Kamal Bali - Chairperson

Kamal Bali is the Managing Director of the Volvo Group in India. With a career spanning three decades, predominantly in the Automotive (tractors) and the CE industry, Kamal has worked for well-known Indian brands and also established and developed multinational corporations in India. He has had a broad experience in the functional areas of sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and exercised significant P&L responsibilities.

An engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kamal began his professional career with Eicher Group in 1981. Later, he headed the Sales function for Escorts’ Tractors & Claas Harvestors nationally, followed by the position of CEO & Managing Director for Same Deutz -Fahr Group in India, and Escorts Construction Equipment.

Prior to joining Volvo India, Kamal was working as the President & CEO of LeeBoy India Construction Equipment Private Limited. Kamal is based in Bangalore and reports at the Volvo Group level in Goteburg to Niklas Gustavsson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volvo India.

Nitin Bansal

Nitin Bansal is the Head of Network Solutions in the recently created Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India (MOAI). He holds additional responsibility as Country Manager for Ericsson India. In his current role, he drives the Network Solutions function for the Company across key markets like India, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand amongst others. 

Prior to this, Nitin was Vice President & Head of Network Products for Ericsson in India; a position he held for almost 2 years. He has spent more than 16 years in Ericsson and has held leadership positions in sales and business development across different markets. 

Nitin has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pune and an MBA in Strategy, Finance, Marketing & General Management from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Peter Betzel

Peter joined IKEA in 1993 because of its vision, culture and values, which are the driving forces behind his passion for growth. In his last assignment, he was the Country Manager for IKEA Germany for 6 years and during this time, it became the best performing IKEA market. Prior to that, he was the Country Manager, IKEA Spain.

During his tenure, he has had extensive store experience, which he believes is the best platform to understand the core of the IKEA business. Peter now has ambitious plans to lead the India story to success and both people and business growth are high on his agenda.

Ricky Dhillon

Ricky Dhillon is an entrepreneur and currently leading his latest venture Otivr as CEO that is focusing on innovation and development in the technology space. Prior to that he focused on business development and partnerships for DHF Airport Systems that specializes in intelligent software for central monitoring, fault detection and alarm analysis. Ricky has also represented Business Sweden in India in supporting Swedish firms to establish locally, where a major part was finding local partners, setting-up local establishments and procuring local services.

Ricky is particularly involved and invested in start-up ecosystem of Sweden and India, with a passion for enabling and facilitating the entry of Swedish start-ups to India, both for development and market.

Saija Korkala

Saija Korkala is the Chief Representative, India at SEB – a leading Nordic financial services group with a strong belief that entrepreneurial minds and innovative companies are key to creating a better world. In Sweden and the Baltic countries, SEB offers financial advice and a wide range of financial services.

In Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Germany the bank's operations have a strong focus on corporate and investment banking based on a full-service offering to corporate and institutional clients. The international nature of SEB's business is reflected in its presence in some 20 countries worldwide. The representative office in India, New Delhi, was established in 2008.

Saija has worked in banking for almost 18 years and with SEB for over 15 years. She has held different roles ranging from Markets Sales covering derivatives, FX, advisory, project management and recently Institutional Client Coverage. Prior to her assignment in India, Saija was Client Executive for a portfolio of largest Finnish financial institution clients as well as part of the country management group of SEB in Finland. She is a culture enthusiast and enjoys traveling and sporty family activities.

Ashutosh Manohar

Ashutosh is responsible for Tetra Pak’s business operations in the South Asia Markets including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan and based out of the Tetra Pak India headquarters in Gurgaon. Ashutosh has held a variety of management and leadership positions at Tetra Pak across Europe and Asia for over 16 years.

In his last assignment he was Vice President-Carton Value and Carton Economy in Italy, where he was instrumental in product development, deployment and ensuring product profitability. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Iran and Cluster Leader for Marketing and Product Management, Greater Middle East.

Stefan Palskog

Stefan Palskog is the President of Scania CV India and Industrial Operations, headquartered in Bangalore. With a total stint of over three decades in Scania alone, he has held various positions as Managing Director - DynaMate AB, Managing Director - Scania Netherland BV, Logistic Director - Scania Netherland BV. Stefan graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Malardalen University, Sweden. He has also undergone Leadership based Management Education and Training at Institute of Management IFL and Royal Institute of Technology.

Prior to his assignment in India, Stefan was holding the position of Regional Manager at Scania Bilar, Stockholm. He is an avid golf player, enjoys travelling, good food and gardening is his hobby.

Ola Rignell

Ola joined Saab in India in August 2018 as Chairman & Managing Director. Prior to this, he was heading Saab’s operations in Malaysia. Ola has held various leadership positions at SAAB AB, including Director of Business Development, Aviation Training, at Support & Services and Director for Flight Test and Verification at Aeronautics division.

Before joining Saab in 1995, he spent eleven years working for the Swedish Air Force as an operational pilot on the Viggen fighter aircraft holding different positions within flight operations.

Sanjeev Sharma

Sanjeev Sharma is the Country Managing Director of ABB India Ltd., a part of ABB Group - one of the world’s leading engineering companies that helps its customers produce and use electrical power efficiently, to increase industrial productivity and to lower environmental impact in a sustainable way.

Group recorded revenue of US$ 35 billion in 2015 and has 1,35,000 employees. India is the seventh largest contributor to ABB group revenue and has around 9,000 employees.

Sanjeev has spent close to 30 years at ABB, having worked in different roles including business operations, sales and marketing, strategy and product management across Europe, South East Asia and India.

