20 members inducted

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) is preparing for its centennial next year and is boosting the Academy’s expertise and knowledge with the addition of twenty new members. Among those being inducted are Ola Rosling, President and Chairman of the Gapminder foundation; Ulla Sandborgh, Director General of Svenska Kraftnät; and Magnus Berggren, a professor in Organic Electronics.

Ola Rosling is the President and Chairman of the Gapminder foundation. Ola Rosling, his father Hans Rosling and his wife Ann Rosling Rönnlund jointly developed the visualisation program called Trendalyzer and formed the Gapminder foundation. The successful learning tools Rosling has developed are used in schools throughout the world. In 2015 Rosling launched the concept of “factfulness”.

“If we are completely wrong about the present state of the world, we have no chance of guessing about the future,” says Ola Rosling ahead of his upcoming induction into IVA.

Ulla Sandborgh is Director General of Svenska kraftnät (Sweden’s national grid). Sandborgh has a MSc in Civil Engineering from KTH. In the past she has worked at Fortum Värme (now Stockholm Exergi) as Plant Manager and Head of Marketing for the company’s largest combined heat and power plant (CHP), Värtan. Sandborgh is an important voice in the development of Swedish society through Svenska kraftnät’s mission as one of the largest infrastructure construction companies in Sweden.

“It is an honour to be part of IVA’s Electrical Engineering Division. The ongoing energy transition requires both fresh ideas and new technology in order to be successful. This division is therefore an important arena where initiatives with these themes can be developed,” she says.

Magnus Berggren is a professor or Organic Electronics at Campus Norrköping, Linköping University. Berggren has been a guest researcher at Bell Labs, AT&T in the USA and has headed a number of important research initiatives, such as the Government Strategic Research Area Grant in Materials Science, Power Papers project (KAW). He has been awarded IVA’s Gold Medal. Berggren has served as CEO for Thin Film Electronics in Linköping and was responsible for developing printed electronics at Acrea AB, which is now part of RISE. Working in cooperation with Linköping University and Acreo, Berggren built a unique environment for research, development and commercialisation in organic and printed electronics, which resulted in a number of spin-off companies.

“I’m grateful and humbled by my upcoming assignment as a member of IVA to promote the engineering sciences in society. One of the areas that interests me the most is when the – not always entirely obvious – challenges and opportunities of industry and society become basic research themes at universities. In other words, when ideas head towards the “normal” streams in the knowledge flow value chain,” says Magnus Berggren.  

Annica Bresky, Executive Vice President at Stora Enso Consumer Board Division, has a MSc from Uppsala University and an Exec MBA. She has worked as a development engineer and operations manager at the Kvarnveden paper mill and has served as CEO of BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg and Holmen’s Iggesund Paperboard division. Today Bresky is head of the Stora Enso Consumer Board Division and is a member of executive management.

“I’m very happy and honoured to be elected. IVA is a noble institution and facilitator of future innovation in our society and industry. I look forward to being able to do my part,” says Annica Bresky.

Fredrik Tell is a professor in Business Economics at Uppsala University. Tell has a PhD from Linköping University. He serves as Chairman of Föreningen Företagsekonomi i Sverige (FEKIS) and has conducted numerous studies on knowledge development for electric power, telecom, automobile manufacturing and construction companies.

“I’m incredibly honoured to have been elected. Throughout my research career I’ve conducted research and worked at engineering-intensive companies. I am full of admiration and humility about the complex challenges these companies face on a daily basis. Being able to contribute to management knowledge development and technology development organisation has been a strong driver for me, especially considering how important these types of activities are for growth, prosperity and sustainable development. I’m therefore looking forward to taking an active part in IVA’s work,” says Fredrik Tell.

Mats Deleryd has a MSc in Industrial Economics and a PhD in Quality Development from Luleå University of Technology. Today he serves as CEO of SIQ – Swedish Institute for Quality. Deleryd has more than 20 years of industrial experience and has held leading roles at global corporations such as ABB, Bombardier, Volvo Construction Equipment and AB Volvo.

