Mikael Damberg

Swedish minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, aims to improve the Swedish corporate climate further in order for more people to start new enterprises, and for existing enterprises to grow, employ more people, and export its products and services. That way more jobs are created in Sweden.

Mikael Damberg started his political career in his early twenties, when he was elected chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (the youth branch of the Swedish Social Democrats). Mr Damberg was elected Member of Parliament in 2002, holding a seat in the Committee of Education, and served as deputy chair of the committee between 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Mr Damberg was elected group leader of the Social Democrats in the Swedish Parliament. He serves as Minister of Enterprise and Innovation in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven´s government since October 2014.

Ylva Berg

Ylva Berg was appointed CEO of Business Sweden on January 13, 2014, and assumed her position on April 1. With over 15 years of experience in senior management positions in publicly traded and global companies, Ylva Berg possesses great knowledge of the Swedish private sector and extensive experience in leading organizations. She has spent 18 years abroad, working for Swedish and international companies in both the manufacturing and services industries.

Ylva Berg served most recently as the Managing Director of the Nordic region at Dassault Systèmes, an international software company operating in 40 countries. Before that she served as CEO at Technia Group, Senior Vice President Market Operations & Business Development at BE Group, Managing Director and Trade Commissioner at the Swedish Trade Council (Business Sweden today), and Sales Manager at Tetra Pak. Ylva Berg holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics. She was born 1965. Ylva Berg is married and has two children.

Teymoor Nabili

Teymoor Nabili is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker with a 25 year track record of presenting, writing and editing news and current affairs.

He has launched and hosted high profile programmes for major global TV networks including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Channel 4, and has reported from on location major international news events like, 9/11, the Asian tsunami, the Arab Spring, the Japan nuclear meltdown and the Iran Presidential election of 2009.Teymoor was awarded the “Best News Presenter” at the Asian Television Awards in 2006, and shared the award for “Best News Story (Sports)” from the Royal Television Society in 2000.

Marcus Wallenberg

Marcus Wallenberg is since 2005 the Chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a North European financial group for 400,000 corporate customers, and 5 million private customers. SEB has local presence in the Nordic and Baltic countries and in Germany. Marcus Wallenberg is also the Chairman of Saab AB and FAM AB, and serves on the boards of Investor AB, AstraZeneca Plc, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Temasek Holdings Ltd. He is the former Chairman of LKAB and Electrolux AB. Marcus Wallenberg is Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of IIF (Institute of International Finance).

Marcus Wallenberg held the position as Chairman and Honorary Chairman of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) from 2006 to July 2010. From 1999 to 2005, Mr Wallenberg was President and CEO of Investor AB, after having served as Executive Vice-President of the company for six years. Prior to this he was Director of Stora Feldmühle in Düsseldorf for three years. Marcus Wallenberg earned a B. Sc of Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and began his career at Citibank in New York 1980, followed by various positions at Deutsche Bank in Germany, S G Warburg Co Ltd in London and Citicorp in Hong Kong.

Manu Bhaskaran

Manu Bhaskaran is a Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm based in in Washington DC. As Founding CEO of its Singapore subsidiary “Centennial Asia Advisors” he co-ordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides in-depth analysis of Asian macro trends for investment institutions, government agencies and companies with interests in Asia, leveraging off his more than 30 years of studying Asia.

Mr Bhaskaran is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore where his focusing is on analyzing macro-economic policy frameworks in Singapore. He was recently appointed as a Member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of the International Monetary Fund. Prior to Centennial, Mr Bhaskaran held senior positions at Societe Generale’s Asian investment banking division. He holds a range of other positions, including as a Trustee of the Asia Foundation in Asia, Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore and Member of the Board of Advisors, School of Economics, Singapore Management University. Mr Bhaskaran was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge University where he earned an MA (Cantab) and at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he obtained a Masters in Public Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid holds a range of senior positions, including Co-Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad
and President of ASEAN Business Club.

Dr Munir holds a B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Ph.D in International Relations. In the late 1970-ies he joined the New Straits Times (NST) as a lead writer and progressed to become Group Editor. He left NST in 1986 to become CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS). Following its name change, into Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB), this bank was transformed into one of Malaysia’s leading merchant banks. In 1993 Dr Munir became the first Executive Chairman of Malaysia’s Securities Commission, a position he maintained until 1999. He then served as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad for 4 years until June 2004, being the Chairman of its mobile subsidiary Celcom (M) Berhad from 2002-2004. In June 2004, Dr Munir joined the Malaysia Airlines Board of Directors and in August that year was appointed its Non-Executive Chairman, a position he held until 2011.

