Women in Tech:
Week & Forum 2019
The next Women in Tech Week is taking place 7-11 October 2019. The whole week is dedicated to Women in Tech events and it culminates in Women in Tech Forum - an international one-day event held on the 11 October 2019 in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. This time, Women in Tech Forum is organised under the theme “Impact Our Future”.
Women in Tech Week happens 7-11 October 2019. Together with our partners, we organise a series of smaller events during the whole week.
The most anticipated event of the year is the Women in Tech Forum, which theme this year is “Impact Our Future”. On the 11th of October we will fill Finlandia Hall with women and men sharing a keen interest in the future of business and technology. We are beyond excited and honored to announce that Marissa Mayer will be one of our keynote speakers at the Women in Tech Forum 2019! Make sure to be there!
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.
Marissa Mayer is currently the cofounder of Lumi Labs, a technology studio focused on the intersection of consumer media and artificial intelligence. Previously, Marissa served as CEO & President of Yahoo. At Yahoo, she led a full-scale transformation of the company -- rejuvenating its culture, hiring more than 5,000 people, growing users to more than 1 billion people worldwide with over 600 million users on mobile, and transforming Yahoo’s business by introducing new advertising offerings for mobile, video, native, and social that quickly grew into a multi-billion dollar business. During her tenure, she also oversaw nearly 50 acquisitions, the creation of more than $40 billion of shareholder value, and the successful sale of Yahoo’s operating business to Verizon.
Prior to Yahoo, Marissa spent 13 years at Google, where she joined as the twentieth employee and first woman engineer. For more than a decade, she played an instrumental role leading the product management effort for Google Search as well as Google Maps, Google News, and other consumer products. Previously, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science, with a specialization in artificial intelligence.
Marissa is a member of board of directors of Walmart. She is also member board of trustees for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.
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.
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!