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Ambassador of Sweden to the United States of America
Managing Director, Economic Policy and Analysis, Deloitte
Vice President, Head of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), Director, Ministry for Industry and Trade working primarily in the trade policy, trade & investment promotion and EU Single Market fields as well as represented the Swedish government at various embassies around the world. Currently Mr. Pehrsson is on the board of a number of organizations such as the Swedish Foreign Trade Association (Chairman), the Swedish IT and Telecom Industries, the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). He is also Vice-chair of the Trade & Investment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Chair of theComputer/Telecom Group as well as the Trade Policy Group of ICC Sweden, Mr. Pehrsson holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO, Skanska Infrastructure Development
Before taking over as Business Unit President, Mr. Henriksson was the EVP for Skanska Infrastructure Development in the USA. Prior to this he was Business Unit President for Skanska Latin America with the assignment to close down the operation. He has over 20 years’ experience from Skanska, as CFO for Skanska USA Civil, Skanska Infrastructure Development, and Skanska Sweden.
Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction and project development companies, focused on selected home markets in the Nordic region, other European countries and North America. The Group currently has about 41,000 employees. Skanska’s sales in 2016 totaled SEK 151 billion.
Professor, Center for Strategy and Competitiveness, Stockholm School of Economics
Ms. Robin Teigland is Professor of Business Administration, especially strategic information at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Program Director for SSE’s PhD Program. Ms. Teigland’s research interests reside at the intersection of strategy, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and focus on how the internet, social media, virtual worlds (3D internet), and other emerging technologies such as 3D printing enable communities to create value outside of a firm’s traditional boundaries as well as challenge long-standing institutional structures and the impact of internet on society.
Professor Robin Teigland is frequently interviewed about her research by Swedish and international media and she is a globally sought after speaker. She is also active and influential among social media users, with over 300 000 views on Slideshare and several times nominated one of the Global Top 50 Business Professors on Twitter. In her free time, she loves to SUP (stand up paddle) on her Von Orange board in the Stockholm archipelago. Robin has five children, from whom she is constantly learning.
Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Technology & Emerging Business of Sales Ericsson
President and CEO, Organization for International Investment
Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup
EVP Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Former Press Secretary Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Lobbyist, Principal Ogilvy Government Relations
Vice President Communications and Public Affairs Swedish Match
Mr. Patrik Hildingsson is Vice President, Group Public Affairs, of Swedish Match AB. He has special responsibility for public relations in Europe, focusing on the regulatory situation for smoke-free products in the EU. In 2004, Hildingsson was vice president in charge of business development for Swedish Match North America. Before that, he spent 12 years in a variety of marketing roles, including head of marketing for the smokefree division of Swedish Match, Northern Europe.
Fellow and Director, Strategic Partnerships & Global Initiatives, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
At the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Marek Gootman is responsible for bridging “think tank” perspective and “real world” action, focused on the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas. This work addresses topics such as regional and state economic development strategies, workforce, manufacturing, innovation, exports and foreign investment, infrastructure, and governance. His activities encompass policy research and development, demonstration projects, peer learning networks, and outreach. For the Global Cities Initiative, which helps metro areas strengthen international economic connections and competitiveness, Gootman leads efforts to advance adoption of Brookings’ ideas nationwide, engaging a coalition of business, political, and civic leaders in more than 30 metros and 20 states.
Author and Founding Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Mr. Tom Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool with his brother David in 1993. He now serves as its Co-Chairman and CEO. In 2014 & 2015, Glassdoor ranked The Motley Fool the #1 place to work in the U.S. for companies with between 250-1000 employees. Tom serves as the lead advisor on Motley Fool One -- the company’s all-access service. He manages The Everlasting Portfolio, committed to holding every investment for more than 5 years, and has beaten the market soundly since its inception. Mr. Gardner is a graduate of Brown University.