Women in Tech
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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.
Päivi Järvenpää, Partnerships Lead at OP Lab, has a versatile background, combining multiple creative industries, such as gaming, cinema, music, performing arts, as well as education, event management, and financial services industry.
Self-proclaimed learnaholic, Päivi’s educational background is in several different fields. She holds the university degrees Master of Arts as well as Master of Science in International Business Management from the University of Oulu, and is finalizing her third university degree in classical singing and music pedagogy. She started her career as a freelancer offering language and culture services in several languages, but soon became an active contributor in building the startup community in the Oulu region. In her startup jobs, she learned about the art of pitching, raising funding and building digital products, as well as built her understanding about the music and gaming industries. One of her adventurous projects was to bring a Hollywood short action film with Prison Break stars Robert Knepper and Amaury Nolasco to be filmed in Oulu, Finland.
Besides her endeavors in business, Päivi has a strong artist side as a singer. Trained by the all-time Finnish opera legend Soile Isokoski, she has sung a number of major roles in opera, operetta and musical play productions in Oulu City Theatre, Oulu conservatory and elsewhere in the Oulu area. A recent highlight was combining her passions in an “Opera and banking” initiative in the Royal Theater of Madrid, organized by Nordic Finance Innovation and BBVA.
For the past three years, Päivi has taken a deep dive into corporate innovation management at OP Lab, where she has been instrumental in scaling an innovation lab of Finland’s largest financial services provider from 20 to 180 people. With an unbelievable series of over 50 new product launches, 10+ scaling businesses created, 18 prizes and awards, this period has enabled learning from the best and working with a dream team. Over the years, her roles have been ranging from product ownership to people and culture, events and partnerships. This journey has taught her a great deal about leadership, innovation and building a culture of success.
Mr Pesonen is the Director-General of Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2019.
Mr Pesonen has been previously working as Director-General for Communication at the European Commission and the Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Olli Rehn, who was in charge of the Economic and Monetary Affairs (2010-2014) and of the Enlargement (2004-2009). Earlier in his career, Mr Pesonen has worked as a Spokesperson to Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for Budget and Administration.
Before joining the European Institutions, Mr Pesonen has been the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Paavo Lipponen. Mr Pesonen has also served as a Counsellor in the Finnish Foreign Service.
Mr Pesonen has Masters in Social Sciences-International Politics, University of Tampere, Finland (1989). He has accomplished External Relations training course of the EU Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1992 – 1993) and "Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage" course at Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA (2008).
C.O.O, STRAUSS ENERGY LTD.
Charity is a vibrant young entrepreneur with a keen interest in the renewable energy and construction spaces. She is co-founder of Strauss Energy Ltd., an award-winning energy enterprise that seeks to alleviate energy poverty in Kenya and Africa at large.
Ms. Charity is a TechWomen Fellow, registered architect and project manager. She’s also alumni of Babson College’s Centre for Women Entrepreneurs. She indulges in the building and energy industry through reduction of poverty by affording everyone a solar powered roof that can also generate passive income for their home.
In 2018, Ms. Charity was listed in Forbes “Top 50 Women in Tech in the World” and awarded “African female tech entrepreneur” by the World Economic Forum in 2017. She was also nominated as “Business Woman of the Year” by the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in the same year. Ms. Charity was also one among 40 most influential women in Kenya under the 2016 Business Daily "Top40Under40".
Not one to shy away from a good challenge, and to maintain a healthy balance in life, she enjoys the outdoors and a good hiking challenge is always welcome. In addition, Ms. Charity mentors young women and women entrepreneurs who seek to take up challenging STEM careers that will aid in changing the world for the better.
Laura Kyllönen, Co-founder and CCO of Sulapac Ltd, received her Master’s degree in Biochemistry in 2010 and PhD in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials in 2013. She carried out her doctoral thesis in University of Tampere (Finland) working on medical biomaterials, cells and bone tissue engineering. Prior to university she completed Bachelor’s degree in Environmental engineering. During that time, she got interested in global environmental concerns and worked in nature conservation projects in Swansea (UK) and Nairobi (Kenya). Following her PhD Laura worked as researcher in Switzerland and Finland focusing on development of medical biomaterials. In 2016 she co-founded Sulapac with her colleague PhD Suvi Haimi with a mission to save our planet from the plastic waste. Laura was the key person in developing the first Sulapac material innovation and patent. She worked as CTO of Sulapac before maternity leave. Currently she works as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Sulapac. On her free time she enjoys hiking in the peace and solitude of Finnish forests.
