Gather 2018 Speakers

Urban Planning & Society - Gather 2018

Sheela Birnstiel


Key Figure of the Osho Cult

A key figure of the infamous Osho Cult and now globally recognised from the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country, Sheela Birnstiel will discuss her experience during her time with Osho, the culture she attempted to construct and her reflections on modern society.


Theme

Urban Planning & Society

Humans & Machines - Gather 2018

Azmat Khan


Awarded Investigative Journalist

Reporting for FRONTLINE, The NYT Magazine, America Tonight and BuzzFeed's Investigations team has brought her to Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other conflict zones.


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Christopher Wylie

Whistleblower - Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

Social researcher and data scientist Chris has served as a senior adviser in both the British and Canadian governments. Christopher worked with The Guardian and New York Times as a whistleblower to expose how social media data was being exploited and turned against ordinary citizens.

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Marcelo Coelho

Awarded Computation Designer

Computation designer working on objects, installations, and live experiences. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, expanding the ways we interact.

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

Humans & Machines - Gather 2018

Ahmed Abdirahman

Policy Expert
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Ahmed is a policy expert at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce where he has the task of making Stockholm more integrated. Ahmed has previously worked at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Interpeace, an international peace-building organization based in Geneva, and at Spånga-Tensta District.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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 Ed Boyden

Professor at MIT Media Lab

Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, leading the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analysing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain.


Theme

Humans & Machines

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Hoa Ly

Founder of SHIM

Psychologist and entrepreneur, Hoa is the author of the world’s first doctoral dissertation on a smartphone app for psychological treatment to improve emotional well being.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Malin Sjöstrand

Creative Director Doberman

Malin Sjöstrand is the founder of SCRIIN – a social impact initiative developing technology solutions to help people live healthier lives through a better balance between screen time and physical activity.

Theme

Humans & Machines

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

 Åsa Enström

General Counsel
BMG Scandinavia

General Counsel at BMG Scandinavia with more than seventeen years of experience in the music business, legally and strategically, with special interest in legal/tech policy perspectives.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Alp Toker

Executive Director NetBlocks Group

Alp builds technology that supports human rights in the digital age. Collecting and analysing big data in real-time, his systems have detected internet blackouts following military operations, terror attacks and political unrest at times of crisis.



Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Emma Frans

Researcher & Science Writer

Researcher at Karolinska Institutet and science writer for Svenska Dagbladet, providing critical thinking and a scientific approach in a meticulous and humorous way.





Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

Emma Lundberg

Director of Cell Atlas

The interface of bioimaging and proteomics, her research aims to define the spatiotemporal organization of the human proteome at a subcellular level.





Theme

Humans & Machines

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Galit Ariel

Author & Digital Hippie

A thought leader in Augmented Reality, Galit explores the wild and imaginative side of immersive technologies,but also their impact on our cultures, behaviors and ethical issues related to them

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Ibrahim Nehme

Founder/Editor in Chief The Outpost

The founder of Beirut-based award-winning magazine The Outpost. He is also the founder of Radio Mansion, and the creative director of 'a Dance Mag',


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Sepehr Mousavi

Sustainability Expert

Multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities with focus on urban nexuses. He also serves as a Climate Change advisor to the United Nations.

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Mimi Onuoha

Artist & Researcher

The social results of data collection and computational categorisation, utilising code, writing, performance, and objects to explore missing data and how people are abstracted, represented, and classified.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Jessikka Aro

Awarded Investigative Journalist

Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 Ara became the target of a serious international propaganda and hate speech campaign after reporting about pro-Kremlin social media trolls. 

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Helena Samsioe

CEO and Founder of GLOBHE

GLOBHE utilises drones and AI to create a better, more informed future. Collaborating with the UN, GLOBHE is transforming the way cutting edge technology is solving challenges around the world. 

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Jennie Perzon

Senior Manager Accenture Sustainable Strategy

Committed to sustainable development with extensive experience in commercial and civil society sectors as a strategy advisor, Jennie has led global research focusing on collective impact and partnerships as an innovation driver.

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Monika Bielskyte

VR & AR Expert

Monika prototypes culturally diverse, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the entertainment industry, technology companies, and cities. A large part of her time is devoted to research and strategy in the immersive media technology space.

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

Erik Beijnoff

Business & IT Architect

Previously of Spotify and central in the creation of Tunigo, Erik Beijnoff now specialises in blockchain technologies and is actively engaged in pushing for adoption of decentralised solutions built on these technologies, in different industries and areas of society. 

