Inma Martinez

Venture Partner, A.I. and Data Scientist
Deep Science Ventures

Topic AI and impacts on businesses and sustainable industries tbc

Inma Martinez is Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, the UK’s first venture-builder for science-driven companies and an industry recognised A.I. and Data Scientist for having pioneered mobile personalisation services and other disruptive digital technologies. Fortune and TIME have defined Inma as one of the best European talents in human digital behaviour and FastCompany has labelled her a “firestarter” for her cutting edge work in innovation for the last 20 years. Inma works with big multinationals defining the integration of A.I. and Human Capital in the workplace, predicting customer behaviour to create customer experiences beyond 1:1 marketing, and defining the future of humans in smart cities. Inma is a technology advisor to both the UK and the European Union in matters such as Big Data, A.I. and data regulation.



Sabine Biesheuvel

Co-founder & managing director
Blue City Rotterdam area, Netherlands

Sabine Biesheuvel is an impact driven and business minded cultural anthropologist. Her  focus lies on the social and the economic dynamics driving sustainability and innovation. She previously worked as innovation consultant, advising larger corporates on innovation processes. Just before she became a social entrepreneur herself, she worked with Enviu, a Rotterdam based enterprise that starts social businesses. There she worked on a project concerning the business case behind large scale  ecosystem restoration and a project on social inclusion.

Ilkka Halava

CEO, CBC, Futurist, Foresight Coach
Prime Frontier Ltd and Future Works Ltd

Topic Roadmap to Next Level Systems

Ilkka Halava is Futurist, Foresight Coach and CEO of Prime Frontier Ltd and Future Works Ltd and Board Member of Helsinki Futures Specialists. He is a professional and luminous speaker, Finland’s most popular keynote speaker in 2018 with over 200 keynote speeches.  With socio-cultural and applied futures research tools he makes decision-making understandable in future evolution. He guides composers of new models, concepts and breakthroughs to find their own goals – and to achieve them. Extreme Business Makeover – No Box Required. Ilkka is a warm-hearted radical addicted to learning. He has true understanding of systems which, put together with his media mastery, allows him to drive development in society as much as in products, business and concepts.



Edward Blomstedt

CEO, entrepreneur

Topic tbc

Edward Blomstedt has an M.Sc. in Industrial Management and Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University). His passion is enabling a smarter revolution in manufacturing for a greener future. He was voted Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Finland 2010. What is the next Airbnb, the next Uber or Spotify? And who says it will be consumer related? According to Edward, finnish entrepreneur, supported by investors, industrialists and top politicians, the breakthrough will be in business to business. And the service is spelled ”AirFaas”. Edward is one of the founders of the company, a digital portal where you can upload the specifications of any product in the system and it will analyze, locate, budget, finance and implement the production of the product at the most competitive prize and in the most convenient format in a factory somewhere in the world. An Airbnb for factories. Edward also started the company Combi Works 2005, which works in the conservative industrial sector and is now revamping this with AirFaas. Combi Works has sales in Northern Europe and Uganda and production in addition to Finland in the Baltics, Russia, China and India.


Susanna Pirttikangas

Adj. prof, Senior Research Fellow
University of Oulu

Panelist, The digitalization challenge

Susanna Pirttikangas, D.Sc. (tech.), 2004, M.Sc. (math), 1998 leads several digitalization and data analytics projects for different industries at the University of Oulu. Dr. Pirttikangas made her postdoctoral visits to Waseda University, Japan (2005-2006), Tokyo Denki University, Japan (2008) and Tsinghua University, China (2011), doing research on methodology to de-noise, fuse, segment, and analyse real-time data streams with a focus on creating situation awareness for more informed and ethical decision making. She has worked as a business developer and as a data scientist for industry and consults companies on artificial intelligence maturity and application of AI in their business.

Päivi Laajala

Mayor of Oulu
City of Oulu

Opening of Industry Summit 2019

M.Sc. (Admin), Päivi Laajala, serves as Mayor of Oulu since 1.4.2017. During 2008 – 2017 she has served as Director-General, Head of The Department for Local Government Department, subsequently Regional Administration and Regional State Administrative Department at the Ministry of Finance. In the period 2005 – 2008 she has served as Deputy Mayor of City of Oulu. Prior to this, she has worked as Mayor of City of Kannus, Mayor of Kauhajoki Municipality and as Director of social- and welfare department in Pielavesi Municipality.

