Think Digital Summit

Think Digital Summit


Country Studios:

Country Studio Denmark

Meet at Country Studio Denmark, Henrik Bodskov with his guests from DI, Andel and IBM.



Ole Vestergaard

Ole Vestergaard

Senior Vice President, Andel

Chief Commercial Officer - Downstream Power and Gas.

Trading, Sales & Marketing, Billing, Customer service and related commercial operations in downstream energy supply (electricity and gas) combined with in depth knowledge of operations, trading, transmission and distribution commercial operations.
Business development, new market entry, sales and marketing to B2B, households and SME customers including Transfer pricing, Switching, Billing and Debt management.

Specialties: Downstream commercial activities, trading and transfer pricing, sales and marketing to energy end-customers, operations, sourcing, network codes, third party access, trading and risk management, Natural gas, electricity, market mechanisms, infrastructure, regulation, market entry, M&A, privatisation, unbundling, change management, downstream energy Europe.

Lars Frelle-Petersen

Lars Frelle-Petersen

Director, DI

Lars Frelle-Petersen has been working at Danish Industry (DI) since 1 March 2018. First as Director of Digitization in DI, and per May 18, 2020 as Director of Membership with responsibility for all industry communities and as well the member associations in DI. Lars came from a position as Head of Department for Public Innovation in the Ministry of Finance. He has previously been Director of the Danish Digitization Agency and Deputy Director of the Danish Finance Agency. Furthermore, he has been Office Manager in the Ministry of Finance and in the Ministry of Science. Positions of trust include the Chairman of the Board of the Roskilde Festival Association, the Deputy Chairman of the Design Society, Member of the Board of the IT University, Member of the Board of Ungdomsøen and Member of the Board of Denmark Bridge. Lars has a cand.scient.adm. from Roskilde University (RUC) 1998.


Claus Klint

Claus Klint

Director IoT, IBM Denmark

Claus is responsible for IBM's Internet of Things and Asset Management business in Denmark. IBM is investing $3B in Internet of Things over a four years period.

Client partnerships in Denmark include ISS, FLSmidth, Kone, Sund & Bælt, Copenhagen Airport and Danfoss.

Claus has held a number of Danish, Nordic and European leadership roles in his 33 years in IBM, including COO IBM Denmark, Business Unit Executive Software Business Partners and Director of Public Sector.

He was appointed Director of Internet of Things, when the Watson IoT Business Unit was formed in 2015.

Claus has a Master degree from CBS and a MBA from Henley Management College.

Henrik Bodskov

Henrik Bodskov

Country General Manager, IBM Denmark

Henrik has worked for IBM since 2002. He has significant experience form the IT and consulting industry -Henrik started his career as management consultant in PWC in 1989 and was appointed partner in 1999. Henrik joined IBM in 2002, when IBM acquired PWC. Since 2002 Henrik has held several senior management positions within IBM, and in October 2015 Henrik became General manager for IBM Denmark. Henrik has general experience in almost all aspects of sales, delivery and general management always with a strong focus on customers, people and new technology. Since 2011 Henrik has been a member of the executive management team of IBM Denmark.


Country Studio Finland

Meet at Country Studio Finland Mervi Airaksinen with her guests from Ministry of Finance, NESTE and KELA.




Anne Hämäläinen

Anne Hämäläinen

Services Sales & Client Advocacy Champion, Global Business Services, IBM Finland

Anne has over 10 years of sales experience, and is passionate about humans in the heart of business. She is an engaging presenter and speaker, capturing audiences around various business topics as well as for the greater good in society.


Tommi Tuovila

Tommi Tuovila

CIO, Neste

Tommi has over 20 years of experience in leading IT and digital to enable business success.Last seven years he has been CIO at Neste. He is an active member of CIO communitiesand enjoys learning, sharing knowledge and improving. 2018 Tommi was awarded CIO ofthe year in Finland. Tommi defines himself as a digi-humanist and says: “Digital technologyshould exist primarily to help improve life”.


Nina Nissilä

Nina Nissilä

Director, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela)

Nina Nissilä works as a director in Kela. She’s in charge of IT and shared services. Nissilä has specialized in customer centric development, digitalization and strategy work. As one of the first things in Kela she has brought service design methods to strategy work by recruiting two strategic designers. Among other things during her career she has built up a customer centric digitalization team called D9 to support Finnish Government’s digitalization efforts. During her career Nissilä has worked in different positions in private sector as well. She has master’s degree in Social Sciences.


