SNS Tylösand Summit

The SNS Tylösand Summit brings together about 200 chief executive officers, leading academic scholars, politicians from the government and the parliamentary opposition, top civil servants, and union leaders. SNS has arranged this annual summit in the seaside resort of Tylösand since 1948. The invitation-only, one day long conference is an important meeting platform for discussions about key issues for today’s society. The meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule and is not open to the media.

SNS Tylösand Summit 2018:
Urbanisation and Cities

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.

Read more about our speakers.

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.

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?

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.

The summit is moderated by Markus Karlsson, anchor at Bloomberg Radio in London.

Time and place

Wednesday 22 August. Summit attendance is by invitation only. Invitations are sent out in April.


SNS Tylösand Summit 2017: Inequality and Democracy

The Tylösand Summit 2017 tackled the growing inequality in many countries in the Western world and the future of democracy.

Leading experts described the trends and gave their view on what can be done to support a socially and economically inclusive society.

Participants included Pulitzer Prize winning historian Anne Applebaum and economist Richard Baldwin. Applebaum is one of the most influential writers of our times, publishing extensively on the threats to liberal democracy. In his book The Great Convergence, Baldwin argues that globalization has become more advanced as a result of digitization and that this development has created political challenges in both rich economies and developing countries.

SNS Tylösand Summit 2016:
An Age of Insecurity – Economic and Political Risks

The 2016 SNS Tylösand Summit was about new global security challenges and how they affect the world economy, the European Union, business and society.

Sweden now faces several global challenges: increased Russian military activity, developments in the Middle East, the refugee and migration crisis, the terrorist attacks in Europe and an increasingly divided Europe.

We gathered business leaders with experience in managing geopolitical risks, economists, and leading political commentators. Speakers included Joe Kaeser, global CEO Siemens, Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of BP, Margaret MacMillan, professor of international history at the University of Oxford, and Franklin Allen, executive director of the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis at Imperial College London.

The summit was moderated by Nik Gowing, long-standing news anchor at the BBC.


SNS Tylösand Summit 2015

Digital Technology – Reshaping Business and Society

The Summit was about fast-moving technological development and how it affects companies, people and societies. We invited some of the top experts in their respective fields, including David Autor, Professor at MIT, who has done leading work on how technological change affects the labour market, productivity and skill demand, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company and Sadie Creese, Cyber Security advisor to the UK Government.

The summit was moderated by Nik Gowing, international broadcaster from the BBC.

International guest speakers at SNS conferences

  • Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, Siemens (2016)
  • Margaret MacMillan, professor, University of Oxford (2016)
  • Franklin Allen, professor, Imperial College (2016)
  • David Autor, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)
  • Sadie Creese, professor, Oxford (2015)
  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company (2015)
  • Susan C. Schwab, professor, University of Maryland (2014)
  • Alan B.Krueger, professor, Princeton University (2014)
  • Richard Baldwin, professor, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Genève (2013)
  • Catherine L. Mann, professor, International Business School, Brandeis University (2013)
  • Richard Dobbs, head of McKinsey Global Institute and Fellow at Saïd Business School,
  • University of Oxford (2013)
  • Bernard Hoekman, professor at European University Institute Florens (2013)
  • Zeinab Badawi, presenter of BBC World News Today (2012)
  • Barry Eichengreen, professor, University of California, Berkeley (2012, 2014)
  • Suzanne Berger, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)
  • Richard McGregor, Financial Times Washington correspondent (2011)
  • Linda Yueh, director, the China Growth Centre, University of Oxford (2011)
  • Franklin Allen, professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • Hélén Rey, professor, London Business School (2010)
  • Kenneth Rogoff, professor, Harvard University (2010)
  • Charles Goodhart, professor, London School of Economics (2010)
  • Robert C. Stowe, professor, Harvard University Environmental Economics Program (2009)
  • Franck Petitgas, Head of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley (2008)
  • Michael C. Jensen, professor, Harvard Business School (2008)
  • Peter Butler, chief executive, Governance for Owners (2008)
  • John Peet, Europe editor, The Economist (2007)
  • Paavo Lipponen, former prime minister of Finland (2007)
  • Richard Green, professor, University of Birmingham (2006)
  • Ranjit Pandit, managing director, McKinsey & Company, India (2006)
  • Madis Üürike, former finance minister in Estland (2005)

Earlier themes

  • The United States and its role in the world (2014)
  • Competitiveness in a New Global Economy (2013)
  • The future of Europe (2012)
  • China’s rise as the new super power (2011)
  • The state and the market- new trends in the world economy (2010)
  • Future climate and energy policy (2009)
  • New trends in the owner market (2008)
  • Swedish strategies in a competitive world (2007)
  • Changes in the global energy market (2006)
  • Taxes for growth and employment (2005)

For questions regarding SNS Tylösand Summit

Mia Chennell

Director Program

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