Speakers

Read more about the inspiring keynote speakers who will share their IoT insights during the Living Connections IoT Symposium.

Greg Brandeau

Former EVP and CTO, The Walt Disney Studios and SVP, Pixar. 

Greg Brandeau is the former President and COO of Maker Media, the innovative media company that jumpstarted the global Maker movement. Its publication, MAKE Magazine, and its Maker Faire are at the very center of the DIY and 3D printing revolutions currently transforming innovation, manufacturing, culture, and education.

Previously, he worked at Pixar, where he helped build it into the entertainment powerhouse we all know, and at The Walt Disney Studios as EVP and CTO.

Greg is the co-author of Collective Genius, a exciting new book about creating a culture of innovation throughout your business. The key to company-wide creativity, Greg argues, is a special kind of leadership. It doesn’t necessarily look like other kinds of “good” leadership you’re used to. It doesn’t mean creating a vision and trying to make innovation happen yourself.

Instead, as Greg explains, it means creating and sustaining a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problemsolving requires. In his talks, Greg lays out the characteristics of this special innovation-focused leadership and shows you how to harness and unleash the “collective genius” of your organisation.

Greg’s consummate understanding of creative leadership is rooted in his long experience of sending creative businesses to the top. An MIT-trained engineer, Greg’s earlier career saw him working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer. He joined Pixar when it was a relatively small company, and led the effort to develop strong teams and cutting-edge technology to establish Pixar as an enter- tainment powerhouse. Following the sale of Pixar to Disney, Brandeau became EVP and CTO of The Walt Disney Studios, where he led technology innovation from lm production to global collaborative tools.

He serves on the CALIT2 Advisory Board and on the MIT Humanities Visiting Committee. 

Hans Dahlberg

Head of Telia Company Global IoT Solutions

As the leader of the IoT business area within Telia Company, Hans has extensive experience in this new growth area spanning from applications to connectivity. Hans has worked in the telecommunications industry for the last 25 years in different management roles and has been with Telia Company for the past eight years.

Carola Delsinger

Territory Sales Manager, Sweden and Norway at Fältcom

This is Carola Delsinger; Mom of four, a Bruce Springsteen fan, loves to watch a good game of football, and is since the middle of 2015 a Territory Sales Manager at Fältcom, operating in both Sweden and Norway. Her big passion is and always has been to sell smart business solutions that customers will benefit from. Former employers are: NEC Philips, Telia and TDC.

 

Mathias Ekman

Industry Solution Executive at Microsoft

Mathias Ekman works as Industry Solution Executive at Microsoft with responsibility for the business development within the health care sector. Prior to Microsoft he has held several leading position at Swedish consultant companies and helped customers transform using digital technology. Mathias also has a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology.

 

Johan Falk

Head of Intel IoT Ignition Lab at Intel

Johan Falk is a strategist and entrepreneur in the area of Internet of Things transformation for Sustainability and Business. He is currently Head of the Intel IoT Ignition Lab in Sweden focusing on, innovation, proof points and scale-out of transformative solutions. Previously, he was driving the Edge Cloud Game changer program and the global transformation of telecom service networks to open x86 architectures within Intel successfully which awarded him Design Win of the year.

Prior to that, he has successfully instantiated and started scale-up of several new businesses within larger companies; Pre-paid business and Mobile Internet business within Ericsson as example, and as an entrepreneur started and sold two companies within the communications area and also been board member in start-ups. He has been awarded several patents e.g. within the mobile communications area.

 

Östen Frånberg

IoT-specialist at 1A konsult.se

Östen Frånberg is an Swedish IoT-specialist and consultant working with the national Swedish IoT-strategy and development. In 2015 he was the Director of IoT Sweden. He has been active in the IT- industry for more than 28 years, mainly at Ericsson in positions as Technical Director and IT-manager. The last 10 years he has been in the academia as researcher and project leader at among other Uppsala Universitet, Luleå Tekniska Universitet and Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademin.

 

Anna Granö

Director for Enterprise Group Sweden and Managing Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Sweden

Anna Granö is Director for Enterprise Group Sweden and Managing Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Sweden. In this role she is responsible for driving the Hewlett Packard Enterprise business and holds the overall responsibility as Managing Director for all country operations.

Prior to this position, which Anna Granö started in June 2016, she was previously Sales Director for HPE’s Communications Service Provider (CSP) business in GWE, CEE and Russia. From November 2012 to October 2015 Ms.Granö held the position as Sales Director for HP’s Global Accounts in the Nordics. From August 2011 to October 2012, Ms. Granö held the position as Sales Director for HP’s Global Accounts in Sweden.