Päivi Nerg

Päivi Nerg

Permanent Under-Secretary for Governance Policy, Ministry of Finance

Päivi Nerg is Permanent Under-Secretary for Governance Policy at the Ministry of Finance. She was also the Government project leader of the previous government's preparations for the reform of regional government, health and social services. Before her current duties, Nerg served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior. Owing to her numerous positions of trust and her earlier work at the University of Eastern Finland and career in the corporate world, Päivi Nerg has experience of working in both the private sector and central government.


Mervi Airaksinen

Mervi Airaksinen

Country General Manager, IBM Finland

Mervi Airaksinen has been working in IT for 15 years, specializing in business development, sales and consultancy. Previously she was the Cisco Managing Director for Finland and the Baltics. She is the Deputy Chairman and a Member of the Board of Directors AmCham Finland, Board Member of Nordic Morning Group and Digital Economy Advisory Board for University of Vaasa among others.
Mervi Airaksinen received her Master of Science degree in Business and Economics of the University of Jyväskylä in 2004.


Country Studio Norway

Meet Hans-Henrik Merckoll, the Country General Manager for IBM Norway and Mie Gustavsen, Manager for IBM Hybrid Cloud in Norway. With guests in studio from Schibsted and Helse Midt-Norge we are discussing innovation and cloud solutions for the future.



Ketil Thorvik - Innovation advisor, Helse Midt-Norge IT

Sven Thaulow

Sven Thaulow

Chief Data & Technology Officer and EVP, Schibsted

Sven Størmer Thaulow is Chief Data & Technology Officer and EVP in Schibsted Media Group. Schibsted has 5,000 employees in 5 countries in the Nordic region.

Sven is an experienced leader in the telecommunications and IT industry. He began his career at Telenor in 1999 and has held a number of leading positions such as COO / SVP at Telenor Digital, CEO of Telenor Comoyo and director of new business areas at Telenor Norway. Sven has also worked as director of product and marketing at Telenor Hungary and CMO at Telenor Mobil in Norway. He joined Schibsted from Cisco Norway & Iceland where he served as CEO. Sven has a master's degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from NTNU, and also has studies in statistics as well as media and communication. Sven is passionate about exponential technology, change and digitalisation of business and society.

Mie Gustavsen

Mie Gustavsen

Mie Gustavsen is leading Hybrid Cloud in IBM Norway, and has been with the company since 2015, Prior to joining IBM, she held several positions in Software Innovation (today a part of TietoEVRY) and Projectplace, and she holds a degree from BI Norwegian Business School.

Hans-Henrik Merckoll

Hans-Henrik Merckoll

IBM Norway General Manager

Hans-Henrik Merckoll is the CEO of IBM Norway, and has been with the company since 2017. Prior to joining IBM, he held the positions of Executive Vice President of Consulting at EVRY, CEO of Telenor Telehuset and Sales Director and CEO of Hewlett Packard Norway. Merckoll has also worked for Compaq, Storebrand, IF Forsikring and THORN, and holds a Master of Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School. As of May 2020 Merckoll was appointed chairman of The Norwegian Center for Information Security (NORSIS).


Country Studio Sweden

Meet Vahid Zohali, new Country General Manager for IBM in Sweden and Louise Gunsjö, Sales Director for Industrial Industry IBM Sweden together with guests from Vasaloppet and Electrolux.



Mateusz Jazdzewski

Mateusz Jazdzewski

Head of IT Consumer Service and Head of CX Product, Electrolux Stockholm

In Electrolux working with implementing consumer centric transformation initiatives on European scale. Previous experiences include Electrolux roles in Marketing and Product Lines as well as IT consultant role in PwC Poland (CRM and HR system implementations in the biggest Polish companies from Oil & Gas, Post and Energy Sector). Graduate of Information Management at KU Leuven (Belgium) and Theatre, Film & TV Studies at University of Glasgow.

Johan Eriksson

Johan Eriksson

Acting CEO, Vasaloppet

Johan Eriksson, 44, has worked at Vasaloppet since 2013. First as acting Sport Manager and since 2015 as Development Manager. Johan Eriksson has previously been part of Vasaloppet's management team, which is jointly continuing the work that is already underway – now with Johan at the helm.

Louise Gunsjö

Louise Gunsjö

Sales Director for Industrial Industry IBM Sweden

Louise Gunsjö is Sales Director for Industrial Industry and part of the Leadership team at IBM Sweden. Louise joined IBM in 2008 and has held several positions in the company within consulting, sales and management, always with focus on digital transformation and mainly in the industrial and retail industries. She holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology Management from Lund University Institute of Technology and Lund University. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Vahid Zohali

Vahid Zohali

Country General Manager, IBM Sweden

Vahid Zohali was nominated leader of the year in 2017. At the age of 17 he came to Härnösand from Iran. At 25 he studied System analysis at Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall and then moved to Stockholm where his journey in the IT industry began.. From October 1st he is Country General Manager for IBM Svenska AB. Previous employments are Managing Director Sweden at DXC Technology, Vice president CGI and Vice President, Banking at Tieto to mention a few.