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Daniel Akenine

Expert in Technology Impact

Working for the Microsoft Technology Office on the long term impact of technology on social and economic development. Daniel has a previous history in brain research at Karolinska Institute.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Florence Toffa

Director Mobile Web Ghana

An advocate for corruption solving through civic engagement and new technology, as well as co-leading the pilot launch of the platform Klarity platform in Ghana. 


Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

Karin Lycke

Design Thinker - Expedition Mondial

Conducting design research in various cultures and contexts with a focus on improving organisations, civic functions and eco-systems based on human needs and behaviours.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Klara Riddermark

Marketing Manager at Signal Signal

Signal Signal is a Swedish media monitoring company focusing only “speaking media” such as TV, radio, podcasts and Youtube. At Gather they will talk about fake content, how to discover and deal with it.


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Mohamed Jimale

Founder Ari.farm

Mohamed grew up as a nomad in Somalia where his family have been livestock farmers for generations. He founded Ari.farm – an impact tech startup that is building an efficient, tech-powered livestock market for Africa.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Katrine Marçal

Author & Journalist

Renowned Swedish author and journalist (for Dagens Nyheter) Katrine has a feminist perspective on economics and states that the so called 4th Industrial Revolution shall be feminist.


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Christian Landgren

CEO & Founder Iteam

Christian is a frequent speaker on the topic of digitalization and has been hand picked as one of twelve tech entrepreneurs advising the Swedish Minister of Innovation. He also made headlines for suggesting a radical approach for the new Swedish digital currency e-krona.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Linda Franco

Co-founder & CEO of Machina

Linda Franco is the Co-founder of Machina, a wearable technology company that creates clothes which extend the functionality of the human body. Linda has been named one of Forbes Mexico’s 30 promises under 30, MIT innovator under 35.


Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Khalid Qassim

Founder Transfer Galaxy

Originally from Somalia, Khalid founded Transfer Galaxay which connects Swedish internet banks with phone operators of the receiving countries, countries where cellphones are a very important part of the infrastructure.


Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Rebecca Rubin & Viktoria Walldin

Architect & Head of Social Sustainability White Arkitekter

How do we design a more inclusive, gender equal and attractive city for all? Rebecca Rubin and Viktoria Walldin are working to answer this question in order to create democratic future cities without discrimination.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Félix Hill


Art Director North Kingdom


With an extensive history of creating digital experiences for global clients such as Netflix, Google and Snapchat, Féliz Hill works with creating new ways for customers and users to meet in a meaningful way.

Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

Alfred Ruth


Author & Entrepreneur


After starting out as a journalist, Alfred Ruth founded the startup Videoplaza in 2007 that quickly grew to an international success. The last few years, Alfred has dived deep into AI and the existential questions that technology now raises.

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Marcin de Kaminski

Programme Director - Civil Rights Defenders

Marcin manages a team of experts working on safety, security and innovation for vulnerable people and communities all over the world including LGBT communities and minority rights groups with a specific expertise in the intersection of technology and human rights.



Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Elinor Samuelsson

Interaction Designer & Founder of Kokon

A co-founder of Kokon, a startup that aims to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing at the workplace. Elinor has built multiple experiences using technology for good - her most recent endeavor is co-creating edible gardens in refugee camps to improve mental health, children’s access to education and social stability.  

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Robert Falck

Serial Entrepreneur


Serial entrepreneur and CEO and founder of the technology startup Einride. A former Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Volvo Powertrain, his mission is to develop the next generation’s transport solution by taking advantage of recent advances in AI and battery technology.


Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Thérèse Mannheimer

Co-Founder at Grace.health


Co-founder of Grace.health who is working to democratise female health for women worldwide with focus on emerging markets. The aim is to give million of women the feeling of being what they are, normal.


Theme

Humans & Machines

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Ankit Desai

Founder sna:fu Records


Sna:fu Records uses a mixture of technology and creativity to find and develop some of the world's most talented artists. In 2015 Ankit was named as one of the 101 'Supertalents Under-40' by Veckans Affärer. 


Theme

Media Design & Creativity

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Linda Portnoff

Serial Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO of music exchange Riteband, Linda has done research on the changes in the music industry landscape since the beginning of the 21st century. Author of yearly report “The Swedish Music Industry in Numbers” she has worked on Sweden’s export strategy for the cultural and creative industries.

