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Christina Boutrup
Leading China Analyst

Christina is a leading China analyst and former correspondent. As a journalist she travelled in most parts of The Middle Kingdom and covered areas such as business, economy, environment and social issues for more than a decade, hosting radio- and TV shows about China. She interviewed Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma and closely followed the global expansion of Chinese companies authoring several books about business in China. She is also on the Advisory Board of, a think tank of the University of Copenhagen.

Max Tegmark

Professor of Physics at MIT

MIT professor Max Tegmark is known for his out-of-the-box ideas and decades of contributions to physics, cosmology, and AI. As the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, he brings together leading actors in AI research, including Elon Musk and Larry Page, to explore the development and potential outcomes of super intelligent machines and how we can reap the benefits of them while avoiding the pitfalls. Dr. Tegmark is dedicated to making sure that as AI evolves, that it works to better all of society. His current research focuses on creating AI that can be trusted via engineering systems of reasoning that can be easily followed and understood.

Dr. Philippa Malmgren

Former Presidential Advisor, Expert in Geopolitics

Dr. Philippa Malmgren helps policymakers understand the markets and helps marketmakers understand how policy will move the markets. She helps investors to better understand the risks to the portfolio you can’t quantify: politics, policy and geographics. Philippa Malmgren is a former Presidential advisor and a prominent public speaker who co-founded H Robotics, which manufactures AI- led, commercial-use drones for a wide range of industries. She served President George W. Bush in the White House and on The National Economic Council where she handled all financial market issues. She also dealt with terrorism risks to the economy after 911. Prior to that, she was the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust and then the Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS.

Costas Markides
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Professor Costas Markides is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on strategy and innovation. Professor Markides has researched the topics of strategic innovation, business model innovation, diversification and international acquisitions. His work explores how established companies could pursue radical or disruptive innovation and how they can compete with two business models in the same industry. Professor Markides received his MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School. He is now Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and holds the Robert P Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at London Business School.

Kattis Ahlström

TV-personlighet, programledare & moderator

Kattis Ahlström är en mycket uppskattad och engagerad moderator, konferencier och debattledare och har varit programledare för många olika TV-program, däribland Melodifestivalen, Uppdrag granskning, TV-huset och Nyhetsmorgon. 2005 tilldelades hon TV-priset ”Kristallen” för årets kvinnliga programledare. Kattis har varit chefredaktör på Icakuriren och startat och drivit tidningen och tv-programmet ”Kattis & Company”. Kattis har ett stort socialt engagemang i flera välgörenhetsorganisationer och har tidigare varit generalsekreterare på BRIS.

Alf Rehn

Professor of Innovation, Strategic Advisor

In 2016, Thinkers50, the pre-eminent listing of management thinkers, included Alf Rehn on their Guru Radar, a list of “the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future”. He is recognized as a global thought-leader in innovation and creativity, has been profiled in international media (including, but not limited to, Italian fashion magazines and Brazilian arts journals), and is coming up to his 1000th keynote. Alf is 47, the Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management at the University of Southern Denmark, sits on numerous boards of directors, and is in addition a bestselling author and a strategic advisor for everything from hot new startups to Fortune 500-companies.

Alan Watkins
CEO of Complete Coherence, Professor, Physician

Alan är en erkänd internationell expert inom ledarskap och performance. Han är för närvarande universitetslektor i neurovetenskap och psykologisk medicin vid Imperial College, London samt lektor för ledarskap vid European School of Management, London. Han är ursprungligen behörig läkare, har en examen i psykologi samt en doktorsexamen i immunologi.

Vlatka Hlupic

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Ashridge Executive Education

Vlatka är en prisbelönt internationell tankeledare och författare till bästsäljande böckerna "The Management Shift" och "Human Capital". Hon är även professor vid Ashridge Executive Education, Managementkonsult, Keynote talare samt grundare av The Management Shift Consulting och Drucker Society London. Vlatka rankas som en av världens mest inflytelserika HR-tänkare.

Linn Lerpold
Professor, Docent, Handelshögskolan Stockholm

Lin Lerpold är docent vid Stockholm School of Economics och tillhör forskningsavdelningen för hållbarhet. Lin har arbetat tio år med företagsstrategi inom den internationella oljeindustrin. Lin har även bedrivit omfattande fältarbete i Asien och Afrika och utforskat teorier inom statsvetenskap, sociologi, socialt kapital. Lin spelar en aktiv roll i den offentliga debatten kopplat till hennes expertisområden Hållbarhet och CSR.

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