Prior to this appointment, Sanjeev was the global Managing Director for ABB’s Low Voltage Systems business unit, where he was based in Malaysia. He brings extensive experience in industrial automation and electrification across market segments and geographies and has led several successful change management initiatives across global operations.

Sanjeev is an electrical and telecommunications engineer and with various management degrees. His personal interests range from shaping young minds through mentoring to mountain climbing.

Erwin Steinhauser

Erwin Steinhauser was appointed Managing Director for Sandvik Asia Pvt. Ltd. in March 2018 but he has been with Sandvik since the late 1990s and has held several management positions at its various legal entities in Europe. Erwin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration as well as in Business Engineering.

His credo is to reduce complexity to a minimum, making things simpler and easier to understand and execute – an approach, he maintains, that always results in greater robustness, stability and efficiency. Erwin is convinced that developing women’s potential by utilizing their talents and skills and reaching gender equality in opportunities and benefits, will generate higher economic growth.

Giovanni Valent

Giovanni has a long background in construction, working for large international projects such as the metro system in Cairo, dams and hydroelectric power plants in Venezuela and Morocco and later on becoming more and more specialized in hydroelectric tunneling system with Tunnel Boring equipment, responsible for large tunneling construction in Morocco and in Ecuador.

In 1989 Giovanni joined The Robbins Company, Tunnel Boring equipment manufacturer in Seattle Wa, USA and after a period at the factory, he was working as Southern Europe and North Africa Sales and Marketing Manager up to 1994 when the company was acquired by Atlas Copco.

By end of April 1997, he was General Manager in Argentina, followed by Regional Manager positions in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Albania and up to 2015 as General Manager in Italy.

In June 2015, Giovanni took up his current position as Managing Director at Atlas Copco India.

Honorary Board Member - His Excellency Ambassador Klas Molin

His Excellency Klas Molin was appointed the Ambassador of Sweden to India starting Sept 1, 2017, and presented his credentials to the President of India on Nov 23.

Klas began his service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and have served in many different roles since. He has extensive experience from the Asian region, having served as the Ambassador to Thailand (2011-2015), accredited also to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Republic of the Philippines.

He has also served as the Second Secretary, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the UN, New York and before assuming office as the Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi, he was Ambassador and Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm.

Honorary Board Member- Josa Kärre

Josa Kärre, Counsellor, Head of Section for Trade Economic and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi has worked in the Swedish Foreign Service since 1999, mainly in the MENA region.

Before being posted to New Delhi in 2015, she spent 4 years at the MENA Dept, MFA, as Deputy Director, coordinating trade and promotion activities across the Middle East and North Africa. She has also handled Gulf Affairs at the MENA Dept, MFA and served in Embassies of Sweden in Turkey and the UAE.

Honorary Board Member - Ulrika Sundberg

Ulrika Sundberg is the Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, India since September 2016 and is currently also Sweden’s Special representative to the French Initiative on the Middle East Peace Process. She served as Ambassador to Ireland, to Belgium and to Pakistan between 2009 -2016. She was Ambassador and senior political adviser to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe 2008-2009 and Head of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Khartoum, Sudan 2006 -2008.

Previous postings include Deputy Head of mission at the Swedish Delegation to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva 2000-2006 and exchange diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France 1999. She worked with UN-issues at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1996-1999. She served as Consul and Legal Advisor at the Swedish Consulate General in New York 1993-1996, at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York 1992-93 and at Swedish Embassy in Lima/La Paz, Peru/Bolivia 1990-92.

She holds a masters degree in law (LL.M) and specialized in international law and conflict of laws at University of Stockholm. She is Vice President of the Siracuse Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights since 2015.

Advisory Board-Padmashree Lila Poonawalla
Advisory Board-Padmashree Lila Poonawalla

Lila Poonawalla is the Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation. Presently, she is on the Board of KPIT Technologies, NobleTek, Pragati Leadership and Blossom Industries and Strategic Advisor to Erehwon and SmartCloud Infotech Private Limited and on the Advisory Board of ThyssenKrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd. Lila Poonawalla is the Former Chairperson and Managing Director of Tetra Pak India Ltd and Alfa Laval India Ltd, Former Chairperson of DeLaval India Pvt. Ltd. Her Past Directorships include Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd. as Nominee of Finance Ministry, Bank of Maharashtra as a Director and Neilsoft Ltd. as a Director.

She is a recipient of many awards both National and International including the prestigious Padmashree, in 1989, by the Indian Government, which was received at the hands of the then President of India, Dr. Venkatraman and recipient of International recognition from the King of Sweden in 2003, with the Polar Star Award and named as the Officer of the Royal Order.

Besides her professional success, she discovered the joy of giving and hence, started the “Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF)” in 1996, while she was still at her professional pinnacle. Girls who are academically outstanding but, economically needy are gifted with an outright grant (scholarship) to pursue either post graduation studies and under graduation studies. She also has a special program for school children being implemented. Since its inception, almost 3500 scholarships have been granted by the Foundation.

Advisory Board- Carsten Grönblad

Carsten was appointed Trade Commissioner of Sweden to India and Head of Business Sweden in India in August 2017. Before coming to India, Carsten held the equivalent positions in Central Europe; Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Croatia for more than eight years. During the last year of office, he also served as Trade Commissioner of Sweden to Israel.

Carsten is an alumnus of the Lund University and has a keen interest in innovative thinking and cross-functional collaborations to identify holistic solutions to problems that are impacting business, societies and individuals today.

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