STRING-OECD launch

Building the STRING megaregion as a Green Hub

in the wake of COVID-19

Speakers

Connie Hedegaard – moderator

Connie Hedegaard is the Chair of Denmark’s Green Think Tank, CONCITO. Connie is the former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Member of Danish Parliament, journalist and a former Minister for Climate and Energy.

Ibrahim Baylan

Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation in Sweden

Ibrahim Baylan is the Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation in Sweden since 2019. Since 2006 he has been member of the Swedish Parliament for the Social Democratic Party. Previously, Ibrahim has served as Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy (2016-2019) and a Minister for Energy (2014-2016).

Stefan Löfven

Prime Minister of Sweden  

Stefan Löfven is the Prime Minister of Sweden since 2014 and the Leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party since 2012. Previously, Stefan Löfven has served as Chair of IF Metal from 2006-2012 and held several Board positions within Trade Unions.

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary General of the OECD

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen is the Deputy Secretary General of the OECD since 2019. From 2013-2018 Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen served as the Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. Furthermore, Ulrik is a former Danish Ambassador to the OECD and to UNESCO and he was Permanent Under-Secretary of State in Denmark’s Prime Minister’s office between 2010-2013. 

Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh

Mayor of Malmö

Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh is the Mayor of Malmö since 2013 for the Social Democrats in Sweden. Katrin has a background as a lead writer on the social democratic newspaper ”Arbetet” before becoming a member of the Malmö city council in 2008.

Daniel Günther

Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein

Daniel Günther is the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein since 2017. Daniel has been a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Landtag for CDU since 2009 and served as the President of the Bundesrat from November 2018 to October 2019.

Dan Jørgensen

Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities in Denmark

Dan Jørgensen is the Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities in Denmark since 2019. Between 2013-2015 he was Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. In the period 2004-2013 Dan Jørgensen was a member of the European Parliament where he among other positions chaired the Animal Welfare Intergroup and was the vice-chair of the European Committee on environment, health and food safety.

Sophie Hæstorp Andersen

Chair of the Capital Region of Denmark

Sophie Hæstorp Andersen is the Chair of the Capital Region of Denmark since 2014 and running candidate for the Lord Mayor position of Copenhagen in 2021. Sophie is also a former member of the Danish Parliament for the Social Democrats between 2001-2005 and 2007-2014.

Knut Arild Hareide

Minister of Transport in Norway

Knut Arild Hareide is the Minister of Transport in Norway since 2017. From 2004-2005 he served as the Minister of the Environment and from 2001-2003 he served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.  Knut Arild Hareide has been a Christian Democratic Party member of the Storting since 1997. 

Espen Barth Eide

Member of the Norwegian Parliament and former Minister

Espen Barth Eide is a Labour Party member of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) since 2017. From 2012-2013 he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and from 2011-2012 he served as Minister of Defence. Espen has a background in political science where he held multiple academic positions.

Jakop Dalunde

Swedish Member of the European Parliament

Jakop Dalunde is a Swedish Member of the European Parliament for the Green Party and serves on the Committee on Transport and Tourism. From 2008-2011 he served as the spokesperson for Young Greens of Sweden and between 2014-2016 he was a member of the Swedish Parliament. 

Jørgen Mads Clausen

Chairman of the Board of Danfoss

Jørgen M. Clausen is the Chairman of global group Danfoss A/S. He joined Danfoss A/S in 1981. In 1991 he was appointed President of the Mobile Hydraulics Division. From 1996 till 2008 he was President and CEO of Danfoss A/S. He is appointed Chamberlain and Commander of the Order of Dannebrog in 2018. Bestowed with Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse in Germany, Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award 2017 and The People’s Republic of China Friendship Award 2018. 

Martin Lundstedt

CEO of Volvo

Martin Lundstedt is the CEO of AB Volvo Trucks. Previously, Martin was the President of Scania and has been the co-chairman of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport 2015-2016. Volvo has since 1927 been one of the world’s leading car-manufactures and a leader in electric and hydrogen trucks.

Programme of the launch of the OECD Policy Paper


10.00-10.10

Welcoming remarks

By the moderator, Connie Hedegaard.


10.10-10.25

Opening remarks

By the Swedish Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan, including a greeting by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven.


10.25-11.20

Building the STRING megaregion as a green hub in the wake of COVID-19

By Deputy Secretary General of the OECD, Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, and Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, including commentary by Dan Jørgensen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities in Denmark.

The session will also include a panel discussion between the following: Deputy Secretary General of the OECD, Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Mayor of the City of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh and Chair of the Capital Region of Denmark, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.


11.20-11.30

Coffee break


11.30-12.05

Creating an accessible and well-connected megaregion

By Espen Barth Eide, Labour Party member of the Storting and Jakob Dalunde, Member of the European Parliament, including comments by Knut Arild Hareide, Minister of Transport in Norway.


12.05-12.45

Positioning STRING as a Green Hub

By the Chairman of the Board of Danfoss, Jørgen Mads Clausen and the CEO of Volvo, Martin Lundstedt.


12.45-13:00

Looking ahead

By the Mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, and the Chair of the Capital Region of Denmark, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.


End of day