For this Swedish Chambers APAC event, we welcomed Mr Leon Wang, Executive Vice President, International & President AstraZeneca China, who gave us an insight into AstraZeneca’s efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, its focus on harnessing the power of science, digital innovation and partnership to build more resilient healthcare systems in a post-pandemic world, and their determination to improve health for as many people in as many countries as possible.
Mr Leon Wang Executive Vice-President, International and President AstraZeneca China
He is responsible for overall strategy driving sustainable growth across the International region, which includes China. Leon joined AstraZeneca China in March 2013 and was promoted to become President, AstraZeneca China in 2014. Under Leon’s leadership, China has become AstraZeneca’s second largest market worldwide and AstraZeneca has become the largest pharmaceutical company in China. In January 2017, Leon was promoted to Executive Vice-President, Asia Pacific Region. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Leon held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and business leadership at Roche, where he was a Business Unit Vice-President. In addition, Leon holds several positions in local trade associations and other prominent organisations in China. Leon holds an EMBA from China Europe International Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Shanghai International Studies University.
AstraZeneca develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products to treat disorders in the oncology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infection, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation areas. AstraZeneca has its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and its main research and development (R&D) centres are in Cambridge (UK), Gaithersburg (Maryland, US), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Warsaw (Poland).
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Electrolux, one of Sweden’s multinational flagship companies, is at the forefront of the appliances industry, employing some 48,000 people globally and with operations throughout the APAC region. During the past decade, the empowered consumer, needs and demands, have transformed the appliance industry. These demands require manufacturing with increased pace and flexibility, which have in combination with an ever-changing business environment, provided unprecedented industry challenges – for Electrolux included.
We were proud to present Jonas Samuelson, Electrolux Group CEO, as our guest at the launch of the new Swedish Chambers APAC CEO Series 2022. In this exclusive session, Mr Samuelson will share how he approaches the global challenges the world is facing today, and how Electrolux is committed to leading the way towards a more sustainable business model for its industry. Mr Samuelson will give us an insight into Electrolux company strategy, how it has evolved over the past decade and what the top priorities are going forward. We will also hear about his views on APAC how the region will develop over the coming decade and how Electrolux will leverage its current presence in APAC to accelerate growth and prosperity.
Mr Jonas Samuelson is the President and CEO of Electrolux AB
Mr Jonas Samuelson is the President and CEO of Electrolux AB (since 2016) and has been with Electrolux since 2008 where he has held various senior positions, including CFO of Electrolux AB, COO Global Operations Major Appliances and Head of Major Appliances EMEA. Mr Samuelson has been the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Munters AB. Furthermore, he has held various senior positions within General Motors, mainly in the U.S. and with Saab Automobile AB. He has an M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics. Other assignments: Board Member of Axel Johnson AB and Volvo Car AB.
Ms Reema Bhattacharya, Senior Analyst at Control Risks
Ms Reema Bhattacharya is a Senior Analyst in Control Risks’ Singapore office. She plays a key role in expanding the firm’s services in the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) risk space and works alongside clients to strengthen their in-house ESG processes. Ms Bhattacharya has significant experience in macro and sector-specific political risk assessments, public policy advisory, stakeholder mapping and engagement. She also advises clients on critical political, regulatory risks that may affect their operations and exposure to regulatory enforcement in Asia. She is a spokesperson for Control Risks in the Asia Pacific, speaking regularly at events and in the media and frequently writing on ESG, business and broader political-economic trends in APAC. She has advanced degrees in politics, media and business law.
Electrolux has for more than 100 years reinvented taste, care and wellbeing experiences for millions of people around the world. The company has invented and made many well-known products available and affordable to consumers, such as the cooker, the washing machine and the freezer, helping people to shape a better living. Founded on the idea of making vacuum cleaners more efficient and easier to use, Electrolux is today selling around 60 million household products a year in more than 120 markets.
