Speakers and Contributors at The Leadership Vanguard Exchange in Oslo

22 Oct 2018

The list of speakers for the Leadership Vanguard Exchange in Oslo will be updated regularly. Last updated: 19 November, 2018. Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO, Innovation Norway

Anita Traaseth

Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Prior to that, she was the first female MD of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career as a trainee at IBM and has held several executive positions in Norway. Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Mahila Bank

Chetna Sinha

Sinha is an Indian social activist working towards empowering women in drought-prone areas of rural India by inculcating entrepreneurial skills and providing them access to land and other means of production. Born in Mumbai, she earned her Master's degree in Commerce and Economics at the Mumbai University in 1982. She founded Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank, a microfinance bank which lends to women in rural areas. She is also founder and President of Mann Deshi Foundation, and a Yale Fellow, Schwab Fellow and Ashoka Fellow, and a speaker at the TEDxGateway 2013. Colin Harrison, Distinguished Engineer Emeritus, IBM Corporation (retired)

Colin Harrison

Harrison was at CERN in Geneva between 1972-77, building and operating the 300 GeV/c SPS accelerator and its pioneering distributed real-time control system. He was then at EMI Central Research Laboratories in the UK and led the development of the world's first clinically useful MRI system in 1978. Harrison joined IBM in San Jose in 1979 and enjoyed a career leading from micro-magnetics to medical imaging, parallel computing, mobile networking, intelligent agents, telecommunications services, knowledge management, and enterprise innovation. He was Director of Global Services Research in IBM's Research Division and Director of Strategic Innovation in IBM's Integrated Technology Delivery business in Europe. Finally, he was IBM's technical pioneer in Smarter Cities before retiring from its corporate strategy team in January 2013 as a Distinguished Engineer Emeritus. He continues to remain active with scientific communities working on a Science of Cities. He has published over 60 scientific and technical papers and books on intelligent agents, artificial intelligence, and autonomous distributed systems. He has produced approximately forty patents and often speaks at European and Asian universities on the impact of information technology on cities, work, business organisation, and industries. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Imperial College, London. Felipe CalderÓn, Former President, Mexico

Felipe CalderÓn

CalderÓn served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. As President, he chaired the G20 Leaders' Summit and the UN COP 16 climate change conference. He has been named 'Statesman of the Year' by the World Economic Forum and 'Champion of the Earth' by the United Nations. Currently, he is honorary chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for coordinating the 'Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report'; and also president of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation, and member of the board of directors of Avangrid and World Resources Institute. Harald Melwisch, Chief Digital Officer DACH, General Manager, Austria Unilever

Harald Melwisch

Melwisch has more than 25 years of experience with global consumer goods and in current role running the country organisation of Unilever in Austria while also overseeing the digital transformation for the company in the entire German speaking region.Past senior appointments have included global head of marketing for the (5bn€) ice cream business of Unilever, operational marketing and category leader for the four countries in the Scandinavian region and marketing & operations member in the European leadership team. Melwisch has broad experience in General Management, Marketing, Sales and in Digital capabilities across many European markets. He has lived in several countries and speaks six languages. Melwisch is also a board member of Unilever DACH and board member of the Austrian Branded Goods Association. Johan Wildhagen, Photographer and eco-philosopher

Johan Wildhagen

Wildhagen has a deep love for nature and a desire to ensure that future generations continue to appreciate the things he enjoys: ice fishing in the Barents Sea, apex climbing in the Alps, windsurfing in TjØme or heli-dropping into a blizzard. He communicates about these natural wonders through his stills and films. He is also committed to the rainforest. Over the last eight years, he's spent much of his free time portraying life of the indigenous people who have been the subject of a forced adaptation of modern western values. Jon Grimes, Group Head, Leadership Development, DNVGL

Jon Grimes

Grimes is the Group Head of Leadership Development at DNVGL. Based in Norway, with a global remit to explore and develop the leadership capabilities needed to drive curiosity, courage and innovation for the future, whilst maintaining the rich values-based culture of DNVGL's 150+ years; safeguarding life, property and the environment. Despite 25 years of international experience in leadership development, with a background in Retail and Energy sectors, Jon still manages to bring energy, new insight and life to age old leadership challenges in a very current setting. Always challenging, always fun. Kalil Cury Filho, Founder & CEO, Partner Desenvolvimento

Kalil Cury Filho

Filho is the founder and CEO of Partner Desenvolvimento, which provides strategic advice for corporate leadership on business sustainability. He is a civil engineer with a master's degree from Universidadede São Paulo, with specialisations in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo and Harvard Business School in Boston. In his work. Filho has a focus on sustainable development for business development strategies and governance for corporations. He is a previous assistant professor at Escola de Engenharia Mauá on Heavy Construction in the Civil Engineer programme. In 1995, he was State Secretary for Economic Development of the State of Paraná for Governor Jaime Lerner. Since 1975 he has worked for large corporations as an engineer, director and board member, handling major infrastructure projects in Brazil and abroad in the areas of project engineering, business development, financial structuring, government-private partnerships and institutional and governmental relations. Per Heggenes, CEO, IKEA Foundation

