Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 6.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square, Spitalfields
London EC2A 2JN

The Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum returns to London on the 28 October, this year hosted at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. For over six years the Forum has brought together senior business people to celebrate Anglo-Nordic business, share expertise and discuss timely topics. 

This year, the focus will be on Investing in Sustainability.

In the face of climate change and the wider UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability is on the radar of every industry. Looking ahead, it is important to understand the strategic opportunities that sustainability carries for companies across technology, services, finance etc. – and for investors in both advanced and emerging economies.

Tickets:

Programme:

18.00: Arrival & registration

18.30: Welcome words by Gunnar Larsen, Managing Director, Danish-UK Association

18.35: Introduction & overview of ‘Sustainable Investment’
by Jens Lundsgaard, Board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

18.45: Opening speech by Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

18.55 Panel Discussion: Investing in Sustainability across sectors

Moderated by Jens Lundsgaard, Member of the Board of Directors, EBRD

Speakers:

Alex Ryland, Head of Ocean Industries, CEMEA (Central Europe, Middle East & Africa), DNB

Andrew Mitchell CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe, Department for International Trade

Halldór Benjamin Thorbergsson, Managing Director at Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise

Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Lars Andersen Resare, Head of Environment and CSR for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Mikael Geday, CFO of Grundfos

Mikko Marttala, CFO of KPA Unicon

Sarah Duncan, Author, Business Development Consultant & Founder of Sleeping Lion

 

19.45: Joint Q&A & Summary by moderator

20.00: Networking with drinks and canapés

21.00: End of programme

 

Speakers:

Moderator: Jens Lundsgaard, Member of the Board of Directors, EBRD

Jens Lundsgaard is a board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and founder of Lundsgaard Economics & Strategy. Previously he was an economist at the OECD and served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in Denmark’s Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice President and Head of Client Services Group, EBRD 

Jürgen Rigterink oversees the Client Services Group which is comprised of the Banking and Policy & Partnerships departments.  He has overall responsibility for implementation of Banking and Policy objectives, ensuring that EBRD investments, policy engagement and advisory services deliver the maximum transition impact in EBRD’s countries of operations.

He chairs the Operations Committee which reviews all investment proposals (both debt and equity) before consideration by the Board of Directors and oversees the formulation of the Bank’s strategy to effectively and efficiently promote the transition of the countries of operations where the EBRD invests.

Alex Ryland, Senior Vice President, DNB’s Division for Ocean Space and Sustainability investments globally

Alex Ryland is a commercial banker with over 20 years banking experience, of which the past 11 years he’s been with DNB in both London and Singapore. He is currently the Head of Ocean Industries, CEMEA, running a team of bankers across three offices in London, Aberdeen and Athens. Ocean Industries covers Oil & Gas, Oilfield Services, Seafood, Offshore and Shipping. ESG has been an increasingly important part of his day to day business across a wide geography of clients who trade around the globe.

Halldór Benjamin Thorbergsson, Managing Director at Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise

Halldór Benjamín Þorbergsson is the Director General of The Confederation of Enterprise. SA projects include negotiations of collective agreements with unions on wages and working conditions, the advocation of an internationally competitive legal and regulatory environment, and the interpretation and communication of decisions by governmental authorities that directly affect the business environment.

Lars Andersen Resare, Head of Environment and CSR for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Lars Andersen Resare is the current Head of Environment & CSR. Lars has worked within the field of sustainability and communications in the aviation industry for over ten years. In his long career at SAS he has held the positions of Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Head of Public Affairs and Director of Crisis Communication and Environment & Public Affairs. Lars aims to being part of a more sustainable future and participating with his expertise and knowledge in the development towards zero emissions. 

Mikko Marttala, CFO, KPA Unicon

Mikko Marttala is an experienced Financial professional in the renewable energy space. He currently works as a CFO of Finnish cleantech company KPA Unicon, where he is responsible of company’s Finance and project development functions globally and is based in London. Most recent closed projects have been for Biomass and Waste to energy projects in Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa, and a joint venture with a Nordic infrastructure fund to finance energy transition of energy intensive industries to renewable energy in Nordics.

Prior to Joining KPA he worked at Nordea Bank and was responsible for developing export and project finance transactions in CEE region for Nordic corporates.

Mikael Geday, CFO, Grundfos

Mikael Geday has a Master of Laws 1989 and PhD from the University of Aarhus in 1996. He added to that a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in 1997. Before joining Grundfos, he has worked as an independent advisor (2011-2014), as CFO for the business areas Thermal Power/Wind Power at Ørsted (2007-2010), and for the Rockwool Group (1997-2007). He is originally trained as a lawyer with the law firm Kromann Reumert.

 

Andrew Mitchell CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe, Department for International Trade 

Andrew Mitchell was appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Europe in July 2018.Prior to this he was director in a British-based creative and communications agency with international clients among Olympic bid cities and major Games hosts. Andrew has 25 years’ experience in leading organisations in the public and private sector.

He has previously held senior positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), including i.e. the FCO Prosperity Director (2012 to 2015) with responsibility for the Foreign Office’s international economic work and FCO Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sarah Duncan, Author, Business Development Consultant, Founder of Sleeping Lion

Sarah is a marketing/business development consultant and author of The Ethical Business Book.

She has been in business for over 30 years and set up her own consultancy, Sleeping Lion, in 2005. She has watched with interest as sustainability has crept up the business agenda – driven collectively by more ethically conscious employees and customers. She now provides consultancy and workshops on ethical business behaviour.

Partners:

              thumbnail Grundfos Logo new

 

 

 

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

The FBCC is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognized throughout the Finnish, British and international business communities. The Chamber offers four different membership categories: Patron, Corporate, Professional and Junior.