In 2008 Dr Munir became Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, an Islamic financial institution an in February 2014 he was appointed chairman of CIMB Asean Research Institute and also joined the board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He is chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and co-chair of the Malaysia-America Foundation.

In 2005 Dr Munir was made an Honorary Fellow of the LSE. In 2008, while a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS (Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy), he set up its Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme which he headed until 2012.

Marie Sjödin Enström

Marie Sjödin Enström is the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia. A Swede, Marie began her career with Scania in 1984 and has held a variety of positions both in and outside of Sweden. Her last position before coming to Asia was as Managing Director of Scania Assistance at Scania CV AB, Sweden where she was the strategic global head including responsibility for eight centres in Europe and Latin America.

Prior to that, she was Chief Financial Officer at Scania Australia for 6 years where she was responsible for all financial activities, corporate governance, insurance and control in the company, as well as being deputy to the Managing Director. She is a graduate of Master of Science in Business Administration (French) from Uppsala University, Sweden and of a Master Degree of European Studies from College of Europe, Belgium.

Johan Adler

Johan is a seasoned telecom executive with 20 years of experience working and doing business in Asia. Throughout his Asian career, he has worked in senior positions with Ericsson. Johan has been president and country manager in a number of countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Myanmar. He has also held positions as head of global services in South East Asia, head of business development in Asia and head of M&A in North East Asia.

In his current position as VP and head of Government and Industry Relations, he is advising governments in the region on matters related to policies and regulatory matters and driving Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society. Johan is often appearing as a speaker at industry events speaking about the future of the ICT industry and its impact on societies. Before joining Ericsson in 1995, he worked for the Swedish operator Telia-Sonera.

Sean Yokota

Sean Yokota is Head of Asia Strategy at SEB having joined the bank in September 2012.  Prior to SEB, Sean was the Head EM Asia FX Strategist at UBS Singapore. Earlier on he was an economist at UBS Hong Kong and Japan covering North Asian economies where his team was top-ranked in polls such as Institutional Investor. He is a frequent speaker on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and often quoted in international media such as Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. 

He has also worked at Pan Asian Macro Hedge Funds as a Portfolio Manager at Paridon Asia in Singapore and as a Macro Strategist at Corus Capital Management in New York. Mr Yokota received a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College.

David Hoffman

David Hoffman is Senior Vice President Asia and Managing Director of The Conference Board China Center for Economics & Business. In this role he is responsible for The Conference Board thought leadership, programming, and engagement in China and throughout Asia. He leads numerous research projects and outreach activities, oversees a team of researchers in China and New York, and coordinates a network of local and global advisors, research peers, and scholars who engage in or contribute to China Center research programs.

Prior to joining The Conference board, Hoffman led the Technology-InfoComms-Entertainment Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in China for 21 years. Hoffman has spent 30 years as a resident analyst and business practitioner in China, and as a thought leader, strategy advisor, and top management consultant on a wide range of China and Asia business issues. He is a lifelong student of contemporary Chinese political science and economics and a graduate of UC San Diego.

Nicholas Fang

Mr. Nicholas Fang is the Executive Director Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He started his working life as a journalist spending nine years at The Straits Times where he reported on financial and sports news, and also wrote lifestyle columns and special reports on a diverse range of topics, rising to the post of Senior Correspondent. He then spent two years as business desk editor at Channel NewsAsia overseeing local and business news coverage. Mr Fang is currently supervising editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp. He was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament in February 2012 and served a two-and-a-half-year term focusing on issues pertaining to international affairs, media, defense and security and sports. He currently sits on the boards of Singapore humanitarian non-government organisation Mercy Relief, and non-profit social innovation organisation Social Innovation Park. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the national youth volunteerism institution Youth Corps Singapore.

Nicholas Fang graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Ong Keng Yong

Ambassador ONG Keng Yong is Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at-Large in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Singapore’s non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran.

He was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. Mr Ong was Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), based in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2003 to January 2008.

Christian Ihre

Christian Ihre is Co-founder & CEO of LynxEye Management Consultants, an award-winning Brand Agency in the Nordic Region. He set up office in Singapore in 2012 and has since led the Asia operations from there. Prior to starting his own business he was Business Area Director at Procter & Gamble. Mr Ihre has been a Guest Teacher in Brand Management at the Stockholm School of Economics, NTU and SMU in Singapore.