Nordic sessions:

Accelerating the Future of Discovery with Bits + Neurons + Qubits

Research keynote speaker:

Alessandro Curioni

Alessandro Curioni

IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Europe and Africa and Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland

Alessandro coordinates global research in IoT and Security and is an internationally recognized leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015. His research interests now include AI, Big Data and novel compute paradigms, such as neuromorphic and quantum computing. Dr. Curioni started at IBM Research – Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998, where he had several research and manager roles, including being the founding manager of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences.

Listen to the latest updates from IBM Research and get inspiration for the future. 

Harnessing The Great Acceleration
How the Global Pandemic Changed the Rules of Business – and where we go next

Keynote speaker:

Greg Williams

Greg Williams

Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine

Greg Williams is an authority on technology trends and the ways they impact business and society. As editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity, and ideas. The annual trends report he edits, WIRED World, is essential is seen as an essential briefing for senior leaders who want to understand the forces shaping the global business.

Greg possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and how it will impact every sector of business. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next. Greg primarily speaks on what’s new and what’s next and how organisations and individuals can best prepare themselves for what’s on the horizon. He also has extensive experience as a conference facilitator and moderator, having interviewed world leaders and CEOs of some of the world’s best-known companies.

He speaks on the technology and trends shaping the world, from artificial intelligence to the blockchain, sustainability to fintech, cybersecurity to personalized healthcare, automation and robotics to the space industry, the future of work to the next wave of disruptive forces impacting every organisation. In every presentation, Greg identifies the challenges and opportunities for organizations in every sector to innovate in an accelerating culture where norms are shifting.

Having delivered incisive, actionable insights, Greg’s dynamic presentations have received praise from clients in multiple areas of industry, including finance, retail, travel, healthcare, apparel, software, manufacturing, mobility, security, energy and consulting.

Spending his days scanning the horizon for world-changing technologies, ideas and companies, Greg is constantly on the lookout for genuinely transformative trends. His dynamic presentation style enables his audiences not only to understand these shifts, but also inspires them to implement the changes they need to make in order to move their businesses and brands forward is a fast-changing landscape.

Greg has delivered keynote speeches at technology and corporate events throughout Europe, North America and Asia. He has interviewed CEO-level business-people at both private and public events and has moderated panels with executives from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies at high-profile conferences and private gatherings. Greg enjoys an international career – he has lived in both London and New York – and travels regularly in search of the people and ideas that are transforming our world. In the past few months he has delivered keynotes, moderated panels and facilitated conferences in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

His essay on neuroeconomics was featured alongside essays by Bill Gates and Joseph Stiglitz in the book, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Greg's success as a long-form storyteller in novels – he has had six published – and journalism means that he has a particular interest and expertise in the power and role of content as traditional media channels transform and new ones proliferate.

Building the right strategy and architecture for your digital transformation


In this session you can listen to Jan Simonsen, VP Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Nordic & Petra Goude, GM Global Technology Services, IBM Nordic discuss how IBM can help with grasping and accelerating the digital transformation and drive business outcomes. As public and private businesses need to quickly respond to changing market and client demands, there is a need for an IT-Architecture that allows you to act swiftly and with AI capabilities to take advantage of data where ever it resides. Jan and Petra will discuss how you can take benefit from your existing investment together with new capabilities through drawing full value of a Hybrid Cloud approach with open standard and security as core building blocks. Finally Jan and Petra will get a perspective from Nicolai Rygh, CTO DNB Personal Marked on the road ahead in their digital transformation.

Jan Simonsen

Jan Simonsen

Vice President IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software Nordic, IBM

Jan Simonsen is Vice President for IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software. He lead the teams responsible for all aspects of the software portfolio within Cloud, Analytics, Security and Cognitive Software solutions in the Nordic market.
Jan has held several senior sales leadership positions in the Software Industry with proven track record of leading people and teams in driving high performance execution, in collaboration with key customers and decision makers across organizations and with a sincere passion for People, Results and Leadership.
Jan have a high passion for helping and getting inspired around Digital Transformation and how customers with the use of technology can maintain relevant and competitive in this tough and competitive environment. With the increasing need for all companies to be agile, flexible and competitive a truly Hybrid Cloud environment will be needed which is where Jan and his team have all their focus when talking and meeting with their customers and partners.

