Eighteen people inducted into IVA

Monday 5 February 2018

Professor Anna Dreber Almenberg, Professor Sara Rosengren and Patrik Tigerschiöld are among the 18 individuals from academia and the business community to be inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences at the most recent Assembly of the Academy.

Kerstin Konradsson was inducted into the Mining and Materials division. Konradsson has a MSc in Mining Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). She has 25 years of experience in the steel and base metals industries, where she has held senior positions in production, R&D, sourcing, sales, strategy and business development. She is President of Boliden Smelters and CEO of Boliden Commercial and has previously worked for companies such as Åkers and SSAB. Konradsson is a member of the board of Höganäs.

“Metals have a key role to play in both our built environment and in the climate conversion of our economies,” says Konradsson. “I’m honoured and look forward to helping to promote more innovation and better use of resources.”

Martin Pei was inducted into the Mining and Materials division. Martin Pei serves as CTO at SSAB. He has a deep involvement in Jernkontoret (Swedish steel producers' association) and is Chairman of a joint project of SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall for fossil-free iron and steel production called HYBRIT. Pei received his PhD in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Technology’s Department of Applied Process Metallurgy.

“I feel very honoured to have been elected as a member of the Academy and I look forward to learning about all of the important work being done within the framework of IVA,” says Pei. “For me this challenge is also a confirmation of the impact that SSAB’s R&D work is having on society, especially in the area of high-strength steel products and the ongoing initiative to develop a fossil-free production process for iron and steel, HYBRIT.

Cecilia Daun Wennborg was inducted into the Management division. She has had a long and successful career within Skandia where she has served as CEO of Skandia Link and Head of Skandia Sweden, among other positions. She has worked for five years within the private healthcare and care sector as a CFO and CEO. Since 2010 she has been active as an independent member of the boards of ICA Gruppen, Getinge, Loomis, Bravida, Hoist Finance, Oncopeptides and Sophiahemmet, among others. Daun Wennborg has a MSc in Economics from Stockholm University.  

“I am delighted and honoured to be inducted into IVA and I look forward to taking an active role in IVA’s many activities,” says Daun Wennborg.

Christer Sandahl was inducted into the Management division. He is a professor at Karolinska Institutet and is conducting management research with a focus on public healthcare and universities. Sandahl was one of the founders of Sandahl Partners consulting firm, which currently has around 30 consultants. The company has had assignments for forest companies, the defence industry, in banking and insurance, and for the Government Offices of Sweden, among others.

“My spontaneous reaction when I heard the news that I had been elected was entirely irrational – just like we as human beings often react, with a mixture of emotion and reason,” says Sandahl. “I thought to myself ‘my father and grandfather will be proud’, even though they passed away many years ago. Both of them were passionate engineers. In the spirit of these men I’ll contribute my expertise to IVA, focusing in particular on highlighting and advancing a balance sheet item that is often overlooked – “confidence capital.”

Maureen McKelvey was inducted into the Management division. She is a professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law and has also been a professor of Innovation Economics at Chalmers University of Technology. Maureen McKelvey has published around a dozen books and numerous articles in international journals. She has also participated as an expert in commissions for Sweden and the EU. During the years 1999–2001 she was a member of IVA’s IRC (International Research Committee) leadership programme. She has a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University and a BSc in Economics and Political Science from Rice University, USA. She also has a PhD in Technology and Social Change from Linköping University.

“I am deeply honoured to be elected as a member of IVA,” says McKelvey. “Sweden is dependent on close ties between technology, global enterprise and universities to promote societal development and economic growth. As a member of IVA I want to help further strengthen these ties.” 

Patrik Tigerschiöld was inducted into the Management division. He is Chairman of Bure Equity and was previously CEO for the group. He is also Chairman of the Board of Mycronic AB and a member of the boards of Cavotec, SNS Förtroenderåd and Stockholm University. He previously served as Chairman of Academedia and in the 1990s worked for the SEB bank. Tigerschiöld has a MSc in Business and Economics from Stockholm University.

“I have had the privilege of participating in IVA’s seminars and trips for a number of years,” says Patrik Tigerschiöld. “I’m delighted to now be able to intensify my involvement. The Academy arranges high-quality activities and events that have great relevance for me as a shareholder and business leader in companies that are active in the global arena in high-tech industries.”

