VQ Forum 2018 Speakers

During the day you will gain interesting, practical and visionary insights from internationally renowned speakers, based on their extensive experience.

Andrew Arruda, CEO & Co-Founder, ROSS Intelligence

Andrew Arruda is a Canadian entrepreneur and lawyer. He is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the artificial intelligence company ROSS Intelligence, a leader in the legal technology industry.

Arruda speaks internationally on the subjects of AI, legal technology, and entrepreneurship and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, BBC, Wired, CNBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Forbes, TechCrunch, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. A member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2017, as well as a 2016 TED speaker, Arruda aims to forever change the way legal services are delivered. Prior to cofounding ROSS Intelligence, Arruda worked at a Toronto litigation boutique and with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in Lisbon, Portugal.

Johan Eriksson, Head of Specialists, Google Sweden

Johan Eriksson works as Head of Specialists at Google where he leads all specialists in digitalization, from automation to analysis and UX.

Last year Johan published his second book called “Marketing goes Digital”. He is also the author of multiple white papers on digital transformation. In 2016 he was nominated “Speaker of the year” in Sweden.

Johan’s passion is inspiring people and organizations to increase their ambitions so we all can build a better world faster. He is also the founder of charity organization Pick 1 Thing and is very engaged in the startup scene as an investor and advisor in healthcare, construction, education, logistics, retail and finance.

Orsolya Görgényi JD (juris doctor), Partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Orsolya Görgényi is a partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law, an independent Hungarian law firm with international clients. She is based in Budapest and specializes in international transactions, M&A, corporate and commercial law.

Orsolya Görgényi is a regular speaker at various legal conferences on subjects that she feels passionate about, including the future of the legal profession and services. She served in 2015-2016 as the President of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers. In 2016 she led the AIJA team in charge of the joint CCBE/AIJA survey project on the future of the legal profession. Previously she held various other positions in the association, and currently she is vice-president of the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission of AIJA. She is also a member of the IBA's Presidential Task Force on the Future of Legal Services, and ambassador of ELTA, the European Legal Tech Association. She has a degree also in organizational development and supervision/coaching.

Håkan Broman, former acting CEO and General Counsel, NCC

Håkan Broman has been the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the NCC Group since 2009. The position General Counsel of the NCC Group involved e.g. the management and the development of Legal Affairs, NCC Insurance, Group Security and Group Property Management. From November 2017- May 2018 Håkan was also the acting CEO of the NCC Group. Håkan has served the Swedish and the German export industries in numerous countries. He holds experience from a vast number of international civil engineering project boards in Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America and is a co-author to publications on international standard forms of contract.

Håkan Broman was named Legal Counsel of the Year (Sw. Årets Bolagsjurist) 2018 for being “an exceptionally competent and versatile lawyer with a broad capacity, who admirably personifies the importance of Legal Counsel for the business. In times of change, Legal Counsel of the Year 2018 has received overall responsibility for operations and shouldered a leadership role where the focus on safety and profitability has produced results.”

Eva de Falck, Chief Legal Officer, Swedbank

Eva de Falck is Chief Legal Officer (Group level), Head of Group Legal and Secretary of the Board, at Swedbank AB (publ), a position she has held since 2016.

Swedbank is, as all traditional banks, challenged by disruptive technology in a totally new competitive landscape. In her daily work, Eva de Falck is constantly confronted by how to combine increased regulations of the banking industry with technical innovations and digital transformation, with the ultimate goal to have satisfied customers. Eva de Falck in her position at Swedbank is responsible for approximately 180 in-house lawyers in six jurisdictions.

Eva de Falck is passionate about people and how they can grow and develop themselves. One of her driving forces is matters relating to gender equality.

Before she came to Swedbank, Eva de Falck held leading positions during twelve years in Handelsbanken, e.g. General Counsel in the Stockholm Region and Head of Export and Project Finance. She is also a board member in a number of Swedish Savingsbanks.

Hans Schuurman, Founder, Law4ce

Hans Schuurman is a consultant, interim CFO and Lean Green Belt, specialising in profit and process improvement of law firms. Hans is experienced in leading large improvement projects. Taking the firm by hand in interactive sessions he facilitates the development processes. Project have been: From written to paid hours, design business intelligence tools, profitability insights, digitalisation of core processes and structuring processes and departments.

Hans founded Law4ce as a Dutch platform for sharing knowledge on development in the legal business.

He regularly speaks and publishes about the profit model of law firms, Legal Project Management (LPM) and the new developments in the legal sector. Hans and his partners improve the commercial, administrative and management processes of law firms.

Christian Sandström, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology and the Ratio Institute

Dr. Christian Sandström is associate professor in Disruptive Innovation at Chalmers University of Technology and the Ratio Institute. His research concerns technological change and the challenges they present for established firms.

Dr. Sandström has published a report with the Swedish Competition Agency concerning how digitalization affects the legal sector in Sweden. The report can be downloaded here.

Lise Alm, Head of Business Development, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Lise Alm is a lawyer and business developer. She is Head of Business Development at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce working inter alia with innovation and digitalisation matters.