Per Heggenes

Heggenes is CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, he drives the foundation's funding and innovation strategies. Since becoming the foundation's first CEO in 2009, Heggenes has presided over its evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropic foundation that funds programmes in more than 35 countries. In 2012, he was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children by UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, who created the commission to increase access to lifesaving medicines and health supplies for the world's most vulnerable people. Previously, he was the global head of corporate affairs for shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Prior to that, he was the UK president and CEO for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and co-CEO for Europe. Philip Sasse, Vice President Treasury, Unilever Finance International AG

Philip Sasse

Sasse has been with Unilever since 1999, where he has had various roles. He started with roles in Operational finance and Supply chain and became Treasury Director International Funding in Rotterdam in 2008. From 2011, his role was Director Mergers & Acquisitionsin London and from 2014 he was CFO South Africa. Since 2017 he has been Vice President Treasury, located in Switzerland, where his responsibilities are within Group Financial Risk Management, Global Treasury Operations and Subsidiary Financing, Cash Management and Transaction Banking. With degrees from University of Cologne and London Business School, Sasse has a passion for purpose-driven, inclusive leadership, sports, literature and nature photography. Royston Braganza, CEO, Grameen Capital India

Royston Braganza

Braganza joined Grameen Capital in 2017. As the CEO, he currently oversees all aspects of operations in India. Grameen Capital is a collaboration between Grameen Foundation USA, IFMR Trust and Citigroup, is a first of its kind social business enabling Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) develop wider access to the capital markets. Braganza was previously the Senior Vice President of HSBC, where he was instrumental in setting up and heading HSBC's Microfinance & Priority Sector business. Before joining HSBC, Braganza worked in Citibank India for over 8 years. He serves on several boards and advisory bodies, including Grameen Foundation India, FICCI Financial Inclusion Committee, the United Nations Microfinance Resource Group and the Indian Impact Investors Executive Council. He has been invited to address various programs, in India and globally, promoting microfinance as a sustainable tool to eradicate poverty. The London-based Finance Monthly publication named him in their 2013 Global CEO Award Winners list as one of the Top 4 CEOs in Asia, and Top 2 in India, the other one being Kumar Mangalam Birla. Sven Mollekleiv, Honorary President, Norwegian Red Cross and Senior Vice President, DNV GL

Sven Mollekleiv

Mollekleiv joined Det Norske Veritas in 2001 as director of human resources and a member of the executive board. His present position in DNV GL is senior vice president of corporate sustainability and responsibility. Additionally, he acts as DNV GL ombudsman worldwide and represents the company at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and at the United Nations Global Compact. Mollekleiv served for ten years as the secretary general of the Norwegian Red Cross and is now its president from 2008 onward. In addition, he is and has been a board member of several non-governmental organisations, committees, and companies, including a past tenure as president of the confederation for all voluntary organisations in Norway, current chairman of a Norwegian government innovation initiative and as a member of The Performance Theatre's Inspired Leadership Award committee. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Senior Advisor, Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea Bank Norge

Thina Margrethe Saltvedt

Saltvedt is a senior advisor for sustainable finance at Nordea Bank, the largest banking group in the Nordic region. Before starting her current role in January 2018, she worked as a chief analyst on macro/oil for ten years at Nordea Markets. Before Nordea, she held a position with Norges Bank within the financial stability area. Saltvedt is a member of the Climate Council led by Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment. She has a Ph.D. in economics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom. Tove Stuhr SjØblom, Digital Transformation Director, TechnipFMC

Tove Stuhr SjØblom

SjØblom is leading the digital transformation process of the TechnipFMC group. SjØblom was Managing Director for Oslo Energy Forum from 2016 to 2018. She has 25 years' experience with Hydro and Statoil where she held a range of leadership roles; among these Senior Vice President Exploration Norwegian Continental Shelf, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President, Sub-Sahara Africa and Managing Director, Aberdeen. Tove holds a Master of Science in applied geophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Vânia Bueno Cury, Owner and CEO, Anima Productive Interaction

Vânia Bueno Cury

Cury is a communication professional with a specialisation in human and organisational development. For more than 25 years she has been working strategically to improve the communication performance of leaders and organisations. During the last decade, she has also been teaching in universities, contributing to learning processes, applying methodologies and techniques of dialogue, conflict transformation, emotional intelligence, systemic view, appreciative approach and applied ethics. Her work focuses on communication and behaviour as conditions to human and organisational development producing positive impacts on governance, productivity and results. Åge Korsvold, Former CEO, Storebrand

Åge Korsvold

Korsvold has worked in executive positions and as a financing and investment professional during his entire career. After graduating with an MBA from the Wharton School, he worked as an investment professional at Storebrand, and as a director of strategy and investments at Orkla. Later, he worked for many years in investment banking, primarily with equity financing and M&A. In a career change, Korsvold was appointed CEO of Storebrand in 1994, overseeing a restructuring and repositioning of the company from a broad-based insurer to a more focused pensions, savings, and life insurance provider. He left Storebrand in 2000 to join a privately-owned investment firm with a broad portfolio of technology, shipping and industrial investments. In 2012, he rejoined Orkla as CEO to oversee a transition to focus on its extensive Nordic-branded consumer goods business. Since leaving Orkla in 2014, Korsvold has mostly worked with technology start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses as an investor and board member.