercial position on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Main Building project and then the redevelopment of Barts and The Royal London Hospitals.  

Wide-ranging roles in Skanska’s then telecoms utilities operating unit followed before Katy joined the facilities services business – first as operations director and taking on the role of managing director in 2012. 

Five years later, in 2017, she joined Skanska UK’s Executive Management Team, with responsibility for the building business and building services operation, which delivers facilities management and mechanical, electrical and public health engineering. 

A well-known figure in the UK construction industry, Katy sits on the industry-level Construction Productivity Taskforce. She was also a member of the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture board, overseeing the delivery of the London tunnels section of High Speed 2. A passionate advocate for greater inclusivity within the construction industry, Katy formerly held the role of Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for eight years and has also been the executive sponsor of Skanska UK’s Womxn’s and Pride LGBTQ+ employee networks.  

Jonas Eidevall

Jonas Eidevall

Head Coach, Arsenal WFC

Women’s sport is going through unprecedented growth and women’s football is leading the charge. With attendance, broadcast, sponsorship and investment records broken nearly every month, we’re witnessing a monumental shift. 

At the forefront of that change is Arsenal WFC and their manager, Jonas Eidevall. Arsenal have been a pioneer in the women’s game, being one of the first clubs to establish a women’s team in 1987 and have since become one of the most successful clubs in the world. 

At the helm of Arsenal is one of the game’s most exciting managers, Jonas Eidevall, whose imprint on the club has been unmistakable. In his only second season, he has led the club to Continental Cup trophy and UEFA Champions League semi-final for the first time in a decade. 

He has transformed the club culture to make Arsenal one of the most exciting, resilient and high performing teams in the sport. His opinions are regularly sought out by leading media outlets and he was one of BBC’s main pundits during UEFA Women’s Euros in 2022 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. Jonas has unique insight and expertise in areas of leadership, motivation, team building, winning culture and high performance.

Kristian Elvefors.

Kristian Elvefors.

Senior Advisor, Volvo Car UK

Kristian currently holds the position of Senior Advisor for Volvo Cars UK, a company he joined in 2002. 
Throughout his well-established and long-standing career, Kristian has built up a broad experience of the automotive industry as well as profound business expertise. His previous professional background includes responsibility for business development at Hertz, CEO at Sunfleet and consulting in strategy and business development.

A great passion and area of expertise of Kristian’s is to develop teams and individuals into a strong organisation with a challenging and inspiring culture. He has a proven track record of implementing new cultures, leading teams into new organisational sets, as well as transforming existing structures to meet the customer in future business models.

Volvo Cars is one of the most recognisable car brands in the world, with a presence in about 100 business markets. The global company focuses on innovation, safety technology, connectivity and pursuing an all-electric future.

Carl Benedikt Frey

Carl Benedikt Frey

Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Carl Benedikt Frey is the Dieter Schwartz Associate Professor of AI & Work at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow of Mansfield College, University of Oxford (from May 2023). He is also Director of the Future of Work Programme and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at the Oxford Martin School.

​After studying economics, history, and management at Lund University, Frey completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2011. He subsequently joined the Oxford Martin School where he founded the programme on the Future of Work. Between 2012 and 2014, he was teaching at the Department of Economic History at Lund University.

​In 2012, Frey became an Economics Associate of Nuffield College and Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, both University of Oxford. He remains an Associate Fellow of the Department of Economic History at Lund University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2019, he joined the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, as well as the Bretton Woods Committee. And between 2020 and 2022, he was a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) – a multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, hosted by the OECD.

​Frey has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government, and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and several Fortune 500 companies. He is also an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and the Wall Street Journal, where he has written on the economics of artificial intelligence, the history of technology, the future of cities, and remote work.  

Dr. Katarina Gospic

Dr. Katarina Gospic

Brain Researcher, Medical Doctor, Physiologist, Author, Lecturer, Entrepreneur and ESG expert

Katarina Gospic, a renowned physiologist, MD, PhD, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker who is passionate about simplifying complex scientific concepts to make them accessible to everyone. With over a decade of experience working with the latest technologies in fields like education, health, and proptech, Katarina has become a sought-after expert in the intersection of digitalisation and the human brain and its potential to drive innovation and sustainability. She has worked with technologies like VR, AR and AI and explored the power of visualization to simplify advanced information. At present she works as Head of ESG at Corporate Real estate Offices for a fashion company fusing the environmental aspects with human wellbeing and performance. 