Starting out as an M&A lawyer at Vinge, she has given up the lawyer role and most recently came from the role of VP Business at the Stockholm tech start up Volumental. There she headed projects with brands like New Balance and Bauer Hockey in spearheading their innovation efforts and rolling out new technology in 30+ countries. Prior to that she worked as in-house counsel at Spotify, heading up the corporate team and taking the legal lead in systems implementation and change management projects.

Lise has vast experience of introducing and implementing new technology at young and old companies, as buyer, user and seller of systems. With one foot in each world, she has further spoken on numerous occasions on how law firms can disrupt their business models and combine their own strength with the strength of startups to create the best of both.

Paul J Corney, Knowledge et al

An early pioneer of Intranets and Verity’s Topic Search in the mid 90′s, Paul J Corney was one of the first ‘knowledge managers’ in the City of London to use technology to create a one-screen view of an organisation’s corporate knowledge. Recognising early in his career that making full use of what an organisation knows about its clients (and the expertise it has to assist them) was a prerequisite to success.

Early background was financial: 20 years + as Senior Manager Corporate Finance, Saudi International Bank and Vice President R&D, Zurich Re. From 1998 Paul held a number of senior posts: Strategy & Business Advisor (responsible for integrating acquisitions) to Minneapolis based software and consultancy group Sopheon PLC; Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker BMS Group; and Managing Partner Sparknow LLP a successful communications and change consultancy.

Today Paul combines consultancy with pro bono work. He was a Founding Knowledge Trustee of the Plan Zheroes charity ,is a visiting lecturer on the UK’s first MBA Knowledge and Innovation Management at Brighton University, has recently co-published “Navigating the Minefield: A Practical KM Companion” and is in the middle of writing a co-authored book “The KM Cookbook” which will be a practical guide to the ISO KM Standards as viewed through the lens of 12 prominent global institutions.  Paul is a member of the BSI KM Standards Committee and sits on the Social Now Advisory Board in Lisbon. And in 2017 he was appointed Knowledge & Information Management Ambassador of CILIP in November 2017.

Diplomacy and international affairs intrigue him. A resident of Eastbourne and Lisbon, Paul is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).

Zarina Virsholm, Partner and Co-founder, Sharp Recruitment

Zarina Virsholm is a Partner and Co-founder of Sharp Recruitment, a recruitment consultant specialized in Legal, Compliance & Risk, and Tax & Finance. Zarina Virsholm holds an LLM from University of Stockholm.

Prior to founding Sharp Recruitment she worked inter alia at the European Commission, the American Chambers of Commerce in Brussels, and Rentokil.

Zarina is primarily focusing on assisting businesses in the development of Compliance and Data Protection as well as recruitment on all levels. She has vast experience in helping companies with their Competence Maintenance.

Jim Runsten, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Synch

Jim Runsten is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Synch. Jim has worked as a lawyer for 20 years and have a vast experience in the field of technology and digital business.

Synch is a business minded technology and digital business law firm that focus on how to best manage and benefit from the opportunities that the new digital era brings. Synch is committed to continue driving innovation and embrace technology in the daily work; setting and meeting higher expectations when it comes to quality, transparency, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Synch was recently, once again, shortlisted in Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award among Magic Circle firms and many other top international law firms.

Annette Magnusson, Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Annette Magnusson is Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) since 2010. She joined SCC from the law firm Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm and before that Baker & McKenzie, Sweden.

Ms Magnusson is the author or editor of several publications on international arbitration, including Arbitrating for Peace (Kluwer, 2017) and International Arbitration in Sweden (Kluwer, 2013), and the producer of the documentary The Quiet Triumph (2017); a film about interconnection between economic development, arbitration and peace.

She is the founder of the Stockholm Treaty Lab, and international crowdsourcing challenge to innovate international law for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and a frequent speaker on sustainability and arbitration, most recently addressing Climate Change and Arbitration at the 24th ICCA Congress in Sydney 2018 (publication forthcoming ICCA Congress Series).

Carl Georgsson, CEO, Familjens Jurist

Carl Georgsson is since 2011 CEO at Familjens Jurist, Sweden’s largest law firm specializing on family law. The company operates both company owned law offices and a chain of 40 franchisees offices, all under the same brand and with in total around 400 employees. The company has seen significant growth during the last years and consistently ranks very high as a preferred employer among law students and young professionals. Familjens Jurist offers its customers the possibility to get legal advice through a traditional consultation, over the phone or in a web meeting and lately also through digital services.  Making family law both more accessible and affordable is the driving mission for the company.

Carl has previously worked as CEO of the Shell Group in Sweden, Head of the Legal department in the same company and at Nordia Law firm.

Patricia Shaughnessy, Stockholm University (moderator)

Patricia Shaughnessy is an associate professor at Stockholm University specialized in international commercial dispute resolution.

She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute (SCC).

Patricia serves as an arbitrator and expert in disputes, and as a consultant she has led numerous projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in many countries.