Swedish-British Summit 2020: Outer Thinking

3 December, 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Virtual, London

Sweden and Britain celebrate centuries of friendship and trade, and our business and political spheres are tightly interlinked as a result of it. At the Swedish-British Summit 2020 we look at our joint future ahead, the challenges, and how we can learn from each other. “Outer Thinking” is about 21st century leadership, bringing together business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and academics from both Sweden and the United Kingdom, to address the greater trends facing us, from tech to climate change, the future workforce or global trade.

This is Outer Thinking

In a world where brands and businesses, business models and processes are constantly challenged and disrupted at a rapid pace, what makes good, sustainable and successful leadership? At this half-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. 

At your service will be leading speakers from both Britain and Sweden, from both business and the political sphere. Join some of the greatest thinkers on both sides of the North Sea, and discuss 21st century leadership.

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SCC member price: Free
YP member price: Free
Non-member rate: £90

Special rates

Members of partnering organisations: £45

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Bookings are non-refundable, but at the discretion of the organiser, you can change the name of the person attending. For this, please contact events@scc.org.uk.

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Peter Sandberg., Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Outer thinking and 21st century leadership

Hélène Barnekow., CEO, Microsoft Sweden

Keynote: The Swedish-British relationship

Keynote: Redefining personal mobility

Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Cars

Panel: The transformation revolution

The technological revolution is nothing new, but with the pandemic the future arrived early for many businesses and society at large. In a world of increasing trade barriers, the financial crisis in the aftermath of the pandemic outbreak - how are we tackling the impact of this sudden post-pandemic transformation, and what’s next? Where’s the vision, and how do we lead?

Polly Toynbee, Columnist, The Guardian

Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Cars

Mats Persson, Former Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

Peter Fellman, Editor in Chief, Dagens industri and Business Manager Di-gruppen

Nik Gowing, Director and Founder of Thinking the Unthinkable

Panel: The green game-changer

Experts and policymakers across the spectre have raised the need for refuelling the economy lead by green initiatives. Is it the dawning of a green game-changer? How can business and society jointly achieve sustainable impact, and dare we say, save the planet?

Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg, Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainability, Investor AB

Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator

Madeleine Thomson, Interim Head, Our Planet, Our Health and Senior Science Lead, Climate Change and Health, Wellcome Trust

Gabriel Mellqvist, Reporter, Dagens industri

Keynote: The new leadership

Lisa Lindström, CEO, Doberman

Panel: The next generation challenge

With the rise of the millennial generation and technology, not the least in the wake of the pandemic, redefining the workforce of the future, what will be expected of the employers of the future? How do we define purpose, and create an inclusive environment?

Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Josh Hardie, Deputy Director General, CBI

Susanna Campbell, Non-executive Director for Kinnevik AB

Daniel Franklin, Executive and Diplomatic Editor, The Economist

Keynote: Technology shaping the global society

Pippa Malmgren, Founder, H Robotics, and former US Presidential Advisor

Panel: The technological uprising

With technology being one of the major influences of leadership in the 21st century so far, what will change after times of disruption and an exponential increase in technological dependence? And as tech has become the underlying driver for change and efficiency in the shift from traditional leadership, how do we balance and ensure its benefits for society-at-large?

Oscar Berglund, CEO, Trustly

Humam Sakhnini, President, King

Rikard Steiber, General Manager Einride USA

Aurore Belfrage, Partner, SusTechable, and Senior Advisor, AI Innovation of Sweden

Closing remarks

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



Hélène Barnekow.

Hélène Barnekow.

CEO, Microsoft Sweden

Hélène Barnekow has more than 25 years of experience from the IT and Telecom industry. Prior to joining Microsoft in December 2018, Hélène worked as the CEO of the Telco company, Telia Sweden. Earlier in her career she was Head of Field & Partner Marketing at EMC in Boston, USA, where she was awarded several grants for her excellent leadership and marketing achievements. She has also been assigned several leadership roles at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Hélène is part of the Board of Directors of GN Store Nord A/S and Kindred Group plc. In August 2019, Hélène launched her first book, Re:start, about valued-based leadership in a ever changing world.

