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Highlights from the 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, the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), the Russian Trade representation and Östkontoret hosted a high-level event on Circular Economy and Innovation. The discussion was introduced by Swedish Minister Anna Hallberg and Russian Minister Denis Manturov who then engaged in a panel discussion with distinguished representatives from leading Swedish and Russian companies.

The global population is increasing, making it harder to keep up with the traditional “take-make-waste” approach of the linear economy. A new trend around the world is to shift to towards Circular Economy and Innovation. This requires both research and educations, as well as collaboration across borders. This is well represented at SSE with the research institutes SITE and its partners in the FREE network, MISUM, and executive education by SSE Russia in St Petersburg.

With this in mind, the organizers invited distinguished representatives from leading Swedish and Russian companies; Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group, Christine Leveque, Cluster Leader Sustainability Europe & Central Asia, of Tetra Pak, Aleksei Sergeev, COO of the Wastepaper Processors League Association, and Elena Bodnarchuk, Deputy CEO – Chief Commercial Officer of Unigreen Energy. The panel discussion was moderated by Elin Bergman, COO, Vice President and spokesperson of the Swedish circular economy network Cradlenet.


Anders Paalzow (President of SSE Russia) welcomes the audience and participants.


The panel dicussion was splendidly moderated by Elin Bergman.


From left: Elin Bergman, Jesper Brodin, Christine Leveque, and Aleksei Sergeev.


From left: Jesper Brodin, Christine Leveque, and Aleksei Sergeev.


From left: Jesper Brodin and Christine Leveque.


From left: Jesper Brodin, Christine Leveque, and Aleksei Sergeev.

Collaboration between Sweden and Russia in the area of Circular Economy

Guest of honours Anna Hallberg, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs and Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation discussed enhanced collaboration between Sweden and Russia in the area of Circular Economy and associated Innovation efforts.


From left: Swedish Minsiter Anna Hallberg and Russian Minister Denis Manturov.


One of the audience taking a photo with his/her phone at the Swedish Minsiter Anna Hallberg and the Russian Minister Denis Manturov.


From left: Swedish Minsiter Anna Hallberg and Russian Minister Denis Manturov discussed enhanced collaboration between Sweden and Russia in the area of Circular Economy.


From left: Swedish Minsiter Anna Hallberg and Russian Minister Denis Manturov.


Panel discussion with all the guest speakers. From left: Jesper Brodin, Christine Leveque, Minister Anna Hallberg, Minister Denis Manturov, Aleksei Sergeev and Elena Bodnarchuk.

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