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Sweden, a small country in northern Europe with only 0.13% of the world’s population, is one of the first nations in the world to have implemented an official nation branding strategy. As a result, Sweden benefits from a positive brand image abroad. Four profile areas have been identified to define the idea of a Brand Sweden strategy: Innovation, Creativity, Society and Sustainability. These are areas where Sweden is strong and positioned among leading nations in various global indexes of economic performance, social commitments, capacity for innovation, governance and sustainable commitments.
How can a positive view of Sweden as a brand benefit Swedish companies, especially when operating in markets far from Sweden and headquarters?
How can Sweden and Swedish companies join forces in co-branding?
How can nations and companies reflect each other’s assets and strengthen their positions?
For this SwedCham APAC event, we were delighted to have the following prominent guests with us:
Mr Simon Anholt is an independent policy advisor, author and expert in nation branding who for the past 21 years has worked with the Heads of State and Heads of Government of 63 nations to help them improve their economic, political and cultural engagements with the international community, and by raising their profiles enhance trade, tourism, diplomatic and cultural relations, major events, talent and investment attraction.
Ms Madeleine Sjöstedt, Director-General Swedish Institute, a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden worldwide. The institute works in the fields of culture, education, science and business to strengthen international relations and development.
Ms Leonie Hoskin, IKEA Retail Manager (Thailand, Vietnam) for Ikano Retail. IKEA is well-known globally for using brand Sweden actively and strategically by communicating Swedish cultural concepts, symbols, and values and exporting them worldwide.
The session was be moderated by Christian Ihre, Co-Founder of the Swedish management consultancy Lynxeye.
Link to recording
Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
About the speakers:
Professor Simon Anholt is the world’s leading thinker, author, researcher and practitioner on national image. He devised the concept of nation brand in 1998, now a multi-billion-dollar global industry, and is the founder and publisher of the annual Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index and City Brands Index, two major surveys that use a panel of 60,000 people in 20 countries to monitor global perceptions of 60 countries and 50 cities. Professor Anholt was Vice-Chair of the UK Foreign Office’s Public Diplomacy Board between 2000 and 2009, and has worked with institutions including numerous agencies of the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, NATO, the European Union, the World Trade Organisation, the International Olympic Committee, the UK House of Lords, the Commonwealth of Nations, the International Security Assistance Force and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Professor Anholt holds an MA (Oxford University). International Relations and Security Studies (Royal College of Defence Studies, London). He is an honorary Professor, Political Science (University of East Anglia).
Books: Another One Bites The Grass: Making Sense of International Advertising, 2001 (John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA). Brand New Justice: The Upside of Global Branding, 1st Edition, 2003 (Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, UK). Brand New Justice: How Branding Places and Products can Help the Developing World, Revised Edition, 2005 (Elsevier, Oxford, UK). Brand America: The Mother of All Brands, 2006 (Cyan, London, UK). Revised edition in 2010. Competitive Identity: The New Brand Management for Nations, Regions and Cities, 2007 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK). Places: Identity, Image, Reputation, 2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK). The Good Country Equation, 2020 (Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, CA).
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With COVID 18 months and counting… Where are we? What is the economic impact on business, trade and investment? Where to from here?
Once again we were pleased to welcome keynote speaker Professor Göran Roos who gave us an insight into the current state of the world economy and future outlook. The session was moderated by Jonas Lindholm.
“We are going to see economic growth but it will be hampered in the short term by supply chain problems (for example semiconductors) and in the medium term by a lack of raw materials and a lack of labour with the right competence”.
In a growing economic system, not only must energy be used to achieve growth, but energy must also be used to maintain the accumulated results of previous growth.
“The biggest transition is the transition to green. That is a fundamental necessity. There is a disconnect between on the one hand what we know scientifically and what we know business wise in terms of what this will take and what the challenges are and on the other hand what is visible in the public and political debate and decisions”.
“We are migrating from a dependency on petroleum to a dependency on metals. This is of course very good for Australia, but it also has some geopolitical consequences and in addition, we have insufficient supply of some of these metals”.
“It is impossible for example to transform all internal combustion engine vehicle production to the production of electric vehicles, using present technology, purely from a raw material standpoint.”
