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In order to spread new knowledge and promote collaboration, we regularly invite experts and decision-makers from academia, politics, business and the public sector to dialogue and debate. All our invitations are personal and the topic determines who we invite.

Events

When we launch a research report, release a new book or celebrate an anniversary, we arrange larger events where we invite a wider audience with an interest in the topic.

At our events, we share new knowledge and initiate constructive discussions among experts and leaders with different perspectives on the current topic.

Salon debates

Our three forums regularly host moderator-led salon debates within their various thematic areas. The salon debates play an important role in broadening perspectives, arousing new ideas and igniting the spark of change. We ensure that there is always representation from academia, the private and public sectors to create a holistic understanding of the issue’s challenges and consequences. The invitations to our salon debates are personal and all guests represent themselves during the evening.

In all our debates, we apply the Chatham House Rules to ensure a climate of trust and courage to put forward and test new ideas. All guests are expected to take an active role in the conversation and are invited for their expertise in the matter. Dinner is always served in connection with the salon debate.

Roundtable discussions

The foundation arrange roundtable discussions on issues where there is a need for different actors to meet and exchange knowledge, in order to contribute to the development of business. At our roundtable discussions, 10-20 guests usually participate in a moderator-led discussion on a specific issue.

The roundtable discussions create a neutral arena for constructive dialogue where guests are given the opportunity to discuss common challenges and solutions during a pleasant dinner. We apply Chatham House Rules in our roundtable discussions and all participants have an active role in the conversation.

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2022-10-27
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The Swedish food-tech revolution: How does Sweden contribute to a sustainable meal?
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Fanny Nachemson (Food tech lead, Axel Johnson), Carolina Sachs (Founder, Martas Explorers) Daniel Skavén Ruben (Head of Strategy and Special Projects, Stockeld Dreamery)

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2022-05-31
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Conference on contemporary corporate governance
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Professors: Marco Becht (Université Libre de Bruxelles), • Blanaid Clarke (McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law at Trinity College Dublin), Paul Davies (Oxford University), Ronald J. Gilson (Marc and Eva Stern Professor of Law and Business at Columbia University) Jesper Lau Hansen (Copenhagen University) and Colin Mayer (Oxford University)

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2022-05-23
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Re-charge for the future: What are the key success factors for the Swedish battery industry and other fast-growing industries?
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Bo Normark, Industrial Strategy Executive, EIT InnoEnergy

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2022-04-04
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Proposal for a sustainability due diligence directive
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Ossian Ekdahl, Head of Ägaransvar AP1, Rolf Skog, Department of Justice

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2022-04-04
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Annual Trade Officer Dinner: ”Co-creation Between Nations”
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Commercial/trade officers base in Stockholm working at embassies and consulates

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2022-03-09
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Three questions about market abuse
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Lawyer Patrik Marcelius, Professor Mårten Knuts (Helsingfors University), Lawyer Björn Wendleby

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2021-12-15
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Smart Society Summit on Sweden’s National Day, Expo2020 in Dubai
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Moderator: Elizabeth Walentin

In the presence of His Majesty the King Sweden. Speakers/panelists included Anna Hallberg (Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs), Karl-Henrik Sundström (Chair of the Committee, Sweden Expo2020), Jan Larsson (CEO, Business Sweden) Björn Rosengren(CEO, ABB), Börje Ekholm (CEO, Ericsson), Martin Lundstedt (CEO Volvo Group), H.E Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy (Managing Director for Expo 2020), H.E. Dr Eiman Bint Habbas Al-Mutairi (Vice Minister of Commerce of Saudi Arabia & the CEO of the National Competitiveness Center), Jan Moström (CEO, LKAB), Viveka Beckeman, (Director General, Swedish Forest Industries), Joakim Karlsson (CEO, Envac), Andreas Regnell (Senior VP Strategic Development, Vattenfall), Martin Lindqvist (President and CEO, SSAB) Gustaf Salford (CEO, Elekta), Johan Holmström (CCO, XVIVO), Cecilia Edström, (Board Director and Senior Advisor, former CEO Bactiguard), Claudio Facchin (CEO, Hitachi Energy), Christian Levin (CEO, Scania), Henrik Sjölund (CEO, Holme), Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem (Executive Chairman & CEO, DMCC), Dr Aisha Bin Bishr (Global Digital Magnate & Former Founding Director General of Smart Dubai, Vice Chairwoman of Emaar Development Board), Leif Johansson (Chair, AstraZeneca) Jacob Wallenberg, (Chair, Investor).

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2021-12-01
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Smart Society Sweden podcast, listen here.
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Guests:
David Crouch (journalist) Lena Sellgren (Business Sweden), Jennie Cato (Scania) and Magnus Mehring (Stockholm School of Economics), Katarina Blomkvist (Uppsala University), Mats Barversten (formerly Spotify),
Cecilia Warrol (Teknikföretagen) Björn Block (IKEA), Roberth Friedman (Israeli Embassy), Steve Angus (British Embassy), Susanne Ackum (Future Work Forum), Jan Larsson (Business Sweden)

Host: Elizabeth Walentin

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2021-11-24
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50 years of the takeover rules: some current issues
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Rolf Skog, Professor University of Gothenburg and CGF, Dick Lundqvist, General Counsel Wallenberg Foundations, Patrik Marcelius, lawyer Mannheimer Swartling and Erik Sjöman lawyer Vinge.

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2021-11-24
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Smart Society salon dinner, in advance of the Smart Society Summit
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Representatives from Business Sweden and companies taking part on stage at the Summit in Dubai.