At its most recent Assembly, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) inducted 20 new members. They include former Minister for the Environment Lena Ek, Dagens Nyheter’s former CEO Gunilla Herlitz and Professor Jari Kinaret.
Lena Ek (born 1958) was inducted into IVA’s Forest Technology division. Lena is the former Minister for the Environment (C) and is now Chairman of Södra Skogsägarna and of Forest-based Sector Technology Platform, FTP. Lena has a Master of Laws from Lund University and has lectured and served as an examiner in the history of law and public law on the faculty of Lund University. Lena has had a long career in politics, with six years in the Riksdag (parliament) and seven years on the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
- The forest industry accounts for 30 percent of Swedish net exports and is the foundation for the bioeconomy of the future. I’m honoured and look forward to focusing on competitiveness and innovation that can lead to new products and jobs, says Lena Ek.
Gunilla Herlitz (born 1960) was inducted into IVA’s Management division. Gunilla was educated at Stockholm School of Economics and Poppius Journalism School. Gunilla has worked for more than 30 years in media, as a reporter, news editor and as both Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the daily newspapers Dagens industri and Dagens Nyheter. She left the Bonnier Group earlier this year where she was in charge of the Group’s news division, Bonnier News, including serving as CEO of Expressen, DN and DI. Today she a member of the board of Marginalen Bank and the online store Sportamore.
- I look forward to getting involved in IVA’s activities. I think it’s exciting that the Academy spans so many different disciplines. Now more than ever there is a need for a forum where technology, innovation, industry and enterprise can meet, says Gunilla Herlitz.
Jari Kinaret (born 1962), was inducted into IVA’s Mining and Materials division. Jari is a professor of Condensed Matter Theory at Chalmers University of Technology. His area of focus is nanoscience and nanotechnology, and primarily electronic and mechanical phenomena on the nanoscale. Jari is also one of the main figures behind one of the EU’s most prestigious research projects, Graphene Flagship. The project has 154 partners in 23 countries and Jan is working on developing applications for graphene to make Europe more competitive.
- I am delighted and honoured to become an IVA member and I look forward to many interesting meetings and discussions,” says Jari Kinaret. “Prior to my induction into the Academy, I spoke at IVA meetings in Gothenburg and Stockholm and participated in IVA’s programmes. IVA is an important forum for creating and developing contacts between universities and industry. The Academy is thus making a strong contribution to knowledge transfer between actors and to making Sweden more competitive.
Filip Johnsson (born 1960) was inducted into IVA’s Electrical Engineering division. Filip is a professor of Energy and the Environment at Chalmers University of Technology. He has extensive experience in the energy area and has focused in recent years on the transformation of the electricity system in Sweden and the EU. Among other things, Filip and his research team have developed model tools and databases to optimise the energy system leading up to 2050 based on different scenarios. An important element of this is to understand how wind and solar energy can be integrated as effectively as possible.
Annika Borgenstam (born 1966) was inducted into IVA’s Mining and Materials division. Annika is a professor of Micro and Nano Structures in Materials at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Annika’s research is aimed at structures from the nano to micro level with a focus on how a structure arises and how it can be changed. The objective is to develop models that describe how structures are formed and can subsequently be used in the design of new materials or to improve existing materials. Annika is Director of the VINN Excellence Center Hero-M, which combines world-leading research with valuable industry collaboration, and is Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KTH.
Henrik Eskilsson (born 1974) was inducted into IVA’s Management division. Henrik has an MSc in Engineering from Linköping University and is CEO of the eye tracking company Tobii. The company was formed in 2001 and Henrik Eskilsson is one of the co-founders. Tobii now has more than 700 employees and operations in 14 countries. The company has, among other things, developed an eye control device for computers as a tool for people with disabilities. The technology is also used in other areas, such as in behaviour studies, and is embedded in consumer electronics.
Lennart Evrell(born 1954) was inducted into IVA’s Management division. Lennart has an MSc in Engineering, MSc in Business & Economics and an MBA. He is one of the most experienced CEOs of traded companies on the stock exchange and has served as President & CEO of Boliden since 2008. The companies where he has worked include ABB, Atlas Copco and Munters. Lennart is Chairman of Umeå University and the Mining Employers Association (Gruvornas Arbetsgivareförbund), and is a member of the board of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
Marcus Lindahl (born 1973) was inducted into IVA’s Management division. Marcus has an MSc in Industrial Economics from KTH. He is a professor of Industrial Economics at Uppsala University. Marcus’s research is applicable in industrial environments and he often conducts research in close cooperation with industrial or public sector partners such as ABB, FMV and Karolinska Institutet.
Hans Olofsson (born 1952) was inducted into IVA’s Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. Hans is a professor of Radio Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology and is studying processes that affect the life cycles of stars, aimed at understanding what impact these have on the chemical development of galaxies. From 2005 to 2013 he was the head of the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology. The OSO has radio astronomy instruments of a high international level and is involved in advanced technical development to make radio astronomy observations.