Sulapac’s mission is to save our planet from plastic waste. Last year Sulapac was selected among top-100 hottest startups in Europe by WIRED. Sulapac has innovated a material which is safe by design, sustainable, recyclable and biodegrades fast without leaving microplastics behind. Plastic product manufacturers can use Sulapac recipes with their existing production lines. Material for mass producible and ocean-friendly straw was developed together with Stora Enso and will be available in summer 2019.
We believe in microplastic-free materials that can be digested by naturally occurring micro-organisms compared to microplastic releasing materials that remain in nature for hundreds of years. Sulapac products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability using premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen and is based in Helsinki, Finland.
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.
I lead Accenture Interactive in Finland and split my time between project delivery, thought leadership and client engagement and sales. In my role, I grow talent—and by growing talent, I help clients solve really wicked, complex business problems. I started my Accenture career nearly nine years ago as a business design lead with Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive, and have enjoyed every opportunity I’ve been offered since. I believe that being bold and curious to explore new clients, industries and countries and my ability to build diverse teams are the key ingredients in every step of my career. My ethos: my strong Karelian family roots, my always-ready ability to innovate, create and use the latest technologies and my hockey-mom side, who believes the best teams win and celebrate success together as one. Standing still means being left behind.
I believe in human potential. But I also believe that we have a lot to do in organizations to unleash it. One key element in achieving this includes inclusion and diversity. I coach organizations in human-centered business transformation and my background is in change strategy, culture change and storytelling. I hold a Master’s degree from Aalto University School of Business. As a curious personality I love to explore new topics and mix knowledge from different domains. For example, as a trained yoga teacher I apply my learnings from holistic wellbeing to the understanding of human experience in dealing with change.
I’m a 30-year-old Dane currently living in Helsinki. My daily work requires making technology meaningful to users and how we can create value for customers. I work with all our Nordic markets on a daily basis, so to manage I have to rely on hosting the partnership I’m responsible for, rather than micro-manage it. In practice it means enabling our markets to be locally self-driving and responsible, while I do my best to help them succeed. Besides the partnership I work with customer experience orchestration. This includes co-creating meaningful experiences with customers plus design and define how we make these come to life through data, technology and media. In my personal life my dog – a Shiba-Inu named Koopa – is keeping me busy. I often travel home to spend time with family and friends as well in Denmark.
Riina is a sales and service oriented innovator with a can-do-attitude. She wants to respect and treasure the earth by putting together technical innovations using IoT platforms and software solutions. Riina has background on software sales in several different software companies. Currently, she brings together technical solutions with added value. Riina is inspired by the leading industry companies that can show example by leading the environmental change. She believes, Finland is a laboratory in this change and paving the way for others. Riina is mother of three children
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Marjo Kankaanranta is the Shopping Centre Director at Sello Shopping Centre located in Espoo. Sello is one of the largest shopping centres in Finland, with a leasable area of over 100,000 m2 and more than 170 shops and service providers.
Marjo holds a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and has worked nearly 20 years in commercial real estate business, mainly in tasks related to Sello. Marjo, currently employed by Realidea Oy, has extensive experience in concept developing, retail leasing and project management. Her special strengths lie in understanding the overall functionality of shopping centres and in customer-oriented thinking. With her shopping centre team, Marjo aims to develop new ways of working utilizing new technologies and innovations – as Sello wants to be a forerunner among shopping centres in Finland for consumers, tenants, property owners and the surrounding community.
For over 10 years Veikka Pirhonen has developed and promoted technologies for sustainable development. At the moment, Pirhonen is managing an energy pilot project of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, coordinated by Siemens, where together with several stakeholders, a new ecosystem is created for infrastructure and energy systems.
Kaisu Christie is an accomplished business & technology leader and board member who loves to drive business growth and transformational change, empowered by people and technology. She has worked over 20+ years in Europe and Australia and has diverse and multi-cultural experience from small to global companies, across variety of industries including Banking & Insurance, Telecommunications, Energy & Utilities, Retail and Tourism. Kaisu is an innovative and dynamic leader who is passionate about people and has been involved in many companies driving improvements in culture and work practices. Currently she works at OP Financial Group as SVP Mortgages, Real Estate and Collateral looking after c. EUR 39 Billion mortgage portfolio and is one of the pioneers at OP who have been developing and implementing OP “Ketterä” – our enterprise agile culture and way of working model – at her tribe. Outside work she runs, cycles, studies and tries to keep up with her twin daughters.