He is a frequent commentator on brand issues in key media including television and has authored several articles on Brand Management. He has a Master of Business Administration International Business from Uppsala University and Solvay Business School in Brussels. Mr Ihre is Knight of the Order of St John.

Caitlin Pan

Caitlin Pan, PhD is a senior researcher in human capital for the Asia region at The Conference Board. She leads research on human capital analytics. Pan’s research interests include leadership, status, and dysfunctional workplace behaviors. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Pan received her doctorate in management (organizational behavior) from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She has a MA in socio-organizational psychology from Columbia University and a BSc in psychology and economics from the University of Toronto.

Su-Yen Wong

Su-Yen Wong is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute. She is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Nera Telecommunications and a member of the Board of Directors at Yoma Strategic Holdings, MediaCorp and NTUC First Campus. She brings over twenty years' experience in business strategy, organisation transformation, human capital and leadership development and has been based in various cities around the world working with organisations across a broad range of industries.

Su-Yen is an active member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents' Organization.  She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science.

Andreas Ehn and Lisa Enckell

Andreas Ehn and Lisa Enckell are angel investors and consultants based in Singapore who decided to explore ten different countries during the course of five years. In every market they work with local startups and investors and look for potential startups to invest in. They both have a background in founding and working for technology companies in Stockholm and San Francisco.

Andreas was Spotify’s first employee and chief technology officer (CTO), where he brought together the world-class tech team that designed and built the platform and product for the music service. Before that he worked for the Swedish online-gaming company Stardoll. Later he co-founded Wrapp, where he also served as CTO.

Lisa is a marketing and product consultant for startups. Clients include “Candy Crush Saga” maker King, the world’s leading period tracking app Clue, and a number of early-stage European and American startups. Previously she was the VP marketing at Wrapp. Prior to that Lisa worked as a PR consultant, public speaker and theatre producer. She holds an MSc in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Dušan Stojanovic

A "citizen of the world" with a Swedish passport, Dušan Stojanovic was awarded the prize Business Angel of the Year in Europe in 2013 by EBAN (European Business Angel Network) after having three positive exits within a week. He was also nominated as one of four Business Angels of the Year in Europe 2009 by EBAN. He was announced as among FINTECH ASIA 100 Leaders In Asian Fintech in 2016 after moving to Asia in 2014. He has worked for more than 20 years within Business Development, primarily within Fintech, at GE Capital and Monabanq.com and later at True Global Ventures.

He invests in and has a strong international network in Silicon Valley, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Berlin, London and Paris. Mr Stojanovic is a regular speaker and judge on conferences, having appeared on more than 100 occasions since 2005. He has a solid track record with 9 out of 18 investments, all related to payments & Fintech, fully or partly exited.

Markus Boehme

Mr Markus Boehme is Managing Director in Accenture’s Strategy practice and leads Banking and Capital Markets in the region. He has 20 years of strategy consulting experience with a number of the world’s leading top management consulting firms. Markus’ has worked closely with senior executive teams to develop growth strategies, transformation, and integration programs as well as developing strategies for Capital Markets and M&A advisory players

Lars Svensson

Lars Svensson is the Sustainability and Communication Director for Ikano Retail Asia (IKEA Southeast Asia) and Group Sustainability Manager for Ikano Group. Ikano Retail Asia owns and operates IKEA stores and Shopping Centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and invests in mixed use real estate.

Lars has worked in regional and local management roles in Southeast Asia since 1992 with mainly IKEA but also for EF, Novena Holdings and Oriflame with sustainability, marketing, establishment, business development and sales. Between 1998 and 2002 he was based in native Sweden as MD for Japro Management Consulting and CEO for Internet start-up Global Events Online.

He is currently Vice President of Thai Swedish Chamber Of Commerce and has served as Councillor for Southwest CDC in Singapore. Lars Svensson earned a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics with a post graduate scholarship for Malay language studies at National University of Singapore.

Ian Spaulding

Ian Spaulding is CEO of ELEVATE – a global professional services firm that specializes in business driven sustainability. Mr Spaulding is recognized globally as a preeminent thought leader and authority on supply chain social, environmental and business performance. On a day-to-day basis he advises senior executives at more than 75 global businesses and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of top-tier media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Bloomberg and CNN.