Aurore Belfrage

Aurore Belfrage

Partner, SusTechable, and Senior Advisor, AI Innovation of Sweden

Tech entrepreneur, political advisor and investor Aurore Belfrage spends her time in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and international affairs. She’s an Industrial Advisor to Europe’s leading PE house EQT, she’s a syndicated columnist with leading Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) and a contributor to Politico, she writes, vlogs and hosts a podcast on pressing issues like the environment, geopolitics, ethics, governance and labor/future of work. Born in London, raised partly there as well as in Saudi and Sweden, with previous lives in venture capital with EQT Ventures, scrap dealing at Stena Metall, speechwriting and attempts at stand up comedy.

Oscar Berglund

Oscar Berglund

CEO, Trustly

Oscar joined Trustly in 2013 as CFO and was appointed CEO in 2016. He started his career at Goldman Sachs where he spent close to five years in the Investment Banking Division and Financing Group based in London and Moscow. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Portfolio Manager at Alpcot Capital Management where he was part of the team that developed and launched Europe’s first actively managed equity ETF.

Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell

Non-executive Director for Kinnevik AB

Sanna is an active early stage investor, advisor and board professional with a long background in private equity investing and she was appointed Sweden’s most influential business woman by VA in 2012. She was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Norrsken’s investment operations (Impact Tech focus), where she today is senior advisor. Sanna is also an Industrial advisor, Board member and an early investor in Northvolt, (one of Sweden’s latest unicorns) accelerating the move to a climate neutral transport sector through the manufacturing of the greenest batteries in the world. She is also chairman and co-owner of Babyshop Group, Röhnisch Sportswear and Ljung & Sjöberg, as well as a Board member of listed companies Kinnevik and Indutrade.

Peter Fellman

Peter Fellman

Editor in Chief, Dagens industri and Business Manager Di-gruppen

Peter Fellman is Editor in Chief at Dagens Industri (2009-2015, and resumed in 2018-), and Business Manager for Di-gruppen. During the period 2015-2018 Peter was stationed in New York as the senior US-correspondent for Dagens industri. Prior to joining Bonnier Peter has worked for Reuters, Yle, Finska Notisbyrån and Jakobstads Tidning. Unknown to most Peter holds a Master of Education from Åbo Academy.

Daniel Franklin

Daniel Franklin

Executive and Diplomatic Editor, The Economist

Daniel Franklin is Executive and Diplomatic Editor of The Economist. Since 2003 he has also been Editor of The Economist's annual publication, The World in..., which focuses on the year ahead. His book on long-term trends, Megachange: The World in 2050, was published in 2012; Megatech: Technology in 2050 followed in 2017. Mr Franklin joined The Economist in 1983 to write about Easterm Europe. He has been Europe Editor, Britain Editor, Washington Bureau Chief, Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Editor-in-Chief of Economist.com and the newspaper’s Business Affairs Editor. He chairs The Economist Educational Foundation.
Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing

Director and Founder of Thinking the Unthinkable

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.
Josh Hardie

Josh Hardie

Deputy Director General, CBI

An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning  work. Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards. Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability. Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behaviour change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.


Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg

Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg

Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainability, Investor AB

Viveka has a long background in finance and banking and is the Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainability at Investor AB, the largest industrial holding company in Northern Europe. She joined Investor in 2018 and has been instrumental in gearing up Investor’s sustainability work.  In addition, Viveka chair’s Misum, a multi-disciplinary research center for sustainable markets at Stockholm School of Economics.  Prior to Investor, Viveka worked for close to 30 years at the bank SEB, where she the last 10 years was the Head of Corporate Communication & Marketing and a member of the Group Executive Committee. She also chaired the bank’s Group Sustainability Committee.

Lisa Lindström

Lisa Lindström

CEO, Doberman

Lisa is the co-founder of the design firm Doberman. Under her leadership, Doberman has been appointed Sweden’s best firm in the industry, Sweden’s best workplace, and one of Sweden’s most innovative companies. Known for unorthodox innovation methodologies and unique perspectives on both employee empowerment and customer experience, Lisa has become one of Sweden’s strongest voices for the power of innovative business and leadership to impact society. 

Pippa Malmgren

Pippa Malmgren

Founder, H Robotics, and former US Presidential Advisor

Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren is an economist and an award-winning author. She is the Chairman of The BSI subcommittee on drone manufacturing standards (ACE 22) and lecturer in the Duke Fuqua Global MBA program. She was a co-founder of @H_Robotics, a firm that won the 2020 CogX award for most innovative autonomous vehicles for industry. She won both the 2019 Business Book of the Year for The Leadership Lab and the 2020 Independent Press Award. She has been named a leading Woman in Tech by We Are Tech Women and the top 50 Women in Tech by AccelerateHer. She connects the dots, bringing together insights about markets, politics, policy, tech and geopolitics that signal important and investable trends. She was an economic advisor to President George W Bush in the White House and served on the National Economic Council.

