Scandinavian MIND Talks at CIFF 2023 — full schedule
In collaboration with Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Scandinavian MIND and editor-in-chief Konrad Olsson will host a series of talks on technology’s influence on fashion, beauty, and retail.
25 Jan 2023

Between February 1 — 3, Scandinavian MIND is hosting daily live panels and live interviews at CIFF (Copenhagen International Fashion Fair) 2023. The talks circle around the need for transformation and new technologies in the fashion, beauty, and retail industries. All talks will be hosted and moderated by Konrad Olsson, editor-in-chief at Scandinavian MIND.

Each day will focus on one industry, and the talks are divided into three themes called Retail Tech Talks, Beauty Innovation, and Transformation Talks.

Wednesday, February 1

The Retail Tech Talks will shine a light on how new technologies can help solve fashion retail, how to bridge the communication divide between brands and retailers, and what new EU legislations will mean for brands.

How new technologies can help solve fashion retail

Introduction interview: Viktoria Lindqvist, CEO and founder, Impulso
Jens Hamborg Koefoed, CEO and founder, Vocast
Rasmus Stærk Just, Corporate Manager of Environment and Social Compliance, DK Company

How to bridge the divide between brands and retailers

Live interview with Vanessa Leporati, Chairwoman, Trade Partners Sweden & Stockholm Fashion District, and Thomas Kosstad, Founder, Teko Trading

A new policy for fashion — how branding and production will be shaped by the ecological crisis

Fireside chat with Frederik Larsen, co-founder, In Futurum

Thursday, 2 February

The Beauty Innovation Talks will feature discussions on how technologies can lift beauty brands, the 5 most significant trends in beauty tech 2023, and how to be a responsible beauty brand in 2023.

How technologies can lift beauty brands

Suzan Schlag, CEO, L’Oréal Nordics

The state of Beauty Innovation

A keynote highlighting the 5 biggest trends in beauty tech 2023. Launch of The State of Beauty Innovation Report by Scandinavian MIND.
Johan Magnusson, Senior Editor, Scandinavian MIND.

14.00—14.20 Case study
How science can innovate beauty products

Lars Fredriksson, Founder, Verso Skincare

15.00—15.20 Panel talk
How to be a responsible beauty brand in 2023

Jasmi Bonnén, Founder, Nuori
Martin Lyne, Co-founder, Woods Copenhagen
Mats Johansson, Founder, L.a Bruket

Friday, February 3

The Transformation Talks will evolve around how to use creativity to address our challenges, and why the Nordics are leading in textile innovation. A keynote called The NXT Sustainable Consumer — how brands can thrive in a time of transition will also be held.

10.00—10.20 Panel talk
How to use creativity to address our challenges

Rolf Ekroth, Founder, Rolf Ekroth
Ervin Latimer, Founder, Latimmier

12.00—12.20 Keynote
The NXT Sustainable Consumer — how brands can thrive in a time of transition

Fredrik Ekström, Founder, Above the Clouds

14.00—14.20 Panel
How the Nordics are leading in textile innovations

Marika Ollaranta, Business Finland
Olli Kähkönen, Nordic Bioproducts Group
Jarkko Havas, Spinnova



Co-founder, In futurum

Frederik Larsen (PhD), is the co-founder of In futurum, a Copenhagen-based consultancy. In futurum advises leading Scandinavian fashion and lifestyle brands on sustainability and social justice, and creates strategies rooted in a research-based approach and a deep understanding of strategic business processes and communication. Frederik has published original research on sustainability, fashion and culture, and engages in public speaking on sustainability, social justice, culture and new business approaches.


Co-founder, VOCAST

Jens Hamborg Koefoed is a Danish journalist and co-founder of the Brand Sharing Platform VOCAST. VOCAST serves the purpose to support fashion, design and lifestyle clients in sharing their stories with the world in the midst of a fragmented and saturated digital landscape. His current focus is finding great people for VOCAST’s growing team and opening new markets.


Founder, NUORI

Finnish-born Jasmi Bonnén started her own skincare business NUORI in 2013, where she now combines her passion for beauty, science and branding. Prior to NUORI, Jasmi graduated with a M.Sc. in Economics in 2000, with experience from McKinsey & Company as a pharmaceutical and fashion advisor, L’Oréal as Marketing Manager with responsibility for skincare, body care, hair care and colour cosmetics, and more. 


Founder, Rolf Ekroth

Rolf Ekroth is a Finnish designer who studied social work and became a professional poker player before finding an interest in fashion in his late 20s. He was one of the finalists at the Hyeres Festival in 2016. Prior to this, he won the 2015 Designer’s Nest Award, which showcases and supports innovative Nordic fashion graduates. Ekroth started his own label in 2019.


Senior Editor, Scandinavian MIND

Johan Magnusson is the Senior Digital Editor and Beauty Expert at Scandinavian MIND, constantly in search of the next big ingredients, formulations, and innovations within beauty — and the new technologies that might transform the industry as we know it.


Head of Decarbonizing Industries, Business of Finland

Marika Ollaranta works as Head of Decarbonization of Industry sectors at Business Finland. Business Finland offers innovation funding and internationalization services for Finnish companies. The focus of Marika’s activities is to accelerate Finnish green transition solutions for the textile industry to cooperate with international brands and textile manufacturing companies. Marika has previously worked in international positions, e.g. in marketing, strategy and business development.


