Women in Tech
The rest of the programme of the Forum will be confirmed later. We have already fixed some amazing speakers. Here's some taste of what's coming!
Speakers of the Forum
André Noël Chaker
André Noël Chaker, was voted Speaker of the Year 2012 by the customers of Speakers Forum Finland and again Speaker, Moderator and Coach of the year at the Finnish Evento Awards 2014. In 2016, he was voted Moderator of the Year by the customers of Speakers Forum. Some of the reasons for his elections are his exceptional mastery of both English and Finnish (his 5th language) and his unique ability to perform both as a world-class inspirational speaker and a highly versatile moderator and host.
He has hosted the Nordic Business Forum, one of the world’s premier business events, on four occasions. He has hosted many of Finland’s premier events with the past three Presidents of the Republic of Finland, the King of Sweden and some of the top business and political leaders in the world including Jack Welch, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Collins. Over the past four years he has been the most sold speaker and moderator in Finland with appearances in over 400 national and international events.
André is a speaker, a writer, a performer, an entrepreneur and a business executive all rolled into one person. He is a law graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He also holds an MBA in Finance from Aalto University, Finland.
André has published six books and one of his latest ones, The Finnish Miracle, has become a best-seller in Finland. He has recently published a book called “Santa’s Dream”, which is about teaching children and adults how to make dreams come true. He has also recorded a number of hit songs and performed on national television as a singer, panelist and host. As an entrepreneur, André has been a leading force in many technology, gaming and sports related start-up ventures. He served as Director of Entertainment and Senior Advisor of the CEO of the Finnish National Lottery, Veikkaus Oy for nine years.
Elina Björklund was appointed as the CEO of Reima Oy in 2012. Reima is the leading Nordic functional kids wear brand currently owned by Riverside, the US based private equity investor.
Prior to joining Reima, Elina was Partner and Director of Management Consultancy B&B Advisors in Shanghai, China. Prior to this her working history included executive roles in companies Fiskars Plc and Iittala Group. She started her career in banking and held a position of Chief equity analyst and Deputy Managing Director of Merita Securities (currently Nordea) between 1996-1999.
Elina has had several positions of trust throughout her career including Marimekko Plc and Finnair Plc.
She holds a M.Sc (Economics) from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. She has also attended the MBA Finance Programme at the City University Business School in London and studied in International Design Business Management pro –programme at the Aalto University in Helsinki.
Risto Siilasmaa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia. Under his tenure Nokia has successfully transformed from a mobile phone manufacturer to a leading communication technology company. Risto Siilasmaa is the founder of F-Secure Corporation and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also an active contributor in many European and Asian industry associations and public debate. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and the Vice Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). He is also a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), the Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board at Tsinghua University and the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing.
Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta
Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta has been working at the European Space Agency since 1991 and she is currently Chief Diversity Officer. During her career at ESA, she held several positions, including elaboration of high-level strategy, formulation of policies, international relations, strategic analysis, relations with Member States, network with Think Tanks. She has supported the creation of the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna. She participated to the formulation of the first ESA Exploration programme, worked as coordinator of Science and Human Spaceflight activities and had the responsibility as Executive Secretary of the Science and Technology Advisory Group on Exploration in charge of selecting experiments for exploration missions, including ExoMars.
She spent four years at the ESA Washington Office in charge of relations with NASA and US stakeholders, and was Member of the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace US. Currently she is member of the Standard Ethics Rating Committee. She holds a Degree in Physics, with specialization in Astrophysics and has a further education in Economics. During her studies she has been awarded with Amelia Earhart Fellowship in recognition of distinctive merit in Astrophysics studies and with the Academia dei Lincei Fellowship, for outstanding Italian students in Physics.
Scarpetta wrote a high number of articles on science and space for the general public and participated to events and TEDx talks on the Universe, as strong believer in the power of inspiration and transformation that science can have on people and in particular on the young generations.
Jessica Öberg started at Saab as a local software developer and are now, 20 years later, managing a global operation with business, products and services that are well in line with Saab vision “It’s a human right to feel safe”. The portfolio includes integrated communication solutions on the global defence market but also control room solutions for public safety agencies worldwide. Even though Jessica graduated as an engineer, it was not an obvious choice for her, but her curiosity, drive and courage has been useful characteristics in her career.
Jessica is also engaged in Saab corporate social responsibility to promote education and an early interest in technology, a commitment for children through elementary school to Saab’s technical high school.
