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Research Council

A council consisting of 19 members from trade and industry, academia and the public sector will guide RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in future research ventures.

Wictoria Bondesson, Education and research expert at the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF). Since 2016, the Chair of Stiftelsen JTI, a research foundation consisting of both public and private stakeholders and financed by RISE Agrifood and Bioscience. 2014-2016 director of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Previously an intern at LRF’s Brussels office and researcher at SLU Holding. Wictoria has worked at pan-university level with education issues for SLU’s student unions.  Agronomist specialising in business administration.

Sofia Börjesson, Professor in innovation management at the Chalmers Department of Technology Management and Economics. Researches the management and organisation of innovation and renewal in established structures, primarily in major industrial companies. One specific research interest is innovation capacity and leadership at senior management level – entrepreneurial leadership. Previously director of the Center for Business Innovation at Chalmers. Director of RISE Viktoria. Vice Chair of IVA Division VI Management and Vice Chair of IVA West.

Mikael Dahlgren, Head of ABB Corporate Research Sweden at ABB.

Pontus de Laval, CTO at Saab. Previously head of the Electronic Warfare Division and occupant of a number of senior management positions within the company’s product development organisation. Began his career in 1986 as an engineer in radar technology. Director of Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, ACREO Swedish ICT, Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program and Combient AB. Chair of the Swedish-Brazilian Research and Innovation Centre. He has also been a director of Clean Sky, the European Union Joint Technology Initiative on next generation Aeronautics. MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Executive MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.

Saeid Esmaeilzadeh, Serendipity.

Mats Fägerhag, CEO of China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT), the Geely Group’s European R&D centre. Responsible for the development of models and technologies at Geely, Volvo Cars and Lynk & Co. 30 years of professional experience, primarily in the automobile industry. Director Body and exterior development at Saab Technical Development 1992-1998 and Executive Director of Product Development at Saab Automobile. Responsible for the development of two new global platforms at GM Europe in Germany. Vice President Technology, Innovation & Alliance at Volvo Cars. MSc in Engineering Technology from Lund University.

Pasi Kangas, Vice President and Head of R&D and Quality at Sandvik Materials Technology. Has worked at Sandvik for 26 years as a research engineer, development manager, specialist in alloys development and change management, portfolio manager and process owner for R&D projects, and business developer for medical products. External assignments: member of the Research and Education Council at Jernkontoret, the Swedish steel producers' association, director of MEFOR and Chair of the Board of Sandvik Utbildnings AB. MSc in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University.

Per Kristensson, Professor and director of the Service Research Centre (CTF) at Karlstad University. Visiting professor at the Centre for Service Innovation at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Previously a visiting professor at Arizona State University, WP Carey School of Business and Mälardalen University. Researches creativity, innovation and organisations’ value-creating processes. PhD from the University of Gothenburg, 2003.

Torbjörn Lundahl, Research Director, Ericsson. Has occupied a number of senior posts with Ericsson since 1993. Director of the Vinnova strategic innovation programme for IoT Sweden and Mistra Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Services. MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of engineering at Lund University. MSc in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA/USA.

Karsten Nielsen, Vice president and CTO at AarhusKarlshamn. Head of Application and New Product Development, AarhusKarlshamn, Business Area CCF, Aarhus, Denmark. Head of Application & NPD, Aarhus Olie AS, Denmark. Application Manager, Santa Lucia Morellia, Mexico. Educated in Food Technology. Diploma in Business Administration, SIMI, Copenhagen.

Magnus Björsne, CEO of AstraZeneca BioVentureHub AB, an open innovation initiative in the field of Life Science. Over 25-years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D and business development. Senior management positions include Vice President AstraZeneca Business Development and a number posts in preclinical research. Director of SwedenBio. PhD in Organic Chemistry from Stockholm University and an Executive MBA from Henley Management College, UK. 

Michael Persson, Innovation Manager at AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals. Has occupied a number of senior positions within the company’s RD&I organisation. MSc in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. MBA from the School of Economics and Commercial Law at the University of Gothenburg. PhD in Ceramic Chemistry. Adjunct professor in silicon dioxide chemistry. Specialises in materials and product development based on submicron and/or nano particles. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Andreas Regnell, SVP Strategic Development at Vattenfall. Responsible for developing group strategy, operational planning, environment, sustainability and R&D. Head of Nordic Business Strategy, Vattenfall (2014-2015), Head of Strategy and Sustainability, Vattenfall 2010-2013. Senior Partner och Managing Director for the Nordic Region, Boston Consulting Group 1992-2010. Analyst and Account Manager, Citibank 1989-1992. MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Tony Sandelius, New Business & Innovation manager, IKEA of Sweden. A long career at IKEA of Sweden, including as a quality engineer, product developer, Global Business Leader and head of development. Educated at Jönköping University in product development and furniture design, specialising in wood.

Ola Schultz-Eklund, Senior Vice President Group Technology, Holmen. Previously head of development at Stora Fors, mill director of Holmen Paper AB in Vargön and managing director of Iggesund Paperboard Ltd, UK. President of the Confederation of Paper Industries of Great Britain. Began his career at the then STFI. Engineering licentiate degree fro KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Eva Schelin, CEO at IQ Samhällsbyggnad, a membership organisation for companies and organisations in the Swedish built environment sector. A wealth of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors, including ABB, Sweco, the Swedish Road Administration, the Swedish Transport Administration and Vinnova. Active in ensuring that Sweden is at the forefront of building a sustainable society. Areas of expertise include built environments and transport systems, with a bent for both public-sector innovation and regional development. Licentiate and MSc in Industrial Engineering.

Agneta Wargsjö, Director of Strategic Development and member of the Management Group at the Swedish Transport Administration. Responsible for business intelligence, strategic planning and overall governance of the Swedish Transport Administration’s R&D organisation, with an annual budget of approximately SEK 500 million. Long experience of transport system development, infrastructure engineering and customer-oriented system change. Director of Drive Sweden and the Forum for Transport Innovation. MSc in Civil Engineering, engineering licentiate in Steel Structures.

Magnus Wikström, Chief Technical Officer at BillerudKorsnäs, with specific responsibility for investments, R&D and technical development. Boardroom experience both in Sweden and abroad. Has worked in the sphere of BillerudKorsnäs for over 17 years, previously project area manager at STFI (now part of RISE). MSc in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Paper Coatings from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Klas Wåhlberg, CEO of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, an organisation of 3,900 members. Some 30 years of experience in the electronics industry, primarily with ABB and Bombardier in planning, project management, sales and corporate management – including CEO roles. Previously Managing Director of Upplands Lokaltrafik. MSc in Civil Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. MBA in international business from Uppsala University and tailormade company training programme for individual development at IMD Lausanne in Switzerland.