Anna Laine is heading the talent, recruitment and employee experience function at OP Financial Group. She has extensive experience on business transformations in global corporations. Prior HR director roles she worked as Senior Management Consultant at Accenture. Her core competence is organizational and people development initiatives to support successful business change. Her current focus at OP is to co-create leadership and talent management practices that speed up the agile ways of working in order to gain sustainable benefits both for the business and employees.
Sari Heinonen works as Senior Vice President at OP Financial group, responsible for consumer customer segment including sales, marketing and R&D. Prior joining OP Group, Sari worked as CEO of a Spanish strategy consultancy company and as Head of Strategy ang business intelligence at DNA, a Finnish Telecom operator. Sari holds a PhD in Marketing and is also a board member of a Finnish Media company.
Sanna-Maria is Sweco’s technical safety expert, working on holistic safety management and risk assessments. She holds an M.Sc. in Automation Engineering and her career begun with functional safety in industry. Since joining Sweco in 2014, Sanna-Maria has focused on holistic safety management and understanding of technical safety from industry to urban environment in a wider perspective. Urban environment has become increasingly similar to industrial applications, as automation and digitalisation of the urban environment increases. Sanna-Maria also participates in international standardisation of technical safety and risk assessment and is developing practices to increase safety in the process industry.
Niina works as a life cycle specialist at Sweco. She has an M.Sc. in Power Plants & Combustion and another in HVAC Engineering. Her career begun in renewable energy solutions in buildings, and now focuses in energy efficiency and energy recycling solutions in larger developments and areas. She has been designing low temperature district heating networks around Finland and is passionate about utilization of waste heat from industrial processes and cooling systems. She believes the biggest potential in mitigating climate change is in smart urban planning: i.e. in Finland, buildings consume 40 % of total energy consumption and create 30 % of CO2 gasses. The greatest decisions are made during planning phase, thus focus on energy efficiency should be included in the projects already in early concept design phases.
Heini is Sweco’s Urban Insight ambassador and PR expert. Her ambition is on corporate social responsibility and technology-based solutions in sustainable development. She holds a Lic.Sc. in Industrial Environmental Engineering and an M.Sc. in Social Sciences. Development of built environment contains a great amount of possibilities to tackle climate change. Improvement of transportation and infrastructure, energy efficient living, energy transition and development of storages as well as innovative utilization of circular economy are the tools to conserve the planet for future generations, just to mention few. The technology already exists, so what is holding us back?
Anniina started her career in IT as a software developer but soon realized that data is the future. She is currently working as a Data Engineer at Solita and helps customers understand the value of data and how to utilize it. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Helsinki in the field of Computer Science, and in her studies she specialized in algorithms and machine learning.
Anniina is passionate about inspiring women to reach their potential in the industry and is an active organiser of hands-on workshops for women. She is also one of the founding members of the Finnish Ompeluseura -group LevelUp Koodarit. LevelUp Koodarit is a community for women who are both interested in coding and who already work in the ICT industry from level 0-100. The community organizes workshops and meetups and has achieved a lot already since its inception in May 2017; one being kick-starting the “Mimmit koodaa”- project in cooperation with Ohjelmistoyrittäjät, which has become a nation-wide phenomenon.
Laura leads the Digital Strategy, iX and Cognitive Process Transformation Consulting team at IBM Finland bringing together creative design, innovation through insight and deep expertise in digital transformation. She is specialized in leveraging data and analytics to identify and capture business value within traditional and new forms of business, including digital and mobile solutions.
Her background lies in in analytical competence and strategic experience, applied to a practical business context in industrial, financial service and health care markets.
Matti Ristimäki, DI ja KTK, on kasvuliiketoiminnan rakentamisen ammattilainen niin suuryrityksen sisällä kuin startup-maailmassa. Hän johtaa Tiedolla yksikköä, joka keskittyy datapohjaisten palveluiden kehittämiseen erityisesti terveydenhuollon, mutta myös muiden toimialojen tarpeisiin. Ennen Tietoa hän työskenteli 10 vuotta tamperelaisessa korkean teknologian konsernissa aloittaen harjoittelijana ja lopettaen liiketoiminnan kehitysjohtajana sekä johtoryhmän jäsenenä. Tänä aikana Matti käynnisti yhden täysin uuden liiketoiminnan sekä perusti joint venture -kasvuyrityksen erään pörssiyhtiön kanssa. Hänen erikoisosaamistaan on ajaa muutos läpi organisaatioissa ja saada pitkäjänteisellä esimerkkiä näyttävällä johtamistyylillään ympärillään olevat ihmiset myönteiseksi uudelle liiketoiminnalle. Hänen määrätietoisuutensa kumpuaa vaatimattomista olosuhteista, josta on raivannut tiensä askel kerrallaan kohti unelmaa.