Thomas Festerling

CFO and co-founder
GreenTec Capital Partners

Topic Cleantech business potential in third countries

Thomas Festerling is CFO and co-founder of GreenTec Capital Partners, who brought his extensive financial and investment background to the company development of investment approach. Thomas is the company specialist for financing, investor relations and business planning.

In the middle of a successful career at Deutsche Bank (DB), Thomas decided to apply his wealth of financial expertise towards work with more direct impact. Familiar with the challenges in emerging markets through his family ties to Peru, he started by volunteering with several projects in Africa and Latin America. Experiencing that his abilities and knowledge could make a significant difference for companies and projects that wanted to grow in emerging markets, he decided to make it his full-time business. Thomas was the head of product management (International & Customized Funds) at DB’s Asset Management subsidiary and was promoted to director within 5 years, resulting in more than 13 years of financial experience and a comprehensive network in the financial industry.


Kaj Kostiander

Managing Director
Tornio Brewery and Distillery

Topic Brand Storytelling

Kaj Kostiander is an innovator and visionary with academic background. After 11 years helping regions and companies in development and innovation, he wanted to practice what he preached. He gathered a team who started Tornio Brewery and Distillery, a craft drinks manufacturing company in the arctic Lapland. Kaj has always been a fan of great stories. The long history of Tornio brewery was an excellent basis for branding based on storytelling. Exceptional stories combined with industry’s leading social media has made Tornio Brewery one of the most interesting start-ups in the Finnish drinks sector.

Olavi Raunio

SVP industrial sales and solutions
Adven Group Oy

Topic tbc

Olavi Raunio is an entrepreneur minded expert and business leader who has worked two decades in turning indusrtrial energy more sustainable and cost competitive through new technologies, concepts and business models.  
Olavi is employed by Adven that promises Advantage in energy for business people and planet through a build own operate business model in the Nordics and Baltics. Prior to Adven Olavi has worked  developing energy concepts and projects for forest industries at Pöyry, commercialized biomass gasification technology at Puhdas Energia, set up over sea trading of biomass business in the Baltic sea region and expertised in sustainability consulting at WSP.

Jukka Kantola

KaiCell Fibers Ltd

Panelist, The climate change challenge

Jukka Kantola has broad experience of the woody biomass related industries. He has held various executive positions in Europe and in Asia. Hence he has a profound comprehension of the challenges and opportunities of these economies. Jukka is widely networked in the bioeconomy sector and he has a good grasp of the new and emerging applications for the wood. He has established NC Partnering, a novel bio-consulting company focusing on the versatile valorisation of woody biomass for novel applications. Jukka is a great advocator for the bioeconomy and is tenaciouly facilitating novel and existing biomass applications. He and his company has played an active role to advocate bioeconomy in practice. They have been launching biorefineries and currently they are major operator for KaiCell Fibers venture. He is also a founder of World BioEconomy Forum. Jukka holds a Master of Science degree from the Aalto University, Helsinki.


Juha Miikkulainen

Development manager

Topic Fennovoima – part of the Solution

Juha Miikkulainen (M.Sc, Tech) started his career in the Finnish nuclear energy sector thirty years ago as a summer trainee in Olkiluoto. Then, as a project manager, he was in charge of various automation projects in TVO´s units OL1 and OL2, as well as reactor automation licensing in the Olkiluoto 3 project. In 2007 Juha joined the group of five professionals to start up Fennovoima company – a nuclear new-build project offering the partial solution how to tackle the climate change. In the beginning, he was acting as a regional manager in charge of communications and site selection activities. Since 2013, he has been working as regional development manager focusing on the Hanhikivi site development, industrial networking and stakeholder communications in Northern Finland.

Ross Wakelin

Research leader, Process- and Environmental Technology
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S.pd AG

Topic Organic waste treatment in Northern Norway – Demand for higher value products.