Petra Goude

Petra Goude

General Manager IBM Global Technology Services, Nordic

Petra Goude is leading IBMs Global Technology Service business in Nordic.

Petra and her team work closely with our clients to design, build and run the infrastructure systems and services that companies rely on to manage and reinvent its business. Core mission is to delivering superior client success and client experience as well as expanding IBM Infrastructure (IS) and Technology Support Services (TSS) cross Nordic.

The responsibilities include Outsourcing, Consulting and Technical Support Services across the IBM Global Technology organization (GTS) within IBM Nordic.

Petra joined IBM Sweden in 2006 and has been holding different leadership positions in IBM Sweden before the move to Asia Pacific mid-2012. During her year in Asia Pacific she was responsible for the IBM Software Sales for the Industry and Enterprise customers cross Asia Pacific. Prior to the current role she lead IBMs Cloud and Software business in Nordics.

Petra has more than 15 years experience in business leadership, sales and sales management mostly in the IT industry working with diverse range of clients and industries including Manufacturing, Government, Healthcare, Life Science, Insurance, Banking & FSS, Industry, Telco & Energy and Utility, Media & Entertainment and Travel & Transportation.

Prior to joining IBM Petra worked in one if the leading Internet Consultants in Sweden, Framfab and most recently before joining IBM she was on a one year assignment in Montreal working at Carmen Systems, now Jeppesen, developing their Market organization in Americas.
Petra holds an MBA degree from University of Warwick graduating in 2010 and a DIHM Market economy degree from IHM Business School graduating 2001. Petra lives in Singapore since mid-2012 and frequently travels across the Asia Pacific region to work closely with IBM clients.

The Journey to AI


AI will impact our lives and the way we do business at large. But what does that mean for me and my company? What is the key things I now need to consider and how do I get started? Hear our experts and early adpoters/clients sharing their view.

Rune Mejer Rasmussen

Rune Mejer Rasmussen

Partner - Growth Platform Leader, IBM

Rune is a partner and executive in IBMs Global Business Services division. He leads the Cognitive Process Transformation consulting business in the Nordics. This entails intelligent business solutions and managed services built on technologies like IoT, AI, Data and Blockchain. Rune has a background from the Norwegian Armed Forces as commanding officer in the Navy, and from International Maritim Industry as CIO and Managing Director. For the last ten years, Rune has worked for IBM leading large client accounts and the shaping of a value driven consulting business evolving around the AI and Data domains.


Victoria Rosell

Data and AI leader IBM Cloud

The Data and AI unit make data simple and accessible, we help our clients in their cognitive and AI journey through three flexible platforms and capabilities, collect data true Hybrid Data Management, organize data with Unified Governance and Integration and analyse data with Data Science and Business Analytics.

Victoria has been holding different roles and leadership positions in IBM Sweden and Nordic, and has more than 15 years’ experience in sales, sales management and business leadership in the IT industry working with diverse range of clients and industries.

Victoria has a great passion for the IT Business and enjoy being part of an international and dynamic environment, with high speed and transformation. Last year Victoria represented IBM in the prestigious Leadership Program in Sweden ‘’Ruter Dam’’.

The Road to the Cognitive Enterprise


Enterprises everywhere are facing fundamental questions about how to differentiate themselves. Going digital is just the starting point, a foundation for organizations in any industry to unite digital business with digital intelligence - infusing thinking abilities into every application, product, process and system. We call this cognitive business, and in this session you can isten to Helle Valentin, General Manager GBS Nordic, and Thomas Anglero, Nordic Director of Innovation, talk about how we are enabling organizations to turn real-time insights into better decisions and actions—to help them capture competitive advantage and lead in their markets.

Thomas Anglero

Thomas Anglero

Nordic Director of Innovation, IBM

Thomas Anglero is an experienced and highly requested international speaker with a unique talent of blending his decades of IT knowledge with his passionate for storytelling into an experience that captivates clients and audiences. Thomas has over 25 years of IT experience, founded 2 startups, a popular podcast, Soul of Innovation, and is currently writing a book on how to personally benefit from artificial intelligence.
Mr. Anglero is the Nordic Director of Innovation at IBM and is renowned for his powerful and motivating style and his famous TEDx Talk, Don’t fear technology, fear yourself. Thomas has presented at hundreds of global conferences and to thousands of executives.

