Keynote Speakers 2022

We proudly present these distinguished speakers from industry leading companies dedicated to decarbonizing their industries.

Who

Eva Hamilton
Chair of LTU

When

Tuesday
March 22

Where

Kulturens Hus, Luleå

LTU´s support for the industrial revolution

Eva Hamilton, Chair of Luleå Tekniska Universitet

Luleå University of Technology (LTU – Luleå Tekniska Universitet) is the knowledge hub of northern Sweden, providing both cutting edge research and deep pools of talent to support the ongoing green industrial revolution. With a long history of industry collaboration, LTU has become an integral part of the ecosystem in northern Sweden, supporting all industries from raw materials to Space. Eva Hamilton will join us to talk about how northern Sweden became home to the green industrial revolution unfolding now, and how LTU works to support new establishments in the region.

Who

Katarina Borstedt
Director of Growth, Northvolt

When

Tuesday
March 22

Where

Kulturens Hus, Luleå

Why Green Batteries?

Katarina Borstedt, Director of growth of Northvolt

Electrification of transport is one of the most important steps towards achieving global climate goals. To support this transition, Northvolt was founded with the mission to create the world’s greenest battery , thus allowing vehicle manufacturers to create truly sustainable vehicles with no inherent carbon footprint. Founded by former Tesla VP Peter Carlsson just a few years ago in 2016, Northvolt is already on track to produce their first batteries by the end of 2021. Leveraging the unique conditions of northern Sweden, Northvolt is looking to establish battery production at an unprecedented speed and scale to contribute to the ever increasing demand for batteries to power electric vehicles.Katarina Borstedt, Director of Growth of Northvolt will be joining us to elaborate on how they have managed to leapfrog many other battery producers by using sustainability as a key advantage.

Who

Maria Persson Gulda
CTO of H2 Green Steel

When

Tuesday
March 22

Where

Kulturens Hus, Luleå

Why Green Steel?

Maria Persson Gulda, CTO of H2 Green Steel

Established in 2020 by the entrepreneurs behind Vargas Holding, that already have another successful sustainable ventures in northern Sweden, H2 Green Steel is looking to produce the world’s first green steel by 2024. Using a new production process of reducing the iron ore using green hydrogen instead of carbon, H2 Green Steel is looking to become producers of the worlds first green steel at scale. Encouraged by previous successes in the region, the founders behind H2 Green Steel are seeking to enable products with almost no carbon footprint, by tackling a centuries old process that Is one of the largest polluters in the world. Accounting for around 8% of global co2 emissions, solving the issue of low emissions free steel will be one of the most revolutionary advancements in climate history.

Maria Persson Gulda, CTO of H2 Green Steel will join us to talk about why they chose northern Sweden as the home for their venture, and how the unique local conditions will accelerate their establishment of large scale production facilities.

Who

Stefan Gardefjord
CEO of SSC

When

Tuesday
March 22

Where

Kulturens Hus, Luleå

Sustainable space made in northern Sweden

Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of SSC

The global space market is booming, driven by high-tech development and utilization of space for a more
sustainable world. Meeting with this rapid development, the Swedish space sector aims for the stars, and centric for the development is Swedish Space Corporation, SSC. With a legacy dating back almost 60 years, SSC is now establishing Europe’s first launch site for satellites at Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, with an expected maiden flight in 2022. This will make Esrange, already the world’s most versatile space center, a global hub for an innovative space-centric ecosystem in close symbiosis with academia, institutions and industry in Northern Sweden.

With growing capabilities in a complete space ecosystem – engineering and science services, spacecraft launch and flight operations, as well as processing and storage of data – SSC aims at offering the world’s most sustainable space services. A new state-of-the-art facility at Esrange for developing new rocket technologies and launching satellites, supplemented by carbon-free storage and processing of data, courtesy of the region’s green data center industry, will be key for sustainable and cost-efficient space activities – in the very north of Sweden.

Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of SSC, will tell us more about the current development of SSC and the many commercial opportunities it brings for private and public organizations.

Who

David Herrero Fuentes
COO of Grupo Fertiberia

When

Tuesday
March 22

Where

Kulturens Hus, Luleå

Why Green Ammonia?

David Herrero Fuentes, COO of Grupo Fertiberia

The crop nutrition industry is essential for meeting current food production demand for the world’s growing population, and Grupo Fertiberia is committed to green ammonia, as a clean, low emission feedstock for its wide range of fertilisers, as well as its emerging potential as a carbon-free energy carrier & fuel.

With more than 1,500 employees and 13 industrial activity centres distributed throughout the entire Iberian Peninsula and France, Grupo Fertiberia is a leader in the EU fertiliser sector, where it develops, produces and markets innovative agronomic solutions that enhance the agricultural sector’s competitiveness and support the ecological transition of a sector that is vital to the European economy.

David Herrero Fuentes, COO of Grupo Fertiberia, will tell us more about why they selected Northern Sweden as the location for their Green Wolverine project, a worldwide pioneer project that builds on Fertiberia’s ongoing initiatives to decarbonize the crop nutrition industry.

Panel discussion with Investors & Innovators

Welcome to a panel discussion between some of Sweden’s most prominent investors and the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, discussing the importance of investing in green industries for the future.

Sweden’s most impactful “green industry” investors will come together with the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators to discuss the interplay between great ideas and the access to risk-willing capital to accelerate development in green industrial technologies. Together, they will share insights from both sides of the table on the mutual challenges and work to overcome the last resistance towards the green industrial revolution on a global level.

Panelist & Investor

Johan Hernmarck, Founder of Provider Investment

Johan Hernmarck is the founder of Provider Investment, one of Sweden’s most well known and sought after IT-investors. Provider Investment is a family office focusing on investments in B2B software, and has since it’s start in 1997 invested more than 3 Billion SEK in over 100 companies. Their industry expertise and extensive knowledge in building successful companies is highly sought after by Swedish software entrepreneurs.

Johan started investing in technology companies already in the late 1980s, and has been involved in the industry ever since. This has given him an unmatched level of experience, knowledge and network in the investment- and technology industry in Sweden.

Panelist & Investor

Carl-Erik Lagercrantz, CEO of Vargas Holding

Carl-Erik is co-founder and CEO of Vargas Holding. Founded in 2014, Vargas has initiated, invested in and launched three of Europe’s most ambitious and disruptive impact brands: Polarium, Northvolt and H2 Green Steel. Carl-Erik himself is a seasoned business leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the IT and telecom sectors, with leading roles at, among others, Utfors, Telenor, and British Telecom Nordics. Currently, he’s the chairman of Northvolt, H2 Green Steel and Polarium.

It is Vargas Holding’s belief that commercial solutions will be required to deal with our time’s biggest challenge, the climate crisis. And that we can accelerate decarbonization by putting innovation, technology and capital to work.

Moderator

Karin Nilsdotter, CEO & Future Astronaut, Spaceport Sweden

Karin is an astropreneur and an international advisor to the tech and space industry. WIRED identified Karin as a global game changer and she has been awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden and is recognized on the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List.

The CEO of Spaceport Sweden, an initiative to establish Europe’s gateway for space travel, is passionate about advancing humanity in space and using technology to empower communities on Earth. She co-founded “Hack Space for the Planet” together with Embassy of Sweden in Singapore and SGInnovate, applying space technology and data to solve the UN SDGs.

Karin serves on the boards of the AI company Unibap, GEN Space and as advisor to the Coring Company and Warp Institute. She was the first international board member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation in the USA and is a selected global executive with Airbus STAR Program. 

She is an expert and mentor of the global UN Space4Women program and has founded Women in Space, Sweden, TEDxKiruna and was voted to feature as a role model on the Swedish National Football Team Shirt for the World Cup. She has an Executive MBA and is also an alumnus of Singularity University.

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