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Börje Ekholm assumed this role on January 16, 2017. He knows the company and the industry well after being a Board member of Ericsson for nearly 10 years (first elected 2006).
Most recently Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015-January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include Head of New Investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. Ekholm has had various positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.
Börje Ekholm holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from INSEAD, France.
He is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Group and Trimble Inc. Ekholm is also Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York. Since 2017, Member of the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum Digital Communication Governors. Holds Honorary Doctorate at The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Newest Youngest Dragon on the BBC’s Dragons Den
Founder and CEO of Social chain
She is the President & CEO for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) driving growth and operations by combining technology, services, and digital solutions across the renewable energy landscape. She was Director General of Health Care & Life Sciences at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.
Matthew joined E.ON SE as the Chief Digital Officer in August 2016 leading the digital transformation organisation and programme for E.ON globally. In 2018, he became responsible for the global digital, data and technology organisation in the E.ON Group, delivering E.ON ambitions to transform the energy world for a sustainable and greener future.
Dr. Youngcho Chi is in charge of innovation, strategy and technology at Hyundai Motor Group.
President & Chief Innovation Officer, Hyundai Motor Group
Innovator, tech enthusiast, and WEF contributor
CTO, Innovation team, Lead Public Tech, City of Amsterdam
Michel appeared in 254 matches for Real Madrid from 1999 to 2009, helping the club win two UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga titles. He was a member of the Spanish national team from 1998 to 2006.
Since retirement, Michel has been a part of a series of successful ventures and built a career for himself as an entrepreneur.
He runs the Michel Salgado academy in Dubai, the largest in the Middle East, and is the owner of UAE football club Fursan Hispania amongst a series of other businesses.
Winner of the MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional) in the Huawei Enterprise Business Group (2018). Introduced the Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) as the Brain and Nervous System for Smart Cities (2017). Introduced First Safe Then Smart, as a guideline for safe city to intelligent city transformation (2016).
Leads a data science team for Google’s largest global clients.
Chief Data Scientist - Global Premium Services, Google
Stéphane Houdet, was born on November 20, 1970 in France, is a veterinary doctor who is a wheelchair tennis champion. Following a motorcycle accident in 1996 he devoted himself to sport and after a European number one title in golf he became the world number one in wheelchair tennis. He has 4 medals at the Paralympic Games including two gold and 23 Grand Slam titles. Very involved in research and adaptation of mobility improvement device, he has developed several innovative concepts for the search for performance which have already provided opportunities to enhance everyone's daily life.
Ger's professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.
She was recently recognized as one of the top 100 global data women leaders by the CDO magazine.
VP & Global CIO Data Analytics, GE Healthcare
He has held multiple positions such as the senior VP of Consumer Business Unit at stc, and prior to that, he was the CEO of stc Bahrain. He has chaired the boards of several stc subsidiaries such as Channels, Intigral, and Contact Center Co. (CCC).
Eng. Alwetaid is the chairman of SAMENA and a board member of GMSA. Alwetaid holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and has certifications in the field of ICT, leadership and strategic planning.
Stephen joined Informa as a Non-Executive Director in 2010 before being appointed as Group Chief Executive in 2013. In the private sector Stephen is a career senior executive, having held senior positions in a range of Media & Technology businesses. Prior to becoming the Group CEO of Informa PLC, he was President & Managing Director EMEA at Alcatel Lucent Inc, Managing Director and COO of ntl (now Virgin Media), and CEO and Managing Director of JWT UK & Ireland.
In the public sector Stephen was the founding CEO of Ofcom, the UK’s Media & Communications Regulator, before serving as Chief of Strategy to Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Gordon Brown and as Minister for Telecommunications and Media, where he wrote and published the Digital Britain Report that subsequently led to the Digital Economy Act 2010. He was awarded a CBE for services to the Communications Industry in 2007, and was made a Life Peer in 2008.
A dynamic leader with 25 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry, Ricky is known for his strong commitment to customer satisfaction and to leading his team to ever-higher achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to exceed sales targets through an intense customer focus and a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of Nokia’s customers.
Ricky previously served as President of Customer Operations, Americas and before that as Market Head, North America. In these roles he swiftly returned the North America region to growth and oversaw Nokia’s participation in the first 5G launches in the US, as well as presiding over a long growth spell in Latin America.
One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’.
After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and Booking.com.
Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine.