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Singapore and Sweden: Innovation Collaborations and Diversity in Tech

SGInnovate. Partnered with Embassy of Sweden in Singapore

Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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Singapore and Sweden are both global innovation powerhouses. The two countries top The Economist Intelligence Unit’s new 'Technological Readiness Ranking' for 2018-2022. And based on the Bloomberg 2019 Innovation Index recently announced in Davos at the World Economy Forum 2019, Singapore and Sweden are among the world’s top ten nations in areas such as R&D spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech companies (Sweden is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to the number of unicorns produced per capita). 

Join us as we explore potential partnership and strengthening diversity in tech between Singapore’s and Sweden’s ecosystems, and also with the Nordic community at large. 

Date: 21 February 2019, Thursday
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

Speakers:

  • Ms. Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency)
  • Ms. Karin Nilsdotter, CEO, Spaceport Sweden
  • Ms. Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, CXA Group
  • Ms. Anna Eriksson, Director General, DIGG (Agency for Digital Government)
  • Ms. Vesna Jovic, Director General, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

Moderator:

  • Mr. Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Programme:
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration and Networking
6:00pm – 6:10pm: Opening Remarks
-    Ms. Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency)
6:10pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion 
-    Ms. Karin Nilsdotter, CEO, Spaceport Sweden
-    Ms. Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, CXA Group
-    Ms. Anna Eriksson, Director General, DIGG (Agency for Digital Government)
-    Ms. Vesna Jovic, Director General, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
-    Moderated by Mr. Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Networking

Speakers’ Profiles:

Ms. Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency)

Darja has been serving as Director General of Vinnova since August 2018. Darja has extensive managerial experience from the private sector. In the public sector, she is a member of the National Innovation Council, the national collaboration program Life Science.

Vinnova is Sweden's government agency for innovation. The agency’s mission is to contribute to sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. This is mainly done by funding innovation projects and the research needed to develop new solutions. The agency also invests long term in strong research and innovation environments.

Ms. Karin Nilsdotter, CEO, Spaceport Sweden

Karin is the CEO, and partner, of Spaceport Sweden, which is a pioneering initiative to establish commercial human spaceflight as a new industry for tourism, research and education in Sweden. The vision of Spaceport Sweden is to create a world leading spaceport and enable access to space for mankind, but also to provide a platform for cross-industry innovation and empowerment through access to space in particular among young talent and women in across different disciplines.

Karin is also serving as advisory board member of the Warp Institute, space executive board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, among others.

Ms. Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, CXA Group

Rosaline invested $5 million of her savings and borrowed another $5 million to build CXA. CXA's vision is to unlock wellness in the workplace without firms spending more, by converting existing insurance and healthcare dollars into early detection and disease prevention. CXA empowers employees to become healthier while reducing healthcare costs. With more than 400,000 users across 20 countries in Asia, CXA is now valued at more than $100 million. CXA has been awarded Insurtech of the Year, and Rosaline recognised as the Top CEO and Woman Leader of the Year.

Rosaline supervised Procter & Gamble factory lines in Iowa and then worked at Bankers Trust on Wall Street. She launched two dot-com start-ups before moving to ACE insurance. Rosaline also grew Mercer Marsh Benefits' 14 APAC countries by 800% over 8 years. She graduated from UCLA Cybernetics and Columbia Business School.

Ms. Anna Eriksson, Director General, DIGG (Agency for Digital Government)

Anna is Director General and CEO of DIGG (Agency for Digital Government). The Agency for Digital Government is a newly established agency. The agency’s mission is to coordinate and support the digitalisation of the public administration in order to make it more efficient and effective. The agency is also responsible for the public administration’s digital infrastructure and assists the government by monitoring and evaluating the development within the area.

Ms. Vesna Jovic, Director General, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

Vesna is Director General of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), an association for municipalities, county councils and regions. As an employer and representative organisation, they advocate their interests and offer support and services. The association’s mission is to provide municipalities, county councils and regions with better conditions for local and regional self-government. The vision is to develop the welfare system and its services.

Moderator's Profile:

Mr. Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services. Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early stage technology companies from Singapore.

Prior to his role as the CEO of SGInnovate, Mr Leonard served three years as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. In that role, he had executive responsibility at the national level for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore.

Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost), a global leader in e-commerce logistics; and AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.

 

Have questions about Singapore and Sweden: Innovation Collaborations and Diversity in Tech? Contact SGInnovate. Partnered with Embassy of Sweden in Singapore

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)


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