Katarina is a prolific author, having penned eight popular science books, and has been honored with prestigious awards such as the Mensa Award, Super Talent, and Super Communicator. As a twenty-nine-year-old, she hosted an episode of Summer on P1, the most popular radio show in Sweden and in 2015 she became one of the new faces who got to adorn the "Stockholm Hall of Fame" at Arlanda airport. Her groundbreaking brain research has been featured in The New York Times, and she is frequently invited to share her insights on the latest advancements in the media.

H.E. Judith Gough

H.E. Judith Gough

The British Ambassador to Sweden

Judith Gough became the British Ambassador to Sweden in August 2019. From 2015 to 2019 she was British Ambassador to Ukraine.

Ms Gough joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2001 and has been engaged with Eastern Europe and Central Asia for over 20 years, previously serving as Director for the region and Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Tbilisi. Ms Gough has also served in the British Embassy in Seoul and, prior to joining the FCO, worked as a consultant at Ernst and Young, in Emerging Markets and Financial Services.

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.

H.E. Stefan Gullgren

H.E. Stefan Gullgren

Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Stefan Gullgren became the Ambassador of Sweden to the UK in August 2023 having most recently served in Warsaw as Sweden’s Ambassador to Poland. Previously, Stefan has served as Sweden’s Ambassador in Kyiv, held various positions at Sweden’s embassy in Moscow as well as different roles within the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.

James Heath

James Heath

CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

The NIC advises the UK Government on long-term strategy and policy for economic infrastructure, covering digital, transport, energy, water and wastewater, waste and flood risk management. Previously, James was Director, Digital Infrastructure at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), responsible for advising Ministers on broadband, mobile and telecoms security policy, and overseeing the UK’s £200m million 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. 
Prior to joining the UK Government, James was Director, Policy at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), responsible for public policy, government relations and regulation. 

Christian Hedelin

Christian Hedelin

Chief Strategy Officer, Saab

He joined Saab November 1, 2018 and has a background from the telecommunications industry, where he worked more than 20 years for Ericsson. He started as a design engineer within Ericsson Radar electronics (now a part of BA Surveillance) and has since then held various positions within Ericsson, including R&D, Product Management and Sales divisions. Between 2014 and 2018, Christian was Head of Strategy for Ericsson’s Network division.

Christian was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1969. He holds a Master of Science degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and a Master of Business Administration from School of Economics and Commercial Law from Gothenburg University.

Dr. Valerie Jamieson

Dr. Valerie Jamieson

Development Manager, The Fusion Cluster, UK Atomic Energy Authority

Valerie manages The Fusion Cluster, bringing the right organisations and people together to get to the breakthrough of the fusion going faster. She joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 2021 after many years at New Scientist and has a PhD in particle physics from the University of Glasgow. 

Peter Jelkeby.

Peter Jelkeby.

Chair of Swedish Chamber of Commerce & UK&IE Country CEO & CSO at IKEA Group

Peter began his IKEA career as a part-time self-serve co-worker in the Gothenburg store. Since then he has worked all over the IKEA world, in Trading and Purchasing in Russia followed by a move to Vietnam, joining the IKEA Asia-Pacific team. In 2000, he joined IKEA UK and Ireland and held several positions including Store Manger IKEA Lakeside, Marketing Manager, Sales and Communications Manager and Deputy Retail Manager. Prior, Peter spent nine years at Clas Ohlson AB, where he held various roles including acting CEO, Executive Vice President/COO as well as Director of Operations.

Håkan Jevrell

Håkan Jevrell

State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Between 2020-2022 Mr. Jevrell was Ambassador and Special Envoy on Organised Crime. Having previously served as Sweden’s Ambassador to Singapore between 2013-2018 and as Sweden’s representative in Taiwan 2018-2020, State Secretary Jevrell has extensive experience of promoting Swedish exports to Asia. He has served twice as State Secretary to the Minister of Defence between 2007-2010 and 2010-2012. He has also served as Political Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as Justice Officer in the Moderate Party Parliamentary Secretariat.

State Secretary Jevrell has a degree in law from Stockholm and Hannover universities and has also served as a Public Prosecutor in Stockholm (Västerort). He is also a Reserve Officer in the Swedish Navy, holding the rank of Captain.


