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May Roen
Jenny Elfsberg
Lene Sjorslev Schulze
Denise Persson
Minna Holopainen
Minna Holopainen
Krista Glantschnig
Gro Eirin Dyrnes, moderator
 

Denise has 20 years of technology marketing experience at high-growth companies. Prior to joining Snowflake, she served as CMO for Apigee, an API platform company that went public in 2015 and Google acquired in 2016. She began her career at collaboration software company Genesys, where she built and led a global marketing organization. Denise also helped lead Genesys through its expansion to become a successful IPO and acquired company. Denise holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University, and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

CMO, Snowflake

Twitter: @DenisePersson

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Denise Persson

May Roen is heading up the finance, HR, and Customer Service and is a part of the management team at Lookback. Lookback is a growth-stage user research platform that spin out from Spotify, Sweden.

Lookback is a VC funded Silicon Valley / European tech company, with a remote-first culture, and headquarters in Palo Alto.

 

She is also a co-founder in Pathogenomix, a bioinformatic tech company that is based on Norwegian research and have raised US angel investment. Before Lookback she worked as VP Finance and CFO in several US-based tech companies in the Bay Area, included Inboard Technology when they raised Series A. Prior to working as CFO and VP finance she worked 3 years as a finance operation consultant working with more than 40 Silicon Valley global companies, ranging from self-funded to Series B, from 0-70 employees and operations in Europe, South America, Middle East, and Asia.

 

May relocated from Norway to Bay Area 10 years ago. She has served on multiple boards of directors and held a wide range of talks and lectures on finance and startups throughout her career. She is passionate about tech start-ups and the synergies between Nordic technology and the business opportunities in the Bay Area.

CFO at Lookback and Co-Fonder at Pathogenomix

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May Roen

Jenny Elfsberg, Director Innovation Lab Hub US, is heading up “hub335” in Mountain View. In her previous position she was Director of Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE) Emerging Technologies organization since May 2009. Jenny and her global team of 20 research engineers worked to build knowledge and shape the future of the construction industry. Jenny has also created a framework and a network with the mission to secure Volvo CE’s innovative capability.

 

The purpose with hub335 is to become an immersed part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem and create value for users, customers and society in an accelerated manner. Starting out at Volvo Powertrain as an Application Engineer and Leader, Jenny has worked for the Volvo Group for 20 years. During this time, she has held a variety of senior positions. Prior to above mentioned roles, she was Manager of Engine Performance Development team and before that, she was a Chief Project Manager working in components development. 

 

She holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping Technical University in Sweden and a Licentiate of Engineering degree in Innovation Engineering from Blekinge Technical University in Sweden. 

Director Innovation Lab US Hub at Volvo Group Connected Solutions 

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Jenny Elfsberg

Krista Glantschnig is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for SAP Training Cloud, as well as solution management and product marketing for the SAP Litmos Training solution.

 

Her career as a senior marketing professional across a range of industries has enabled her to successfully design, implement, and manage strategic marketing and creative engagement programs. She is passionate about engaging customers, creating excellence, and delivering a superior customer experience.

Head of GTM strategy, Solution Management, and Product Marketing

SAP Training Cloud

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Krista Glanschnig

Lene Schulze has spent the past 15 years in Silicon Valley working for and advising startups and corporates, connecting them into this unique innovation ecosystem. 

 

Today Lene is leading all US based activities for BLUETOWN, a global Internet provider, focusing on connecting the unconnected. Her responsibilities include building partnerships with some of the world’s largest tech companies and drive new, global revenue opportunities. 

 

Before joining BLUETOWN, Lene worked on creating a Silicon Valley innovation outpost for Monitor Deloitte Nordic. She joined Deloitte through an acquisition of the strategy consulting firm, 42 Associates, where she had been tasked with starting their US subsidiary. Lene started her career in Silicon Valley with the Danish government, co-founding their first Innovation Center abroad and through that built programs for startups including SCALEit and joined Nordic colleagues to initiate the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto. 

 

Lene also teaches a course on Silicon Valley, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at INSEEC U and she is on the board of the Scandinavian School and Cultural Center in San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two boys.

Head of US Operations and Business Development, BLUETOWN

Twitter: @lsjorslev

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Lene Sjorslev Schulze

Minna Holopainen is a communication professional with a varied career in business and academia. She currently leads corporate communication, marketing, and public relations as Vice President of Communication at a Silicon Valley cybersecurity company Axiado.

 

Holopainen’s experience working with various public and private organizations encompasses the United States, Central and South America, South Asia, and Finland since 2010. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from San José State University, CA, where she has taught since 2008 with a focus on the practical application of communication, leadership and diversity. She has also studied Speech Communication at University of Helsinki, Finland.

 

Holopainen is a frequent speaker in professional lectures, panels, and conferences on a variety of communication and diversity topics. Her work has earned multiple awards, e.g., “Pride of San José Award” (2013) by City of San José, and “Faculty Lecturer Award for achievements integrating meaningful service and academic learning in building community through service learning” (2015) by San José State University. Holopainen was named “The Most Influential Professor” by SJSU students in 2019.

Vice President of Communication at Axiado

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Minna Holopainen

Gro Dyrnes joined Innovation Norway San Francisco and Silicon Valley in August 2014. Her former position was SVP Corporate Staff and Support in Innovation Norway, based in Oslo. She has also had the role as regional director for Western Europe and the Nordics and It-director in the same company. Her first start-up experience was as a consultant for the Norwegian Trade Council in London, UK, and later as management for hire in a Norwegian tech company in the US. With a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business administration, and Universita Commericiale Luigi Bocconi, as well as a Psychology degree from the University of Oslo, she began her career as a consultant in Accenture. Gro currently holds positions at the boards of Visitnorway and Nordic Innovation House.

Regional Director Americas & Director Innovation Norway San Francisco & Silicon Valley

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Gro Eirin Dyrnes