Helle Valentin

Helle Valentin

General Manager GBS Nordic, IBM

Helle is responsible for IBM’s Services Business in the Nordic region and is responsible for alignment of offerings, go-to-market strategy and the integrated talent proposition for IBM’s professional services business. Helle leads the strategy, client value and business performance of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business process outsourcing and application management services business across all industries. She holds a Master in Engineering and joined IBM in 1992. Helle has held a variety of sales, operation and transformation leadership roles locally, regionally and globally with various IBM division. With her distinguished international career in technology and business leadership she is a regular speaker on public events and panel discussions and was awarded the 2019 Women’s Board Award.

Selecting the right home for your business critical applications


In our Hybrid Multi Cloud world, you may ask yourself the question: 'Should I really care about the underlaying technology platform?' The short answer is: 'Yes, if you want to stay competitive and costefficient, you should'. In this session we will discuss why that is and what benefits the right platform can bring to your critical ERP applications, like SAP.

Jens August Hassel

Jens August Hassel

Vice President, IBM Solutions & ISBD Nordic


Join us as we wrap up the day in a magical moment
Your journey to recovery and transformation continues — and IBM will be with you every step of the way.

Cybersecurity focus is key in the jouney to a Hybrid Multicloud environment


Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems, placing the Nation's security, economy and public safety and health at risk. Similar to financial and reputational risks, cyber security affects a company's bottom line. It can drive up cost and affect revenue, It can harm an organization'sability to innovate and to gain and maintain customers. Cyber secuirtycan be important and amplifying component of an organization's overall risk management. The discussion will be based on the NIST framework and will include the importance of addressing Cybersecurity & Resilience in the jouney to a Hybrid Multicloud environment.

Felicity March

Felicity March

Security & Resilience Director, Europe

Felicity has spent her life immersed in technology and is passionate about ensuring companies build Resilience right into the core of their strategy and architecture. She understands the importance ofTransformation into the Digital World as well as the risks of not having services available. Felicity started her career as a hacker, and has worked for technology giants for over 25 years, in that time she has worked and advised Companies, Governments and Standards bodies on the emerging IT trends and ensuring integrity and sustainability is baked into the heart of IT. Felicity has a wealth of expertise and experience throughout her career and her insights and perspective are refreshing. She also is an advocate of driving STEM skills to the younger generation and is an active mentor and coach to the next generation of technologists. Felicity lives in Winchester with her family, three dogs and not enough motorbikes.

Kaja Narum

Kaja Narum

Business Unit Leader Security – IBM Nordics

Kaja Narum, makes a difference with great enthusiasm, engagement and sales cadence through her sales team. Kaja has held several sales leadership positions where her goal has been to build-up, inspire, strengthen, change and transform the sales team to drive and deliver growth.
Throughout her career she has always been one of the contributors in the cyber risk and security community, where she has been on the list of strong influencers the last 10 years in the Nordic countries.

Kaja has served as Business Unit Leader for IBM Security , Nordics since January 2018 and cover the Nordic countries, responsible for Solutions Sales as well as Security Transformation Service and Security Services Delivery with an organization with close to 120 employees.

Before joining IBM, Kaja served as Sales Director for Managed Security Services at Verizon and did cover Northern Europe. This is the fifth time she is transforming and building up successful teams, she did the same at her former employees; Palo Alto Networks, EMC, Trend Micro and Verizon.

Kaja, a Norwegian works out of Stockholm, Sweden is international by heart. She did her double degree at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and University of Guelph, Toronto, Canada and holds a Joint Honours in International Economics and Hospitality Management.

Application Modernization & Management


Applications lie at the core of cloud transformations, the majority were built before cloud technologies took hold and will require modernizing to support the cloud transformation goals companies have planned. IBM view companies that can modernize and manage on Hybrid Multi Cloud as gaining 2.5x the returns of those who don't. Join us for a discussion on how our Cloud Services and Technologies can support you on that journey to better returns.

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Cloud and AI Architect, IBM Nordic

Robert is an experienced Senior Certified Technical Specialist with more than 25 years in the IT industry. Robert joined IBM in 2003 and is seen as a key player by his colleagues and clients. During those years he has been highly appreciated and as a result has had the opportunity to work in many countries and diverse cultures.
In his current role Robert works with clients on their digital transformation. He is passionate about helping clients become industry disrupters.
In his spare time he enjoys life on ‘his island’ in the Gothenburg archipelago.

Derek Barclay

Derek Barclay

Cloud Application Services Leader

Derek Barclay is a seasoned leader with over 20 years experience in IT most recently leading IBM Services approach to application modernization across all technology domains in the Nordics. My focus is to develop and enhance our key methodologies that reduce risks, costs and timelines but also engage with the lines of business to leverage the potential of hybrid multi-cloud for digital transformation.

