Watch the panel discussion

March 5th 2021

The creative and cultural industries in Stockholm have been growing significantly during recent years and even during the pandemic. Despite closed borders and isolation, certain sectors are growing. At the same time, many companies have been hit hard the past year and have enormous challenges coming in the future. On March 12, we discussed strategies how to attract, retain and develop creative talent, that are key to success. The discussion was hosted by our House Director Jenny Björk.

In collaboration with Stockholms Stad.

The Panel

Patrick Hamilton Walsh

Patrick Hamilton Walsh is an award-winning author and keynote speaker.  Currently serving as Head of Talent for the City of Stockholm, advising on European pandemic response leadership, global talent mobility and working to provide solutions to global megatrends.  

He is currently finalising his forthcoming book, "Talent Cities: Talent mobility during the age of digitisation and pandemic."

Patrick spends his spare time backpacking, having travelled to 140 countries across the seven continents building relationships with people of all backgrounds, faith and outlook.

Henna Keränen

Henna Keränen is working at Sting, the leading accelerator in the Nordics’ where she is responsible for Sting’s strategic partnerships and the startup community. She is an active person within the Nordic startup community and got recently selected as a Nordic Ecosystem Hero of the Year at Nordic Startup Awards. Henna comes from Helsinki Finland and before joining Sting, she worked at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra as a Specialist in Future of Work and Sustainable Economy.

Sara Herrlin

Sara Herrlin is a music industry professional with a global network, having been based in Asia, the Middle East and the UK during her career in the music industry, including seven years as Head of International at EMI and Virgin Intl. After returning to Sweden she has made it her mission to build bridges between the traditional music industry and the start-up world, initiating and founding the Nordic Music Tech company including the STHLM Music City community.

STHLM Music City is a movement and community bringing together two dynamic industries; music and tech. The new music industry is being shaped by disruptive innovations and Sweden is leading the way into this exciting new era. ”Our Vision is a new healthier Music Industry for Creators.”

Sara also sits on several Advisory Boards and mentor programmes eg WeWork Labs, ALMA and SUP46, in the vibrant start-up community as well as acts as a jury member for Stockholm City’s Innovation Award; Creative Industries.