“I’m extremely honoured to have been elected as a member of IVA, one of Sweden’s most important actors at the intersection of academia, industry and the public sector. Today we live in a time of enormous technological development, which requires us to look at how we can successfully lead and govern organisations in a turbulent world. We are on the brink of a fifth quality wave – “Quality 5.0”. I hope to be able to help IVA, SIQ and other actors to work together even more to jointly create the leadership models of the future for sustainable and long-term development,” says Mats Deleryd.

Fredrik Sjöholm is an economics professor at the School of Economics and Management at Lund University. Sjöholm’s research focuses on globalisation, international economic policy and the economic effects of international trade and investment. Sjöholm has worked as an advisor in the public sector and to various organisations, and has been a member of various projects focusing primarily on globalisation processes. He has also been active at Stockholm School of Economics, National University of Singapore, Örebro University and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

“It was with great joy and pride that I received the word about being elected into IVA. I look forward to being part of the networks with their broad and deep expertise in science, society and enterprise – areas that I’m passionate about. It is also my hope and belief that my many years of research on the economic effects of globalisation will benefit IVA,” says Fredrik Sjöholm.

John Hassler is a professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University. Hassler is a member of the Committee for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has served as Chairman of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, has worked as an advisor at the Ministry of Finance and has been a member of the European Economic Advisory Group and the international Bellagio Group.

“I am honoured to become a member of IVA. As a climate economics researcher I am particularly happy to be able to work in contexts that span various themes at IVA. The climate issue will not be solved without close cooperation between the engineering and economic sciences. When he accepted the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Paul Romer said that technological development can make it easier than many people think to create a fossil-free society. Organisations such as IVA are needed if he is going to be right,” says John Hassler.

Eva Halvarsson is CEO of Andra AP-fonden and has a MSc in Business & Economics from the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law. She has previously served as Head of the Division for State Enterprises at the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications. She started her career in accounting. Eva Halvarsson was part of the group which, in 2004, developed the first Swedish corporate governance code and was also a member of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board for a number of years.

“IVA is an organisation with widespread roots in Swedish society and I’m honoured to be elected and to have the opportunity to continue working in that spirit,” says Eva Halvarsson.

Charlotte Andersson has a PhD in Engineering and a MSc in Engineering from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), where she is also an associate professor. Andersson has previously worked for LKAB R&D. She serves as an assistant professor in Metallurgy at LTU and is conducting research in pelletisation within HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology, a collaboration between SSAB, Vattenfall and LKAB to produce carbon-neutral steel.

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as a member of IVA and look forward to participating in the Academy’s work to promote the engineering sciences and increase knowledge about minerals and metals in society,” says Charlotte Andersson.

Göran Stemme is a professor in Electrical Measurements at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH. He also has a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. He established the Micro and Nanosystems Department at the School of Electrical Engineering, KTH and has commercialised research results in areas such as pressure sensors for catheters (Radi Medical) and a variety of lab-on-a-chip systems for use within healthcare.
“I’m extremely happy and honoured that my work and research in micro and nanosystems are being recognised in this way. I look forward to participating in IVA’s meetings and discussions, especially those about making Sweden stronger in innovation,” says Göran Stemms.

Anna Sandström is Science Policy and Relations Director Europe at AstraZeneca, where she is responsible for the company's research relationships and input for research and innovation policy with a focus on the EU, UK and Sweden. Sandström has a PhD in molecular biophysics from Karolinska Institutet and is also on the Boards of Max IV and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and on the steering committee for the Drug Discovery and Development Platform (DDD) at the Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.

“I am extremely happy and honoured to have been elected and look forward to meetings with stimulating discussion and interesting projects within IVA,” says Anna Sandström.

Tomas Björkman is an entrepreneur and a founder of Stiftelsen Ekskäret in Stockholm, Ekskäret Klustret and Perspectiva Institute, UK. Björkman has studied mathematics and physics in Uppsala and has a MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Sussex. He started IBP Fondkommission and has served as Chairman of EFT Investmentbank AB.  

