Pamela Andersson

Pamela Andersson

The best advice that Pamela Andersson, editor-in-chief of popular Swedish health magazine ToppHälsa got is: ”Always expect good things instead of worrying about the future. The worst that can happen is that you’d have been happy in vain.” Here she  talks about the one health story that really hit her readers. And that story turned out to be her own. More about Pamela Andersson

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Samir Arora

Samir Arora

Samir Arora is the founder and CEO of Mode Media. Under his leadership the Silicon Valley-based tech-media company, with its popular flagship Glam and seven other vertical channels, has become the largest private media company in monthly users in the U.S. With an incredible 400 million unique visitors a month globally, it has been ranked as the No. 7 media property in the U.S. As a top executive at Apple in the 1980s, Samir Arora was an award-winning web pioneer. More about Samir Arora

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David Batstone

David Batstone

Venture capitalist David Batstone was not looking for a social cause. It found him in a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant that had trafficked over 400 teenagers from Bangalore, India into the U.S. for forced labor. His journeys to fight human trafficking took him from his former field as an investigative journalist, to charity, then back again to his venture capital roots. Now he is challenging the international business community to stop modern slavery and clean up their own backyard. More about David Batstone

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Brynolf & Ljung

Brynolf & Ljung

The mesmerizing duo Brynolf & Ljung got their international breakthrough in 2012 on Britain’s Got Talent, with over 11 million viewers. These two street-smart guys had already won a silver medal in the World Championships of Magic in Beijing. They have performed all over the world, from Las Vegas to Paris to New Delhi. With their current TV show on Sweden’s TV4, they are now on their way back to Las Vegas. The magical question remains: How on earth do they do it?! More about Brynolf & Ljung

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Mathias Döpfner

Mathias Döpfner on stage via Skype at GRID

German media house Axel Springer has a bold vision: to become the leading digital publisher. With flagship newspapers such as Bild, Europe’s biggest-selling paper, and Die Welt, one of the most influential, the company’s digital media activities already contribute more than 60 percent to its revenues and more than 70 percent to its earnings. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer, joined us via Skype for a talk around transformation. More about Mathias Döpfner

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Ashleigh Gardner

Ashleigh Gardner

As head of writer and publisher partnerships, Ashleigh Gardner helps publishers, writers and media engage with emerging stars and members of Wattpad, the world’s largest online community for writers and readers. With over 40 million visitors each month, Wattpad’s users come to be entertained, inspired and connect around their own original writing. More about Ashleigh Gardner

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Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie, 2015 winner of the Polar Music Prize, has a mission to teach the world to listen. Deaf since the age of 12, she has widened our understanding of what music is and shown that listening has only partly to do with our ears. As a world-leading percussionist and composer, she has released more than 30 solo albums and has played with the world’s foremost orchestras, conductors and artists. At the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London she played a key role. More about Dame Evelyn Glennie

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is one of the most important writers of his generation in Sweden with four novels and six plays translated into 15 languages. When his debut novel, One Eye Red, was published in 2003, Khemiri’s eccentric and imaginative prose reached an audience far beyond traditional literary circles. His novel Everything I don’t remember, to be published in September, has been sold to ten countries, including the U.S. In 2013, Khemiri’s open letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice in response to a controversial police project rapidly became one of the most shared articles on social media in Swedish history. More about Jonas Hassen Khemiri

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Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Broadway performer Sarah Jones is known for her focus on inequality and social justice through the lens of humor and empathy. Critics marvel at her ability to perfectly mimic accents and mannerisms in her multi-character shows, as she reshapes her body down to the pupils and dimples in the blink of an eye. Her Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, Bridge & Tunnel, was produced by Meryl Streep, and she has performed several times at the White House invited by President and First Lady Obama. Sarah Jones is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and performed this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at TED. More about Sarah Jones