Jerker Widengren (born 1965) was inducted into IVA’s Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. Jerker conducts research at the intersection of medicine, biology and physics and is a professor of Experimental Biomolecular physics at KTH. Jerker’s research team develops and applies new methods in fluorescence for fundamental biomolecular studies and clinical diagnosis. He is one of the pioneers in ultrasensitive fluorescence spectroscopy (FCS). FCS has been used extensively in both academy research and in drug development. Jerker has also developed Master’s and PhD courses in Biological Physics at KTH.
Sarah Fredriksson (born 1968), was inducted into IVA’s Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. Sarah has an MSc in Bioengineering and is active as an entrepreneur, currently as CEO of bioengineering company Evidence AB. She has a PhD from Lund University. Sarah’s research interests include development of nanostructures for molecular reproduction and drug development. She is the founder of Genovis AB.
Per-Olof Wedin (born 1955) was inducted into IVA’s Forest Technology division. P-O is President and CEO of Sveaskog. He has an MSc from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and has spent most of his career in the Swedish and Finnish forest industry. P-O has held a broad range of positions in the forest industry, including CEO of Svevia (formally Vägverket Produktion), Regional Manager for Stora Enso in Düsseldorf and Research Director and Director of Production at SCA Graphic Paper.
Cecilia Hermansson (born 1962) was inducted into IVA’s Economics division. Cecilia has an MSc in Business & Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Her doctoral thesis is on the subject of how financial advice from banks affects customers’ saving behaviour. Cecilia has, among other things, worked as an economist at Sida and the Ministry of Finance and served as a senior economist at Swedbank. Cecilia is Chairman of Swedish Industrial Economic Council, member of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council and member of the boards of HUI Research, Folksam Liv and Creades.
Ingalill Holmberg (born 1954) was inducted into IVA’s Economics division. Ingalill is a professor in Business Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). She has, among other things, been head of graduate studies at SSE and developed the Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership. Through her research she has become a prominent figure in leadership and has a long list of published works. Ingalill has supervised ten doctoral candidates, been a faculty opponent and been consulted as an expert in the appointment of academic positions.
Ulla Litzén (born 1956) was inducted into IVA’s Economics division. Ulla has an MSc in Business & Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and an MBA from MIT. She has, among other things, been active at Investor and within the Wallenberg Foundation. She is one of Sweden’s most appointed and experienced board members. She has, among other things, held board positions at AlfaLaval, Electrolux, Boliden and NCC.
Helene Svahn (born 1974) was inducted into IVA’s Biotechnology division. Helene is a professor and head of research and innovation at Permobil Group. She is also the head of the Nanobiotechnology group at the Royal Institute of technology (KTH). Helene’s research focus is in micro and nano sensors with applications in biotechnology and medicine. She has, among other things, been one of MIT’s TR100, a list of innovators under the age of 35 who are expected shape the future, and has been named a Supertalang (super-talant) by the business magazine Veckans Affärer.
Anna Wedell (born 1962) was inducted into IVA’s Biotechnology division. Anna is a professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at Karolinska Institutet. She conducts research on metabolic diseases at Karolinska Institutet and Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) to examine disease mechanisms and improve diagnosis. She is a member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine and since March 2016 has been its Chairman.
Lena Klasén (born 1960) was inducted into IVA’s Information Technology division. Lena is head of the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). She has completed a dissertation at Linköping University and has previously worked at FOI, FMV and SAAB. Lena has a solid research background and has used her expertise in both the public and private sectors. As Director of the NFC she is helping to further develop the police department’s forensics work in the digital era.
Michael W. Barsoum (born 1955) was elected as an international member of IVA. Michael is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He has made prominent discoveries in the MAX and MXene phases and made contributions to materials science and spreading knowledge on ceramics. Michael works in close collaboration with Linköping University and has jointly published some 30 scientific articles with Professor Lars Hultman and Professor Ulf Jansson.
Pierre Lapointe (born 1949) was elected as an international member of IVA. Pierre has a degree in Geology and Geophysics and is head of the Canadian forest research institute, FPInnovations. He works closely with Swedish research institutes such as Innventia and Skogforsk.
IVA is an independent academy with around 1,300 Swedish and international members. The members are decision-makers, specialists and researchers from the private sector, academia and public administration. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf is IVA’s patron and is an active participant in the Academy’s activities. The 1,000 or so Swedish members are divided into twelve divisions focusing on different fields.
The Swedish inducted members are Swedish citizens or permanent residents who have made outstanding contributions in the fields the Academy focuses on and who are prepared to work to help IVA achieve its objectives.
International members are individuals who are permanent residents of another country who have made outstanding contributions in the Academy’s fields and who have shown a particular interest in forging contacts with Swedish research and Swedish industry.
Lena Ek Photo: Henrik Björnsson
Per-Olof Wedin Photo: Fredrik Persson
Ingalill Holmberg Photo: Mats Burman, ateljé Uggla
Anna Wedell Photo: Stefan Zimmerman
Jerker Widengren Photo: Veronika Widengren
Filip Johnsson Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell
Lena Klasén Photo: NFC
Hans Olofsson Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell
Sarah Fredriksson Photo: Erika Weiland
Gunilla Herlitz Photo: Jack Mikrut
Helene Svahn Photo: Erik Thor