Creating a Business-ready AI foundation


Upgrading from data silos to a state where business users quickly can find high quality, trustable data does not have to be all that hard. Still it’s what every organisation is struggling with. But by leveraging a unified, integrated platform available anywhere, on any cloud, it can be frictionless.

Richard Black

Richard Black

Chief Data Officer, Danske Bank

Richard is the Chief Data Officer at Danske Bank in Copenhagen, where he is driving the Bank’s capability to use data for business insight, processing efficiency, and compliance..

His background spans business development, IT strategy, enterprise architecture, software development, national cyber-security, electronics engineering, and audio engineering in senior and executive roles at the Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of England, BP, TIBCO, Enron, Bankers Trust, and the Royal Australian Air Force.

He lives in between London and Copenhagen, where he is a regular club cyclist, and a sometimes vinyl disc jockey. Foremost amongst Richard’s interests are neuroscience, organisational culture, music, art and design.

Karin Pedersen

Karin Pedersen

Public Cloud leader, IBM Nordic

Henrik Sjöstrand

Henrik Sjöstrand

Data & AI Solution Architect

Henrik is an experienced solution architect with over 25 years in the IT industry, most years with IBM. He is passionate about learning new things and enjoys diving into new technologies, exploring at depth, and seeing what value it can bring to businesses, and when it’s time to embrace it. In his career he has worked with systems and application architecture, mobile apps, cloud technologies, and since a few years data science and artificial intelligence.
In his current role he is helping clients building robust data architectures in multi-cloud environments with IBM’s Data & AI platform, Cloud Pak for Data.



Jonas Jonsson

Jonas Jonsson

Head Of Technology & Solutions Red Hat Nordics & Baltics

Fredrik Ericsson

Regional Director, Red Hat Nordics & Baltics


Join us as we wrap up the day in a magical moment
Your journey to recovery and transformation continues — and IBM will be with you every step of the way.

Infuse Watson AI & Natural Language Understanding into your Apps & Workflows - now also including Nordic languages


AI is changing how people work and redefining the way businesses operate. AI at IBM is Watson. By infusing IBM Watson into your apps and workflows, you can create better and more personalized experiences for customers, scale the expertise of your best people across the organization, automate complex processes, and make smarter decisions based on deep insights from data.
Is your business keen to discover insights in unstructured text archives in your local language? To quickly find trends or repeating issues in your customer feedback? Or enable your customer support agents to find solutions in disparate knowledge bases, web sites and documents? Interested in training your search platform to recognize the important sections of your documents?
In this session, we will showcase the recently launched Nordic language capabilities of IBM Watson Discovery, our award-winning AI-powered search and data mining technology using text analytics and natural language processing to break open data silos. The session language will be English while the content in the use case examples will be in Nordic languages.

Asbjörn Natås

Asbjörn Natås

Watson AI leader, Europe, IBM

Watson AI Europe Sales. Working closely with Clients, Business Partners and IBM Sales team - making AI easier, leverage the full potential of Data and operationalise AI in business. Covering IBMs key AI solutions - Watson Assistant for improved customer and employee experiences and Watson Discovery enterprise search and content mining. Includes tools, APIs and technologies like Natural Language Understanding, Voice, Image and Visual Recognition, Data Science and Machine Learning / Deep Learning.
Broad experience and various positions within sales, management, leadership and consultancy within Information Technology and Services. Includes Information Management, Analytics Software and Artificial Intelligence solutions, as well as hardware, services and outsourcing.

Sara Elo-Dean

Sara Elo-Dean

Watson Delivery Solution Architect, Data and AI, IBM

Sara is a Technical Specialist and Solution Architect with expertise in AI and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Bridging between business requirements and technology capabilities, she has designed and delivered Watson solutions in Banking, Financial Services, Higher Education, Natural Resources, Legal and Insurance industries as well as the Public Sector. Sara’s earlier research in natural language processing equips her with excitement and an understanding of the complexity of representing the semantics of language.

Connected security built for a hybrid, multicloud world


IBM Cloud Pak for Security is a platform that helps you uncover hidden threats, make more informed risk-based decisions and prioritize your team’s time.
Connect to your existing data sources to generate deeper insights. Securely access IBM and third-party tools to search for threats across any cloud or on-premises location. Quickly orchestrate actions and responses to those threats – all while leaving your data where it is.

Victor Grane

Client Technical Professional Security Intelligence

Michael Andersson

Michael Andersson

Solutions architect, IBM Security

Michael Andersson works as a solutions architect at IBM Security where he helps customers with solutions for detecting and responding to cyber security incidents. Michael has more that 20 years of experience working in various positions for different organizations within the cyber security field.

