The Nordic Women and Data Summit (NWD Summit) is envisioned as an annual event bringing together the community of women data practitioners to share ideas, discuss ways to harness the full potential of data and accelerate data- and AI-innovation across organisations.

On stage, we are bringing some of the most forward thinking female data practitioners of different positions and responsibilities in organisations from both private and public sector in the Nordics, covering topics that will provide a holistic approach to value creation of data and information, and turning this information to action.

The NWD Summit is a place for all women practitioners working with Data Management, Analytics, Engineering, Data Science, Machine Learning, IOT and Artificial Intelligence.

Who should attend

The NWD Summit is tailor made for any female data practitioners and organisations working with:

Data-Driven or AI-Driven Business Strategy
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Why attend

Why is it important

It goes without saying that there is a deficit of talent and gender inequality in data practice across domains and industries, an issue that we want to remedy by creating a community platform for female data practitioners and organisations to recognise and foster female talent.

Speaker Lineup

Linda Borelius

ceo at sparks

Sabine Odfjell

Senior Recruitment Consultant | Data Science at harnham

Sabine is a specialist recruiter for Data Science in the Nordics and immerses herself in trends and tech by communicating with top talent and companies daily. Through working at Harnham, Sabine has gained critical insights into staffing within Data and Analytics, with emphasis on Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Finland.
At NWD Summit, Sabine will be sharing her candid view on diversity across Data Science practices and reflecting on why it is so important, informed by the insights and anecdotes gained from her experiences at Harnham.

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Rafi Zelikowsky

Senior Manager for Product Consulting at Tableau Software

Rafi is a Senior Manager for Product Consulting at Tableau Software. Originally from Los Angeles, she has worked in London for 6 years after completing her MSc at the London School of Economics. Today, she spends her time helping customers see and understand their data with Tableau, and leads a team of over 30 Data Rockstars.

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Vanessa Eriksson

SVP, Chief Data Officer at Nets Group

Vanessa currently heads the newly established role of SVP, Chief Data Officer at Nets Group driving data insights and adding value not just to the organization but to its merchants and its many customers. Vanessa has most recently been the Chief Data Officer Advisor at PwC Region EMEA and has previously held the Chief Data Officer role at Telia Company – Eurasia as well as Division X – Telia’sGlobal Business IoT Solutions.Vanessa has been the Chair of PwC’s Chief Data Officer Advisory Board 2017-18 and on Gartner’s North America and EMEA Data & CDO Advisory Boards since 2012.

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Mina Boström Nakicenovic

Head of Development at NetEnt

Mina works as a Head of Development at NetEnt. She has 20+ years of experience of software development and is very passionate about agile software development. Mina is a regular speaker on European agile software development conferences. She holds a Ph Lic in
Computer Science.

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Dacil Ullman

Group Data Analysis Manager at Intrum

For over 20 years, Dacil has worked within the field of analyzing data and transform it into insights. Today, she is responsible for driving Advanced Analytics within Intrum Group.

Her team of Data Scientists and Data Analysts works all across Europe, improving the efficiency of the current processes, implementing new ways of working and are an important player in the launch of new products to the market. This is done by applying analytics, from simple algorithms to advanced AI, whatever is most cost efficient, always with ethics and compliance as a guidance.

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Brinne Roos

data scientist at the center for innovation in Karolinska University Hospital

Johanna works as a data scientist at the Center for Innovation in Karolinska University Hospital Stockholm. She holds a PhD in theoretical physics, but has since her since her dissertation in 2009 worked with health economic modeling and predictive modeling. She started working at the center for innovation in 2015 where she uses large volumes of patient level data to investigate the benefits of new care methods.

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Evelina Anttila

general counsel at peltarion

Evelina Anttila is General Counsel for the Swedish AI company Peltarion and also a member of the management team. Before joining Peltarion, she was a lawyer and Senior Associate at the Swedish business law firm Mannheimer Swartling (both in the Stockholm and NYC offices).

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Annika Gedda

head of group data office at seb

Heading the Group Data Office in SEB, including information governance, data quality, information modelling, business glossary, BCBS 239 risk data aggregation etc. Annika has been with SEB for 15-20 years, having had various managerial positions on merchant banking side as well as in Group Risk and in Internal Audit.

Salla Franzén

Group Chief Data Scientist at SEB

Salla leads a team of data scientists working on analytics and applied artificial intelligence/machine learning use cases together with the business. Salla has a PhD in theoretical mathematics. After doing research in several complex variables, Salla moved to the financial industry and worked as an analyst at a hedge fund. She has been working within SEB since 2011. She started her career at SEB as a risk analyst, became the head of the index equity funds at SEB Investment management AB and has also worked within SEB Private banking and counterparty risk modeling at the group level.