Ross Wakelin is a research manager for process and environmental technology at Northern Research Institute Narvik AS in Northern Norway. The research takes a multidisciplinary approach to a wide variety of industrial processes including minerals, organic waste and renewable energy. Challenges relating to cold climate and sparse population are also recurring themes. He has a PhD in Chemical & Process Engineering from Canterbury University, New Zealand and previously worked in research in pulp & paper industry in New Zealand and Norway.

Mattias Järvinen

Project manager
wpd AG

Topic tbc

Mattias Järvinen is an experienced professional in renewable energy and environmental permitting procedures. Prior to joining the world leading wind power development company wpd AG, he has hold leading positions at the environmental sector in several of Finland’s largest energy, infra and environmental consulting companies, such as Ramboll Ltd and Finnish Consulting Group Ltd. Mattias has over ten years of experience on wind power development and twenty years from the environmental sector.

Jussi Harvela

TactoTek Group

Topic tbc

Jussi Harvela brings over 25 years of global high technology business leadership experience to his role at TactoTek. He led Finnish origin and US-based Solid Information Technology from early stage technology development and positioned it for acquisition by IBM; in addition, he has contributed to many successful companies as a CEO, investor, board chairman/member, and advisor. Jussi earned his master’s degree in software engineering, international marketing, and business strategy from the Helsinki University of Technology. He also has BA in music. Jussi is a keen sailor, and enjoys hunting, fishing and cooking. He has a passion for developing the Finnish high tech economy and influences promotional, educational and technology transfer programs, such as Slush, StartUp Sauna, TEKES TULI and VTT Ventures Advisory, and participates in bridging those programs across global markets

Sami Heikkilä

Business Banking Region Head

Topic Green bond

Sami Heikkilä is a finance professional with extensive experience from both business development and financing of investments and growth. He has had several positions in Nordea Bank during last 20 years. His current position includes North and Ostrobothnia business banking area and he is also member of the Nordea Finland business banking steering committee. He has experience from business sector as a board member of industrial and service companies. He is an acting chairman of the growth company board in the Oulu Chamber of Commerce.


Laura Juvonen

Executive Director, Growth and Renewal
Technology Industries of Finland

Topic Circular Economy business models for manufacturing industries

Laura Juvonen is driven by technologies solving global challenges and the future of learning. She has worked in the public-private interface in fields ranging from advanced materials and computational engineering to sustainable growth. At Technology Industries of Finland, she leads activities building growth and renewal, including initiatives in artificial intelligence, circular economy and future capabilities. Laura holds a Doctor of Science degree in Computational Physics.


Jukka Pitkäjärvi

Ferrovan Oy

Topic tbc

Jukka Pitkäjärvi (M.Sc., MAusIMM) has over 30 years experience for exploration and mining business. He has worked over 20 years at the Outokumpu Group mines and projets in Finland, Australia, Canada and Russia before joining in Talvivaara Plc in 2007. In 2012 he started in a position of a Project Manager and was appointed Managing Director in 2014. Since January 2018 he holds a position of the CEO of Ferrovan Oy.

Marko Yli-Pietilä

Head of Smart Operations
Stora Enso

Topic tbc

Marko Yli-Pietilä is an experienced Digital Transformation professional. Prior to joining Stora Enso, he has hold international positions for example in Nokia and Teradata, which are leaders in their respective industries of Telecommunications and Advanced Analytics. He has also worked with renewable materials companies and their digitalization related development programs for years as a Consultant. Marko holds a Licentiate of Technology post-graduate degree and he is also a certified vocational teacher.


Janne Peljo

Project director, Climate solutions

Topic tbc

Janne Peljo is a project director in the Climate solutions focus area at Sitra. The focus area identifies and analyses climate solutions and measures for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in an economically efficient way. Janne specialises in identifying and interpreting megatrends related to energy and climate from the point of view of the economy and society. In particular, he examines solutions for climate change mitigation and how to use these to not only reduce emissions but also to create sustainable economic growth. He was educated at the Aalto University School of Business and graduated with a MSc (Econ & BusAdmin) degree, majoring in finance. He also holds the CEMS MIM degree focusing on international business and strategy from Aalto University and HEC Paris. Janne believes that in 2030 people will remember parking spaces and coal-fuelled power stations in the same way as they do personal doctor’s appointments or appointments with a customer advisor at the bank: as inefficient wastes of resources, for which there is fortunately very rarely any need now – if any at all.