“It is a great honour to be elected into such a prestigious and dynamic organisation as IVA. I hope to be able to contribute a multidisciplinary perspective on the fast technology development and the opportunities and challenges it brings for individuals and society.”

Peter Gärdenfors is a professor in Cognitive Science at Lund University. Gärdenfors conducts research into human-robot interaction (HRI) and has helped develop a language system for an iCub robot. Gärdenfors has worked for many years in cooperation with a robotics team at the University of Technology in Sydney where research is being conducted in learning and attention in human-robot interaction. Gärdenfors has been a member of the Steering Committee for the NTA Digital programme at IVA.

“I am very honoured,” says Peter Gärdenfors.

Åsa Zetterberg held the position until recently as Sweden’s first Chief Digital Officer at the Government Offices of Sweden, tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Government’s digitalisation strategy. Zetterberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Uppsala University and in Economics from Uppsala University/Western Sydney University.

“IVA is a unique meetingplace that gathers excellent and strong talent from academia, industry and the public sector, creating a fantastic ability to be an engine in development of society. I feel proud and honoured to have been elected as a member and want to both learn and contribute my knowledge, experience and initiatives to benefit society and develop industry,” says Åsa Zetterberg.

Thomas Schön is a professor at Uppsala University. Schön is a leader in machine learning which is the area of AI that has developed the most and produced the most successful applications. Schön was previously recognised by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) when he received the Tage Erlander Prize for Swedish research in science and technology as well as the Arnbergska Prize.

 “Machine Learning will affect people and the society we live in significantly in the future. I feel very honoured to have been elected as a member of IVA and hope, with IVA as the platform, to be able to contribute to the development of machine learning in a way that will greatly benefit humans and our future societies,” says Thomas Schön.

Ingela Ekebro is Project Director of Project Helios at SCA. She is responsible for developing the Östran pulp mill into the biggest bleach kraft pulp production line in the world. Ekebro has a degree in engineering from Mälardalen University. She has served as Production Director for pulp. Since 2008 she has been Division Manager Pulp and head of Östrand pulp mill.

“It’s a fantastic honour and I’m so excited about being inducted into IVA. These are issues I’m really passionate about, so I look forward to the privilege of being able to learn more and to contribute to the Academy’s important mission,” says Ingela Ekebro.

Peter Thomsen is a professor and head of the Department of Biomaterials and the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg. He conducts research in osseointegration of implanted human tissue. He founded and was Scientific Director of BIOMATCELL, VINN Excellence Center of Biomaterials and Cell Therapy. Thomsen is an international leader in biomaterials research

“It is a great honour to be elected. IVA focuses on many important social issues. My expectation is that I will increase my knowledge through IVA’s network. I hope to be able to contribute so that we can maintain and hopefully strengthen Sweden’s international competitiveness in medtech and the associated materials fields,” says Peter Thomsen.

Agneta Dreber is Chair of Healthcare at Stockholm County Council (SLL) and Vice Chair of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. She has a BA in Russian and English and a MSc in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. Dreber has served as Vice Mayor of Stockholm, Director General of the Swedish Institute of Public Health, Administrative Director at SLL and Chief Executive of the Swedish Food Federation.

“The idea behind IVA – to bring together the research, business and political spheres – provides fantastic opportunities to be an exciting meetingplace. With my background in public administration and experience from Stockholm County Council, Stockholm’s municipal politics and Swedish industry, I look forward to being a member of IVA.”

Eva Lindström is a member of the European Court of Auditors which oversees the processes and development of the EU’s financial management. Lindström has served as Auditor-General, Budget Director at the Ministry of Finance and State Secretary at the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications.
“I’m incredibly honoured and happy to have been elected. IVA’s role in transferring knowledge and experience is more important than ever in a climate where facts are often questioned. I hope to be able to contribute my experience from Swedish administration, but also to add a European perspective,” says Eva Lindström.


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