Theme

Media Design & Creativity

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Maria Fabricius

Creative Director & Co-Founder at Number10


Co-founder of agency Number10, Maria has also co-founded the political initiative Open Act; a network mobilising the engagement and expertise of individuals within the communication industry to stand against the rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Sweden

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Farida Al-Abani (Streetgäris)

Co-ordinator on Feminist Initiative



Farida calls herself a public health activist with a passion for sobriety, a drug free world and veganism. She’s also active in StreetGäris. Added to this, Farida is also active within F!  and is running this year’s Swedish election.


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Caroline Fjellner

Founder and CEO of &frankly



&frankly is a tool for employee engagement that makes people smile instead of yawn. The idea of &frankly was born out of frustration with a sleepy category and the growing number of unhappy employees at companies all across the world.

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Pernilla Glasser

Writer, Teacher & Curator of Change

Pernilla focuses her practice on methods for transformation and inclusion, working with performing arts, architecture, design, writing, storytelling and governance.She has been a teacher, curator, coach and developer of innovative learning-spaces.

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Faizal Luttamaguzi

Serial Entrepreneur

A true global citizen Faizal has  founded several companies like toursofstockholm.com, vipscandinavia.com and cocomatbikes.se built on the foundation of being a minority, multicultural and daring to stand out from the crowd.


Theme

Urban Planning & Society

Humans & Machines - Gather 2018

Sam Manaberi

CEO and Co-Founder of TRINE

TRINE makes it simple for people and institutions to invest in solar in emerging markets, such as sub-saharan Africa. An investment that means impact for people and the planet, while making a profit. TRINE has fast established itself as a key player in the industry.


Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Sergej Kotliar

Founder & CEO of Bitrefill.com


Sergej is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Bitrefill.com, leading retail service in the intersection of cryptocurrency and digital goods.






Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby

CTO at Urban Sharing


Urban Sharing is the Norwegian startup behind an innovative technology platform which powers shared urban infrastructure concepts. Urban Sharing is currently powering mobility concepts in Norway, including one of the world’s most efficient bike sharing schemes, Oslo City Bike.


Theme

Media Design & Creativity

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Thunder Tillman


Musical Artist


This is the music multi-instrumentalist Thunder Tillman dreams up together with his personal spirit guide and shaman, Pony. Music categories like Kraut or Prog-rock, Ambient or Disco fail at reining in their boundless sound creations.



Theme

Culture Act

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Martina Johansson

Author

Martina is a science savvy biohacker with a passion for ketogenic diets, natural hormone optimization and the connection between food, brain and behavior.





Theme

Humans & Machines

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Bonnie Roupé

Founder of Bonzun

Bonnie the founder of Bonzun, a digital health company focusing on maternal and infant care with apps like My pregnancy, Min graviditet and Koudaiinyu. Bonzun was rewarded Innovation Against Poverty by SIDA for spreading medical information in the countryside in China.


Theme

Humans & Machines

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Omar Al Zankah

Brand Ambassador Welcome App

A film maker and a project leader, Omar Al Zankah is also an advocate for increasing integration, inclusion and diversity in the Swedish public and private sectors.




Theme

Democracy & Power

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Christina Knight

Creative Director & Author


Christina is a Swedish/English copywriter and Creative Director with over 30 years in advertising. She’s an advocate of gender equality and diversity, a an experienced lecturer and TED-speaker.



Theme

Democracy & Power

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Minea Frykman

Headmaster - Höj Rösten


Minéa Frykman is the headmaster of Höj Rösten (raise your voice) School for Politicians, Sweden’s first and only politically independent school for politicians. The idea is to translate civic engagement into political participation by educating and supporting the next generation of transformational political leaders.


Theme

Democracy & Power

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Karim Jebari

Researcher Institute for Futures Studies

Karim is a researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies. He defended his doctoral thesis in December 2014 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The thesis is about applied ethics and in particular how we should relate to the risks and opportunities of technological innovation.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Sara Wimmerkranz

Tech Entrepreneur & Investor

Sara Wimmercranz is a tech entrepreneur and investor. She is the founder of BackingMinds VC and co-founder of Footway, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the Nordics.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Sophia Wikander

Head of Innovation Nordea

Sophia is head of Mobile, E-commerce and Innovation, responsible for leading Nordeas mobile and e-commerce development as well as corporate innovation in Transaction Banking.

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Jennifer Karlsson

Senior Project Manager Volvo

Jennifer is currently at Volvo working at creating digital products that challenge the traditional ownership model. She’s used to building teams to bring new innovation to the market that deliver industry-impacting products.

