Keynote speakers


Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh
Social democrat Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh is the Mayor of Malmö, a mandate she has had since July 2013. Before this Stjernfeldt Jammeh was deputy mayor with responsibility for health and social care issues, as well as education and welfare.

In 2008 Stjernfeldt Jammeh initiated a local commission, The Commission of Malmö, to reduce health inequalities and increase the living conditions among the inhabitants of Malmö. The results of the Commission of Malmö is today an important part of making Malmö a sustainable city. Malmö is among the greenest cities in the world and Stjernfeldt Jammeh has a strong focus on promoting green innovation, sustainable growth and a better quality of life.

Gil Penalosa
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He has inspired and advised decision makers in more than 200 cities around the world on how to create healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, taking public transit, and new uses of cars.

Penalosa is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.

Kerstin Tham
Kerstin Tham is a professor of occupational therapy and has held the position of vice-chancellor of Malmö University since 1 November 2015. She was previously pro-vice-chancellor at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and her research is focused on the post-stroke rehabilitation process in daily activities, as well as stroke prevention by enabling altered daily activities and behaviour among people with an increased risk of stroke.

Tham is now responsible for leading the development of Malmö University from university college to university status by 2018. Among other things, this will entail clearer profiling of research centred on important and central challenges faced by society, such as health equality, an enabling school structure, migration and participation, and sustainable and smart urban development. It is the ambition of Malmö University to use research, education, cooperation and innovation to contribute to sustainable social development, and thereby a better world.

Guy Standing
Standing is Research Professor and former Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. From August 2006 until January 2013, he was Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath in the UK. Between April 2006 and February 2009, he was also Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. From 1999 until March 2006, he was Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jacob Halcomb
Halcomb has over 15 years of green building experience on approximately 100 building projects throughout the United States totaling roughly 3 Billion USD in value. While guiding projects from conception, through design, and to construction and operation, he gained valuable insights into the challenges of funding, coordinating, and planning green and energy efficient buildings. He added to this experience in 2009 by pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainability Science at Lund University where he also served as an educational committee member at the Centre for Sustainability Studies.

In 2010 he joined the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Built Environment Unit where he has supported the Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and contributed to work with the UNFCCC and World Bank on the role of Climate Finance and International policy for buildings and energy efficiency. Most recently he has helped develop and coordinate the Ten Year Framework of Programmes Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme. Provided technical support to on-going UNEP projects such as the Mongolia Green Schools work and the Zero-Energy Building project in Jamaica. Also, serving as Liaison to ISO Technical Committees 268 “Sustainable Development in Communities” and TC 59 “Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works.”

Francois Baillon
Baillon is an engineer and doctor in sustainable development since 1999.  As former commercial director of FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) he  now  works since September 2016 as an independent consultant representing  the construction industry  at the board of several international organisations (UNEP SBCI, Global Infrastructure Basel SuRe Stakeholder Council, Sustainable Built Environnement Conference Series). He has recently been appointed treasurer of the Business and Climate Summit, the NGO coordinating the voice of the private sector within the COP process.

Jacob Trollbäck
Trollbäck is the Swedish mastermind behind award-winning design group Trollbäck + Company. Arriving in New York at the same time as the digital revolution, Jakob was among the first to embrace sea changes in the media landscape. His career took off as the creative director of R/GA before launching Trollbäck + Company in 1999. With a passion for beauty and logic through design and strategy, Jakob has molded his company into an incubator for top talent in digital communications and branding. 

Jakob’s copywriting and visual identity system for the United Nations Global Goals campaign has given him a unique platform for advocacy — from climate change to education and gender equality. He frequently attends international conferences and events to speak about his passion projects and the creative process, all of which stems from his motto: discard everything that means nothing.


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