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Passion for Projects 2023 Congress - The Future of Meetings  has lined up some of the very best in their field and they are all very passionate about the future of meetings! 

Meet inspiring and experienced specialists, reseachers, meeting facilitators,  project managers, influencers, strategists and futurists. 

The program is still under construction and we will update this page continuously!



  • Antoni Lacinai

    Antoni Lacinai

    Antoni Lacinai is The Workplace Communication Expert and a global speaker, who is on a mission to help organisations be more productive and have more fun at work, utilising a unique blueprint based on research and psychology. Well-known companies such as Ericsson, Mitsubishi and Hugo Boss have been coached by Antoni over the years and he is the author of more than 10 books on the subject of developing meetings.

  • Katarina Gospic

    Katarina Gospic

    Did you know that we have the same brain today as we did 40,000 years ago? At the same time, the tech development has never been faster. Today is your slowest day. To be successful in the new digital age, we need to know where we are coming from and where we are headed. If we do, we can use the power of the digital tsunami sweeping the world to our advantage. We get glasses to see the digital transformation in a positive way - how new technologies can make us healthier, smarter and save the planet.


  • Wioleta Kicman

    Wioleta Kicman

    Organizational Change and Transformation Professional
    Over 10 years of experience delivering business change and transformation initiatives in public and private sector give Viola a unique perspective on human behavior and factors that influence it. That’s why in her work she focuses on the people side of business change to ensure organizational readiness to adopt new ways of working.

    As an active change practitioner, Viola delivered projects for NHS, Transport for London, EY, Becton Dickinson as well as UK local authorities. In her current role at a leading global clinical research organization (CRO), she designs and executes change implementation and communication strategies, and supports leaders in creating and delivering change adoption plans adjusted to the specifics of their business areas.

    Viola holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Change Management Practitioner, Agile Change Agent (ACA), Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and Managing Successful Programs Practitioner.

  • Grzegorz Szalajko

    Grzegorz Szalajko

    Strategic Project Management Advisor
    Over 20 years as a project management professional, including over a decade of supporting organizations in major strategic initiatives and transformations as an advisor, allowed Grzegorz to build a deep insight on how organizations work. That’s why he focuses on systemic effects that shape the way people and entire organizations behave.

    His professional experience includes cooperation with global companies as well as with local market leaders in several industries. Grzegorz is also a co-author of the Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs and Projects published by PMI and a lead editor of the global project evaluation standard Project Excellence Baseline issued by IPMA. He also contributed to several other international standards. In addition, he is a lecturer in several international MBA and Executive MBA programs, and a valued speaker regularly invited to participate in national and international events in the field of management. Awarded many times for development programs and mentoring in ​​project management.

    Grzegorz holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Sociology. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), International Certified Coach (ICC), Project Excellence Baseline Professional, Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

  • Charlotta Rydholm

    Charlotta Rydholm

    Charlotta combines perspectives, facilitation and an inclusive learning methodology, thus making organizations, brands and ideas prosper.
    She is a Senior facilitator, Learning developer, Writer and Enabler. Her work in the world of advertising and communication has
    resulted in a number of national and international awards. Charlotta runs the creative concept Soffice, which over the years has brought thousands of people with different perspectives to meet and prosper.
    Charlotta is also the author of 6 books on the subject of embracing change as an individual, as a group and as an organisation.

  • Bruno Kahne

    Bruno Kahne

    CMA CGM Academy delivers physical classroom, virtual classroom and e-learning solutions on hard and soft skills tothe 154,000 employees of CMA CGM Group, a global playerin Shipping, Logistics and Air Cargo. Bruno is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach in individual and team development. He has managed projects, talked at conferences and trained on the seven continents. He is the author ofthe book "Deaf Tips, Powerful Communication," twelve lessons from the Deaf world to improve our communication in our personal, social, and professional life.

  • Micke Darmell

    Micke Darmell

    Micke has been a professional speaker for 15 years and a moderator for 30 years. His lectures are imbued with warmth, inspiration and concrete tools and advice. He has experience from most industries and his subjects all have a relationship to. The topics he lectures on are meeting culture, the art of getting plenty of time, relationships and hospitality, and he has written several books specifically about meetings.