Professor Göran Roos is a specialist in the field of intellectual capital and an expert in innovation management and strategy. He is an advisor to organisations and governments around the globe and holds visiting professorships in the Australia, UK and Norway.Göran is a CSIRO Affiliate and also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Göran is a specialist in the field of intellectual capital and an expert in innovation management and strategy. He is an advisor to organisations and governments around the globe and holds visiting professorships in the Australia, UK and Norway. Göran is a CSIRO Affiliate and also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Jonas Lindholm is a serial entrepreneur with a big international network, a former Swedish Trade Commissioner and board member of SACC, who has supported +400 Swedish companies to establish & grow their business in Australia. Moved to Australia when employed by the Swedish government to work for the Trade commission in 2007 and was the Swedish Trade Commissioner to Australia & Oceania for over 4 years before starting KingHill in 2015. KingHill’s objective is to foster more international collaboration and trade by supporting companies with market evaluations, facilitating the right contacts locally (both private & governmental) and fast track their full sales process.
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We had 3 travel destinations competing on the flight Lapland, Vancover and Rome. Our Capten Figge Boksjö, who’s French pronunciation is perfect, guided us through the many destinations, music and cultural experiences of the world. The winner of the Trivia comp was Team Lapland with 2 points over Team Rome and Team Vancover.
Team Lapland won an amazing travel pack prize sponsored by SACC MemberBeeautify.
Big thank you to all who joined this trivia experience, to our sponsor Beeautify and Capten Figge Boksjö, Chair of the SACC Perth WA Chapter.
What can the Australian transportation sector learn from Sweden in order to move towards a greener sustainable future?
As one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions within the transportation sector in Australia, the electrification of commercial vehicle fleets, including trucks and buses, provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to reduce its environmental impact. Due to its rapid uptake of electric bus and truck technology, Sweden provides an excellent reference point from which the Australian transportation sector can learn, in order to move towards net zero emissions.
What are the key trends in Sweden?
What are the emerging trends and opportunities in Australia?
What are the barriers to the adoption of electric trucks and buses?
What technologies are available today and in the future?
In this Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce webinar moderated by Nathan Gore-Brown, Sustainable Transport Consultant at Movement and the following panellists shared their insights and referred to where electric truck and bus technology has been successfully implemented in Sweden and Australia.
Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses, Gothenburg Sweden
Nathan Gore-Brown, Senior Consultant (Electric and commercial vehicles) at Sustainable transport consultancy MOV3MENT. Nathan started his career as an Auto Electrician and went on to study engineering in the UK. He has a rich history of senior roles in the international automotive industry including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Mazda, and Caterpillar. In his last role before joining MOV3MENT he was the Tesla Brisbane store manager. Today, Nathan supports governments, vehicle fleets and organisations to navigate the challenges in the transition away from fossil fuels and to electrified transport.
Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses. Based at Volvo Buses’ Headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2017 Stefan is supporting regions and cities to transform to electric bus traffic. This includes route analysis, charging strategy, stakeholder engagement, project planning, zone management and all aspects from an operator’s perspective in the transition to electric bus traffic including sustainability. Prior to joining Volvo Buses, Stefan spent 23 years working at Ericsson, whereof 6 years based in Asia. Stefan has a Master of Science – Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden
Sean Stove, Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia. Sean Stove is ABB Australia’s head of transportation and rail segments, having been involved in the rail sector since 2003. Joining ABB in 1997, Sean has held numerous senior roles in sales, operations and business development across Asia Pacific and Europe. In this role he is responsible for leading ABB’s offering to the rail and transportation industry, from innovative solutions for rolling stock propulsion to energy efficient solutions for power infrastructure to software optimisation for asset health and management. After completing his Electrical Certificate from Christchurch Polytechnic, Sean became a graduate of the University of Queensland’s Mt Eliza MBA Program, and completed the Senior Leadership Development program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Paul Illmer, Vice President, Vehicle Sales Strategy & Support (VSSS) at Volvo Group Australia. Paul started his career in the heavy transport industry in 1997 as parts manager at a Northern Victoria truck dealership. He continued in various heavy vehicle retail roles until 2003 where he moved to Brisbane to work for Volvo Group Australia. In 2003 Illmer was appointed Mack Trucks Australia Product Manager where he managed the commercial launches for Eu4 emissions, Eu5 emissions, MP10 engine and mDrive transmission. In 2012, Illmer began his Volvo Trucks brand career where he managed the launch of the new FH model range and was appointed Vice President – Sales Strategy & Support in 2014. In this role he led a team of 25 people responsible for Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks in the areas of Product Management, Truck Sales Process IT, Driver Training, Sales Order Planning & Business Intelligence. He was also the market interface for Autonomous Vehicles and Electro-mobility. Today Illmer is responsible for Emerging Technology at Volvo Group Australia and holds the position of Vice President with responsibility for electric, hydrogen and automated truck commercialisation. He is a member of the Truck Industry Council, Australian Industry Group, Electric Vehicle Council, Australian Logistics Council, Australian Trucking Association and Volvo Group Australia Dealer Council.
