A More Sustainable World: Movements & Markets
TUESDAY, MAY 16
9:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M. IWF Registration Desk
7:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M. Presidents’ Council Dinner
(For Forum Presidents)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
9:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M. IWF Registration Desk
9:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M. Exhibits & Trunk Shows
10:30 A.M. — 12:30 P.M. Presidents’ Council Meeting
1:45 P.M. — 4:45 P.M. (For Forum Presidents and Board Members)
6:00 P.M. Launch for the Opening Reception
6:30 P.M. — 8:00 P.M. OPENING RECEPTION
Grand Hotel Vintertradgarden
THURSDAY, MAY 18
7:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M. IWF Registration Desk
7:00 A.M. — 7:00 P.M. Exhibits & Trunk shows
8:15 A.M. OPENING REMARKS
Teresa V-F Weintraub, President,
International Women’s Forum
8:40 A.M. PLENARY 1 – NUMBERS MATTER: PEOPLE MATTER
Forward thinking has made Sweden one of the most respected nations in the world. It is a global leader in gender equality, human rights, education, technological innovation and environmental stewardship.
Those capabilities and traditions give Sweden a special lens through which to consider migration and sustainability.
In Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East people are on the move seeking safety, opportunity and prosperity.
Many of them are staying within their own country, but millions of others are moving abroad, creating demographic, social, economic and geopolitical changes.
What factors are contributing to migration? What is the outlook? And how do we try to ensure that societies remain inclusive, cohesive, and resilient?
• Jan Eliasson, diplomat and former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
• Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 at the OECD
• Natalia Kanem, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UN Population Fund
10:10 A.M. COFFEE BREAK
10:25 A.M. PLENARY 2 – DANGEROUS INTERSECTION: TECHNOLOGY/ PRIVACY/ SECURITY/ SURVEILLANCE
Our lives are filled with gadgets connected to the internet – from cellphones and cars, to televisions and thermostats. This technology facilitates the collection of more and more information about who we are, where we are, and what we do. This data can be used to make our lives easier, more efficient and more economical. But are we simultaneously making ourselves more vulnerable to hacking? And what are we sacrificing? How much do we want corporations and governments to know about us? Privacy advocates, technology experts, and law enforcement officials debate the opportunities and vulnerabilities posed by the Internet of Things, as well as where boundaries of privacy should be set, and how we can protect them.
• Katie Moussouris*, Chief Policy Officer, HackerOne
• Dag Hartelius*, Director of Sweden’s National Defense Radio Establishment (FRA)
• Harriet Green*, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things
• Geraldine de Bastion*, Information Communications Technology expert and Co-Founder of Konnektiv, a consultancy firm advising on the development of new technologies
11:40 A.M. BREAK
12:25 P.M. – LUNCHEON – SHAPING OUR WORLD: SUSTAINABLE PLACES
What can be done to create more healthy, livable and sustainable communities?
Sweden is among those showing the way, with ambitious environmental benchmarks, and innovative programs to reduce waste, energy consumption, and carbon emissions.
Experts from around the globe share their visions for both urban and rural environments.
• Karolina Skog, Swedish Minister for the Environment
• Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm
• Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity International
• Cheong Koon Hean, urban planner, architect and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board of Singapore
2:15 P.M. PROGRAM END
BEHIND THE SCENES
ᗅᗺᗷᗅ – one of the most influential and commercially successful pop groups of all time – was formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The ᗅᗺᗷᗅ Museum takes you on a journey of discovery into the magic of this iconic name in global entertainment. Join us for an exclusive private tour, taking a look at the history of ᗅᗺᗷᗅ with Museum Director and Curator Ingmarie Hallig, who was responsible for the spectacular, renowned international touring wardrobe. We invite you to be part of the show!
Archipelago Boat Cruise
Join us for a cruise on one of the traditional ships of the archipelago, the charming M/S Östanå. A classic pearl and distinguished fixture of the Stockholm waterways built in 1906, the M/S Östanå will transport you back to turn-of-century Scandinavia. Depart from the Strandvägen dock in historic Stockholm and explore the archipelago of this famous destination, home to 30,000 islands. Discover Sandhamn, Grinda, Möja and Finnhamn, observing the stunning Swedish architecture. Take in the beautiful scenery while experiencing the magic and mysticism of routes explored by the Vikings and mariners of the past.