  • Iwo Szapar

    Iwo Szapar

    Iwo Szapar is Remote-first Activist. Since 2017, as the CEO of Remote-how, and co-founder of the Remote-First Institute, he has helped 2,500+ companies (including Walmart, ING Bank, and Microsoft) optimize their distributed workforce. He wrote the book "Remote Work Is The Way" and was featured in Forbes, BBC, and Business Insider. Over the last five years, he has worked remotely while living in 15 different countries. Iwo is a dog lover, amateur surfer, and DJ. While not working, he reads history books and follows international affairs.

  • Thomas de Ming

    Thomas de Ming

    Thomas has always been beyond the established horizon of thought and at the forefront of innovation. It has been that way ever since he was involved in the start of the Tom Tits Experiment and then helped Scania, Siemens, Stadium and Sectra to develop their project work methods. He has also trained hundreds of professors and PhD students to make their research available outside their own domains of knowledge. He now works in many different industries, sectors and types of organizations to improve improvement work, innovate innovation processes and develop methods and tools that can develop new methods and tools.

  • Katarina Korenkova

    Katarina Korenkova

    Katarina Korenkova spent 12 years leading international projects in high-risk countries where situation could change either too fast or too slow. Project decisions would not only critically impact organisational success but also well-being of local communities.

    Katarina has since become an advocate of data-driven and purpose-driven decisions. Decisions that are aligned with the strategic vision and leverage the latest technologies. Today, Katarina is helping organisations to implement modern strategic PPM solutions as a ProgressLEAD consultant.

    She is also a passionate PMI Sweden Chapter volunteer, a board member, an university guest lecturer and a speaker.

  • Andreas Schüldt

    Andreas Schüldt

    Andreas Schüldt is celebrating 25 years as an advisor to organizations on how to better utilize data for improving business performance, making fact based decisions and to better leverage earlier investments in digital transformation initiatives. Andreas have worked with global customers across a wide variety of industries and have first hand experience of leading both very successful transformations – and the not so great ones. Andreas is CEO of ProgressLEAD since 2018, but this is the first time as a speaker at Passion for Projects.

  • Linnea Etzler

    Linnea Etzler

    "Change and Transformation Professional with focus on team performance and coaching. Over 15 years of experience in ways of working for distributed teams and how to measure productivity and continuous improvement. Currently driving Communities of Practice and competence development for Product Owners and Scrum Masters in R&D Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions (Sweden and Italy). She also runs her own company coaching teams and individuals in their change journeys.

    Linnea holds a PhD Consumer Usability and a MSc in Ergonomics Engineering. She is a certified ICF Coach, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Safe 4 Agilist"

  • Klas Skogmar

    Klas Skogmar

    Klas Skogmar is the designated Disciplined Agile Champion for PMI Sweden Chapter. He is also a management consultant and trainer within agile, project, program and portfolio management, with experience from founding and managing companies in various industries over the years.

  • Nina Rapp

    Nina Rapp

    Nina Rapp is an experiences business professional who is passionate about technology as an enabler for innovation and business development. She currently leads the Modern Work business at Microsoft Sweden and is in charge of the on Future of Work agenda. Before returning to the Swedish market in January 2022 Nina led the Microsoft 365 business for Enterprise segment in 12 European countries.
    Nina is passionate about enabling people to be their utmost self at the workplace and with a strong belief that with good leadership and with the right use of technology you can work smarter and let people shine where they are passionate.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards 2023 Sustainability Category - Camilla Wikström

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards 2023 Sustainability Category - Camilla Wikström

    2023 Under 35 Changemaker Award-winner- Sustainability Category
    Camilla Wikström has a background as an energy engineer with focus on smart cities. She is currently working as a project manager in the City of Stockholm’s Transport Department. Her focus is on innovation in the fields of public space, urban air mobility, mobility data, charging infrastructure and policy development. She has also contributed to the city’s vision of becoming fossil-free by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2030.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Dora Palfi

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Dora Palfi

    Dora is co-founder and CEO of Imagi, an edtech company helping build the tech workforce of the future through an inclusive and creative approach to learning to code. Dora has a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science from New York University Abu Dhabi and has studied Human Computer Interaction at KTH Royal InstAYitute of Technology in Stockholm. Dora has been recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 list as one of Europe’s leading social entrepreneurs and serves as a Cartier Women’s Initiative Fellow.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Francisca Hoyer