To make business out of technical innovations that keep people safe and to use a team’s full potential is what makes my works so interesting and great fun!
Dr Heli Antila, Chief Technology Officer, Fortum Oyj since June, 2012.
Heli received her Dr in Control Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Finland in 1997. She has been working in energy sector management consulting for 15 years.
She has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Fortum Oyj since June 2012. At Fortum, her main tasks are to capture and develop technology to enable business opportunities that adhere to Fortum’s vision of a solar economy. Thus, the future technologies her work focuses on are all carbon-free and mostly renewables as well as flexible energy systems and advanced customer solutions.
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has nominated Heli Antila as ambassador for clean energy.
Petteri Walldén holds a M.Sc. (DIEM.) from Helsinki University of Technology. He has extensive experience in several companies as a CEO, for example Sako, Nokia Cables, Ensto and Onninen.
He has been member of the Board in over 20 companies, both listed and private. Today he is Chair of Nokian Tyres Plc., Componenta Plc., Savonlinna Operafestival, deputy Chair in Tikkurila Plc. and Board Member in few other companies. He is also regularly giving lectures in Tampere University of Technology in Operations Strategy course. He is known since 1980´s from encouraging and coaching ladies to business responsibilities.
Tutu Wegelius-Lehtonen leads the Facility Services of Lassila & Tikanoja. In this role, she is responsible for a €300M business focusing on Cleaning and Support Services, Property Maintenance, Maintenance of Technical Systems and Renovation Services. She has the licentiate in technology in the field of logistics and construction management from Helsinki University of Technology. Prior to her career at Lassila & Tikanoja, Tutu has worked in leading positions in major Finnish companies such as Hartwall and YIT. Tutu executes her duties with passion and leads her team in a very supportive manner. One of Tutu's goals at L&T, is to utilize and bring little bit digitalization into all facility services.
Annu Nieminen is an engineer, entrepreneur and inpatient action woman. She's passionate about creating better and updated ways to quantify value creation of companies, and is currently building her new company around the topic. Previously she worked as management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and as CEO at Kasvuryhmä, a community of 200 Finnish mid-sized companies aiming at ambitious growth.
Laura Heikkurinen has 20+ years of expertise from leading transformation change programs at Accenture. Laura holds a Master of Science degree from Helsinki University of Technology in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management. During her time at Accenture Laura has been one of the agents driving the leadership culture change at Accenture. Laura is passionate about leadership and making change happen in practice as well as studying the impact we as leaders make to the everyone around us. One of the things that keep Laura going to is follow the digital revolution around her by exploring new gadgets that her early adopter husband introduces to their home.
Anni Hallila is an HR professional with 10+ years of experience from variety of different HR functions. Anni holds a Master of Science in Economics. Currently Anni works at Accenture as the Nordic Human Capital and Diversity lead, leading a team of specialists focused on leadership, culture and talent development. Wild ideas, deep discussions, fun and smart colleagues and fast pace is something that keeps Anni going at work. Change fascinates her – whether seeing it in her new garden when transforming a pile of dirt into something beautiful and flowering or at work supporting individuals to grow, spurring people into action or seeing culture forming each day.
Terhi is responsible for Central Government clients in CGI Finland. Together with her team their goal is to help governmental clients to innovate and deliver digital government services. Terhi is excited to be a part of Finnish government’s digital transformation initiatives. Terhi has an MBA in Digital Technology Management from Helsinki School of Economics.
Ulla is responsible for running the operations, implementing business strategies and supporting the needs of the business and over 3,200 members in CGI Finland.
Ulla is also leading the Sustainable Solutions Business in CGI and responsible for the company's corporate responsibility. Previously, she has been involved in several consulting, development and research projects related to sustainable development and environmental management. Ulla has a PhD in environmental engineering.
Maija Jokela leads the project management division at Sweco. Maija has a long history at Sweco, as she has been working in several constructions contracting projects, both infrastructure and buildings. Furthermore, she has been in the Finland’s first alliance project – developing new, participative methods for project execution. Maija encourages not only people at Sweco but also within the whole building trade to work in an open, collaborative manner. She also promotes active, open-minded and unprejudiced attitude and performance. Maija holds a Master of Science degree on technology.