Guided tour in English.
Ministry of Finance
Join us for a discussion hosted by State Secretary and IWF Sweden Member Karolina Ekholm with leaders at the Swedish Ministry of Finance. We will explore how governments work to provide political leaders with comprehensive information used to establish the foundation of economic policy with experts on economic analysis, financial markets, tax, budget and international cooperation. Join us for this interesting program in the world-renowned Rosenbad Government Office Building designed by Art Nouveau architect Ferdinand Boberg and celebrated as one of Stockholm’s most beautiful artistic landmarks.
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services that enable people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future. With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, Ericsson combines global scale with technology and services leadership. The company supports networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers and 40% of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks.
Welcome to the Ericsson Studio – a center for engagement, collaboration, inspiration and dialog. The award-winning space at the company headquarters allows visitors to see the latest innovations in 5G mobile networks, media and broadcast as well as cloud-based solutions that are helping to build a Networked Society. The company’s focus on Technology for Good and how Information and Communications Technology underpin achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals are featured with demos and cases on access to education, climate action and humanitarian response. Visitors will hear from experts and see hands-on demonstrations on the Ericsson Studio tour.
Opening its doors in celebration of the centennial of the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Nobel Museum is devoted to providing information on the Prize, Nobel laureates and the life of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Prize. Over 900 laureates have been awarded to date, including nineteen inspiring women. Join us for an exclusive tour of the Nobel Museum, exploring the lives and achievements of women laureates such as Marie Curie (1903), Barbara McClintock (1983), Hertha Müller (2009), Tawakul Karman (2011) and Malala Yousafzai (2014). The tour will begin with an introductory lecture by Senior Curator Gustav Källstrand, Ph.D. and Associate Professor, Senior Curator and Director of Research & Development Katarina Nordqvist, Ph.D.
Stockholm Public Library
Experience a special tour of the Stockholm Public Library, an architectural masterpiece and home to more than two million volumes and nearly two-and-half million audiobooks. Regarded as one of the city’s most notable structures, the library was designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. Join us to explore the Swedish innovations created within these walls that are now found in academic buildings across the globe and to discuss the smart-design implemented by Asplund in his creation of the building in the 1920s.
Royal Swedish Opera
The Royal Swedish Opera’s Managing and Artistic Director and IWF Sweden Member Birgitta Svendén welcomes you for a special visit and tour of the Opera. Experienced artists guide you through a look “behind the curtain” to meet current artists and learn about the unique history of the building. Join us as we visit the costume, wig and makeup workshops and view the preparations on stage for the evening’s performance of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, as well as take an exclusive tour of the Royal Foyer, an area of the Opera closed to the public.
Join us as we explore THINGS®, a co-working space at KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s campus in downtown Stockholm, home to start-ups crafting solutions to global challenges. The entrepreneurs in residence at THINGS® work in the Internet of Things, wearable technology, med-tech, 3D scanning/printing and smart grid technologies, among other areas. THINGS® is unique as an incubator with start-ups developing products independently of investors and established manufacturers. THINGS® lives up to its original mission of being the #1 hub for “hardware oriented” start-ups and companies in Sweden. Members of THINGS® have unique access to unparalleled prototyping, testing capabilities, and partnerships with some of the most successful and innovative companies in Sweden. Join us as we hear about the entrepreneurial journeys of members with THINGS® CEO and Founder Linda Krondahl and have the opportunity to experience some of these innovative devices first-hand.
6:30 P.M Dine Around Launch
FRIDAY, MAY 19
7:00 A.M. — 4:00 P.M. IWF Registration Desk
7:00 A.M. — 4:00 P.M. Exhibits & Trunk shows
8:30 A.M. PLENARY 3 – SOLVE PROBLEMS: SHAPE OPPORTUNITIES
Private capital is critical to developing sustainable economies, and sustainable economies contribute to political and social stability. A robust, diverse business environment provides employment for more people, improving lives, and reducing the likelihood of economic migration.
We discuss how businesses, NGOs, and international organizations can contribute, paying particular attention to how targeted private capital can drive opportunity, especially for women.