Theme

Urban Planning & Society

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Jonas Lidman

Organizational Designer

Jonas Lidman works as a organizational designer, helping companies build the capacity to sense and adapt to change. He works at the intersection of organization, communication, business and technology.

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

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Saeid Esmaeilzadeh

Co-Founder Serendipity Group

A serial entrepreneur constantly on the quest on understanding and building companies. As a devoted and keen futurist Saeid is now involved with exploring both the sciences and technologies of tomorrow.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Sofia Breitholtz

CEO Reach for Change

Sofia Breitholtz is the CEO of Reach for Change - an international non-profit organization that improves the lives of children and youth by empowering social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Aurore Belfrage

Tech Entrepreneur & Investor

Tech entrepreneur and investor Aurore is an early stage investor with a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence and foreign affairs. She’s an Industrial Advisor to Europe’s leading PE house EQT, she’s a syndicated columnist with leading Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) and a contributor to Politico, she writes on issues at the intersection of geopolitics, ethics, governance and future of work.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Lisa Lindström

CEO Doberman

Lisa is one of Sweden’s most active voices for an innovative society with design as a driving force. She is the co-founder and CEO of the design firm Doberman, with offices in New York and Stockholm. Under her leadership, Doberman has been appointed not only as Sweden’s best firm in the industry but also Sweden’s best workplace and one of Sweden’s most innovative companies.

Theme

Democracy & Power

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Oscar Axhede

Co-Founder Zound Industries

Oscar Axhede is a full-time problem solver with a background that stretches through many disciplines and across the globe. He started out in the board sports subcultures in the mid nineties, at a time when everything was possible as long as you did it yourself.



Theme

Media, Design & Creativity

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Ana Devdariani

Communications Strategist
The Yes Way

The Yes Way is a project aiming for equality and inclusion in the startup and entrepreneur scene - Ana  uses creative thinking to explore and improve the surrounding systems. Are we able to play in the system or does the system itself play us all?

Theme

Money, Business & Transactions

Humans & Machines - Gather 2018

Linda Virkkala

Digital Analytics Sr. Analyst Accenture

Linda is part of Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice. She is working in the intersection between IT and business, making data available in organizations which enables more data driven decisions.

Theme

Humans & Machines

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Abass El-Hage

Co-Founder HIZZ

Oscar Axhede is a full-time problem This Cairo based art & music collective is functioning as a record label, a dream factory and a safe space for creators of all sorts. Having two artist residencies.

Theme

Democracy & Power

Gather 2018 Moderators

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Andrea Reuter

Moderator

Andrea has a background as project manager for the Swedish Film Institute and as TV and radio host for various broadcasters in Sweden. She recently moved back to her hometown Helsinki to work as a film producer.


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Beata Wickbom

Moderator

Beata has over 20 years of experience as advisor to corporations and organizations on digital strategy and innovation. Her background in business development paired with deep knowledge of trends in the technology landscape is perfect for non-IT audiences.

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Karin Zingmark

Moderator

Karin Zingmark has over 20 years of experience in driving change on the topic of communication and leadership, most recently as CMO Lead at Microsoft. Today, she is a sought after speaker and strategic advisor, and is current with her book “Talk the Walk - how to succeed with digital communication."

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Maddy Savage

Moderator

Maddy Savage is an award-winning British journalist who reports on business, lifestyle and current affairs stories in Scandinavia for media including BBC, Business Insider, Monocle and NPR. She was listed as among the 100 most impactful and influential people in the Nordic startup scene in November 2017.

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Larry Madowo

Moderator

Business Editor for BBC Africa, Larry is also a Global Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post. He has reported stories from nearly 40 countries and interviewed some of the world’s most prominent business, political and cultural icons.

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Yomi Abiola

Moderator

May it be as an artist, entrepreneur or journalist, Yomi's her commitment is to the advancement of women as a key to global human growth. Yomi is the founder of The Fem League, a multimedia platform and incubator providing a powerful perspective on women as creatives, leaders and entrepreneurs globally.

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Leila Trulsen

Moderator

Leila works as a tv-presenter, and youth coach. She’s also a board member of ‘Streetgäris” an intersectional movement for women and non-binary people that focus on intersectional feminism and anti-racism.

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Michael Kazarnowicz

Moderator

Michael is a speaker, moderator, spiritual entertainer and Human in Chief at Teh Internetz AB. His current focus is on what it means to be human in a society where robots and AI assistants do most of the work.

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