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Frida Pemer

Docent and Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Organization and House of Innovation

Frida Pemer's research centers on digital transformation, professional services, and the buyer-supplier relationship. She has been visiting researcher at Scancor, Stanford University, and at Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
She is also a program director in Accelerating Digital Innovation, the first open online program on digitalization at SSE Executive Education, and frequently engaged as keynote speaker, panellist, and lecturer at events concerning digital transformation.
In 2017 she received funding from Forte for a 3-year project called From Human to Robotized Expertise. The project explores how digitalization, robotization and AI might lead to profound changes in professional service firms.
In 2014 she received funding from Forte for a 3-year research project on how the need for hiring professional services is constructed in private and public organizations.

Thomas Först

Head of Global Network, Member of the Executive Committee, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Thomas is member of the executive committee and deputy CEO and served prior to his current position as Swiss Business Hub Director in Sao Paulo Brazil. Before joining S-GE in 2008 he worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Switzerland as regional Manager for Latin America. Thomas holds an Executive Master in Business Administration of the University of applied sciences in Zürich and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom. He is an active Board Member and Advisor of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss Austrian Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce as well as for the Central European Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland.

Sebastien Godard

General Manager, Sika Sweden

Sebastien Godard, French citizen, is the General Manager of Sika Sweden since 3 years. He is part of the Sika family since 1998, with a great P&L experience (Sales, Marketing, Finance & Operation) through 3 continents: Europe, Asia and North America, from France, Vietnam, Africa, USA to Sweden.
He is a driven leader of a successful team of managers, running ‘’8 Target Markets’’ and the full operational functions.
"My goals and aspirations are learning from each culture I have been through, the best way to combine visionary leadership, delivering results, having fun, building an healthy life and enjoying a good family balance!"

Jakob Kiefer

Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs, ABB Sweden

Career diplomat with 25 years of experience from three continents focusing on negotiations, economic and trade and security policy, and communication.
Previously Ambassador for Sustainable Business, MFA (2018-19), Ambassador, Santiago de Chile/Peru (2014-18), Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, Beijing, China (2010-14), Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense (2008-10), Senior Advisor, European Security Policy, MFA (2008-08), Chief of Staff, Trade Minister, MFA (2006-07), Swedish OECD-Delegation, Paris (2001-05), Embassy of Sweden, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1998–01), Education: Uppsala University (1990-95).

Moderator: Gustav Henriksson

Board Member of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Head of Trade Point Nordics, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Gustav Henriksson is of Finnish nationality and living in Sweden since 20 years. Before joining the Swiss Embassy and Switzerland Global Enterprise as Head of the Trade Section and Trade Point Nordics, he worked for the Swiss engineering company Texpart, specialising in sourcing in Switzerland. Like most of his countrymen, Gustav has also worked for Nokia, before moving to Sweden. He has an acoustical engineering background.
As the local representative of Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Trade Point Nordics helps Swiss exporting companies expand to the Nordic countries and promotes Switzerland as a location for hi-tech, life science and research-intense companies in the Nordic region, that can benefit from the central location, high level of research, and good access to competent work force.

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Start: 4 Jun 2020, 09:00 End: 4 Jun 2020, 10:30


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