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Francisca Hoyer

    Francisca co-leads the Natural Language Understanding Initiative at AI Sweden, the Swedish National Center for applied AI. Originally a trained historian, Francisca moved into the field of AI to leverage her experiences for responsible innovation and social good. She holds a PhD from Uppsala University. She is passionate about pulling together innovation projects that engage stakeholders who have traditionally not been involved in developing new technologies and diversifying the AI pipeline with domain experts from the humanities.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards Leadership Awards - Giulia Morello

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards Leadership Awards - Giulia Morello

    Giulia Morello works in the automotive industry as Process and Group Manager at Aurobay. She became the youngest manager in the company after having led the Research and Development (R&D) part in separating the powertrain unit from Volvo Cars, and contributing to the creation of Aurobay as a standalone company. Today Giulia focuses on R&D processes excellence and on implementing new digital tools to support it. Giulia also manages a team of leaders for cross-functional initiatives such as quality and cost optimization.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Lucas Ambjörn

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards Technology Category - Lucas Ambjörn

    Lucas Ambjörn is a Hyper Island graduate who is passionate about AI and business opportunities. He currently works at Zenseact with AI Transformation, where he helps to develop solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. He was also part of the Junior AI Change Agent Program, which he co-created with other professionals. He is passionate about accelerating the use of AI for the benefit of society.

  • Under 35 Changemaker Awards Sustainability Category - Namo Marouf

    Under 35 Changemaker Awards Sustainability Category - Namo Marouf

    Namo Marouf is an urban planner and a recording artist who is passionate about social sustainability and innovation. She hosts the podcast Lilla Namo’s Stad, where she explores urban planning from an unconventional perspective. She works at Ramboll as a sustainability lead and a senior urban planner, and she is also a board member at Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors.

  • Mustafa Sherif

    Mustafa Sherif

    Mustafa is also an 2022 Under 35 Changemaker Award-winner and will be presenting the winners of 2023 as well as facilitating the panel talk on sustainable meetings and fireside chat with these year's winners.

  • 2023 Under 35 Changemaker Awards

    2023 Under 35 Changemaker Awards

    2023 Under 35 Changemaker Award-winners:

    Leadership category:
    Dora Palfi, Co-founder & CEO, IMAGI
    Giulia Morello, Group Manager & Transformation Lead, AUROBAY

    Technology category:
    Francisca Hoyer, Strategic Program Manager, AI SWEDEN
    Lucas Ambjörn, Digitalisation & AI Transformation, ZENSEACT

    Sustainability category:
    Namo Marouf, Sustainability Lead, RAMBOLL
    Camilla Wikström, Project Manager, CITY OF STOCKHOLM

  • Artem Koren

    Artem Koren

    Artem Koren grew up in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University with a Computer Science degree and later NYU Stern with an MBA.

    Artem is passionate about using AI to enrich humanity and create positive change. He combines his experience as a systems engineer, product manager, IT executive, management consultant, and entrepreneur to create innovative products, bringing to life new ways that technology can help us reach our goals. Sembly AI, which he co-founded with Gil Makleff in 2019, is at the forefront of advancing natural language understanding, paving the way for a symbiotic partnership between humans and technology.

Interactive Sessions

  • Johanna Olsson

    Johanna Olsson

    Johanna Olsson is one of the founders of The Hows, and the author of the book "Being close at a distance - to lead and collaborate remotely". She has worked globally with facilitation, learning design, leadership, team development and creative processes for +15 years. She is trained Kaospilot, certified in Distributed management and has deep experience in designing and delivering meaningful online learning experiences for hybrid and digital teams.

  • Jörgen Dyssvold

    Jörgen Dyssvold

    Jörgen Dyssvold's primary interest is about what happens and can happen between people and when
    people meet. He has spent his entire adult life designing, planning, and producing events and meetings,
    everything from the world's largest wine tasting and World Cup in Christmas tree decoration to numerous
    tailor-made conferences and workshops. Jörgen also worked for multiple years as a meeting expert within
    the Swedish Government Offices, where he was responsible for parts of President Obama's visit to
    Sweden in 2013, among other things.

  • Fredrik Bauer

    Fredrik Bauer

    Fredrik Bauer is on a quest to save the world from inefficient meetings. When seated in yet another boring meeting with no new information he had enough! At the same time Fredrik received positive feedback for his way to run creative meetings, workshops, and conferences. He knew that there was a better way to have meetings. Fredrik Bauer is the author of two books and has initiated different surveys about meeting habits. He is a highly appreciated Keynote speaker, Trainer and Meeting-PT that is helping companies, organisations and individuals to have efficient meetings with active participants.

