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Future Digileaders ’23

Future Digileaders is a yearly event organised by Digital Futures, for selected early career researchers interested in the broad area of digitalization who identify as women or are non-binary. This hybrid event consists of a career workshop with talks, panels, and sincere discussions. We cover professional development and provide opportunities to meet inspiring role models and network with each other.


12:00 – 13:00  LUNCH & Speed mingling

13:00  Welcome & introductory words

13:15  Keynote talk: to be announced

13:55  BREAK

14:00 Panel A: What does it mean to be a digital leader?  How to become a digital leader?
Moderator: to be announced


  • Sara Mazur, Chair of the Board at WASP – Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program
  • Åsa Zetterberg, Managing Director of TechSverige, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

15:50  Activity A: Mentorship Speed Dating

16:20 BREAK

16:30  Panel B: How can we work with inclusion and diversity in academia and industry (workplace)? Can AI help to support inclusion and diversity in academia and industry?
Moderator: to be announced


  • Melinda From, Head of Unit at Inclusive System Innovation
  • Ericka Johnson, Professor in Technology and social change at Linköping university
  • Helen Petrie, Professor Emeritus of Human-Computer Interaction in Computer Science at York University

17:30 Activity B: Reflection and takeaway

18:00  Networking

End of day

The event is a part of Digitalize in Stockholm, an annual conference and meeting place for global thought leaders and rising stars engaged in transformation through digitalization in academia, industry, government, and civil society.

After these events, we expect that the Future Digileaders will:

  • gain insights into the joys and struggles of becoming and being faculty and awareness of a broad range of career paths and strategies one can choose from
  • have shaped values and practices that should be promoted in a good research environment
  • establish new connections to research and industry leaders and a network of international peers
  • understand the potential of digitalization research in a broader societal context, a peek into different areas of digitalization research, and knowledge about state-of-the-art research challenges and advancements.

Organising Committee

Chair: Qianwen Xu, KTH,

György Dán, KTH,

Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University,

Johanna Gavefalk, Digital Futures,

Liane Colonna, Stockholm University,

Sanna Kuoppamäki, KTH,

Sepideh Pashami, RISE,

Sissi Rizko, Digital Futures,

Therese Balksjö, RISE,

Tobias Oechtering, KTH,

Wouter Metsola van der Wijngaart, KTH,


Links from previous years:

Article – Future Digileaders 18 Oct 2022

Website of the 2022 edition

Article – Future Digileaders 19 Oct 2021

Website of the 2021 edition

Article – Future Digileaders 11 Nov 2020

Website of the 2019 edition

KTH media coverage of Future Digileaders 2019


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