Why attend?

To find out why purpose-driven innovation companies grow 3 times faster than their competitors

To meet talented and motivated Ukrainian entrepreneurs who are reinventing how business interacts with society

To get familiar with the newest Ukraine’s ‘State in a Smartphone’ government program that is being used by more than 10 million Ukrainians daily

To join the movement and become the real bridge builder of Swedish-Ukrainian relations that are witnessing a steady upward trend over the past 10 years

Why attend?

Meet top managers of Swedish companies, representatives of public authorities, and their Ukrainian counterparts

Sweden-Ukraine Business Forum is a transformative event and networking platform that has been strengthening ties between the two countries since 2012.

9th Sweden-Ukraine Business Forum is dedicated to Tech for Good topic and connects industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers to deep dive into new edges of cooperation, spotlighting breakthrough technologies that foster progress, and create sustainable solutions within UN 17 SDG Goals.

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Speakers

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Peder Stahle is Chief Product Officer at Kry and responsible for executing the overall product strategy.  He leads the tech, product and design teams in developing the innovative tools that are transforming healthcare for patients and clinicians. Peder is passionate about Kry’s role in creating a patient-first, collaborative global healthcare system which harnesses the power of technology to blend physical and digital healthcare and improve experiences and outcomes.

Peder Stahle

Chief Product Officer at Kry
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Johan is an entrepreneur with +20 years of experience in developing technology towards the media industry. He has been a pioneer in the digital advertising industry enabling publishers to streamline and optimize their internal processes on a global market. Now on a journey to digitalize the media industry through self-service and automation.

Johan Liljelund

Executive Vice President and CTO, DanAds
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From 2019 – Alex Bornyakov is appointed as Deputy Minister of the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation for IT Development, the Head of the Diia City project. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT management. Alex founded and managed a number of successful companies and startup incubators, including the American video monetization platform Adtelligent and the outsourcing company Intersog, which was included in the TOP-5 App Developers in Chicago according to Clutch and TOP-10 best employers in Odessa. He has an MBA (University of New Brunswick) and an MPA (Columbia University).

Alex Bornyakov

Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine on IT industry development, Head of the Diia City project
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Carl Vikingsson is Group CEO and President at Sigma Technology Group and Honorary Consul for Ukraine in West and South Sweden. Carl has been heading Sigma Technology Group since the company’s inception over 20 years ago, leading the company’s globalization and establishment on new markets in Europe, Asia, and the US. The Group has 1650 employees in Ukraine and a total number of close to 3000 employees. Through his role as Honorary Consul, Carl supports the development of business and technical partnership between Sweden and Ukraine.

Carl Vikingsson

President and CEO at Sigma Technology Group. Honorary Consul for Ukraine in West and South Sweden
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Jesper is the founder and CEO of Impact Hub Stockholm and have worked in the start-up and Impact sector for over a decade. Impact Hub is the worlds largest community of change makers with hubs in more that 100 cities and over 16.000 members worldwide. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of Social entrepreneurship and societal innovation with a wide range of audience from private bankers to teachers and have given guest lectures on the subject for students from both universities and secondary schools. Jesper also works for Swedens innovations agency as external expert.

Jesper Kjellerås

CEO and Founder at Impact Hub Stockholm
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A career diplomat, Tobias Thyberg served as Ambassador of Sweden to Afghanistan until August 2019. His previous diplomatic postings include Swedish Missions in New Delhi, Moscow, Washington, DC, as well as the Swedish Representation to the European Union in Brussels and the Delegation of the European Union to Tbilisi.

Tobias Thyberg

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine
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Sebastian Tolstoy is President of Ericsson in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since July 05, 2017. The responsibility of Sebastian Tolstoy includes the development of 5G, IoT (Internet of Things), Cloud technologies and the digitalization of the business of Ericsson partners in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and other countries in the region.

Sebastian Tolstoy

President at Ericsson in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
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Arvid is responsible for the Nordic market at Beetroot, having been a part of scaling Beetroot from 50 to 600 people over the past five years. With a background in law, he previously worked in the department of Eastern Europe and CIS at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Arvid Joelsson

Head of Operations – Nordics at Beetroot
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Mehkar Sheikh is the Director at Founder Institute Stockholm –  the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 90 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs. A storyteller and communicator at heart, Mehkar is also a chapter director at Startup Grind and the Founder & CEO of Nutty Ventures AB.  

Mehkar Sheikh

Director at Founder Institute Sweden
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Valery Krasovsky is CEO and Co-Founder at the Sigma Software Group, co-founder at Inspirium Laboratories Fund and board member at Sigma Software Incubator. Valery has headed Sigma Software company since its inception in 2002. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small business to a global provider of premium IT services for companies like Volvo, AT&T, SAS, Fortum and Scania.

Valery Krasovsky

CEO and Co-Founder at the Sigma Software Group
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Emelie Meurk Demerud is a Serial entrepreneur and investor within impact tech with a passion for changing status quo. She has extensive experience from leader roles globally, turnaround projects and scaling companies. Her core competences lies in profitable growth, strategic tech, sustainability and organizational management. During 2019, Emelie launched deb. – a program aiming at increasing diversity in boardrooms. With a new approach they decrease the threshold for women entering the boards and creating a solid foundation for a successful board career. 