*Source: Australian Federal Government, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
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Companies merge to share information, technology or other resources to increase the overall strengths. Mergers also help to overcome existing challenges, reduce weaknesses and gain a competitive edge in the market.
Why is M&A growing in importance in the APAC region? What are the economic driving factors? Which sectors/industries and capabilities are driving activity? What trends and opportunities are there in the region?
At this Swedish Chambers APAC webinar the following panellists shared their expertise on M&A activity in the region:
Martin Ekberg, Trade & Invest Commissioner to Australia and Business Sweden Global M&A Lead, Sydney
Enrique Patrickson, CFO & Head of Sales – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Electrolux, Singapore
Ola Nordh, Head of M&A at Anticimex Group, Stockholm
The session was moderated byCamilla Bullock, Director General, Emerging Payment Association APAC, Sydney
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On September 15 SACC Members ABB and IKEA were represented at an Engineers Australia online event – Thought Leaders Series: The future of transport is electric
Online event content and focus:
A discussion on the key considerations for fleet operators today, such as electrical infrastructure, charging and power demands, to future-proof their transport needs.
The rapid move towards electric vehicles is seeing technology needs outpace wider infrastructure readiness.
This major market shift presents challenges and big opportunities for the infrastructure sector.
How can we balance a practical present-day business case with a proactive long-term vision?
Understand the requirements for transitioning to electric vehicles
Hear from experts on the benefits and challenges of electric vehicles
From electric buses to commercial fleets – what is the next frontier?
Dr Alina Dini
Founder and CEO, Whirl
Dr Alina Dini is captivated by renewable energy innovation and how it can build long term financial and climate resilience. Alina’s experiences delivering energy and sustainability programs include working alongside some of the world’s leading innovators – such as Tesla’s founders and Australia’s first Renewable Energy Commissioner.
As Founder and CEO of Whirl, a peer-based digital marketplace re-imagining the shopping experience for energy technologies like electric cars, Alina brings a human element into technology topics and works with everyday people, businesses, and communities to help them harness energy innovations.
Brendan Groll Customer Fulfilment Strategic Sourcing Manager, IKEA Australia
Brendan is the Customer Fulfillment Strategic Sourcing Manager for IKEA Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in Retail Transport & Logistics Leadership roles, including time with David Jones Ltd, Steinhoff Group (now Greenlit Brands) prior to IKEA. Brendan is responsible for IKEA Australia’s transport, delivery & services operations. This includes driving the IKEA Australia zero emissions strategy and working with IKEA’s service partner fleet transformation towards agreed sustainability and emission targets.
