Innovations are not created by science alone, culture prods them into existence.

In 2019, Brilliant Minds convened the modern purveyors of young, fresh culture, who are shaping generations with their raw openness and authentic voices, together with the experienced, established, long-term business leaders in a concert of purposeful thought leadership and impact.

Our aim at Brilliant Minds is fostering collaborative creativity. Bringing diverse sets of people together at the intersection of humanity and technology is the only way to innovate our future.

This was the resounding theme shared across all of our speakers, from President Barack Obama, Secretary John Kerry and Gwyneth Paltrow to Offset, Naomi Campbell, Evan Spiegel and our rising entrepreneurs from Volta and 29K along with undiscovered music artists like Mopiano and SVEA. We are optimistic that we can solve global challenges together!

Great thought leadership and great art cannot be produced unless our minds are free- unencumbered by prejudice, apathy or fear. The free mind has access to all knowledge and curiosity, and can be truly “fluxible”.

Our speakers this year helped us understand the mind and how to free it to reach new levels of awareness, fluidity and innovation. They showed us how to curate timeless creativity, transformation, and use empathy to leverage great ideas. As a community and foundation, we are ignited to continue the movement all year and showcase our new levels of “FQ” at Brilliant Minds 2020!


Our 2019 speakers are iconic, timeless modern-day transformers. We will engage creators, CEO’s and entrepreneurs across generations within the sub-theme of ‘sustainability in mind, body, soul and society’, to identify the “flux ideas” of the future- ideas that will flow through sectors and time to ensure progress and prosperity. We will bring together experience and disruption, the old and the new, in symbiotic dialogue and debate.

Speaker President Barack Obama – We are thrilled to welcome President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, to Brilliant Minds 2019!

Speaker Dr. Ali Parsa – Dr Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He’s the founder and CEO of Babylon, the revolutionary artificial intelligence and digital health company.

Speaker Anand Kumar Rajasekharan – Amferia is a Swedish med-tech company with a vision to fight the global problem of antibiotic resistance through efficient preventive care.

Speaker Professor Anders Ynnerman – Anders Ynnerman is professor at Linköping University and director of the Norrköping Visualization Center C.

Speaker Baran bo Odar & Jantje Friese – Graduates of the University of Television and Film Munich, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar have been working together since Odar’s debut directing The Silence.

Speaker Barry Diller – Barry Diller is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and the Chairman and Senior Executive of Expedia Group.

Speaker Beata Wickbom – Beata Wickbom’s business card reads ”Digital Innovation Guru”. She has been a pioneer in advocating and exploring the opportunities with digital media.

Speaker Beatrice Eli – Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer

Speaker Björn Block – Head of IKEA smart

Speaker Bodil Eriksson – CEO of Volvo Car Mobility

Speaker Carl Lindberg – Co-founder of Sigmastocks

Speaker Charlotte Sundåker & Linda Waxin – Founders of Ownershift

Speaker Cristina Stenbeck – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zalando

Speaker Darnell Strom – Partner, United Talent Agency

Speaker Dawn Ostroff – Chief Content Officer at Spotify

Speaker Diane von Furstenberg – Fashion Designer

Speaker Dr. Mouna Esmaeilzadeh – Doctor, Neuroscientist and TV-personality

Speaker Edward Enninful – Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue

Speaker Emilia de Poret – Co-founder of Säker Stil

Speaker Erik Fernholm – Co-founder and CEO of 29k

Speaker Evan Spiegel – Co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc

Speaker Forest Whitaker – Founder and CEO of WPDI

Speaker Furhat – Robot at Furhat Robotics

Speaker Gary Vaynerchuk – Chariman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia

Speaker Greta Thunberg – Climate Activist

Speaker Gwyneth Paltrow – Actor and Founder of goop.

Speaker Haisam Mohammed – Co-founder and CEO of BRONS

Speaker Hans Vestberg – CEO of Verizon Communications

Speaker Hartmut Neven – Engineering Director at Google

Speaker Hedda Hövel – Student

Speaker Isha Sesay – Award-Winning Journalist

Speaker Jason Hardi – Founder and CEO of Muzik

Speaker Joanna Coles – Executive Producer of The Bold Type

Speaker Joel Kinnaman – Actor and Entrepreneur

Speaker Jonah Peretti – Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed

Speaker Juliet de Baubigny – General Partner at Bond

Speaker Karl-Henrik Sundström – CEO of Stora Enso

Speaker Malin Stenberg – Uterus receiver

Speaker Mats Brännström MD, PhD – Chairman Department of Obsterics & Gynecology

Speaker Naomi Campbell – Supermodel, Activist and Cultural Innovator

Speaker Natalia Brzezinski – CEO of Brilliant Minds Foundation

Speaker Nicole Avant – U.S. Ambassador to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, 2009-2011

Speaker Offset – Rapper and Songwriter

Speaker Othman Laraki – CEO of Color

Speaker Ozwald Boateng – Fashion designer

Speaker Patrick Spence – CEO of Sonos

Speaker Peter Read – Partner at Vitruvian

Speaker Robert Falck – Founder and CEO of Einride

Speaker Ruth Rogers – Chef Owner of The River Cafe, London

Speaker Sal Slaiby – CEO of SAL&CO/Maverick and XO Records

Speaker Sara Öhrvall – Digital development, sustainability and communications at SEB

Speaker Secretary John Kerry – 68th United States Secretary of State (2013-2017)

Speaker Shari E Redstone – Vice Chair of CBS and Viacom

Speaker Silvana Imam – Artist and CEO at Naturkraft

Speaker Srishti Gupta, MD – Catalyzer

Speaker Suad Ali – Resettlement expert – Swedish Migration Agency

Speaker Ted Sarandos – Chief Content Officer at Netflix

Speaker Theaster Gates – Artist

Speaker Therese Mannheimer – Co-founder och CEO of Grace Health

Speaker Tomer Shalit – Founder and CEO of ClimateView

Speaker Unn Swanström – UX Designer at Doberman

Speaker Vas Narasimhan M.D – CEO of Novartis

Speaker Viktoryia Khromchanka – Co-founder and COO of Gigital

Speaker Åsa Tamsons – Senior Vice President at Ericsson


One of our principle goals is to be a platform for young, rising talents from Sweden to the world. We are proud to feature some of the edgiest, most talented and outspoken breaking stars!

Artist GRANT – Swedish artist GRANT debuted late 2017 with the single ’aterline’ and released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘In Bloom’ in June 2018.

Artist JUNG – Taking inspiration from artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen to One Republic and Bon Iver, JUNG creates something modern with a perfect harmony that only two brothers can achieve.

Artist Mopiano – As a 22-year-old rising artist, Swedish musician Mopiano writes and produces all of his own work. He takes DIY seriously.

Artist Paul Rey – There are only a few people who, as 26 years old, have experienced the milestones that Paul Rey has experienced.

Artist Rhys – In one year, 20-year old Rhys went from talented but unknown to 50 million streams on Spotify, getting nominated at music awards and having the most played Swedish song on National radio P3 during 2017.

Artist Seinabo Sey – Seinabo Sey is a critically acclaimed and four times Grammy Award winning songstress.

Artist SVEA – Rising pop-R&B star SVEA (Svea Kågemark) is recognized as the artist of a new generation. She started writing songs in late 2017 and six months later, her debut single was released on her high school graduation day.