Event Overview

The  series of Ocean Summits are part of the 
Volvo Ocean Race sustainability programme.

The summits address ocean health issues, with a specific focus on plastic pollution. They bring together key stakeholders from business, science, governments and the worlds of sport, to raise awareness of the ocean plastic problem; advocate for a culture of change and showcase innovative commitments and solutions.

To address the issues and highlight solutions from a variety of stakeholders, we have gathered a range of speakers who will interact with the audience. 

Reserve your seat now* !

We are pleased to invite you to the Ocean Summit in Gothenburg. 

18 June 2018 - 08:00 to 14:00

Ocean Race Club,Race Village, Frihamnen, Gothenburg 

* Spaces are limited to this closed event

Some keynote speakers on the day include*

The final agenda wil be availble soon including the full list of speakers.

            HRH Crown Princess Victoria will attend the event


Jan Eliasson, Ambassador and Chair of SIPRI Governing Board

Jan Eliasson is the Chairman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Governing Board,(SIPRI) a role he was appointed by the Swedish Government in 2017. He was previously the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN (United Nations) from July 1, 2012 until 31 December 2016. He was elected President of the UN General Assembly from 2005-2006. Eliasson was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1994-2000 and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006. He has been active for the UN in countries such as Somalia, Mozambique and the Balkans, and mediated conflicts in Darfur in Sudan, Irag and Iran, and Nagorno Karabakh. He has an interest in water issues, in particular for the developing world, and was the first Chairman of Water Aid, Sweden.


Martin Lundstedt, President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group

Martin Lundstedt joined Volvo on 22 October 2015 as President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group and became a member of the Group Executive Team from the same date.
Martin Lundstedt is Chairman of Partex Marking Systems AB and Permobil AB. Board member of ACEA Commercial Vehicle and Concentric AB. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and member of the Swedish Prime Minister’s Innovation Council. Further he was former Co-chairman of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.
Martin Lundstedt was awarded the Pontus Schultz prize for a more human economy in 2015.
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm awarded Martin Lundstedt the Gold medal for industrial cooperation in November 2016. Martin Lundstedt was awarded the Seraphim medal by His Majesty the King of Sweden for outstanding efforts within Swedish business in January 2017.


Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car group 

Following an MSc in mechanical engineering, Håkan Samuelsson started his professional career in Scania in 1977 where he stayed for more than 20 years.  Mr. Samuelsson held leading positions within the technical organisation of Scania before he joined the executive board in 1996 where he was responsible for development and production.  He brought his vast truck experience from Scania to MAN in 2000, when he became head of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, a subsidiary of MAN AG.  When Mr. Samuelsson became CEO of MAN in 2005, he initiated a broad restructuring of the group which resulted in an enhanced and more efficient organization with a more focused product portfolio.  Mr. Samuelsson has served in Latin America and in multiple parts of Europe.


Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment

Ministry of the Environment and Energy



Areas of responsibility 
Environmental issues, urban environment agreements and urban development.


Anna Ledin, Director, PhD, Professor,City of Gothenburg Environmental Administration

  Anna Ledin is since 2014 Director for the Environmental Administration in the City of Gothenburg. She has a PhD degree in environmental chemistry, and has been Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Lund university and Linköping university. She has also acted as Secretary General for the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas).


Lisa Svensson, Director for Ocean, UN Environment

Dr. Lisa Emelia Svensson is the Director for Ocean, at the UN Environment, heading up the marine and costal ecosystem work program in the UN.   She has been in the diplomatic service since 2002, posted in New York, Washington D.C. and Brussels. Before taking up her assignment in UN, she was Sweden’s Ambassador for Ocean, where she has advised the Government of Sweden on international ocean affairs issues.  Earlier appointments include Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility, Trade Negotiator in the European Commission, DG Trade, where she was the lead negotiator for the sustainable development chapters in the EU Free Trade Agreements. She has also been a Diplomat-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins University, (SAIS), where she conducted research on climate change. She holds a PhD in political economy.


Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres co-founder and Director of Research

Marcus Eriksen is the Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute.  He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers - publishing the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles.  
In 2013 he and colleagues published the discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes, which became the cornerstone for a US-based multi-organization campaign to eliminate plastic microbeads from cosmetics, resulting in the Microbead-free Waters Act, which became US federal law in 2015.  
Today Eriksen’s research is focused on helping cities worldwide to understand the systems and sources of plastic pollution in their region, then employ solutions to stop the flow from land to sea.


Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee

As Chair of the Development Assistance Committee Charlotte is leading the work of the 30 member countries in following joint policies to make the development co-operation as efficient as possible. Prior to this, she served as Director-General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida) where she emphasised Sweden’s role as leader in development co-operation and led efforts to implement innovative models to stimulate private sector engagement in development activities. There she established a network of Swedish and Swedish-based companies that work together to demonstrate leadership in sustainable global development. She has previously served as Secretary-General of Save the Children International (2008-2010) and Secretary-General of Save the Children Sweden (2003-2008).


Bethanie Carney Almroth, Associate professor in environmental science, University of Gothenburg

Bethanie Carney Almroth, associate professor in environmental science, University of Gothenburg
Bethanie has a background in marine biology and fish physiology. She has many years of experience in studying the ecotoxicological effects of environmental pollutants on fish health. More recently, she has been studying the effects of microplastics and associated chemicals on organisms in the sea. She is also involved in interdisciplinary projects addressing sustainable development and solutions to large scale environmental problems. She serves as an expert advisor to different Swedish authorities regarding microplastics. As a university lecturer, she teaches courses in environmental science, animal physiology, biochemical toxicity and ecotoxicology.


Marie Baumgarts, Head of Sustainability, SEB

Marie Baumgarts is Head of Sustainability at SEB, a position she started when she joined the bank a year ago. She believes the financial sector to be a key facilitator for reaching the SDGs, the 2 degree target from the Paris agreement and taking new steps towards a sustainable development. Prior to joining SEB Marie has had various consultancy roles and most recently served as Director Corporate Responsibility at Tele2. Before starting at Tele2 Marie was developing and heading EY Sweden's sustainability advisory services team. Overall she is an expert in boundaries for corporate responsibility, she has been in the field for an NGO and she is well familiar with most international sustainability standards. Marie holds a MSc from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure.


Kristofer Sundsgård, Managing Director, Stena Recycling

After gaining an MSc in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Kristofer Sundsgård began his career at Stena Recycling in 2002, and went on to become Managing Director in 2016. Stena Recycling is a world leader and innovator in the recycling of waste materials. As a total waste management company they take care of industrial residues and turn them into new commodities and resources. Kristofer is responsible for helping Stena Recycling drive innovation and lead initiatives so industry can become truly sustainable. This has included creating a state-of-the-art process for Volvo Cars that can enable 95% recycling of their cars to comply with the European Commission’s end-of-life vehicle directive. He has a strong belief that innovation in the recycling industry can create a real circular economy and make a major contribution to solving some of the challenges facing society.


Günther Lehner, CEO & President APLA

Günther Lehner is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG since 2006.


Fares El Sayegh, Vice President Supply Chain at Procter & Gamble

Fares has been working for the past thirty years in P&G in various Supply Chain, Business, and Information Technology roles.  He held leadership positions in Middle East and Africa, Europe, and the globe.  He currently oversees the Procter & Gamble Supply Chain of Europe, and the Global Business Services-IT for Supply Chain. He is located in Geneva, Switzerland.


Magnus Borelius, CFO Gothenburg City

Mr. Magnus Borelius is Head of Group Treasury at the City of Gothenburg. Gothenburg is Sweden´s second largest city. He was Head of the Treasury when Gothenburg in 2013 became the first City in the world to issue a Green Bond. He´s team has issued several green bonds for different purposes. In recent years, much of his work has been focused on how treasury operations can help the economics of climate change.
Mr. Borelius has 20 years of experience in finance – including the areas of business and finance journalism and capital markets. He is also a frequent speaker at national and international events.


Håkan Wirtén, Secretary General of WWF Sweden, WWF

Håkan has served in many different boards and associations, and presently he sits eg in the boards of the Swedish Forest Agency, MittUniversitetet and the Swedish Energy Agency.

Mr Wirten has experiences from visits and work in a range of countries and places across the globe, including Africa, South America, Asia and the Arctic. As a young adult he also experienced studying in Canada (1979-1980 as an exchange student and graduate at Fredericton High School in New Brunswick), and a few years later working in Australia inter alia on a sheep/cattle farm with agroforestry and a forest plant nursery.


Frihamnen, Gothenburg 417 55, Sweden