Carolina Klüft

Carolina Klüft

Olympic Champion & Operation Manager, Generation Pep

Carolina Klüft was the world's best heptathlete for almost a decade. She still holds the European record of 7,032 points in heptathlon as well as the junior world record. At the age of 22, she became the youngest athlete to win all five international gold medals: Olympic, World Championships (indoor and outdoor) and European Championships (indoor and outdoor). Now she is still a “multieventer” even outside of sport.

She is first and foremost the Operations manager for the organization Generation Pep. Generation Pep is a non-profit organization working to give children and young people the opportunity and will to live active and healthy lives. The organization has existed since 2016, when it was founded through an initiative by the Swedish Crown Princess Couple. Together with actors from all of society, businesses, organizations, government authorities, and private individuals, we want to ensure that all children, regardless of where they live and who they are, remain as healthy as possible, which is also one of the tenants of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Christian von Koenigsegg

Christian von Koenigsegg

Founder and CEO, Koenigsegg Automotive

Christian von Koenigsegg founded Koenigsegg Automotive in 1994 when he was only 22 years old. He is the CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive, an organization defined by its production of exclusive and bespoke performance cars and its commitment to innovation and technology.  Koenigsegg has been awarded accolades in design, technology, business development and vehicle performance but it is probably best known for its world-record-breaking hypercars.
Koenigsegg currently produces the 2 seater hyper car “Jesko” and will begin production of the 4 seater mega car “Gemera” in 2024.
As a hands on CEO, Christian supervises and heavily influences the design, development and production of vehicles at its factory in Ängelholm, Sweden.

Halldora von Koenigsegg

Halldora von Koenigsegg

COO, Koenigsegg Automotive

Halldora von Koenigsegg was born in Sweden 1976 and later graduated with a marketing and economics degree from IUU. Halldora was the marketing and sales manager at "Award Hardwood Flooring Europé" between 1997-2000 before she joined her husband Christian to what was at the time a newly started Koenigsegg Automotive AB. Today Halldora is the COO of Koenigsegg Automotive, an organization defined by its production of exclusive and bespoke performance cars and its commitment to innovation and technology.  
Koenigsegg has been awarded accolades in design, technology, business development and vehicle performance but it is probably best known for its world-record-breaking hypercars.
Koenigsegg currently produces the 2 seater hyper car “Jesko” and will begin production of the 4 seater mega car “Gemera” in 2024.

Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas

Sustainability Manager, IKEA Group UK & IE

Greg Lucas is the Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for the integration of the retailer’s People & Planet Positive strategy across the value chain. To fulfil our vision and become People & Planet Positive by 2030, our current focus areas are: to become a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030, enable the many people to live healthier and more sustainable lives within the limits of one planet, and by 2030, to create a positive social impact for everyone across the value chain. He has worked for 15 years in various sustainability roles with a specialism in developing a circular economy.

Peter Mattsson

Peter Mattsson

Global Performance Director, Red Bull Athlete Performance Center

Peter Mattsson is the Global Performance Director for Red Bull Athlete Performance Center. The World of Red Bull involves, among other things, some 850 individually sponsored athletes, football teams, ice hockey teams, a sailing team, a moto GP team and of course, the very successful Oracle Red Bull Racing Team. Two performance centers, in Salzburg and in Los Angeles, provide support to accelerate the performance of these athletes.

Before joining Red Bull APC Peter was the Managing Director of a project called #elitesports2030 involving the Swedish Sports Confederation, the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Swedish Paralympic Committee. Peter has a background in golf where he has worked for the English Golf Union as well as the Swedish Golf Federation. Peter is a long term member of the board of the Swedish Sports Research Council and currently he is also a board member of the Mid Sweden University.

Peter Roos

Peter Roos

CEO, Novatron

In the last 20 years, Peter has been involved in the building tech companies, performing business development, and implementing operational excellence in high tech companies with a focus on improving their effectiveness, efficiency and creativity. Visualizing value streams and dependencies within organizations and between projects and systems have been common in many of the assignments and solutions created by his companies.

Peter is currently the CEO at Novatron, a company developing a fusion reactor based upon the invention made by Jan Jäderberg. The reactor is a mirror machine with a novel solution for stable, plasma confinement. This capability is the last, missing piece required for being able to build commercially viable fusion reactors.  

