The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America (SACC-USA) cordially invites you to our flagship event, the Executive Forum on May 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden.

The Executive Forum will focus on business opportunities in the Age of Disruption – the current era of sweeping changes brought about by innovation and technology. The event will also analyze the Trump Administration’s business agenda and provide insights into what the future will bring.

Sweden is high on the agenda in Washington, D.C. as this year marks 200 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Sweden. This historic occasion will be commemorated during the day. The Executive Forum will feature top-level business and government representatives from both countries, including the Honorable Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator.

The Executive Forum will include panels and round table discussions with government representatives, executives, political experts, and other stakeholders. The event will be conducted under the Chatham House Rules to encourage openness and information sharing. To conclude the day, a cocktail and dinner buffet reception will be hosted by H.E. Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to listen to Magnus Penker’s participation among the US and Sweden’s leading innovators and companies, entrepreneurs and academics. Network and share insights, plan and decide the future of your organization.


MAY 23

Networking and welcoming dinner

MAY 24

Networking, breakfast and registration

Introduction and welcome

  • H.E. Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
  • Hon. Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Randy Hultgren, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (IL-14)

Representative from the Trump administration

This session will give a first year review and provide insights on the Administration’s business agenda and trade policies.

State of US competitiveness 

Looking to the future, it is important totake America’s economic temperature by examining some of the major competitiveness indicators such as trade, tax and infrastructure. One year into the Trump presidency, it’s clear that the administration has major ambitions regarding these areas, but what has happened so far – and what is to come in 2018?

Networking and coffee break

CEO Advocacy: Business and lobbying in an evolving social media landscape

In Washington D.C., influence and information is everything. We will explore how business and lobbying is affected by the new social media landscape. How do foreign companies in the U.S. maximize their presence, use social media to their advantage and how do they avoid PR-disasters?

Luncheon with Key note speaker 

What is next in a disruptive environment 

The United States is often seen as the world leader in the realm of technology. In the following sessions, we will explore the new and disruptive environment by focusing on Artifcial Intelligence and how autonomous systems change the way of working.

– The business of Artificial Intelligence 

Artifcial Intelligence is generating massive investment and attention, and the rapid growth is both exciting and a cause for concern. In this session, we will discuss the future with AI and its impact on business.

– Autonomous systems 

In this session, we will explore the effects of autonomous systems by focusing on self-driving vehicles within the automatic sector. Company executives will give their view of the future of transport systems.

– Attracting talent and reselling for tomorrow

Looking to the future, technologies such as AI and robotics could potentially displace up to 38 % of U.S. jobs over the next 15 years. In this panel, we will discuss how to attract and create the right skills for the future.

Approaching the midterm elections 

In this debate, political commentators will give their views on the upcoming midterm elections and what business leaders and change agents can expect for the future.

Final remarks  

Cocktail reception and buffet dinner at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

Magnus Penker is an internationally renowned thought leader on innovation, digitalization and business transformation.  In 2016, Mr. Penker received the Business Magazine award as the ‘Most Innovative CEO Sweden 2016’ and ‘Growth Strategy CEO of the Year Sweden 2016.”  Mr. Penker founded Innovation360 Group, an organization that aids clients in improving their innovation capabilities and value propositions utilizing their AI innovation analytics platform and global innovation management database.

The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, SACC is an independent, non-profit, membership driven Swedish and American business collaborative that creates opportunities for members to promote their products and services, network through business and social events, and strengthen their corporate and professional skills through the sharing of expertise, education, and training.