What happened in 2018?

Invitation — Application opened from August to October.

Selection — End of October: 48 students found out that they were selected as participants of ASAP's sustainability leadership training 2018!

Education — Beginning of November: Participants boarded the SJ train to Stockholm for a 5-day sustainability boot camp. There they met their three teammates for the first time, and our amazing partners! Scania, Samsung and Nordea hosted one day each, on-site, and together the 48 driven students plunged into the transport, finance, and tech industry. There were skills training, dinners, mingle, and late nights. The students were eager to learn, to be challenged, and to share! It was an intense boot camp training program, for both sustainability thinking and interpersonal skills!

Ideation — Two weeks in November: The teams got introduced to the case challenge back in Stockholm: “How can each partner accelerate efforts to achieve the Global Goals, using their core competencies and resources?” Now it was time for some creative problem solving for each separate team! Like life itself, it went up and down, but they remained in high spirits and improved their multidisciplinary and virtual collaboration.

Celebration — End of November: Back in Stockholm for a weekend, the teams fine-tuned their solutions and presentations to make them pitch-perfect. In the semi-finals one team per partner qualified to the main event, and the final pitches were made in front of the audience and jury on the eve of the Gala. The winning team presented the idea “Scania Mundus — the clean fleet”, but all participants were celebrated as heroes with a dinner and ceremony!

Jury 2018

ASAP is both a boot camp and a case challenge. The participants work in teams to come up with ideas on how each partner can accelerate efforts to achieve the Global Goals using their core competencies and resources. We invited an amazing jury to decide which teams presented the most impactful solutions, and demonstrated the most potential as sustainability leaders.

All members of the jury are also amazing role models and it’s worth getting to know them better! Check out their introductions and follow #ASAP2030 to get live updates about the project!

Ragnar Unge

Managing Director, Ecolabelling Sweden

What is best about ASAP?
Coming generations need sustainability in their veins and we are all responsible for supporting them in changing how we live, work and do business. ASAP let’s us contribute and build a platform for future leaders.

What makes a sustainability leader?
A sustainability leader is aware of how we need to live and act within a sustainable framework.

Ishtar Touailat

Head of innovation, Tieto

What is best about ASAP?
I believe in “learning by doing” and ASAP is a great platform for talented students. I am excited about the multidisciplinary approach and how the students are encouraged to challenge industries to focus on positive impact!

What makes a sustainability leader?
Value-driven leadership.

Mattias Goldmann

Managing Director, Fores

What is best about ASAP?
I am in a hurry to reap the benefits of changing into a sustainable, smart and efficient world before everyone else has already done it. With ASAP I expect to be simply blown away by creative solutions to challenges most of us have barely identified yet. Game on!

What makes a sustainability leader?
Eager to move full speed ahead into tomorrow’s world.

Mia Crawford

Coordinator 2030 Agenda, Department of Global Agenda, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

What is best about ASAP?
Learning by doing - young professionals getting hands on experiences of solving sustainability challenges.

What makes a sustainability leader?
Think outside the box and connect the dots.

Johan Kuylenstierna

Adjunct professor at Stockholm university and vice chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council

What is best about ASAP?
We cannot afford a generation lost in climate anxiety; we need to focus on all the amazing opportunities and encourage the next generation of leaders to take control of their own future.

What makes a sustainability leader?
Strong focus on opportunities and solutions.

Janna Jarlman

Investment Analyst, Norrsken Foundation

What is best about ASAP?
We need positive change agents in both big companies and small impact ventures and ASAP is a great way of making sure we have those change agents in all layers of society.

What makes a sustainability leader?
Courage!

Ishtar Touailat

I believe in “learning by doing” and ASAP is a great platform for talented students.

Participants 2018

We are really proud to present 48 students from all over Sweden and from many different academic disciplines. Even though they are a diverse group, they have one thing in common - they are future sustainability leaders! They participated in ASAP 2018 and went through an intense boot camp to strengthen their abilities and to accelerate sustainable development. In the end, they competed in a case challenge with ideas that have potential to make meaningful impacts in our partners’ industries.

Get to know the participants from last year and follow #ASAP2030 to learn more about their experiences and results!

Judith Frempomaa

Lund University, Law

I am passionate about supply chains and how to combat human rights violations within them.

Cristian Pons-Seres de Brauwer

Lund University, Sustainability Science

My passion lies in decarbonising energy systems based on energy citizenship, economic opportunity and carbon-neutrality.

Lode van der Velde

Stockholms University, Geography

My sustainability passion lies with health related issues and the way personal wellbeing is the driver for all change.

Sofia Jonsson

University of Warsaw, Psychology

I am excited about the idea of connecting people by raising interdisciplinary awareness of pro-environmental behaviour!

Lovisa Göransson Ording

Örebro University, Business Administration & Informatics

I am passionate about responsible consumption and food challenges by interfacing knowledge and technology.

Romane Boyer

Malmö University, Global Politics

I am passionnated about the challenge of establishing a global management of resources on a circular model.