Welcome to Global Business Gate Day #4

The race for Global Talent – and Gothenburg’s position in it

Friday the 22nd of November from 08:30 to 12:30 (with breakfast from 08.00)

Folkets Hus, Kongressalen, Olof Palmes Plats 3, Göteborg

Note that the programme is updated continuously, and additional speakers might be added.


08.00 – 08.30 Breakfast




1. The Race for Global Talent

Who will win the race for global talents? The importance of talent for companies and thus the development of cities and regions will be discussed.

Our aim is to spice this with a recently conducted survey of former Gothenburg students that have left the city – “why not Gothenburg” is the question we seek an answer to.

Welcome and introduction.

We see talent everywhere – how do we attract it?
Katie Owen, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Discussion with Tove Bäcker, CEO Humblebee/Hive, Karin Danielsson, HR Director Cellink, Martin Taranger, CEO Morris Law and Josefin Södergård, Head of Strategic Capabilities Stena AB

Comments and reflections.


2. International outlook/insight

Input and ideas from the international scene – not least from other cities and regions. How have they been able to create attractiveness?

Cleveland, US – what have they done, and lessons learned.    
Joe Cimperman, President Global Cleveland

Copenhagen – best in class in Europe. Their approach.
Inge Schmidt Jensen, Talent Attraction Manager Copenhagen Capacity.

Boston vs. Gothenburg. Comparison between two approaches to “Talent integration/retention”.
Uzma Yasin, SACC Talent Mobility and Corporate Partnerships and Zayed Yasin, Emergency Physician, M.D. MBA, Health Care delivery Innovator and Investor

The New York way of engaging and recruiting talent.
Anna Throne-Holst, CEO SACCNY

Comments and reflections.


Coffee break


3. The current Gothenburg position – a way forward

In the last part of the agenda, we focus on how today’s (and yesterday’s) students and “expats” are looking to continue their careers in Gothenburg. Both Swedish and foreign reflections and thoughts via the initiative ”The International Youth Think-Tank”.

Disclosure of our survey with a base of 600 former Gothenburg students. Where do our homegrown talents go, and do they return?
Jan Edshage

Challenges for those coming to work in Gothenburg.
Andrea Šrut, Master student at the University of Gothenburg.

Our thoughts as to talents in Gothenburg? Potential areas for improvement.
Isak Solomon, Simon Fredholm, Veronica Kecki and Andrea Šrut, Master students at the University of Gothenburg and Kristin Clay, Managing Editor at Nordicom, University of Gothenburg.

The important initiative “Move to Gothenburg”.
Niklas Delersjö, COO Move to Gothenburg

Panel reflections/discussion.
Dennis Norman, President of the student union at Chalmers University of Technology, ass prof. Urban Strandberg, University of Gothenburg and Katerina Ingenlath, talent who has moved to Gothenburg

Where do we go from here.
All participants (including the audience) discuss and agree(?) on important steps taking us forward. The results will be presented to the city.


Closure and lunch.

After a brief summary of the day, Global Business Gate invites all participants to join us for a standing lunch. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Warm welcome!



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The seminar is arranged in cooperation with
Business Region Göteborg, The West Sweden Chamber of Commerce and Move to Gothenburg.

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