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Ambassador of Sweden to the United States of America
H.E. Björn Lyrvall
Director-General for Trade, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Congressman, (IL-14) U.S. House of Representatives
In Congress, he serves on two committees and four subcommittees. On the Committee on Financial Services, he sits on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises; and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. On the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, he sits on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology; and the Subcommittee on Energy.
Hon. Randy Hultgren
CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S Department of Commerce
Hon. Fred W. Volcansek, Sr
Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.
Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup
Managing Director, Economic Policy and Analysis, Deloitte
Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association
Mr. Levinson received his Master’s Degree from New York University after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He also spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corp.
Mr. O’Dowd has been a stock broker for over 30 years, having also been in institutional sales with Legg Mason Capital Markets, Everen Securities (now Wachovia), Lehman Brothers, and the Robinson Humphrey Co.
His approach bottoms up approach combining fundamental research while employing multiple indicators helps identify trends and trading opportunities in the global markets.
Mr. O’Dowd has a B.A. from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Senior Vice President & Former Head of Region North America, Ericsson Ltd
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.
Lobbyist, Principal Ogilvy Government Relations
President and CEO, Organization for International Investment
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.
News Anchor, Editor and Reporter, EFN
Ms. Bergman has a long experience as a financial journalist. Since the turn of the century, she has worked as a news anchor, editor and reporter for A-ekonomi at SVT, Ekonominyheterna at TV4, DiTV at Dagens Industri and Ekonomiekot at Swedish Radio.
She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and has studied journalism at University of Stockholm, JMK.
Ms. Bergman loves skiing and has worked as an instructor and as a ski guide in the Italian and French Alps.
EVP Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Former Press Secretary Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Head of U.S. Government Affairs, Siemens
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.
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.
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.
Media Professional, The Chris Core Show
Trade Commissioner to the U.S. & Country Manager, Business Sweden
Mr. Olofsson has more than 25 years` experience in sales and marketing business models and strategies with leading international consulting companies. He is currently Trade Commissioner to the US, developing Swedish exports by helping Swedish companies increase their export through internationalization and digitalization. Mr. Olofsson is also an Honorary Board Member, Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
Mr. Olofsson served as Vice President at Acando 2000-2015, a consulting company creating business value by enhancing and streamlining processes, organizations and digital solutions. He was also Senior Manager at Accenture 1991-2000, a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digitalization, technology and operations.
Mr. Olofsson holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.