• Anna Ryott, Managing Director and CEO of Swedfund, the Swedish government’s development finance institution
9:45 A.M. COFFEE BREAK
10:00 A.M. PLENARY 4 – EARTHQUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS: THE SURGE OF POPULISM & NATIONALISM
From Stockholm to Stuttgart, from Tel Aviv to Tijuana, one can feel the reverberations of two largely unexpected events: the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the US, and the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. Both are being seen as part of a worldwide pivot towards populism and nationalism, and away from globalism. This upheaval, fed by economic and cultural discontent, is expected to spread and grow, potentially changing social and political dynamics across the world. What does it mean for governments, economies, alliances, and global institutions? What does it mean for minorities and immigrants? What does it mean for you and me?
We gather some of the world’s foremost experts to consider the reasons for this tectonic shift in world outlook, and ponder its implications.
• Ann-Cathrine Jungar, Professor and Researcher with a specific focus on the radical right in Nordic countries, Södertörn University, Sweden
• Cas Mudde, Political scientist, Professor and Researcher at the University of Georgia, USA, focusing on political extremism and populism in Europe
• Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution
11:15 A.M. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: THE MUSIC OF SWEDEN
Music is a mixing bowl where cultures meet and merge, creating new sounds and new connections.
Sweden is a top exporter of music, and has been for decades. With Ace of Base, Robyn, Icona Pop, Roxette, and of course, ABBA, Sweden has a well-deserved reputation as a global pop music powerhouse.
But in our interconnected and mobile world, genres from other nations, like rap and soul, are reverberating here.
We talk with artists and members of the music industry about what makes Sweden rock, and how the international language of music creates new connections.
• Seinabo Sey, Soul singer and songwriter known for her debut single “Younger”
• Staffan Forssell, Director-General, Swedish Arts Council
• Jan Gradvall, Swedish music journalist for TV4 and Dagens Industri, and host of the podcast “Gradvall” on Sveriges Radio
• Mia Segolsson, General Manager Polar Music International AB, responsible for the ABBA catalogue of music and ABBA brand worldwide
MORE THAN NUMBERS: FILLING IN THE PICTURE
Statistics are an important tool with which to understand our world. They do not, however, tell the whole story. Anna Rosling Rönnlund is using photographs, video, and data visualization to widen and deepen our understanding of economic and social trends. In the process, she is shattering stereotypes, and literally showing us how we are different, and how we are alike.
• Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Swedish statistician, Co-Founder & Product Manager, Gapminder Foundation
IN THE LAND OF UNICORNS: SWEDEN’S TECH INCUBATOR
In business, the unicorn is no longer a mythical figure.
Unicorns – start-up companies valued at over 1 billion US dollars – are creating and deploying new technologies that are changing the world.
VentureBeat estimates there are over 230 unicorns globally, including household names like Uber, Airbnb and Pintrest.
Stockholm has produced more than its fair share. It is the birthplace of Spotify and Skype, and has more unicorns per capita than any other city in the world. And nearly 20% of the Swedish labor force works in tech.
What makes Sweden such fertile ground for technology and innovation? We explore the economic, political and cultural environment behind the unicorn explosion.
• Jenny Hermanson*, Managing Director, Nordics, Spotify
• Jane Walerud*, Partner at Walerud Ventures, investor and adviser behind the development of many Swedish start-ups including the unicorn Klarna
• Karin Röding*, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Swedish Ministry of Education and Research and member of the government’s Innovation Council
12:45 P.M. CLOSING LUNCHEON – SAFE SPACE: SECURITY AND STABILITY FOR GIRLS
Girls are change agents, and when girls thrive, communities and nations benefit.
For too many girls, however, the world is a dangerous place. Too many are denied educational opportunity. Too many receive little or no health care. Too many are forced into early marriage. Too many are preyed on by traffickers. Too many are victims of psychological, physical, or sexual abuse.
We talk to women who are creating safe spaces where girls can learn and prosper. As these girls grow they will help build a future that is more equitable, stable, and sustainable.
• Musimbi Kanyoro, President & CEO, Global Fund for Women
• Ghada Waly, Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity
• Obiageli Ezekwesili, Co-founder Bring Back Our Girls and Senior Economic Advisor for the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)