The JIBS Board of Advisors consists of external members, representing both academia and business. The Board of Advisors is assigned to provide perspective and advice to the leadership team, by engaging in constructive dialogue and monitoring the school’s continuous progress with regards to long-term ambitions as well as shorter-term goals.

Ulrich Hommel

Chairman of the Board

Professor, EBS Business School

Professor of Finance, holding the Chair of Corporate Finance and Higher Education Finance at EBS Business School. Senior advisor Professional Development Services, EFMD. Co-funder of XOLAS, consultancy firm focused on strategic development of business schools and universities.

Petter Björkebäck

CEO and founder of Village

Former People and Culture leader at INTER IKEA Group

Experienced purpose-driven leader and HR professional. During his time at IKEA, Petter was responsible for leading the people, culture, and competence agenda for IKEA’s business area “Textiles, Social Entrepreneurship and Collections”, dedicated to driving business transformation by means of organizational, leadership, and team development. In 2023, he chose to move on and founded his own business, Village.

Frida Boklund

Regional Manager at Företagarna

Företagarna is the Swedish Federation of Business Owners. It is the largest business organization in Sweden representing the interests of around 60,000 business owners. It is an independent, nonpartisan organization owned by its members. Företagarna has 18 regional offices and 250 local associations and meeting places in Sweden.

Lovisa Hamrin

Managing Director at Herenco Group

The Herenco Group is a family owned holding company based in the Jönköping Region. The Group works within five areas and has a total of 61 companies and 1,624 employees. The Group’s yearly turnover is approx. 350 Million Euro. The areas within the Herenco Group are diverse: Media and News, Metal and Plastics manufacturing, Industrial Packaging, Real Estate as well as sustainable management of small and medium sized companies.

Thomas Hartwig


Co-founder and former CTO at King, the online game creator made famous by games such as Candy crush and Farm Heroes saga. Engaged in multiple start-ups, active as investor and business angel, e.g. through investment company Sweet Capital.

Anders Malmberg

Professor of Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Anders served as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University 2012-2020 and is currently the chair of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and a board member (vice chair) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His main research focus is on industrial dynamics and local and regional economic development.

Pramodita Sharma

Professor, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont

Family business scholar, holding the Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. Also visiting professor at the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises (Kellogg School of Management) and Senior Research Fellow at the Thomas Schmidheiny Center for Family Enterprise (Indian School of Business). Track record of leadership and advisory roles in academia and professional associations.

Friederike Welter

Professor, University of Siegen and Institut für Mittelstandsforschung

Head of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) in Bonn and professor of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Siegen. Her focus is applied research on small business and entrepreneurship. Member of policy-related advisory boards for federal as well as state ministries and international bodies in Germany. President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2007-2009. Member of Academia Europaea.