Janina Backlund is the CMO for Microsoft Finland.
Janina is a people-centric and customer-oriented marketer, passionate about bridging technology and empathy. Janina has broad experience in different marketing positions from small startups to large international companies like Accenture. Janina believes in creating meaningful customer experiences with a deep understanding of the customer and by putting empathy at the core of every marketing interaction. Janina joined Microsoft in 2018 to lead marketing for Microsoft Finland.
Susanna is Research Manager at TEK (Academic Engineers & Architects in Finland). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in technology as well as improving tech workplaces. Susanna has 20+ years of experience in conducting various kinds of research projects. She holds a Master of Social Science degree from University of Helsinki and is completing her doctoral studies at Hanken School of Economics. Her doctoral research focuses on understanding the gender gap in technology and how the situation could be improved.
Karoliina has over 20 years long career in HR, finance & control and tax. Currently as Head of Talent Management HUB in Telia Company, she is building up a new international unit that aims for digitalization, agile ways of working and excellent employee experience.
Karoliina is passionate about future at work and curious to know what individuals - especially young people - are valuing in their work and life. As a leader, she believes in management by caring and modern tools that support employees to grow and be their own bosses.
Kia Tahvanainen is AI Lead in Telia Finland. She is constantly finding ways to apply and implement artificial intelligence and machine learning into the business processes. Her background is with information systems and robotic process automation, which has generated over 10 million € savings to Telia Finland during the last couple of years. Her goal at Telia is to make her co-worker's life more effective and meaningful and use innovations to create value to our customers and boost their business. She’s interested in new technologies but also people and change management. Finding new ways to solve business problems is her passion.
Miia Mökkälä has been working inside Telia over 9 years among versatile positions from sales to customer service and from business development to service design. One thing is common for all of those positions: Customer has always been the center of interest. In her current task Miia is responsible for building a holistic, user-centric customer experience for Telia Dot users. Telia Dot is the first totally digital mobile subscription in Finland which also helps users to have healthier relationship with digital devices by giving them tools to manage their digital wellbeing. Miia holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. She has also studied Design Management and Programming.
Joining Telia’s Division X in July 2017, Stephanie brings more than 22 years’ experience in telecoms, across Australasia, Americas, South East Asia and now Nordics and Baltics.
Division X’s mission is to spearhead the new generation telco, by innovating and scaling new businesses. Stephanie’s team works across Telia’s emerging businesses including Enterprise and Public IoT, Data Insights, Telia Sense smart car, Telia Smart Family, Digital content acceleration, Digital Health and xLabs innovation hub.
Prior to Telia, Stephanie has explored the world with Ericsson, and has always gravitated towards innovation and sustainability related opportunities, including launching Ericsson’s first multi-technology mobile application developers program, undertaking the first CO2 reduction assessments for mobile field-force applications, working with the first human rights impact assessment under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and going on to establish Ericsson’s Smart and Sustainable Cities business.
She has held a range of senior roles at Ericsson including Global Head of Marketing and Communications for Industry and Society, Global Head of Smart & Sustainable Cities, Regional VP for Marketing, Communications, Sustainability and Government Relations for South East Asia and Oceania, based in Singapore, and Global Business Manager Internet Partnering based in Silicon Valley.
Her board and advisory roles have included six years on the Board of Directors for Information City Australia an early stage investment company; the Spectrum Advisory Council for the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Australian Mobile Telecoms Association Policy and Strategy committee, Telia Ventures investment committee and Springworks AB a Swedish startup offering a connected car platform, and the Nordic AI Sustainability Center. In 2014, Stephanie was presented with the CMO Asia Women Leader Award for ICT development, in recognition of her contribution to Ericsson’s responsible entry to Myanmar.
A life mission of mine is to create things that help people express themselves better. One way I’m currently doing this is as a Product Design Lead at Zalando, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle. I want to help people, especially through cracking online personalization, creatively express themselves to the world through their fashion. Before Zalando, I worked for US startups Grooveshark (backed by Intel) and Moveline (backed by Techstars), and then I moved into the agency world designing for clients such as LG Electronics' Smart TV and Disney.