Sean Stove Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia
Sean Stove is ABB Australia’s head of transportation and rail segments, having been involved in the rail sector since 2003. Joining ABB in 1997, Sean has held numerous senior roles in sales, operations and business development across Asia Pacific and Europe. In this role, he is responsible for leading ABB’s offering to the rail and transportation industry, from innovative solutions for rolling stock propulsion to energy efficient solutions for power infrastructure to software optimisation for asset health and management. After completing his Electrical Certificate from Christchurch Polytechnic, Sean became a graduate of the University of Queensland’s Mt Eliza MBA Program and completed the Senior Leadership Development program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Roadmaps for Fossil Free Competitiveness – Challenges and Opportunities Towards Net Zero Emissions
The idea for this webinar was initiated during aSACC Sustainability Committee meeting. Our dynamic sustainability group, with representatives from a range of Swedish companies and business organisations, wanted to learn more about Fossil Free Sweden, the roadmaps and the bottom up approach and challenge towards net zero emissions from the industry in Sweden.
A prominent list of panellists was part of the discussion;
H.E Henrik Cederin, Swedish Ambassador to Australia opened and welcomed the audience to the webinar. Delivering a very strong message; “the need we face, to speed up the transition from the dependence of fossil fuel to create a society and economies that run on renewable energy. We have a critical decade ahead of us”.
Svante Axelsson, national coordinator set the scene of the current situation in Sweden regarding the CO2 emission per capita, energy mix and emission by industries. Inspiring with a positive message that industry can set the tone with the right narrative and can-do-mentality instilling confidence in leaders and decision makers to be brave and make the right decision.
David Leitch , Principal, ITK Services Australia and Author at RenewEconomy, moderated the discussion, applied the Australian angle and his deep knowledge of renewable energy and economics, layered the conversation to cover many aspects and questions on decarbonisation.
Marianne Hedberg, representative from The Construction and Civil Engineering Sector, one of the 22 roadmaps. The construction sectors largest challenge is how to decarbonize, in particular the largely used material cement. There are ways for the sector to lower their emissions, by adding fillers that do not add carbon emission and by investing in carbon storage/capture.
Ellen Einebrant, from the Swedish Recycling Industries and representative of The Recycling Sector roadmap, represents the private companies, 80% of the sector, handle 10 MTons of waste and recycled material. The sector work to increase recycling and resource efficiency, still its main challenge is how to reduce their emissions, where the biggest emitter is landfill. The roadmap has made a call to politicians to introduce a methane capture requirement.
Fossil Free Sweden is a national initiative working to increase the pace of the climate transition. 22 Industry Roadmaps have been created to identify opportunities that the climate transition can provide for these industries and how it can be used as a commercial advantage.With a “bottom-up approach” industries created their own vision and targets and identified obstacles and proposals for solutions towards their journey for a fossil free competitiveness delivering on Sweden’s national net zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2045.
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During this virtual fireside-style chat, we were given the rare opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge of Mr Eklund and gain insight into his views and perspectives of the world economy in the wake of the pandemic. The session includes Q&A from the audience.
Mr Eklund is one of Sweden’s most prominent economists and a sought-after financial adviser with a long career and unique expertise from the private sector – most notably many years as Chief Economist at SEB – as well as from the Swedish Government Offices. He is the author of several well-known titles in the genres of economics, history, and fiction. Mr Eklund has been awarded His Majesty the King’s Gold Medal for outstanding services as an economist and has received the Jacob Palmstierna Award for economic pedagogy. For many Swedes, he is probably first and foremost known for his years within the Swedish Ministry of Finance where he held many different positions, including Economic Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Last year, Mr Eklund chaired the Commission to Restart Sweden – an initiative established by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce to reboot and strengthen Sweden after the corona crisis. Commission members included eleven of Sweden’s most prominent experts within a number of strategically important reform areas.
In recent years, much of Mr Eklund’s work has been dedicated to the economics of climate change. He has published several books on the topic and he has been a member of the Swedish initiative Task Force on Green Finance Reform and Green Transformation – CCICED (China Council of International Co-operation and Environmental Development). To the younger Swedish audience, Mr Eklund is well-known for his tongue-in-cheek educational short films Klas Förklarar, where he explains fundamental economic terms and concepts – including the corona crisis – in a plain and simple language.
Mr Eklund will be introduced by Jakob Ragnwaldh, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling Singapore.
Moderators: Emil Akander, Sweden’s Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Lisa Ferraton, General Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce Singapore.