Sarah Schaefer

Sarah Schaefer

VP Sustainability Europe, Electrolux

Sarah Schaefer leads sustainability for business area Europe for Electrolux Group. She previously held senior leadership roles in sustainability both at Unilever and Mars. Prior to that she was a Special Adviser in the British Government for David Miliband, first at the Department for the Environment and then the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Stefan Sporsén

Stefan Sporsén

Musician & Composer

Stefan Sporsén is a musician and composer with trumpet and piano as main instruments. His track record includes 22 years as sideman for major Swedish artist Håkan Hellström, including the biggest concerts ever held in Scandinavia, and 11 years as musical director for the most popular TV show on Swedish Television: ”På Spåret”, amongst numerous other tv-appearances and tours.

As a composer, Sporsén has written music for TV drama series, motion pictures and theaters, as well as for his own alternative rock band Nurse and the jazz band Quartet. His solo trumpet has been heard alongside The Tallest Man On Earth, José Gonzalez, Veronica Maggio, First Aid Kit, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and many more. Through his band ”Augustifamiljen” he has performed together with the greater majority of major Swedish artists. 

Tom Standage

Tom Standage

Deputy Editor, The Economist and Editor of The World Ahead

Tom Standage is Deputy Editor of The Economist and editor of its future-gazing annual, The World Ahead. He joined The Economist as science correspondent in 1998 and was subsequently appointed technology editor, business editor and digital editor. He is the author of seven history books, including “Writing on the Wall” (2013), “The Victorian Internet” (1998) and the New York Times bestsellers “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” (2005) and “An Edible History of Humanity” (2009). His latest book, “A Brief History of Motion”, was published in 2021. Tom studied engineering and computer science at Oxford University and has written for other publications including the New York Times, the Guardian and Wired, taking a particular interest in technology's social and historical impact.

Ida Svensson

Ida Svensson

Transformation Manager New Food, Tetra Pak

Ida has 18 years of experience from all of Tetra Pak’s businesses areas; Packaging, Processing and Services. She is a senior leader who has covered a lot of different areas and perspectives – food production, digitalization, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain Development, Portfolio Management and Business development. Through her career it has been essential to drive change and development, both from an operational and a business point of view. 

Ida is passionate about transforming the way we work and live our lives from a sustainability perspective. She is a multi-player with an innovative mindset and positive attitude, always ready to take on new challenges. She collaborates across geographies, organizations, and levels. In her current role as Transformation Manager New Food, she drives internal and external transformation activities, to position Tetra Pak as a key player within this area. Ida is a spokesperson for the company related to New Food. 

Ida holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management. 

Jakob Trollbäck

Jakob Trollbäck

Founder of The New Division & Trollbäck + Company - the main architect behind the communication language for the United Nation's 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals

Jakob Trollbäck started the award-winning design studio Trollbäck + Company in New York in 1999. Fifteen years later, after creating the Sustainable Development Goals for the UN, Jakob realized that he could use his commercial communication skills to advocate for important causes, including justice, climate action, biodiversity, quality education, and gender equality. Together with Hannah Boman, he opened a sister company in Stockholm in 2017. The New Division is a progressive agency devoted to communicating the benefits of sustainable thinking and methods. TND believes that in a world of increasing complexity, there's an urgent need for a better interface that makes our complex challenges easier to understand. Their first project was to make all the 169 targets of the SDG agenda easier to understand.

A few years later, frustrated with the lack of progress on the SDGs, The New Division teamed up with two non-profit partners and initiated the Inner Development Goals, a framework that lifts the inner skills we need to meet the SDGs, transform all lives and build a prosperous and peaceful world. 

Jakob believes that there is a strict connection between sustainability and mathematics and that we have run the world on defective equations for too long. He thinks of sustainability as finding the most elegant equations.


Fredrik Warneryd.

Fredrik Warneryd.

Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Fredrik Warneryd is the Chief Executive for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, one of the largest and most active foreign chambers in the UK. Prior to joining the Chamber, Fredrik held many leading positions in the City of London. With more than 25 years of experience within the Nordic teams of French Banque Paribas, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, UBS and Credit Suisse, he has earned extensive knowledge and expertise in both the UK and Nordic markets. 

This is Outer Thinking 

On 1 December, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK welcomed 20+ speakers to the Swedish-British summit 2022. The summit gathered business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and academics from both Sweden and the United Kingdom to discuss the greater trends we are facing. Addressing the new security order and the fragile confidence in governments to the need of soft power leadership and the fight for talents and innovation as well as how we together can tackle a world in constant change.

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