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CEO at greater than

Liselott Johansson is CEO and partner of the public company Greater Than based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has an extensive automotive experience after working with information and electronics for vehicles for more than 15 years and is passionate about digital transformation, sustainability and artificial intelligence. Being the head of Greater Than since 2008, she has steered the company from start-up to a well-renowned on the insurtech market, holding a leading position in developing artificial intelligence for auto insurance.

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Melissa heads up the Product & Technology department and focuses on driving the innovation as well as development of solutions for IoT connectivity and the value-added services around it. 

Melissa has been actively involved with M2M and IoT solutions across a wide variety of industries since year 2000, and worked for several telecom operators and blue chip companies. She understands the blend between complex communications technologies and the commercial reality of implementation and delivery. Her full stack experience covers a broad variety of fixed and wireless networking technologies and integration patterns.

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Anastasia Kuznetsova

data scientist at king

Anastasia uses analytics and data science to bring actionable insights to the game development teams building Candy Crush Saga. During the past 2 years, she worked on various new features in Candy Crush, designing, analyzing and helping to make data-informed decisions. She combines her background in Business and Computer Science to ensure the most comprehensive approach to provide impactful learnings for the optimal player experience.

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Concept developer for advanced analytics at Scania

Annette is senior analyst and concept developer for advanced analytics at Scania. Scania is focused on becoming a top employer with top employees. One part of this is the strategy Skill Capture – to ensure a diverse workforce and an inclusive corporate culture. Annette’s role encompasses strategical as well as practical development of the data science field across all Scania, including recruitment and education. She holds a PhD in Solid State Physics.


director at solita

For over 18 years, Petronella Posti has been working to make businesses data-driven. Today, Petronella is working as Director of Solita Scandinavia. Now as then, she is dedicated to helping companies along their digital transformation journey. Gender equality work in the industry has been something Petronella has cared deeply about throughout her career. She believes the data business needs to become more welcoming to female engineers. Petronella has previously been speaking at several events, such as Female Engineer Network.


chief communication officer at netent

Anna is Chief Communication Officer at NetEnt, an online gaming company listed at Nasdaq Sthlm large cap. She has worked with business development through branding, design, innovation and communication for B2B and B2C companies alike and has experience from leading both agency and inhouse teams. Prior to NetEnt, she was VP Brand and Communications at Veryday, an international design and innovation consultancy and has previously been working for PR and brand agencies. Anna holds an MBA from University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law.

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Full schedule


Registration, breakfast and mingle


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Moderator ́s Opening Remarks

/> Linda Borelius, Sparks


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Leadership as a Service in an Agile Organization

/> Mina Boström Nakicenovic, NetEnt


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Morning Panel: Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in a Data- and AI-driven organisation

/> Annette Hultåker, Scania
/> Petronella Posti, Solita
/> Anna Romboli, NetEnt


Short break


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Implementation of Information Governance in SEB

/> Annika Gedda, SEB
/> Salla Franzén, SEB


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Why your company needs a Chief Data Officer and why there are so few of them out there

/> Vanessa Eriksson, Nets Group


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Digital Turbulence

/> Melissa Jenkins, Tele2 IOT


Light lunch


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AI and Insurance – How to Spark a Digital Transformation in a Traditional Industry

/> Liselott Johansson, Greater Than


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The Role of a Chief Analytics Officer – a Tale of Constant Struggle to Bridge the Business-IT Gap

/> Dacil Ullman, Intrum


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Keeping it Simple: How to Tell Convincing Stories with Data

/> Rafi Zelikowsky, Tableau Software


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Improving player experience by experimenting in Candy Crush Saga

/> Anastasia Kuznetsova, King


Coffee & Networking


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The Data Science Diversity Gap and why Diversity is so Important

/> Sabine Odfjell, Harnham


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Markov Models for Fun and Profit

/> Johanna Brinne Roos, Center for Innovation in Karolinska University Hospital


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Trust in AI

/> Evelina Anttila, Peltarion


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Moderator’s Closing Remarks

/> Linda Borelius, Sparks


Networking Cocktail

/> Provided by Peltarion & Hyperight

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Intro to NWD Awards

The 2018 edition of the NWD Summit is an introduction to our 2019 edition which will have a conference part and award part. The Initiative which will will be annually presented, will be given to women practitioners who has presented strong leadership capabilities and impact to an organisation, and it will have several categories.

The nominations for NWD Awards will be selected and judged by a committee of data practitioners with different domain expertise and industry experience. The application for judges is already open. 


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