Jonas Hammarberg

Vice VD, Senior Partner at Awesome Group

Jonas Hammarberg is a certified coach, digital advisor, professional speaker and in the epicenter of digitalization with the new best selling book Get Digital or die trying. Jonas is a true entrepreneur with a background in the IT industry and co-founded one of Sweden's larger consulting company in the enterprise software industry. Jonas has a unique ability to combine organization, culture and leadership in the digital context and works actively with helping many of our market´s leading companies.

 

Gül Heper

Director Digital Development and Innovation at Scandic Hotels

Gül Heper, brand expert and entrepreneur has for the past sixteen years held several international brand management positions for premium brands at Absolut Vodka, Nespresso, HTL hotels, SCA, Procter and Gamble and Manolo Blahnik.

Gül is currently the Director of Digital Development and innovation at Scandic Hotels Group. She was also one of the senior members in the management team that developed the innovative HTL hotel boutique chain from scratch. An experience which she now brings with her into her role at Scandic. When creating and developing the HTL concept her focus from the outset was to challenge the conventions in the traditional hotel industry by a digital first approach based on the objective to create an outstanding consumer experience. This included efficient use of social media, e-commerce, digital innovations amplifying the guest experience and industry first collaborations to engage even deeper with their main target audience.

Colin I’Anson

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fellow Enterprise Group

Colin I'Anson is the Chief Technologist for the IOT program in the Enterprise Group EMEA where he is responsible for the design and architecture of customer solutions. His focuses include end-to-end system design, ensuring solutions deliver valuable customer outcomes, integrating partners, creating proof points and aligning product and service capabilities. Prior to his current role, he created the technology for HPE's Cloud28+ a catalogue of cloud services that drives business to HPE's service provider partners. He also established the early foundations for HPE's NFV business. I'Anson joined HP in 1980 as a R&D engineer in Scotland and in 1986 moved to HP Labs in Bristol. Recently he has been driving new business creation based on Labs system technologies, working in a variety of senior roles in telecommunications and network architecture and engineering. I'Anson holds a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in digital signal processing for seismology both from the University College of North Wales (Prifysgol Bangor). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET).

 

Tomi Juhola

Director of IT & System Development at Buster Boats

Tomi works as Director of IT & System Development at Buster Boats. He has worked 10+ years among a variety of industries including mobile devices, training & consulting, debt collection and lately, the leisure marine industry. Currently, Tomi has responsibility of everything with electricity inside Buster Boats. This gives him an interesting possibility to both envision the future of the industry as a market leader, as well make that future happen together with a highly skilled team.

In Tomi’s previous work he was taking care of web based applications in the Lindorff group. This gave him firsthand experience in building highly usable web based systems for large European audience from reusable building blocks in a very complicated system landscape.

As the father of the Buster Q – the IoT enabled, all-in-one infotainment system and the main novelty for 2017 model year Buster Boats - Tomi is also at the forefront bringing the Future of Powerboating to a marina near you in the Nordic countries.

 

Peter Laurin

Head of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia, ERICSSON 

Peter Laurin is Ericsson’s Head of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia. This is one of Ericsson's ten regions and geographically the largest, covering 22 countries in 12 time zones including our important home base of Sweden and Scandinavia in its business scope. Peter leads the 3000 employees in the region in a mission to realize the technology and services necessary in a Networked Society, where anything that benefits from being connected will be connected.

Peter is also a member of Ericsson’s Global Leadership Team. Prior to this position which he has held since July 2016, Peter was Head of Ericsson’s Global Customer Unit Vodafone from 2013 - 2016, based in the U.K.

Peter joined Ericsson in 2001 and has worked in various executive roles in many parts of the world including North America, Asia and Europe. He has broad experience from different areas of the company, including our network business, multimedia and support solutions as well as services.

Prior to Ericsson, he worked for the management consultancy firm Arthur D. Little and the mobile internet start-up Mediatude Ltd.

Peter holds an MSc from Chalmers University of Technology and an MBA from Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law with an exchange at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

 

Marie Sandå

Director, Head of Product Management Global IoT Solutions, Telia Company

Marie Sandå works as the Head of Product Management IoT business area within Telia Company. Marie has extensive experience in telecom and has worked in the industry for almost 20 years, the last 8 years in what started out as telematics and now has grown into IoT. Marie’s biggest passions are business development, creativity, reading to get inspiration and learn new things, and teamwork and innovation together with others.

Kenneth Verlage

Business CIO Postnord

Kenneth Verlage is an International Senior Executive Director with 20 years of hard-won experience from Sales, Operations, General Management and IT. With a firm believe that simple is better Verlage has performed an extensive record of quality business improvements, always with an holistic and innovative view. Kenneth Verlage’s recipe for management success is based on extensive knowledge of business fundamentals and human nature. His works have rendered him fine acknowledgement from great companies like DHL, Gartner, Procter & Gamble, SAAB, Unilever and many more. Kenneth is today a corporate executive with Postnord and CIO Postnord Logistics.