Kaisa Narvio has a strong expertise in user participative designing at Sweco. Her special field is social and health sector, where the user participation and end users’ knowledge plays the key role, when designing functionally demanding spaces for healthcare. Indeed, Kaisa is a nurse by training and that combined with several years of experience on building trade gives her advantage to truly engage the different interest groups. As a project manager, Kaisa utilizes diverse methods to participate the end users, hear their perspectives and gather their needs – after all the projects will develop to be their future living environment or working place. Kaisa has been a major contributor in developing Cave, the virtual co-working spaces at Sweco.
Bertel Karlstedt leads Valmet's Pulp and Energy Business Line since February 2015. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of Nordkalk Corporation between 2006 and 2015 and a member of the Rettig Group management team between 2010 and 2015. Bertel Karlstedt was the Executive Vice President of Metso Paper in 2005, the President and CEO of Metso Paper between 2003 and 2005, President of Paper Making Lines of Valmet-Rauma Corporation and Metso Paper between 1999-2003, Business Unit Executive for Pulp Drying Machines unit at Valmet 1996-1999, Product Manager, Air Dryers at Valmet Paper Machinery between 1992 and 1996, and Senior Research and Development Engineer at Valmet Paper Machinery between 1991-1992. Bertel Karlstedt worked as Sales and Applications Engineer and as Research and Development Engineer at Valmet Paper Machinery between 1990 and 1991 and between 1988 and 1989. Bertel Karlstedt holds a Master of Science degree in Thermodynamics.
Julia Macharey leads Valmet’s Human Resources. She was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Metso Pulp, Paper and Power from 2012 to 2013. Julia Macharey was the Vice President of Human Resources of Pöyry Plc’s Industry Business Group between 2007 and 2012. Prior to that, she was the Senior Manager of Business HR of Nokia Corporation’s Manufacturing Solutions between 2006 and 2007 and the Senior Manager of Business HR of Nokia Corporation’s Sourcing and Procurement between 2004 and 2006. Julia Macharey served as HR Manager of Team-based work systems at SCA Hygiene Products Ltd between 2002 and 2004, HR Manager at SCA Hygiene Products GmbH between 2001 and 2002 and HR Trainee at SCA Hygiene Products GmbH between 2000 and 2001. Julia Macharey holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Communication.
M.Sc. (Forest Economics) and B.Sc (Engineering)
Juha Stenberg started as a Business Director in Ensto's Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions on March, 2015. Today he is holding a position of President of Ensto Solutions business unit. Prior to Ensto, Juha has worked in different industries, such as energy, telecommunication, consumer services and energy efficiency.
Juha sees that Ensto is operating in multiple and evolving industries, which are deforming by a global digitalization, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, for example. Successful business is enabled by utilizing all the industrial development and by offering the best service experience to customers.
His leisure time and in weekends Juha is exercising in a diverse range of sports, and he loves to cook excellent food to his family.
Certified Customer Experience Professional, LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator, M. Sc. (Political Sciences & Journalism)
Sirte Pihlaja is the CEO of Shirute, the first customer experience agency in Finland. She is also heading the activities of the global Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) in Finland, and one of the Association’s Founding Members.
Sirte is an internationally known CX expert, coach, designer and strategist with over 20 years of experience in advising large corporations and brands in industries varying across banking & insurance, hotel & travel, fashion, gaming, home & interior, health & wellness, media, public sector, retail and telecom. At Shirute, she helps clients through creative solutions in customer experience management, research and experience design, CX culture, data analytics, voice of customer, and delivering solutions through omnichannel service design.
Sirte is known for translating customer understanding to concrete actions and results in a fast and cost-efficient way. She has acted as Business Manager, Board Member, Lead Strategist and Service Design Lead at Accenture, Tieto and Fjord for nearly 20 years and worked before that as a journalist in international media. Sirte (M.Sc.) has been studying journalism, political sciences and computer science and graduated from the University of Helsinki, Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto University), Sorbonne and Swedish School of Social Science. She has strong language skills, working in Finnish, French, English and Swedish.
Hanna Uusitalo joined KONE in 2008. As the environmental director, she is responsible for developing both the short and the long-term environmental strategies for KONE’s solutions, services and operations. She also drives the company’s environmental excellence strategy. An important milestone on KONE’s journey toward environmental excellence is the 70 percent reduction in the energy consumption of new elevators between 2008-2012.
Hanna is KONE’s liaison delegate for the World Business Council for sustainable development. She is also a member of the Board of Directors in World Alliance of Low Carbon City and Smart & Clean Foundation.