The Future Ready CTO


In this session you will hear our nordic CTO Brian Rasmussen and CTO Sweden, Mikael Haglund talk about the cornerstone technological decisions that shape your company’s future competitiveness. This require that top level decision makers should spend even more time having business conversations with the technical leaders. In designing the foundation for a resilient business that is adaptable to change it is essential to structure your decisions arund the right Architectural Decisions Points. Brian and Michael will share some key learings from working with clients and share ideas on how to bring the right decisions points into the leadership team.

Mikael Haglund

Mikael Haglund

CTO, IBM Sweden

Mikael Haglund is technical spokesperson for IBM, and spots and evangelizes about coming trends. As technical advisor for Swedish enterprises he drives innovation, digitalization and the adoption of new technologies such as AI, internet of things, blockchain and quantum computing. He has experiences ranging from chasing nano seconds in system designs to finding suitable business models.

Brian Rasmussen

Brian Rasmussen

CTO & Technical Sales Executive, IBM

Brian Skov Lykke Rasmussen, 47, is leading the technical community for IBM in the Nordics as CTO and Technical Sales Executive.
Brian has an equal passion for technology, people and business with a constant eye for new opportunities to bring the three of them together to drive innovation and solve problems for businesses and societies. Throughout his career Brian has been engaged in a number of critical and transformational projects for some of the largest companies in the Nordics and he has held various Sales- and Technical leadership positions.
Outside IBM, Brian is a proud member of the Digital Wisemen Counsel in Denmark,, where he is focused on Sustainable Digitization.

Return to a different normal


Preparing for the return to work in a disrupted environment and keeping your colleagues safe, engaged and productive. As companies prepare for the return to work, it is critically important for HR professionals to balance the well-being of the workforce and the continuity of the business in an increasingly uncertain and challenging climate, particularly as the economic shock of the disruption to supply and demand begins to impact the bottom line. In this session, we will be exploring topics including:

  1. How to keep employees well-being front and centre of your thinking
  2. What remote working practices will become permanent
  3. How HR policies may need to be recalibrated in the new environment
  4. How workforce and skills planning will be key to recovery

Andi Britt

Andi Britt

 IBM Vice President, Talent & Transformation Leader

Andi leads IBM’s European Talent & Transformation practice, providing human capital management, HR and recruitment Outsourcing and organizational change management advisory services for clients.

Andi specialises in HR & Learning, and Enterprise transformation and has worked with IBM’s largest global clients in public and private sectors on HR Outsourcing, Cloud SaaS, ERP and enterprise wide change management engagements. He is a thought leader on AI, Automation and Digital HR and how organisations can transform their Talent practices with Cognitive, Cloud, Robotics and Mobile solutions.

He is a regular speaker and presenter on IBM’s Research on AI, HR Reinvention, Culture Change, Change Management and Employee Engagement.

Having started his career at PwC, Andi is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and was featured in the Financial Times inaugural ‘Power Part Time’ list in 2012. Outside work he runs a Foodbank and Youth Employment charity in South London.

Rethinking the Mayflower with AI & Edge Sub: A New Mayflower for a New Era of Marine Exploration


How could we re-engineer ships so they can continue operations without a dependency for humans to be on board? Marine research non-profit ProMare and IBM are building the Mayflower Autonomous Ship to pioneer a solution. Hear from the project’s Chief Technology Officer, Don Scott and IBM’s Head of Content & Storytelling, Jonathan Batty about the inception of the project, the challenges and technologies involved and the importance of the mission to other industries and the future of the world.

Don Scott

Don Scott

CTO, Mayflower Autonomous Ship, ProMare

Don Scott is the Director of Engineering at Submergence Group and is the CTO of MarineAi. He is a pioneer in the world of ocean engineering, with a passion for pushing the boundaries of technical innovation in his field. His primary focus is on the design of autonomy systems for the US Navy. As a logical extension to this work, Don is exploring how machine learning and cognitive systems can help solve problems at the intersection of the business world and ocean engineering.He is currently leading the design and development of the AI based marine autonomy systems for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship for which he is CTO.An IBM Champion, he and his team have been working closely with the engineering expertise at IBM towards the launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship this fall.