Lydia Lilja has extensive experience from the healthcare industry. She is passionate about technology and how the industry can leverage emerging technologies to improve the value delivered.
Lydia started her career as Product Manager in GE Healthcare Life Science. After that, she joined Boston Consulting Group where she led critical strategic projects and large operational improvement projects for Executive teams of some of the largest Medtech and Pharma companies, as well as Ministries of Health and policy makers around the world. She left after 7 years with BCG as a Principal. She is now back in the GE Healthcare family leading the award-winning Partners organization, helping healthcare payers and providers increase productivity leveraging new technologies, incl. Artificial Intelligence.
Lydia holds an M.Sc in Biotechnology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She was a finalist for the Future Female Leader Award 2011.
Anna Rysä is an experienced commercial leader within health tech, who thrives delivering results and is passionate about creating customer value. In 2014, she was appointed as County Sales Manager for GE Healthcare’s Life Care Solutions business in Finland and Estonia.
Anna first joined GE Healthcare 11 years ago and has since held various roles both in customer facing commercial teams (local/international) and upstream marketing teams (global). Prior to joining GE Healthcare, she was an Account Manager for Software Point, representing Clinical Laboratory and Biobanking Systems across Nordic countries. Anna started her career at Tampere University Hospital, implementing new technologies in hospital environment.
Anna holds M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology. She has also studied human-computer interaction at Lund University, Sweden, and Healthcare Administration at Tampere University.
Mrs Dr Reetta Kaila is at present Sales Manager for the product line LNG Fuel Gas Supply Systems (FGSS) at Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, Finland. She has been with Wärtsilä since 2010. Before taking the position in FGSS Sales in 2016, she has been acting as an Expert and Product Manager developing new technologies for fuel gas quality (methane number) improvement.
Prior entering the Maritime Industry Mrs Dr Kaila has worked for the Finnish Oil Refinery & Petrochemical Industry designing waste water treatment systems (Neste Jacobs) and developing biochemicals from Pulp and Paper Industry residues (VTT Research Centre).
Mrs Dr Kaila has graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2002 and has a Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering (2008) with a topic related to hydrogen production from diesel fuels for fuel cell applications. She has contributed to more than 20 papers in high-scored scientific journals along her academic career.
Pauliina is a Director of Security Programs and Awareness at CGI in Finland. Her 10-year career at CGI included a myriad of marketing roles until discovering a passion for cybersecurity and helping customers find ways to build a positive security culture.
She is currently leading two Security Awareness gamification programs that help people stay safe in the digital world. Cybersecurity related Escape Room is a transferable game container
that educates basic cybersecurity skills to employees and can be brought to people. Cybersecurity game for children is a free-of-charge mobile game for all elementary school children in Finland. The game is part of CGI’s social responsibility program this year and it is scheduled to be published in October.
Pauliina is a proud CGI ambassador, who inspires others and values the opportunity to share the CGI Dream.
Born in Finland in Ikaalinen, Lammi got her MSc degree in engineering at the technical university of Tampere. She speaks five languages. She joined ABB in 1997 and since then she held various management positions. Her motto was to ‘boldly take new challenges, perform well and deliver results’. Some of her previous positions are Operations Development Group’s Regional manager for EUA and Development Manager for Supply chain management ABB Oy, Motors.
Started her assignment as head of ABB’s Hungarian operations on September 1, 2016. Her focus in Budapest has been most of all on employee health and safety, as this is one of ABB’s core values. She and her team gave a boost to digitization and automation, reorganized corporate segments to be more customer-focused, and streamlined the structure into a leaner buildup. ABB has completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions (GEIS) into ABB Electrification Products division in 2018, and the integration process in Hungary is ongoing under her leadership. During her leadership ABB Kft. achieved growth in all business figures, contributed to popularizing sustainable business operation in Hungary, received the Business Superbrand award five times, and has been running a successful female mentor program for university engineering students.
In 2019, she became the first woman to win the “BBJ Expat CEO of the Year” award, recognizing her efforts in Hungary. She was elected to become Board member of the Swiss and American Chamber of Commerces and Surpervisory board member in Swedish chamber.
Promoting women’s leadership is one of her personal missions. She is an active member of several women’s associations, e.g. she is advisory member of Woman Business Angels.
