SNS Tylösand Summit 2018: Urbanisation and Cities

time and place

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 09:00–17:00

The theme of this year’s Tylösand Summit is urbanisation and the growing importance of cities in the economy.


We are bringing together leading international experts to discuss what makes cities successful and how to create sustainable, attractive urban environments in Sweden.

Raj Chetty

Professor of Economics at Harvard University and named one of the top economists in the world by the New York Times and The Economist. Chetty’s current research focuses on equality of opportunity: How can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding?

Edward Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University and widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential urban thinkers. Glaeser’s work focuses on the determinants of urban growth and the role of cities as centres of idea transmission.

Fran Tonkiss

Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics (LSE) and former Director of the Cities Programme at LSE. Tonkiss’ research areas include urban inequalities, urban development and design, and segregation in cities. She is author of Cities by Design: The social life of urban form.

Ahmed Abdirahman

Founder of The Global Village, a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusion, culture and education in the suburbs of Stockholm. One of his initiatives is Järva Politicians Week. Abdirahman works at Stockholm Chamber of Commerce with integration issues.

Niklas Adalberth

Founder of Norrsken Foundation, supporting impact tech entrepreneurs. Adalberth is also co-founder of the Swedish fintech unicorn Klarna, where he has served in several executive roles.

Jan Bosaeus

Managing Director at Nobina Sweden, Sweden’s largest bus operator that handles local public transportation in, e.g., Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Nobina was the first company in Scandinavia to operate self-driving buses. Bosaeus is also Vice President of Nobina Group and Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Bus and Coach Federation.

Maria Börjesson

Professor of Economics at the Swedish National Road and Transport Institute (VTI). Börjesson’s research interests include transport cost-benefit analysis and the impact of the transport system on employment and productivity. She is co-author of SNS Economic Policy Council Report 2016: What road are we on? System failures in transport policy.

Mikael Damberg

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.

Jonas Eliasson

Director of the City of Stockholm Transportation Department and former Professor of Transport Systems Analysis at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Eliasson has been a key player in the debate on traffic planning in Stockholm and Gothenburg. His research includes cost-benefit analyses of systems of transport.

Lena Erixon

Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration. Erixon’s previous positions include Director General of the Swedish Road Administration and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, CFO at Södertälje Municipality and Desk Officer at the Swedish Ministry of Finance.

Ulrika Francke

Chair at Vasakronan and Chair of the Programme Committee for Sustainable Development at Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. Former Director of City Planning Administration at the City of Stockholm.

Mats Hederos

CEO of AMF Fastigheter, one of Sweden’s largest real estate companies. Hederos has throughout his career held various positions relating to investments and development of properties, including investment banker. Among the company’s projects in Stockholm city centre are MOOD Stockholm, Epicenter and Urban Escape.

Mia Horn af Rantzien

Mia Horn af Rantzien

CEO of SNS. Horn af Rantzien holds a PhD from Stockholm School of Economics and has had an extensive diplomatic career, including Chief Economist, Ambassador to the WTO and CSR Ambassador. She serves on the boards of Sida and Nobel Media and the advisory board of the Swedish Institute, and is Chair of the Division for Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Jan-Olof Jacke

CEO of AstraZeneca Sweden since 2013 and incoming CEO for the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. He is Chairman of the Junior Achievement Sweden (Ung Företagsamhet) and member of the boards of the Swedish Exhibition and Congress, ICC Sweden and Mentor Sweden.

Anna König Jerlmyr

Oppositional Vice Mayor in Stockholm for the Moderate Party.

Christer Larsson

Director for Urban Planning, City of Malmö and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Lund University. Larsson has worked in Malmö for 20 years. He is chair of the think tank Nordic City Network. In 2015, he led the Swedish Government Official Report Gestaltad livsmiljö – en ny politik för arkitektur, form och design.

Kieran Long

Director of the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes). Long has a career as a critic, broadcaster, teacher and award-winning writer in the fields of architecture and design. Before coming to Sweden in 2017, he was head of the department of Design, Architecture and Digital at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Sarah McPhee

Chair of SNS. McPhee is also chair of the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) and Houdini Sportswear AB. She serves on the boards of directors of Klarna Bank AB, Axel Johnson Inc, and Bure Equity AB. McPhee is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). She holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Sciences Po, Stanford University and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Charlotta Mellander

Professor of Economics at Jönköping International Business School. Mellander’s research examines location patterns of creative businesses and individuals to determine how they impact regional development. Mellander is a sought-after speaker, with clients including the EU Commission, the United Nations and IBM.

Sonja Opper

Gad Rausing Professor of International Economics at the School of Economics and Management at Lund University. Opper has written extensively about entrepreneurship and currently studies clusters of start-ups and entrepreneurs in China and Sweden. She is co-author of Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change in China.

Sara Rosengren

Professor of Business Administration and Head of Center for Retailing at Stockholm School of Economics. Rosengren’s research deals with consumer behaviour, marketing communications and retailing. She is currently working on several projects connected to the digitalization of retail offers.

Monica von Schmalensee Tylösand 2018

Monica von Schmalensee

Architect and president of the Council for Sustainable Cities. von Schmalensee is one of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Design Advocates and advises the city on how to improve the quality of the built environment. She has previously been CEO of White Arkitekter in Stockholm.

Karolina Skog

Minister for the Environment with a special responsibility for urban development.

Håkan Svedman

Country Retail Manager for IKEA Group in Sweden, the world’s leading home furnishing retailer. Svedman leads the Retail Business for IKEA in Sweden, which includes 20 IKEA stores, e-commerce and customer fulfilment business with more than 8 000 co-workers. Before joining the Swedish team, he was Country Retail Manager for Denmark.


Markus Karlsson

International Broadcaster. Karlsson is an anchor at Bloomberg Radio in London and hosts the morning show Daybreak Europe. Formerly Business Editor at the news channel France 24 in Paris. Karlsson reports on business, economics and politics.

Ilinca Benson

Deputy CEO and Head of Communications at SNS. Benson holds a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Helena Stålnert

Moderator, communication and leadership adviser. Former news anchor, foreign correspondent and editor-in-chief. Has been in the Executive Management Team of listed industries. Today Stålnert is Chair of The Ownership Foundation for Swedish Public Service Radio and TV.

Pehr Wissén

Senior adviser at Swedish House of Finance at Stockholm School of Economics (SHOF). Wissén leads the “Finance Panel”, a forum for the financial sector in Sweden co-arranged by SNS and SHOF. He holds a PhD and his previous experience includes a position as EVP at Handelsbanken and Adjunct Professor at Stockholm School of Economics.

Since 1948 SNS has arranged an annual Summit in Tylösand. The summit brings together about 200 chief executive officers, leading academic researchers, politicians from the government and the parliamentary opposition, civil servants and union leaders.

Time and place

Wednesday 22 August, Tylösand. Tylösand is a Swedish seaside resort, two hours away from Copenhagen by train.


The summit is by-invitation-only. Invitations are sent out in April.
The summit is held under the Chatham House Rule and is not open to the media.