Jonathan Jessop Batty

Jonathan Jessop Batty

Head of Content & Storytelling, IBM Europe

Jonathan is a storyteller and corporate communications leader with two decades of international experience. His expertise is in helping companies communicate their value and leadership to key stakeholders across business and society. He is currently tasked with establishing IBM’s new European Content & Storytelling Hub and transforming the company’s communications approaches using richer, more personalised content experiences. He also acts as Chief Communications Officer for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project which was recently featured on BBC, CNN, Fox & Friends and many other media channels around the world. Jonathan has built his career in the world’s fasting-moving markets - from Warsaw & Moscow where he was responsible for establishing IBM’s communications function in Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS; to Nairobi where he introduced the world to IBM Research-Africa; to Beijing where he showcased IBM’s leadership in air pollution management.

Are we there yet? – three years in the driver’s seat of blockchain innovation with


The world is undergoing a dramatic disruption driven by accelerated innovation, a global pandemic and a continued flow of new technologies. This accelerated disruptive innovation in the form of both new business models and technologies is giving birth to new opportunities and challenges. One technology in particular that has for some time now promised deep societal and business impact is Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. In this session the hosts of the popular podcast Fintech Daydreaming - Ville Sointu (Nordea) and Pal Krogdahl (IBM), will take a historical rollercoaster ride into Blockchain from early stages of Bitcoin to current Enterprise Scale solutions, across several industries, and conclude on a look at the transformational impact it has had on Trade Finance in the form of the successful network.

Pål Krogdahl

Pål Krogdahl

CTO, Industry technical leader, IBM Financial Services, Nordic

Ville Sointu

Ville Sointu

Head of Emerging Technologies, Nordea

Ville Sointu leads Nordea’s emerging technologies research and development team. He’s been working in financial technology space since 2002 and has held several key positions worldwide in financial services and connected devices industries. Ville is also a member of Mobey Forum’s board of directors and involved with several industry fora like EBA, EBF, OECD and European Commission’s Blockchain Observatory.

In his free time Ville is also the co-host of Fintech Daydreaming podcast.

Developments in IBM Quantum and Quantum Computing


Quantum Computing and IBM Quantum is developing quickly and new milestones are reached at a fast pace. Join Jan Lillelund and get an update on the status of Quantum Computing and where IBM is taking the technology. Gain insight into the latest hardware, software and applications covering areas as diverse as Chemistry, Distribution and Logistics, Financial Services, Health Care and Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Security.

Jan B. Lillelund

Jan B. Lillelund

CTO, IBM Denmark

Jan Lillelund is an IBM CTO and an executive technical leader in application and platform innovation with a special focus on emerging and complex technologies. He has more than 35 years of experience with technical architecture on various assignments in a number of industries. He has a strong focus on innovation and leverages his extensive network and wide knowledge in developing solutions for his customers. He is a hands-on technologist used to working on the business level as well as implementing advanced and emerging technology successfully. Jan draws from an experience with a large number of complex and often international projects within infrastructure and applications, covering almost all aspects of IT solutions.

In his role as CTO, Jan engages with Customers from startups to large enterprises on subjects such as Cognitive Computing / Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Blockchain and Quantum Computing. Jan is also a sought-after speaker and recognized subject matter expert on a number of emerging technologies.

IoT: Using Artificial Intelligence to create value out of the Internet of Things


The convergence of artificial intelligence and the internet of things is as fruitful as it is inevitable. Artificial intelligence depends upon data for its “magic” and the internet of things generates data in an unprecedented manner. At the same time, without judicial use of artificial intelligence, the proliferation of data that comes with IoT tends to generate noise rather than signals. So how do you leverage artificial intelligence to create value out of the internet of things? What new possibilities do the combination of AI & IoT create? And what are some innovative ways Nordic industrial companies are addressing these possibilities?

Patrick Couch

Patrick Couch

AIoT - Using AI to make sense of IoT

Patrick Couch works as a business developer at IBM focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Technologies and the Internet of Things. Patrick wrote his master thesis on human/machine interaction and pursued a PhD until he went on a sabbatical in the late 90s which landed him in the hey day of the internet start-up scene in Stockholm when the economy was new and .com was booming. He's been with IBM since 2010 and is still on his sabbatical...

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Helle Gadeberg - IBM Garage lead Nordic

Hear what our clients have to say about innovating with the IBM Garage. IBM Garage is a bold, comprehensive approach to innovation, modernization, and transformation that quickly creates and scales new ideas that dramatically impact your business. That is how we explain what we do, but instead us talking, lets listen to what our clients have to say about it. In this session, you will hear our clients talking about IBM Garage and their most recent experience. They will share their point of view on what the IBM Garage is, how the Garage Methodology and team helped to uncover the business opportunities, guided through the uncertainty to find the right ideas which led to measurable business outcomes.


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