Tech Forum 2024 - Embracing The Unknown

13 June, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Venue TBC, Central London

Technological advancements accelerating at an extraordinary pace has ignited a sense of uncertainty surrounding the future. The impact of this technological evolution looms large on both society and humanity, leaving us asking ourselves - how do we break new ground and navigate this unexplored terrain responsibly? 

Join us at Tech Forum 2024, for a thought-provoking evening where we deep dive into the complexities of the technological landscape currently unfolding – and meet with key stakeholders embracing its opportunities. 

With panel-discussions exploring a broad spectrum of tech-related topics – from governance and regulation to cybersecurity, tech-investments, and resilience strategies – we aim to spark dialogue, ignite collaboration, and bring forward solutions breaking new ground at the intersection of technology and society.

Together, let’s explore what lies ahead and how can prepare ourselves and our organisations for the challenges, and opportunities of tomorrow.

About the forum

Tech Forum is a platform for Swedish-British business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics to meet, learn and discuss. Celebrating the best of the latest in technology from across the North Sea, whether it's artificial intelligence, blockchain or virtual reality (and beyond) - the forum features leading experts at global success stories, exciting entrepreneurs and challengers alongside passionate purse-string partners.

See programme from the 2023 edition of Tech Forum


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SCC member price: £55
YP member price: £55
Non-member price: £165


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Hélène Barnekow.

Hélène Barnekow.

Gaia Leadership

Hélène Barnekow has 30 years of experience from the tech industry. Currently a partner of Gaia Leadership and part of the board of Directors of GN Store Nord A/S , Handelsbanken AB and Voyado AB. She is also the Chair of Mindler AB and Vice Chair of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. Hélène has been the 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. In August 2019, Hélène launched her first book, Re:start, about values-based leadership in a ever changing world.” In November 2023, the book had its international launch as the book became available in English under the name “Power with Meaning”.

Sandra Barouta Elvin

Sandra Barouta Elvin


Sandra Barouta Elvin is the National Security Officer for Microsoft in Sweden and has 20+ years’ experience working in information and cyber security in both the private as well as the public sector. Before joining Microsoft in 2020, Sandra was heading the IT Security and digital risk management unit at the H&M Group.

Matthew Blakemore.

Matthew Blakemore.

AI Caramba!

Matthew Blakemore is a prominent AI strategist with over a decade of experience inventing and delivering AI solutions. He's recognised for his innovative prowess and leadership in digital transformation. Honoured with the U.K. Business Tech Visionary Award, he significantly contributes to the AI sector, notably through his strategic role in the Innovate UK Bridge AI Program. His expertise shines in various arenas, including speaking at prestigious events and creatively merging AI with film production. His AI film creations have been selected for film festivals and won IMDb qualifying awards, they’ve also been given prominence by the European 
Broadcasting Union and VRT. His instrumental work with the International Standards Organisation (ISO), contributing to AI standards including as sub-editor of the now globally approved AI Data Lifecycle Standard (8183), underscore his commitment to ethical AI implementation. As CEO of AI Caramba!, his extensive background empowers organisations to harness AI effectively, marking him as a pivotal figure in AI innovation and application

Arba Kokalari

Arba Kokalari

Member of the European Parliament

Since the 2019 election, Arba Kokalari has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Moderate Party. In the European Parliament, Arba works to deepen the digital single market, promote increased trade and a circular economy, and safeguard freedom and human rights in Europe and around the world. Arba sits on the Internal Market and Foreign Affairs Committees, and is the vice-group leader in the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She also sits on the European Parliament's US Delegation, the Delegation to Belarus, and the Eastern Partnership Countries.

Arba was born in 1986, from Stockholm, and has previously worked in communication for several Swedish technology companies, run her own business, worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and with democracy assistance in Eastern Europe. She has also served as the International Secretary for the Moderate Youth Association and as a municipal politician in the City of Stockholm.

Charlotta Kvarnström

Charlotta Kvarnström


Charlotta is a client and market focused senior executive with more than 25 years of global and Nordic Consulting experience within the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry. She has a proven business track record ranging from market- and business development, sales, and strategic client advisory to large and global transformation programs, and outsourcing solutions. 

Charlotta is a lifelong learner and is truly passionate about and skilled in leadership, partnerships, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and future of work. She believes a culture built on holistic thinking and continuous learning will outperform the ordinary, and by fostering an inclusive environment we facilitate diversity of thought, which spur innovative solutions and drive competitive advantage. 

Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall


Peter has  held various roles in Telecommunications over 25 years working with Operators, Suppliers , Research Bodies and Start-ups to develop their business. Working with Ericsson, he is a frequent public speaker and communicator to cross-functional business audiences about 5G use cases and products from around the world.

He regularly takes part in major speaking events and lead high profile demonstrations on leading edge technology linked to 5G and beyond. He is  regarded as a unique highly informed communicator with effective visionary skills who has developed various ecosystems centred around 5G.

Anna-Karin Rosén

Anna-Karin Rosén

Saab UK

Anna-Karin is the Managing Director of Saab UK Ltd. Before moving to London in February 2024, Anna has enjoyed a long career with Saab that included 12 years in aeronautical engineering as well as various international postings in Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Bangkok and Oslo. 

Before starting her Saab career in 1999, Anna worked briefly as a civilian in the Swedish Air Force and spent four years in Washington DC as a diplomat. At Saab Anna first worked for 12 years in the Aeronautics’ development and engineering departments, specializing in System Safety & Reliability for fighter aircraft. In 2011, Anna moved with her family to Bangkok where she held the position of Country Manager Thailand for Saab Aeronautics. This was followed in 2014 with a Marketing & Sales position as Head of Gripen sales campaigns for Market Area Middle East & Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa. Between 2017 and 2024 Anna held various positions in the United Arab Emirates, of which the last two years were as CEO of Saab UAE, including Saab’s development and production entity Saab Ltd as well as the Joint Venture Saab Middle East LLC. 

Anna has attained university degrees in Mechanical Engineering (MSc), Business Administration (BSc) and HTO (BSc; Human, Technology, Organisation). She is married to Hans and they have three daughters.

Dr. Yoge Patel

Dr. Yoge Patel

BlueBear - A Saab Company

Dr. Yoge Patel has an expertise in responsible for business growth strategy, business plan, IP strategy, high-value propositions, client liaison and core capability management.  She has a reputation for tenacious, resourceful and dynamic leadership in fast moving environments. Proven, hands-on experience of catalysing and inculcating new practice at company and UK level. In addition to this, she is a renowned innovator and visionary in field of autonomous and AI enabled systems. She is currently a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ex QinetiQ Fellow and ex-Fellow of Cranfield University.

Previously to this she has been the Business and Technical lead for Air Programmes (manned and unmanned) in Government Labs and QinetiQ, Led UK-EU and UK-US collaborations with a focus on Fast Jets, Unmanned Combat Air Systems, Innovation and Autonomy. Her reputation reveals a great mind for winning business and building multidisciplinary teams at pace. Dr. Yoge is an experienced member of UK Boards that define and implement strategies for Defence & Security, MOD Commercial, Innovation, Funding, Academia. 

See highlights from Tech Forum 2023

On 24 May, the Chamber invited some 200 delegates and 20+ speakers to discuss "The Age of AI" at Tech Forum 2023. Relive some of the highlights as we're looking forward to inviting you to the 2024 edition of Tech Forum. 

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