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Liz McDonnell

Liz McDonnell

As director of marketing at the New York Times, Liz McDonnell oversees everything from marketing new mobile ad products and branded content partnerships to leading more consumer-focused efforts like @MyNYTimes on Instagram. She never thought that her after-hours gig in improv comedy and performances in New York theaters would be her secret weapon for success in facing challenges in leadership and innovation. More about Liz McDonnell

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Chad Mumm

Chad Mumm

Chad Mumm is the Creative Director of Vox Media and founder of Vox Entertainment, the company's original production and programming group based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on bridging the gap between digital media, publishing, technology platforms and TV programming through each of Vox's eight individual media brands, among the hottest in the U.S. More about Chad Mumm

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Hagai M. Segal

Hagai M Segal

Hagai M. Segal is a leading expert on terrorism and the Middle East, based in the U.K. He briefs and advises government organizations and private corporations as well as security and counter-terror agencies all over the world. Segal is an award-winning lecturer with New York University in London. He is a frequent commentator for national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and the BBC. The question he will address at Grid: How can media report on terrorism without becoming a weapon of the terrorists? More about Hagai M. Segal

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Jenny Strömstedt

Jenny Strömstedt

If you google Jenny Strömstedt, you will see her set fire to a TV studio. For real. And that actually makes a whole lot of sense, considering the spark she is able to bring to the dance floor. A household name in Sweden, she's one of the country's most beloved TV hosts on TV4, interviewing everyone from the Prime Minister to the latest Youtube stars.  But how did she end up kicking butt on ”Let’s Dance”? More about Jenny Strömstedt

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Hazel Thompson

Hazel Thompson

For more than ten years, British award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson went undercover in Mumbai’s sex district to expose what is happening to young girls and women. At great personal risk, she immersed herself to investigate the disturbing truth about trafficking. The result was the e-book Taken, for which she received an award for "Most Innovative Media Initiative" from the Human Trafficking Foundation. Hazel Thompson regularly shoots photo assignments for papers such as the New York Times, Vogue, the Sunday Times and Observer Magazine. More about Hazel Thompson

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Viktoria Walldin

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Viktoria Walldin works with one of the world's most complex and fascinating architectural assignments: moving the Arctic city of Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town. The 20,000 inhabitants are being forced to relocate to new land after mining caused massive cracks in the ground the city is built on. An anthropologist and expert on social sustainability, Viktoria Walldin’s childhood in project housing in Stockholm sparked her interest in segregation issues. For her, the Kiruna move is a chance to be part of one of the boldest, most radical urban projects of this century. More about Viktoria Walldin

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Jack Werner

Jack Werner

Swedish media wunderkind Jack Werner, who works for No. 1 Swedish business daily Dagens Industri, won Sweden's top journalism prize last year for his groundbreaking viral mythbusting. He knows just how easy it is to become the butt of the joke online. But he didn’t know how it feels. Then something happened… More about Jack Werner

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Ramy Essam

Ramy Essam

With his guitar at Tahir Square in Cairo, Ramy Essam is credited with providing the “anthem of the revolution” during the Arabic Spring. He may still be largely unknown in his new land, but he is among the Best of Sweden. More about Ramy Essam

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Ramy Essam & Safoura Safavi

Ramy Essam and Safoura Safavi

With his guitar at Tahir Square in Cairo, Ramy Essam is credited with providing the “anthem of the revolution” during the Arabic Spring. Although Safoura Safavi is loved in Iran, her country of birth, she cannot go back to sing her soul-filled songs due to their critical nature. They may both still be largely unknown in their new land, but they are among the Best of Sweden. Watch them perform together at GRID 15! More about Ramy Essam & Safoura Safavi

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Safoura Safavi

Safoura Safavi

Although Safoura Safavi is loved in Iran, her country of birth, she cannot go back to sing her soul-filled songs due to their critical nature. She may still be largely unknown in her new land, but she is one of the Best of Sweden. More about Safoura Safavi

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