Carolina Wählby was inducted into the Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. She has an MSc in Engineering from Uppsala University, a PhD in computerised image analysis and is a professor in Quantitative Microscopy at Uppsala University and Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). Wählby has been a project manager in image-based screening of pharmaceutical substances at the Broad Institute at Harvard/MIT. Wählby and her research team are developing image analysis methods that will make it possible to analyse complex biological information in large image databases, particularly those gathered using microscopy. These methods have had a strong impact on research in the field. Wählby’s team is working with companies such as Astra Zeneca and Vironova. At this time much of the research is focused on so-called deep learning methods to analyse tissue samples, new morphological biomarkers and digital pathology. 

“It’s a great honour to be inducted into IVA and I look forward to learning a lot and making new contacts in both the academic world and in industry,” says Carolina Wählby. “I hope to also be able to contribute my experience and knowledge for many years to come.”

Fredrik Laurell was inducted into the Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. He is a professor of Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the fields of laser physics and photonics. Photonics is providing new methods that are impacting several areas –from manufacturing industry and the energy sector to health and communication. Alongside his research and teaching Laurell has been involved in a number of important assignments, including for the Royal Academy of Sciences, Swedish Optical Society and European Optical Society,

“I’m very honoured to be inducted into IVA,” says Fredrik Laurell. “I hope to be able to spread knowledge about the new light technologies that are being developed today and that are reshaping many areas of technology.  We are now in the century of the photon; photonics is expected to have the same revolutionary importance as electronics in the 20th century.

Mats Danielsson was inducted into the Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences division. He is a professor of Medical Imaging Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He has 27 international patents and has created three spinoff companies in the medical technology field. His most well-known product is used in more than 30 countries for early detection of breast cancer. Mats Danielsson is a member of the boards of Prismatic Sensors AB and Biovica International AB, and is a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

“It is a great honour to be inducted into IVA,” says Mats Danielsson. “I hope to be able to help the Academy achieve its goal of strengthening Swedish industry, research and education – in particular in the medical applications area.”

Hannele Arvonen was inducted into the Forest Technology division. Since 2013 Arvonen has served as President and CEO of Setra Group. She has focused on securing Setra’s long-term competitiveness and value creation be establishing a clearly-defined strategy for the Group. Arvonen has 20 years of experience in the forest industry, working in different capacities and with various development processes. she has, among other things, worked at Holmen and M-real (Metsä Board). She has a Master’s degree from Helsinki University and a BA in International Relations from Beloit College Wisconsin, USA.

“I’m delighted and honoured to be elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences,” says Arvonen. “I look forward to working within IVA’s platforms on developing forestry and working together with business leaders and academics.”

Lars Winter was inducted into the Forest Technology division. Winter is the CEO of Domsjö Fabriker AB where he is the driving force behind Flaggskepp Bioraffinaderi , the goal of which is to build a biorefinery in Örnsköldsvik. Winter is a member of Processum and the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, and has been active within the Mid Sweden Chamber of Commerce. He has a Licentiate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

“I’m happy and honoured to be inducted into IVA,” says Lars Winter. “I hope that I will be able to help promote development of the Swedish forest industry in terms of resource-efficient manufacturing of products to reduce fossil fuel dependency and thereby also reduce the negative climate impact.”

Anna Dreber Almenberg was inducted into the Economics division. She is an economics professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Dreber Almenberg’s research focus is behavioural economics, where she analyses research results are reliable and to what extent prediction is possible. She has published articles in several top journals and has more than 5,000 scientific citations. Dreber Almenberg was named a Wallenberg Academy Fellow in 2013 and is a member of the Young Academy of Sweden

“I’m delighted,” says Anna Driver Almenberg. “I think it will be really interesting and rewarding – IVA is a fantastic blend of research, industry and politics.”

John Abrahamson was inducted into the Economics division. He is Chairman of the Lund School of Economics and Management. Abrahamson has made a significant imprint as a financial advisor, mainly in large corporate and restructuring transactions in the Swedish and Norwegian private sectors. His board assignments include Lund University, Malmö FF, Nasdaq Nordic and Malmö Börssällskap. Abrahanson has an economics degree from Lund University and has been employed by SEB bank since 1984.

