SME2GO SMART CITY MEETUP: Speaker biographies

October 24, 2016

Business matchmaking event for Nordic SME’s

PLACE: SUP46, Regeringsgatan 65, 3f, 11156 Stockholm
TIME: 12:00 – 16:00
COST: Free of charge


Jennie Cato: Director Trade Promotion Policy, Teknikföretagen
Jennie Cato is Director Trade Promotion Policy at Teknikföretagen, The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries. Teknikföretagen is one of Sweden’s largest employers’ and industry organizations with more than 3 700 engineering companies. With a background in civil engineering and finance – and over 20 years of experience in business development from the industry (Skanska and Fortum) as well as international policy development from the public sector (The Swedish Energy Agency) – Jennie Cato is now appointed Chairman of Team Sweden CleanTech and SmartCities, and a board member of the Swedish Foreign Trade Association.

Siret Schutting: Head of marketing, Cybernetica
Siret Schutting is a strategic communication with an expert focus on cyber security, cyber policy and e-governance. With long experience from both the public and the private sector, Siret Schutting now works for Cybernetica, the R&D extensive IT-corporation renowned for its information security technologies, e-governance, marine surveillance and radio communication systems.

Juha Miettinen: Program coordinator, TEKES
With more than 20 years of experience in innovation and business development, Juha Miettinen is the Senior Consultant at Spinverse in Innovation Management Ltd, now working with the BEAM (Business with Impact) funding program focusing on new business opportunities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before joining BEAM he spent some five years in Southern Africa engaging in the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme. Juha Miettinen is also the former Development Director and COO Hermia Ltd, one of Finland’s leading innovation and science park companies.

Juha Stenberg: CEO, Ensto Chago
Juha Stenberg is the Managing Director of Chago. He has long experience in senior positions at the intersection of energy and technology industries. Juha Stenberg has been a member of many energy and technology industry associations, as well as served as a governmental policy advisor, and is today a leading figure in the Nordic cleantech industry.

Mats Forkman: Senior Advisor, Intertek
Mats Forkman is Senior Advisor at Intertek’s Chemical, Health and Environmental department. He is specialized in chemical compliance, helping small to large companies to comply with chemicals legislation in the EU and internationally. Mats Forkman has more than twelve years of experience in risk assessment, regulatory development and enforcement work of authority, and additionally fourteen years of experience in the chemical and petroleum industry.

Yacir Persson-Chelbat: Business and innovation director, Securitas Sweden
With an international background from Ericsson, FM, Teleca and other corporations in the telecom sector, Yacir Persson-Chelbat is today the Business and Innovation Director at Securitas – a security company with location in 54 countries and 330 000 employees. Yacir has managed to reorganize their business, and the security sector as such, by showing how new technologies are improving security at all levels.

Speaking 7 languages, Yacir Persson-Chelbat is often invited as a speaker in international conferences on the digitalization, IoT, smart cities and future threats. He is also a bodyguard, a board member of Innovationsledarna and Almega FOI.

Gaetana Sapienza: Head of Operations, SynerLeap (ABB)
Gaetana Sapienza joined ABB in 2006, where she worked in different R&D positions and international projects, among others in the following EU projects iFEST, CLERECO and EMC2. Today, Gaetana Sapienza is working as senior scientist at ABB Corporate Research Center, and as the Head of Operations of SynerLeap – the innovation growth hub located in the heart of the ABB Corporate Research Center in Västerås, Sweden.

Anita Jonsson: International business developer, Business Sweden
Anita Jonsson has more than 20 years’ international experience in the fields of environment, energy efficiency, waste management, ICT, Life Science and e-governance, now starting up Smart Cities Platform in Hong Kong together with key stakeholders and selected stakeholders in Sweden and Hong Kong. Anita Jonson has a vast history of working with China, and a number of senior positions for sustainability, business and trade in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai.

Joakim Karlsson: CEO, Envac
Joakim Karlsson is the Chief Executive for the Envac Group, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of clean-tech business, marketing, sales and management.

Envac is a company with over 800 installations in over 40 countries around the globe; enjoying phenomenal growth since it launched its first system in 1961. Almost six decades later and with growing international pressure to recycle combined with a rapidly growing global population, Envac looks set to become a natural waste solution for the modern world.