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Misum Forum 2022: The role and responsibility of business and industry in poverty alleviation

Ending poverty in all its forms is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Projections for Goal 1 show a missed target in 2030, even before the onset and growth of the global challenges over the past few years. The pandemic has caused unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction, further exacerbated by the effects of violent conflicts around the world, international aid across the world is decreasing,  and we see increasing challenges posed by climate change, especially to low-income countries and communities. Clearly, ending poverty is a major challenge that demands engagement from all parts of society.

In this context, the Misum Forum 2022, a multi-stakeholder conference, turns to the role and responsibility of business and industry in alleviating poverty. With production and engagements in many low-income countries, businesses play a key role in taking responsibility for contributing to people’s livelihoods and well-being. We are inviting industry leaders from Swedish and international companies to engage in dialogue on this important topic and their work related to SDG1. We are also inviting high-level international academics to present research on topics at the intersection of business and poverty reduction. Together, they will discuss research findings and business practices, as well as possible ways forward, for the corporate world to contribute to reducing poverty, especially where it is most severe.

Misum Forum 2022 Speakers

Opening remarks will be given by HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden.

Morning Session:

Carl Bennet

Carl Bennet

CEO of Carl Bennet AB and principal owner of Getinge, Arjo, Lifco and Elanders

Marcus Wallenberg

Marcus Wallenberg

Chair of Wallenberg Investments AB, FAM AB, Patricia Industries, SEB, Saab and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Vice Chair of Investor AB, EQT and The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Board member of Astra Zeneca

Abhijit Banerjee

Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

Eva Axelsson

Eva Axelsson

Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Group Sustainability, Saab

Andreas Gyllenhammar

Andreas Gyllenhammar

Chief Sustainability Officer, Sweco

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson Group

Johanna Raynal

Johanna Raynal

Director of ESG & Impact, Swedfund

Sofia Svingby

Sofia Svingby

VP Sustainability, Atlas Copco

Afternoon Session:

Adnan Khan

Prof. Adnan Khan

Chief Economist and Director for Economics and Evaluation Directorate in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Professor in the School of Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Oriana Bandiera

Prof. Oriana Bandiera

Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Minna Halme

Prof. Minna Halme

Professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business

Frank Schilbach

Prof. Frank Schilbach

Gary Loveman Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, MIT

Moderators:

Martina Björkman Nyqvist

Martina Björkman Nyqvist

Misum Executive Director and Associate Professor in Economics, SSE

Ingrid Eelde Koivisto

Ingrid Eelde Koivisto

Secretary General, Pratham Sweden

Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg

Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg

Member of the Executive Team and Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainability, Investor AB