  • Pia Villför Larsson

    Pia Villför Larsson

    Pia discovered the power of facilitation in 1995 as an lT project manager at Telia.
    Thanks to facilitation, the project's lead time could be cut in half. 1998-2003 at
    Ericsson she worked as management consultant and since 2003 as owner of
    Facilitatorhuset (www.facilitatorhuset.se). She was among the first 4 in Sweden with
    an lnternational Certificate in Facilitation in 2005 (lAF) and subsequently a Master in
    Facilitation in 2021 (lAF). Wrote the book " Kick-start your work meetings - a
    handbook for facilitators" in 2005 and founded the Swedish facilitator network in
    2007 where she is now board chairman.

  • Johan Lundell

    Johan Lundell

    Johan Lundell comes from the realm of words and linguistics. With a linguistic conceptual apparatus, he has analyzed several hundred symbol systems/notations. Through his award-winning company Nodd AB, which he started in 2015, he helps companies break the shackles of words and present information in condensed, visual ways.

  • Mikael Nordbeck

    Mikael Nordbeck

    "Mikael is an energetic, and innovative project manager who leads with curiosity and strives to make the most of every interpersonal meeting. 

    He has spent over twenty years managing Digital Product and Project teams, running workshops as a tool to align, explore, assess and progress the work at hand. Always looking for new and creative ways of engaging workshop participants, Mikael is also a certified Lego Serious Play facilitator. Using the 3rd dimension is a useful tool to capture more perspectives and altering a viewpoint supporting clients to run meetings that matter.

  • Anna-Lina Kvarnsmyr

    Anna-Lina Kvarnsmyr

    Anna-Lina is one of the founders of Walking Talking. She is passionate about
    curing loneliness, sedentary and negative stress and want to help leaders
    and teams to achieve sustained high productivity and well-being by
    collaboration, communication and the "walk and talk" as a common
    "work exercise". Anna-Lina has an Art University degree in
    Dance Pedagogy from the Academy of Dance, an MBA from Bond University and
    20 years in start-ups and scale-ups. She was, among other things, Storytel's first
    marketing manager, female board member and one of the early investors. Anna-Lina has a poodle with her on her walks,
    likes to sail her little sailboat and likes books and movies with a strong love theme.

  • Amanda Sterner

    Amanda Sterner

    My favourite feeling in my job is when I can see on a person that they've actually understood how a new way of working can benefit them. For the last couple of years I have been working with the modern workplace and more recently I have been focusing on Microsoft Teams and how it can make the daily work life easier. I want to help you start loving Microsoft Teams the same way I do!

Virtual Speakers

  • Rabindra Ratan

    Rabindra Ratan

    Rabindra (Robby) Ratan (PhD, University of Southern California; MA/BA, Stanford University) is Associate Professor and Director of the SPARTIE Lab at Michigan State University (CV). Dr. Ratan conducts social and psychological research on the effects of human-technology interaction, focusing on how media technologies (e.g., avatars, video games, agents/AI, VR) influence meaningful outcomes (e.g., equity, well-being, motivation) across societal contexts (e.g., education, health, industry). He is particularly interested in the Proteus effect (i.e., avatar characteristics influencing user behaviors), gender stereotypes in gaming, and virtual meetings. Dr. Ratan has also received multiple teaching awards and presently teaches his classes in virtual reality.

  • Chris Fenning

    Chris Fenning

    Chris Fenning is a husband, father, and author, on a mission to make communicating at work simpler and more effective. He believes that having the right frameworks can make professional communication skills easier to master. His award-winning books and courses have helped over 50,000 people in more than 100 countries, and his articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review and other top publications. When he isn't working, you can find Chris walking in the countryside with his wife and daughter.

  • Martin Ottensjö

    Martin Ottensjö

    Martin Ottensjö is a Project Management Professional, consultant and entrepreneur.
    With his positive attitude, attentiveness and a keen want to really understand, Martin creates interest and engagement.
    He is a helpful leader within project management and business with long experience of project management from the automotive industry and leading people.

    Martin is the 2023 Passion for Projects YouTube studio host.