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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. In this hybrid event, you will listen to the successful experience and insights, have in-depth discussions and get mentorship from established leaders. We cover professional development and provide opportunities to meet inspiring role models and network with each other.

Application to be awarded as “Future Digileaders” and attend this event is now closed: Call: Participation Future Digileaders’23.


11:30  Registration is open

12:00 LUNCH & Mingle

13:00  Welcome & introductory words: Jelena Zdravkovic, Professor Stockholm University and Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Digital Futures

13:05  Workshop Program: Qianwen Xu, Associate Professor KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Chair Program Committee for Future Digileaders

13:15  Keynote talk: Pia Sandvik – title and abstract to be announced
Moderator: Qianwen Xu, KTH

Pia Sandvik, Director General at Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries). Former CEO of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and former CEO at Länsförsäkringar Jämtland, President at Luleå University of Technology. She has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping University, a PhD and an associate professor in Quality Control Technology.

Other engagements include being a board member of EIT (The European Institute of Innovation and Technology), Almi AB and Prevas AB and a member of the IVA division XI Education and Research Policy.

13:55  BREAK

14:00 Panel A: What does it mean to be a digital leader?  How to become a digital leader?
Moderator: Sepideh Pashami, RISE


  • Kristina Höök, Professor Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
  • Jenny Erneman, Director Volvo Group Technology Strategy at Volvo Group Trucks Technology
  • Sara Mazur, Chair of the Board at WASP – Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

15:00  Activity A: Mentorship Speed Dating
Moderator: Liane Colonna, Stockholm University

  • The panel speakers are mentors

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: Therese Balksjö, RISE


  • Sonja Berlijn, Business Development Manager at DNV, previous school head of KTH EECS, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
  • Melinda From, Head of Unit at Inclusive System Innovation, RISE
  • Ericka Johnson, Professor in Technology and social change at Linköping university, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
  • Helen Petrie, Professor Emeritus of Human-Computer Interaction in Computer Science at York University

17:30 Activity B: Reflection and takeaway
Moderator: Sanna Kuoppamäki, KTH

18:00  Networking & Mingle buffet

20:00 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 & Contact: Qianwen Xu, KTH,

Links from previous years


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