Digitalization and technological transformation
Dr. Silvija Seres is an academic techie with a past in corporate leadership, a present in entrepreneurial investment, and a future in large-scale digital transformation processes in public and private sector.
Silvija Seres is an investor and developer of technologies and companies. Her background is from research and education within software, where she did a PhD in algorithm optimization at Oxford University, programming at Alta Vista, and leadership at Fast Search and Transfer and Microsoft. Silvia has served on more than 30 major boards in private and public sector, and her current directorships include the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and the Oslo Stock Exchange. She has recently developed the most popular technology podcast in Norway, and is passionate about lifelong learning in practice, now.
Silvija currently works as an independent advisor, investor and board member. Silvija now serves as a Board Director of Nordea Bank AB, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Syncron International AB, Academedia AB and Enoro Holding AS. She also serves as a Member of the Corporate Assembly and Election Committee at Telenor ASA. Previous board directorships include Statkraft, Norwegian Lottery, Aschehoug, Opera Software, Dagbladet Medialab, Making Waves, Data Respons, ProfDoc, NetConnect, GeoKnowledge, Integrasco, Norman, Camo, Kezzler, Buypass, Eidsiva Vekst, Electronic Chart Centre, The North Alliance, The Performance Group and Norwegian Technology Council.
In terms of operational roles, Silvija has previously worked as the Director of Business Management at Microsoft, and as Vice President of Product Marketing at Fast Search & Transfer ASA. She now works as a partner in a private investment company TechnoRocks, focusing on active ownership in technology, media and telecommunications companies.
Silvija holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Oxford University, MSc in Information Technology from University of Oslo and an M.B.A. From INSEAD. She has worked as a Professor in Saudi Arabia at Dar al Hekma Univeristy and as a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and at DEC SRC in Silicon Valley.
Silvija Seres won the 2017 ODA prize, as the most influential woman in IT in Norway
Lectures with Silvija:
The fourth industrial revolution and the future of work
The fourth industrial revolution changes how we work and who we are. The exponential development in digital infrastructure affects all other technologies in the same exponential manner, so that sensors, robotics, virtual reality, transportation and energy technologies and biology, medicine, materials science and blockchain all merge into a dizzying cocktail of solutions for the future. They do not only provide new efficiencies. They also transform business and society. These three changes (efficiencies, business transformation and social transformation) are felt ever more strongly in all value chains. Silvija explores their consequences and strategies for constructive futures.
The business and politics of data
The fourth industrial revolution is based on a cyber-digital cocktail of technologies, where the physical, biological, financial, social and legal worlds converge on a common platform and a common basic ingredient: data. The five most valuable companies in the world today all come from software, and their basic business model is to improve efficiencies in all value chains and all industries based on the data they amass. The way we deal with data will challenge and change not only our work and our capital, but also our societies and our humanity. We will discuss how to best meet this change from a perspective of leadership and law.