Her personal favorite is YuMi robot and in general ABB’s robotic solutions. As she says: “Digitalization is the future of all businesses and is developing extremely rapidly”.
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, entrepreneurship, skills and education policy. Laura holds a Doctor of Science degree in Computational Physics.
Soili Mäkinen (M.Sc., Econ.) is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Digitalisation, at Cargotec Corporation. Ms Mäkinen is a member of the Cargotec Executive Board. She joined Cargotec in 2006, prior to which she was the CIO of MacGregor. She heads Cargotec's information management development and digitalisation strategy on corporate level.
As a market leader, it is our responsibility, at Cargotec, to lead the way in developing solutions and the industry. We work together with our customers in order to reduce the complexity of global cargo flow.
Our everyday life is constantly changing. Fast-paced societies are alive 24/7. This is reflected in how we organise our days, buy our goods, and do our jobs. Every single thing we use has come from somewhere. The materials the objects are made of, their components, the things themselves are transported to get to us. And we want them to arrive more conveniently and immediately.
Our job at Cargotec is to help businesses keep goods moving efficiently and safely by optimising cargo flows. Our customers are becoming more sensitive to how we use global resources, avoiding the waste of raw materials or energy. Value and growth are not built by increasing volume in today’s world, but with intelligent and sustainable solutions.
Through the work we do every day we will be the leader in intelligent cargo handling and enable smarter cargo flow for a better every day.
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.
Anni Harju is Head of Strategy (Horizons 2&3) at Futurice, a digital engineering and innovation consultancy with offices across five countries in Europe. Her background is in business but she has done her career in IT and design-related endeavours, with recent deep-dive into AI space. Before joining Futurice in 2014 she was working for Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds.
Rashmi Kasat has an Electronics Engineering degree from Mumbai, India, and an Executive MBA from Hanken Executive Education, Helsinki. She has worked in B2B sales, product development and digital leadership roles in product manufacturing and IT services for more than 18 years. As part of her leadership role with her previous employer, she led the Women at Capgemini Finland initiative. Today Rashmi leads Metso’s Digital garage and is responsible for new digital business development innovations. In this role experimenting with new technologies to create sustainable solutions for mineral processing and flow control customers is part of her job every day.
Johanna Newcomb has a Master of Science degree from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. She has worked in the process optimization and performance-based business for 15 years. The business she leads at Metso provides solutions to maximize the performance of mining processes through process optimization, Advanced Process Control, automation systems, measurements and instrumentation. Johanna’s career with Metso and its predecessor companies spans more than twenty years and includes performance business management as well as management positions for Advanced Process Control and industrial internet.
Kati is an energetic, innovative and inspirational coach and change leader, who is passionate about modern leadership and business agility.
Kati is a very experienced coach, leader and change agent. She initiated and led Nokia Networks agile transformation, which was the first large scale agile transformation in the world in telecom area. She has worked as an agile coach and trainer starting 2005. With over 25 years of experience in coaching leadership and development teams, Kati is an expert in facilitation and group dynamics. She is able to build high-performance teams and create and maintain trust.
She has led large product development organisations. In her role as Deputy Business Line Head of a large multi-site product development organisation she was responsible for organisational and leadership development as well as SW development processes and practices.
Paula is a growth minded developer and growth coach. She avoids using the title _Growth Hacker_, because growth is rather an outcome of punctual experimentation and creation process where different skills merge together, than a hack.
Growth engineering requires people with different skills and usually it also needs cultural change in organization. That’s is where the growth coaches are needed.
Growth Engineering has changed the way Paula thinks and works. Instead of creating best looking and feeling service at once and for all, she rather experiments things in small pieces and validates ideas first.
Meri Korhonen is Senior Principal Program Architect at Salesforce. Salesforce is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform for supercharging every part of your company that interacts with customers — including marketing, sales, commerce, service, and more.
Meri holds M.Sc. in Economics from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. Meri joined Salesforce over 7 years ago and since then she has helped Nordic companies transforming their businesses with strong focus on technology. During her career Meri has gained solid experience in digital design and digitalizing business in various industries from Telecommunications and Manufacturing to Banking and Insurance. During this journey she has developed strong insights on identifying and translating the business value to technology solutions that help businesses grow. She believes that the key success factor in any transformation program lies in introducing new ways of working to foster productivity, transparency, collaboration and customer insights. Modern technologies are here to improve the customer experience.