He used to work at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), KPMG and Sears Holdings.  As Director of Global Compliance at Sears Holdings he pioneered the largest effort to promote greater transparency and continuous improvement among thousands of manufacturing facilities globally. Mr. Spaulding has a Masters from Yale and Bachelors from American University.

Sasja Beslik

Sasja Beslik is Head of Responsible Investments at Nordea Assets Management. He is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has more than 15 years’ experience of advising and working with multinational companies on investment issues in Africa, Asia and former Soviet Union countries.

Sasja Beslik is chairman of UNEP Finance Initiative’s Water Work Group and is a member of the steering committee within PRI on shale gas and water issues. He was awarded The Order of the Seraphim by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 2013 for extraordinary efforts in the field.

Hanna Hallin

Hanna Hallin is the Sustainability Manager for H&M Sales Market in the Southeast Asia region. Prior to moving to Southeast Asia she held the position of Global Social Sustainability Manager and she was one of the Sustainability Business Experts at the H&M Group’s Head Office in Stockholm.

She has a background in the non-profit sector, including “Fairtrade Sweden” and “Clean Clothes Campaign”. Before joining H&M she was the Executive Director of a Swedish think tank on civil society. She has also served as a board member of the Swedish National Committee for UNESCO.

Angeline Martyn

Angeline Martyn is Sr. Director of Save the Children’s Corporate Engagement Center based in Singapore in the Save the Children Asia Regional Office.  She is responsible for developing and securing new, long term strategic corporate partnerships, and supporting the growth of existing partnerships with a global footprint in Asia.  She liaises closely with leaders in the corporate sector to co-develop innovative programs to support the children, while also designing cause-related marketing, employee engagement and other key initiatives.

Ms. Martyn joined Save the Children in August 2012 as Director of Global Corporate Partnerships based in the United States. Prior to joining Save the Children she was on the leadership team at Friends of UNFPA working to advance the health and dignity of women worldwide. Moreover she was the Director of Communications at Day One, the Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island. Ms Martyn also spent time in the government and corporate sector.

Peter Fogde

Peter Fogde is a Swedish forester who has spent over 35 years in the forestry sector in Laos, which has given him a unique knowledge of plantation forestry and forest industry in the country as well as in the region. He was one of the entrepreneurs founding Burapha Agroforestry Co., Ltd in the early nineties and developing it, firstly as a plantation company and later as an industrial entity with sawmilling and furniture manufacturing based on Eucalyptus and Acacia wood.

He has since 2005 managed Stora Enso Lao Co., Ltd.’s greenfield Eucalyptus operations in the southern part of Laos. The operations include clearing of un-exploded ordinance, plantation establishment and maintenance, as well development of medium scale wood industry. Under his leadership, the Stora Enso Team has developed a unique agroforestry system centered around the Lao farmer, a system that has resulted in an business environment with very few land use conflicts, and with wood and food being produced side by side. He has a network of contacts on all levels in the Lao society including local, regional and central government. Peter Fogde is permanently based in Laos and he has a good command of the Lao language.

Eunice Olsen

Eunice Olsen is an actor, host, pianist, founder and executive producer of the International Emmy Nominated series “womentalk tv”, featuring unsung heroines in Asia. She served 2 terms as a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore, is winner of the Singapore Youth Award in 2006 and recipient of the ASEAN Youth Award in 2008.

In 2009, she was appointed as a Young Global Leader to the World Economic Forum. Her great great grandfather Oskar Olsson was a sailor from Orust in Sweden and settled in Singapore in the late 1800’s. She is proud to be Singaporean with a Swedish Heritage.

Fredrik Härén

Fredrik Härén is an author and keynote speaker on Business Creativity, Change and Global Business. He has delivered 2,000 presentations in over 60 countries on 6 continents. (Just last year he spoke in 22 different countries.) He was voted “Speaker of The Year” in Sweden as well as selected as one of the "The Best Swedish Speakers Ever". He is a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, (one of 700 globally) as well as GSP Global (one of only 30 globally).

He is the author of 9 books, including "The Idea Book" which was included in "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time". His second most popular book, “The Developing World” examines creativity, dreams and curiosity, how businesses are being more creative, plus the pitfalls of not seeing what is going on in today’s world. His latest book is called "One World. One Company". It is a book about what it means to be a Truly Global Company.