Hanna Uusitalo has a degree in environmental engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and she has a M.Sc. degree in environmental science and technology from the University of Jyväskylä.
Eeva-Liisa Inkeroinen (Master of Laws) has worked at the Technology Industries of Finland (Industrial Relations) since 2012 and as Executive Vice President since 1.1.2016.
Eeva-Liisa has earlier worked at the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK for several years in several positions. She is a board member e.g. at the Finnish Center for Pensions and Elo (Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company) and member of administrative council at The Education Fund.
Eeva-Liisa is a trailblazer in Finland– she has been in many high positions as a first woman.
Dr. Janne Tienari is a Professor of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics and the director of Hanken research institute on Gender, Organization, Diversity, Equality and Social Sustainability in Transnational Times.
His main research focus lies on strategy work, organisational change and gender research. He has also authored several books for a popular audience. His recent books are on management and the future, strategy work, and management and appearances.
Linda is a recent master's graduate in Information Networks (Aalto University), with her multidisciplinary academic background spanning from software design and future forecasting to hands-on case studies such as lean service creation and sustainable entrepreneurship. Working as a Service Designer at Wärtsilä, her main goal is to disseminate awareness of user-centred design principles, participatory design and, frankly, sharing unfinished work to validate whether what we create is actually valuable to users. In addition, her fascination for critical and speculative design has made her contemplate how challenging the current technological, social and cultural paradigms could occur in the workplace.
Jenni Lukander is a senior executive lawyer with 18 years of experience of corporate advisory. She is responsible for litigation and competition law matters at Nokia globally. She reports to Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer and she is a member of Nokia’s Legal and Compliance leadership team. Nokia’s Legal and Compliance organization employs over 300 legal professionals.
Jenni joined the Nokia Group in 2007 and she has experienced Nokia under the leadership of three different CEOs. During Nokia’s transformation from a mobile phones company to a world-leading networks provider, Nokia’s legal organization played a pivotal role in negotiating and executing the various transactions needed for the change. Jenni was part of the core team and responsible for securing competition law clearances from governments for the consecutive transactions carried out by Nokia starting in 2013 (the acquisition of the Siemens’ shares of Nokia Siemens Networks in 2013, the divestment of Mobile Devices and Services Business to Microsoft in 2014, the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in 2015, and the divestment of the mapping business HERE to a German automotive consortium in 2015).
During her employment at Nokia, Jenni has been in charge for litigation, competition law, data privacy, trade compliance, and general regulatory matters. She has extensive experience of protecting intellectual property in the high-tech industry and she has been involved many high-profile patent disputes. Most recently, she was responsible for Nokia’s patent litigation against Apple.
Jenni has been ranked among top 35 world’s leading in-house antitrust counsels by Global Competition Review (2014) and among top 100 women in antitrust by Global Competition Review (2013).
Prior to joining Nokia, Jenni practiced as an attorney at the Nordic law firm Roschier Ltd. Jenni holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Sirpa Ikola is the Head of Marketing for Schneider Electric Finland Oy. She joined Schneider Electric in 2016, and is responsible for planning and executing integrated marketing campaigns and building the Schneider Electric brand in Finland. With her marketing team, she aims to implement best-in-class digital marketing capabilities, improve customer experience and enable Schneider Electric to meet customer needs throughout their purchase journey.
Interactive Panel participants:
- Pia Tavenius, Head of Digital Customer Experience and E-Commerce
- Maija Vanttaja, Director Industry Sales
- Maaret Mickelsson, Director Field Services Sales
- Katri Heikkilä, VP Sales Excellence and Efficiency
Mirva Antila’s career has focused on sales, sales leadership and business development in several business units at IBM Finland, Sweden and Nordic. Interesting and versatile tasks have kept Mirva in the company for over 20 years. She has been able to observe the development of IT industry from a front row seat.
Mirva is passionate about equality, diversity and increasing the appreciation and professionalization of sales. As a leader, she believes that trust in people and their capabilities will lead to success. Mirva likes to speak about digitalization and cognitive business, especially their role in the transformation of healthcare sector.
Laura Juvonen is driven by technologies solving global challenges and the future of learning. She has worked at the public-private interface in fields ranging from advanced materials and sustainable growth to computational engineering. At Technology Industries of Finland, she is responsible for growth and renewal. She is also Managing Director of Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. Laura holds a Doctor of Science degree in Computational Physics.