“IVA is one of Sweden’s most important intellectual environments and an important meetingplace for different sectors of society,” says Abrahamson. “It is an honour to become a member and it will be a pleasure to be part of the Academy.”

Lars Oxelheim was inducted into the Economics division. He is a professor of International Business at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder (UiA) and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He also works at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm and at Fudan University in Shanghai, and is a professor emeritus at Lund university. Oxelheim is one of Sweden’s most internationally cited and active researchers in the intersection of economics, financial economics and business economics. In addition to numerous scientific articles, he has published about 40 books on the subject. In 1997 at the initiative of the Government, Oxelheim built the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business where for the past 16 years he has arranged an annual economics conference – the only one of its kind in Sweden.

Sara Rosengren was inducted into the Economics division. She is a professor at the Department of Marketing and Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics. Rosengren is the first person to hold the ICA-handlarnas Chair in Business Administration with a focus in retailing. Her research is within the broad areas of marketing with an emphasis on consumer behaviour, advertising and in recent years, retailing. Rosengren has a long list of published articles, is a member of the boards of the SSE Institute for Research and the European Advertising Academy. She has been named Educator of the Year by the Stockholm School of Economics student union.

“I’m happy and proud to have been elected as a member of IVA,” says Sara Rosengren. “The links between academia and the business community are important if we are to meet the challenges that our businesses and industries are facing, and I look forward to taking part in and adding to the conversation.”

Jan Bosch was inducted into the Information Technology division. He is a professor of Software Development at Chalmers University of Technology and Director of the Software Center in Gothenburg. Bosch is known internationally as a top researcher in software development with around 400 published articles including in the areas of component-based design, software architecture, data-driven development and software ecosystems. He has held leading industrial positions at the executive level within Nokia and Intuit Inc. in the USA. Bosch has a MSc from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and earned his PhD at Lund University.

“In a society that is going through a digital transformation, software is increasingly important,” says Bosch. “As a professor of software development and with more than 25 years of experience in industry and academia, I am honoured to have been elected as a member of IVA. I look forward to contributing to IVA and Swedish society.”

Marie Ekström Trägårdh was inducted into the Information Technology division. Since 1999 she has served as CEO for various national companies within Sectra, and since 2011 she has been CEO of Sectra Imaging IT Solutions, Sectra’s largest division. Ekström Trägårdh has a broad range of experience in medical IT in an international arena. She is a renowned leader and has driven internal programmes to increase the number of female managers in the IT field and in Sectra. The company is currently listed on Albright’s white list as one of the top workplaces in Sweden in terms of gender equality. Ekström Trägårdh has a degree in systems science from Linköping University. After graduating in 1986 she worked at the Department of Medical Technology at Linköping University and thereafter for various companies in healthcare IT.

“I’m extremely honoured to be inducted into IVA,” says Ekström Trägårdh. “It’s an organisation for which I have enormous respect and one that is needed in Sweden. A strong driver for me is how we can impact patient health with IT, but also how we can ensure that Sweden is at the forefront in the area. I’m particularly proud of our democracy and social welfare system, which we are able to maintain by being an industrial export nation, exporting products, for example, in my field of image processing.

Maria Häll was inducted into the Information Technology division. Häll is one of the first students and the only women in the first class to have graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Luleå University of Technology. After ten years at the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications as a political expert and later as deputy assistant undersecretary responsible for IT infrastructure, she is now CEO of the Swedish University Network SUNET, a branch of the Swedish Research Council. She has also worked in the steel industry for SSAB and Ovako as an IT and broadband strategist at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and is head of the broadband network Gävlenet within Gävle Energi.  

“During most of my professional career I’ve had a passion for social issues and the role technology can play in promoting development and innovation in society,” says Häll. I am therefore both happy and honoured to be inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. IVA’s mission, after all, is to promote the engineering and economic sciences and the advancement of business and industry for the benefit of society. I hope and believe that I can contribute to this mission with my experience and strong interest in these issues.”

 

IVA members

IVA is an independent academy with around 1,300 Swedish and international members. They are decision-makers, experts 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 sectors.

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.