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Circular economy and innovation: Opportunities for collaboration between Sweden & Russia

The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics together with the Ministerial meetings of the Swedish-Russian Steering Committee, the Stockholm School of Economics, and The Russian Trade Representation in Sweden, will host a high level panel discussion on “Circular Economy and Innovation” on Friday October 15, 2021.


In connection with the Ministerial meetings of the Swedish-Russian Steering Committee, Anna Hallberg, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs and Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation will introduce a discussion on Circular Economy and Innovation on Friday, October 15 at 14.00. The discussion will be moderated by Elin Bergman, COO, Vice President and spokesperson of the Swedish circular economy network Cradlenet.

Against the backdrop of two new working groups being established at the meeting of the Steering Committee, both the topic for the panel discussion, and the Stockholm School of Economics as the venue where it is staged, make this event an excellent extension to the Steering Committee program in Stockholm.

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has a long history of cooperating with Russia in the areas of higher education and research with its SSE Russia branch in St Petersburg and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics’ close connections to some of the top research institutions in Russia. Furthermore, SSE is the home of the research center MISUM that focuses on sustainable development and works closely with the leading academic institutions in this area in Sweden and around the world.

Please be advised

Please keep in mind this is NOT an open event. This is an event that can only be joined by invitation only.

About the organizations

Learn more about the organizations that will join the panel

Ingka Group (IKEA)

Representive: Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and we believe those lives are truly better when they’re lived sustainably. For us, it’s about balancing economic growth and positive social impact with environmental protection and renewal. So, our mission overall is to meet the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations.

This means rethinking and inspiring changes in lifestyle and consumption, as well as adopting new ways of working. Because the more people we reach, the bigger impact we have in helping the many create a better everyday life.

Learn more about IKEA's sustainability strategy 

Unigreen Energy

Representive: Elena Bodnarchuk, Deputy CEO – Chief Commercial Officer, Unigreen Energy

Unigreen Group is vertically integrated renewable energy company with target presence in entire value chain. We have been developing projects based on renewable energy resources in Europe, CIS and Russia. 

Tetra Pak

Representive: Christine Levêque, Cluster Leader Sustainability Europe & Central Asia, Tetra Pak

Our sustainability focus encompasses our entire value chain. That’s because we recognise that we can only create a more sustainable future by addressing the interconnected nature of the environmental, social and economic challenges we face. We use the UN Sustainable Development Goals to help us prioritise our efforts and we have assigned the most relevant to each of our three sustainability areas. We also leverage our regular materiality assessments to help us identify and prioritise the aspects of our business that have the greatest positive impact.

Wastepaper Processors League Association

Representive: Aleksei Sergeev, COO of the Wastepaper Processors League Association

Wastepaper Processors League is the largest industry association in Russia representing the waste paper recyclers. The Association gathers 70 enterprises including large transnational companies operating in 6 federal districts. The total volume of waste paper recycling by members of the Association is 80% of the total in the country. The mission of the Association is to create effectively regulated industry. The Association communicates with the legislative and executive authorities of Russia, expressing a consolidated position of members regarding legal, economic and statistical regulation.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Representive: Minister Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) is a federal executive body responsible for drafting and implementing government policy and legal regulation in the industrial and defence sectors, energy conservation and improving energy efficiency in the movement of goods, and also in the development of aviation technology, technical regulation and unity of measurements, science and technology in the interests of state defence and security, foreign and domestic trade, public catering and consumer services, and folk handicrafts

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Representive: Minister Anna Hallberg, Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy

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