Corporate Manager of Environment and Social Compliance, DK Company

Rasmus is the Corporate Manager of Environment and Social Compliance at Danish fashion supplier DK Company. DK Company is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of fashion and lifestyle brands. His past experience as corporate social responsibility coordinator at JBS textile has also equipped him with experience in textile innovation. 


Co-founder, Woods Copenhagen

Martin Lyne is the CEO and co-founder of the international conglomerate Lyne & Lindberg Group together with partner and husband, Jannick Lindberg. Lyne & Lindberg Group composes eight international brands in total, including woods_copenhagen, the Scandinavian-leading modeling agency Le Management, the two jewellery brands RAGBAG and LIÉ, and more. Martin is involved in all areas of the business from brand identity, product development, and strategy to our brands’ visual expression.


Senior Business Advisor, Above the Clouds

Fredrik is a future-focused brand consultant and senior business advisor, specialising in sustainable lifestyle brands. He has over 17 years of work experience working with brand activations, insights and development. His company Above The Clouds works with projects ranging from Samsung mobile experience, eco-crypto strategies, sustainable gaming, sustainable fashion retailers and outdoor brands.


Founder, Teko Trading

Thomas Kosstad is the founder of fashion distributor Teko Trading. Teko Trading has more than two decades of experience and runs a showroom in central Oslo, and covers the whole Scandinavian market with approximately 150 doors in the high-end and medium high-end market. Teko Trading works with brands like Jacob Cohen, Lardini, Paul & Shark, MooRER, and Varsity Headwear. 


Head of Concept, Spinnova

Jarkko Havas is the Head of Concept at Spinnova. Based in Finland, Spinnova has developed a breakthrough technology for making textile fibre out of wood or waste, without harmful chemicals. Jarkko’s role in Spinnova focuses on developing the product concept, and go-to-market strategy and implementation for Spinnova’s existing and future products.


CEO, L’oréal Nordics HUB

Suzan joined L´Oréal in January 2015. She started as Managing Director of the Consumer Products Division in Austria, and after that Suzan spent almost five years as Managing Director for the L’Oréal Professional Products Division first for Germany and then for Austria and Germany. Suzan Schlag studied economics at the University of Siegen and began her business career in 2003. After twelve years of professional experience at Mars, among others before joining L’Oréal, Suzan has an extensive background in FMCG, sales and marketing.


CEO and Founder, Verso

Since 2013, Lars Fredriksson is the CEO and founder of Swedish beauty brand Verso, which makes skincare products that centre around the ­lynchpin ingredient of Retinol 8. Fredriksson’s experience in the skincare industry runs roughly 30 years deep, working at Natumin Pharma, United Care Scandinavia, and Adderma prior to Verso.


CEO, Nordic Bioproducts Group

Olli Kähkönen (M.Sc Econ), is co-founder, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of Nordic Bioproducts Group(NBG), a Espoo based Aalto University spinout working in a field of Bio- & Circular economy. One of the innovations NBG has made is a novel scalable methodology to produce textile fibres from lignocellulosic materials without using toxic, harmful or complex chemicals.


Founder and CEO, L:a Bruket

Mats Johansson runs the Swedish beauty brand L:a Bruket with his wife Monica Kylen. Johansson is an experienced owner with a demonstrated history of concept development and management within fashion, shoes, design, and skincare. Specialist skills include e-commerce, retail, advertising, sales, and entrepreneurship.


Creative Director & CEO, Latimmier

Ervin is the founder and creative director of Helsinki-based ready-to-wear label Latimmier. Alongside his multifaceted work in the fields of design and culture in Finland, Latimer also writes and lectures on the intersections of fashion, masculinity, queerness, and anti-racism.


Chairwoman, Trade Partners Sweden and Stockholm Fashion District

Vanessa Leporate is a lecturer, coach, and moderator with over 30 years of experience in sales, customer service, leadership and collaboration. She is also the chairwoman of the board of Trade Partners Sweden and Stockholm Fashion District.

— We are particularly thrilled to start a collaboration with Scandinavian MIND for our big 60th edition and 30th anniversary. CIFF is all about partnering with others who have a strong presence, creating stories, and understanding how to innovate fashion, beauty, tech, and lifestyle all at once — that is exactly what Scandinavian MIND is capable of doing, and we are curious, excited, and eager to see what they will produce during the fair, says Sofie Dolva, Director at CIFF.

How can it inspire CIFF’s visitors in their own businesses?

— I think we all feel responsible for what problems are in the fashion and beauty industries, whether you are a brand, a buyer, a member of the press, or just a consumer.  This is a good thing! We can only address these challenges if we work together. I hope our talks can inspire us to do just that, explains Konrad Olsson, editor-in-chief of Scandinavian MIND and moderator.

About Scandinavian MIND
Scandinavian MIND is a magazine and a platform covering the intersection of lifestyle and technology. Through our daily online reporting, weekly newsletters, podcasts, conferences, reports and print magazines, we regularly cover new technologies and innovations within fashion, beauty, design, mobility, food, gaming, and more.

About Konrad Olsson
Konrad Olsson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Scandinavian MIND. Konrad is one of Scandinavia’s most experienced magazine editors in fashion and design, as well as an established public speaker, moderator, and podcaster. He regularly advises companies and organisations on brand strategy, communication, and digital transformation.