Emelie Meurk Demerud

CEO & Founder at Hedylity Technology & Founder at Deb (Diverse Executive Boards)
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Patricia Bonaert is Director at MixR, the software platform that has an innovative approach to prepare the future of work. Fostering Trust and Belonging in the workplace by activating the power of communities allows companies to address and solve issues such as employee disengagement, talent retention and mental health.  Patricia has spearheaded the successful London Business School program ‘Leaders as Entrepreneurs’ which she has tirelessly championed for 5 years. This unique program has a very innovative and powerful approach which provides all participants with the tools to thrive across numerous diverse disciplines such as business, social or political.  

Patricia Bonaert

Director and EnlightenR at MixR
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Sara joined Admentum in 2019 as the COO. Prior to Admentum, she was the Developing Manager at a charter school in Sweden named Raoul Wallenbergskolorna. During her tenure at Raoul Wallenbergskolorna, she implemented a new LMS: Instructure Canvas and new SaS: Admentum. Sara is a graduate from Lärande högskolan in Stockholm.  Sara is a strong believer of digitalization of the school to make the administrative tasks for teachers more efficient so they can spend more time with the students in the classrooms, physical as digital. She lives in Stockholm and when she is not working you can find her at the yoga studio.

Sara Corneliusson

COO at Admentum
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Since October 2008 Anna Gissler has been the CEO at Invest Stockholm.  Invest Stockholm is the official Investment Promotion Agency in Stockholm. The company is responsible for attracting establishments, investors and talents to Stockholm.  Our service includes matching investors with opportunities, and providing advice and practical assistance, free of charge, in setting up and expanding a business in Stockholm.

Anna Gissler

CEO at Invest Stockholm
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Moa Persdotter is working with gender mainstreaming and diversity within R&I at Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova. She has a Master Degree in Political Science from Lund University and was the former Director of VentureLab  – Lund University’s’ incubator. Her main expert areas are around cross sector collaborative management and policy processes for making support organizations and startups more gender equal and inclusive. She is part of a core team focusing on how AI can be used to promote gender equality and is one of two who represents Vinnova and Sweden in the Nordic Innovation Task Force For Diversity.

Moa Persdotter

Program Administrator within gender equality, sustainability and AI at Vinnova
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Niclas is responsible for listings in Sweden on the Main List and First North. He is a board member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, part of the EIT Health Advisory Board and an ambassador for the European Women Association. In 2021 he won the Wintrade Global Award for supporting female entrepreneurs. He served as Vice President and held several senior positions in Capital Markets, Asset Management and International within the banking sector. Niclas has studied economics at Stockholm University, University of the West Indies and Wharton University of Pennsylvania. During his time in the West Indies he served as national team coach in table tennis for Trinidad and Tobago.    

Niclas Holmberg

Managing Director Listings Sweden at Nasdaq
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Karin Ebbinghaus is the CEO of the innovative company Elonroad, which contributes to the system shift into a more climate-friendly society. Karin has a background as a lawyer and investor but fell for Elonroad and their inspiring approach to tackling the climate challenge with new thinking and belief in technology.

Karin Ebbinghaus

CEO at Elonroad
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Erik Lindeberg has been working with digitalization since 1997. For the last decade, he has been with Formpipe Software as head of business development. Formpipe platforms are the heart of the public administration in Sweden and Denmark and they support over 300 clients in providing excellent service to internal customers and citizens. Erik is a passionate freeskier with a wife and three daughters.

Erik Lindeberg

Director Business Development at Formpipe
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Claudia Wagner is a former model and the co-founder of the talent booking platform, Ubooker. After a very successful modeling career (with clients including Armani, Chanel, Fendi, Guerlain, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Marie Claire), she co-founded the digital talent booking platform Ubooker which boasts over 1500 models and influencers worldwide and is used by clients like Maison Margiela, Yoox Net-A-Porter, Theory, The Kooples, and more. 

Claudia Wagner

Co-Founder at Ubooker
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Per is Chief Technology Officer at the mobile operator Tre, in Scandinavia. He is also a part of the Swedish and Danish management teams.  Per has more than 20 years of experience from the Telecom and IT sector and has a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University. 

Per Stigenberg

CTO at Tre
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Ex-investment banker, International TEDx speaker, author and a passionate serial entrepreneur. Founder of FAB academy, business academy for women, President European Women’s Association, Senator for Belgium at World Business Angel Investment Forum WBAF, Executive Board Member Wintrade Global, connecting global leaders to create a positive impact. She is passionate about neuroscience, mindfulness, travel and the startup ecosystem.

Yulia Stark

President at the European Women’s Association
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With over twenty years’ experience in communications, public affairs and lobbying, Glen is the founder of Free Trade Europa, focusing on the promotion of free trade, openness and the rule of law within the European Union and internationally. Glen is a respected commentator and frequent speaker at European policy events. He is also a coach on technology, migration, labour force, transport, sustainability, and communications for the public and private sectors.

Glen Hodgson

CEO at Free Trade Europa
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Elsa is the Co-Founder and COO at Karma , a Swedish food rescuing app which enables restaurants and grocery stores to sell surplus food to consumers at a lower price. She is passionate about creating a motivated high-growth organisation to galvanise the first zero food waste generation. Elsa was featured in many prestigious publications and top lists, including Forbes, Focus, Business Weekly, Ledarna, and Dagens Industri.  

Elsa Bernadotte

Co-Founder and COO at Karma

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