Gabriel Mellqvist

Gabriel Mellqvist

Reporter, Dagens industri

Gabriel Mellqvist is a Swedish journalist working for Dagens industri. During his twelve year long career at the financial newspaper, he has for instance covered American business and politics as a New York correspondent, as well as worked as a UK Correspondent in London. He has previously anchored the TV-show Börslunch on Stockholm-based broadcaster EFN, Ekonomi- och Finansnyheterna. He has also worked for Reuters and has also co-authored the book United Stockholms of America.

Fraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson

Editor, The Spectator

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.
Frances O'Grady

Frances O'Grady

General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Frances has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. She has been employed in a range of jobs from shop work to the voluntary sector. Before the TUC, Frances worked for the Transport and General Workers Union where she worked on successful campaigns to stop the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board and for the introduction of a national minimum wage, equal pay for women, and on a range of industrial wage claims.

Jan Olsson.

Jan Olsson.

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

Jan joined Deutsche Bank in 1988 and has held several positions within M&A, Structured Finance and Corporate Finance. He holds a BA from Pomona College, an MBA from Wharton, an MA from University of Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics.

Mats Persson

Mats Persson

Former Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

Mats Persson is a Partner at EY (Ernst & Young), currently sitting in its transactions and strategy business, having previously been the head of its International Trade, Economic and Policy Unit. He has been an advisor in both No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, having been the Chief of Staff to former Chancellor Sajid Javid and Special Advisor to former Prime Minister David Cameron 2015-16. He was the Director of the think-tank Open Europe 2010-15, a co-founder of Open Europe Berlin gGmbH and has also worked for a political consulting firm in Washington DC. A regular media commentator, he has written extensively on trade, EU and economic policy amongst other topics.

Humam Sakhnini

Humam Sakhnini

President, King

Humam Sakhnini has served as President of King since January 2019, after three years as Chief Financial Officer / Chief Strategy Officer. Humam was previously at Activision Blizzard for six years, where he held the position of Chief Strategy and Talent Officer.

Håkan Samuelsson

Håkan Samuelsson

President and CEO, Volvo Cars

Håkan Samuelsson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars. Mr Samuelsson was appointed in October 2012 and is overseeing the transformation of the company into a global car maker and leader in safety, autonomous driving and connectivity. Following an MSc in mechanical engineering, Håkan Samuelsson started his career in 1977 at the Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, holding several leading technical positions. In 1996 he joined the executive team, responsible for development and production. In 2000, he brought his vast experience to Germany’s MAN, becoming CEO in 2005 and implementing a broad restructuring of the group.

Peter Sandberg.

Peter Sandberg.

Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Peter Sandberg is Managing Director at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since 2018. He holds an MSc in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and has previously worked in press and communications roles at the Swedish Embassy and Chamber of Commerce in London respectively. He has worked at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City as Director of Program and VP, and when returning to London, joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association where he was part of the management team in his role as Director of Commercial Development & Membership.
Rikard Steiber

Rikard Steiber

General Manager Einride USA

Rikard is currently running US operations for Autonomous Electric Transport company Einride. Former President of Viveport and SVP of Virtual Reality at HTC, built Viveport which is the world’s first and only “Netflix of VR” subscription service. Before joining HTC, Rikard successfully built up several international businesses in Video on Demand and eSports, as the CEO for MTGx. At Google, he was Global Marketing Director of Ads, Mobile and Social Advertising and prior to this ran marketing for all Google’s products in Europe. Rikard is the founder of Europe's largest Women in Tech event. He is a future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic.

Madeleine Thomson

Madeleine Thomson

Interim Head, Our Planet, Our Health and Senior Science Lead, Climate Change and Health, Wellcome Trust

Madeleine previously held senior research positions at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She also served as director of the IRI/PAHO-WHO Collaborating Centre on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and Other Climate-Sensitive Diseases. Madeleine originally trained as a field entomologist. She spent much of her early career doing operational research to support large-scale health interventions, mainly in Africa. She was educated at the University of Sheffield (BSc), Imperial College London (MSc) and the University of Liverpool (PhD). 

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

Columnist, The Guardian

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