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Dr. Aki Hintsa (born 1958 in Finland), a Specialist in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, and the Founder of Hintsa Performance. For a number of years during the 1990’s Dr. Hintsa lived in Africa, working as a missionary doctor. During this time, the building blocks for the Hintsa philosophy were created, and he came to a conclusion that success derives from holistic wellbeing.

In 1998, Hintsa began to work in the world of Formula 1, eventually becoming physician and Chief Medical Officer for the McLaren team; a position he held for 11 years. Formula 1´s fast-paced environment provided the ideal context for Hintsa to put his ideas to the ultimate test. In parallel, Dr. Hintsa began to assemble a world-class team, to develop and scale his methods, which eventually led to the birth of Hintsa Performance; one of the key factors behind the success of numerous F1 Champions, Olympic medalist and corporate executives.

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Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko started as the President of Marimekko, the leading Nordic fashion and design house renowned for its bold prints and colours, in April 2015. As the President, Tiina chairs the publicly listed company’s Management Board and leads the implementation of its strategy. Today, there are some 145 Marimekko stores around the world, with the company’s key markets in Northern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014, the brand sales of Marimekko products worldwide amounted to approximately USD 205 million and the company’s net sales were about USD 103 million.

Prior to her current role at Marimekko, Tiina held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) since August 2014. As the COO, she operationally headed and developed Marimekko’s business system from design’s drawing board to the custoomer. Since 2011, Tiina has also led the company’s Marketing Communications and Public Relations. Her career in this fast internationalizing creative company began nearly 10 years ago in International PR.

Tiina has a Master of Science in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics, a CEMS Master in International Management from Groupe HEC Paris and Helsinki School of Economics, and she has done further studies at Harvard and IMD Business Schools. She frequents as a guest lecturer in topics of International Marketing and Brand Management, as well as Internationalization Strategy. Tiina also actively participates in academic and professional panels, competitions and organizations in various countries.

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Bruce Oreck served as the United States Ambassador to Finland from 2009 until 2015. During that time, he also served as the Chairman of the State Department’s League of Green Embassies and in that capacity achieved the first LEED® Platinum embassy building anywhere in the world.

Prior to his work at the State Department, Ambassador Oreck practiced law specializing in business and taxation and represented many of the top 100 companies in America. In addition, he served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Oreck Corporation, the floorcare and consumer products company. Ambassador Oreck is the author of several tax treatises and has been a public speaker for over 20 years – addressing topics as diverse as creativity, envisioning the future, entrepreneurship and marketing.

Ambassador Oreck obtained his Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University and his Masters of Law (Taxation) from New York University.

Currently Ambassador Oreck is an Executive in Residence at Aalto University in Helsinki focusing on business and entrepreneurship. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of USGBC, the largest and most influential high performance building and urban redesign organization in the world.

Jussi Pyörre, CTO and Co-founder of Eniram

Eniram is the leading provider of energy management technology and analytics services to the shipping industry. We help our customers both onboard the vessels as well as onshore make data-driven decisions to save fuel consumption, reduce emissions and increase profitability. Eniram’s solutions are used by shipping companies on over 250 ships of the largest container liners, LNG vessels, and cruise ships in the world. With 80 employees today, Eniram is headquartered in Finland and has subsidiaries in the UK, the USA, Germany and Singapore.

As one of the founders of Eniram, Jussi has been responsible for the technology of Eniram, building the development and product management activities from a start-up to the leading maritime analytics and energy management company. Jussi’s achievements in building the world-class technology company have been awarded by the title of CTO of the Year in 2015 by Technology Academy Finland.

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Hans-Peter Siefen, CEO and Co-founder of Nordic Business Forum

Hans-Peter is one of the two founders of Nordic Business Forum and Nordic Business Group. Nordic Business Forum organizes one of Europe’s greatest business conferences with 5700 business executives gathering to Helsinki each year from over 30 different countries. Nordic Business Forum has also a newly launched sister event in Stockholm. Nordic Business Group has a total annual turnover of roughly 11M€.

Hans-Peter began his career as an entrepreneur in 2003, at the age of 19. He had never imagined becoming an entrepreneur, in fact it was the last thing he thought he would do. Then a co-worker sparked an interest in entrepreneurship, and Hans-Peter was swept off his feet by the enthusiasm. New business opportunities inflamed the spark, and so Hans-Peter applied for a business ID.

In the same year, Hans-Peter came across his first business coaching session. The event in May 2003 at Helsingin Kulttuuritalo was pivotal: the event was professionally organized, the presentations were full of useful knowledge and given by inspiring speakers, and there was plenty of opportunities for networking. In 2004, after a year of active self-development, Hans-Peter wrote his main goal on paper. It said: “I want to start a business in coaching and self-development”.

Before founding the Nordic Business Forum and Nordic Business Group, Hans-Peter worked as an investment broker, leading an office in Jyväskylä and Tampere. In April 2013 JCI Finland awarded Hans-Peter with the Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in the category of business and economics.

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Chris Thür, CEO and Co-founder of Yousician

Founded in late 2010, Yousician is today the largest and fastest growing music educator in the world with over 25 million users worldwide. Our mission is to make musicality as common as literacy. Using cutting edge audio signal processing, games, real musical instruments and a lot of re-thinking and overcoming the limitations of traditional music education. Yousician makes it fun, easy and motivating to learn to play an instrument, currently available for Guitar, Electric guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Piano.

In 2012, Yousician was chosen the hottest start-up in Finland (WIRED magazine), and Yousician apps have won over 30 international awards and prizes (SXSW, Launch.edu, European best learning game,…). Yousician was one of the Winners of Start-up sauna Spring 2011, so Chris is both a Startup Sauna coach and alumni. The team raised a $1.5M seed round from Silicon Valley based True Ventures and has since built a profitable business with a team of over 30 people in Helsinki, Tampere in Finland and in Sydney Australia.

Prior to Yousician, Chris was working as a Laser researcher and was a guitar and piano dropout. Chris holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Switzerland and a M.Sc. in Industrial Management from Finland. When not working, Chris spends his time hiking, kayaking, climbing, cycling, cooking vegetarian food and reading about technology and society. And yeah, playing the piano of course!

 

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Aki Soudunsaari, CEO and founder of Naturvention

NaturVention is the global leader in biological air purification. Smart greenwalls control microbes through code to create healthy indoor air, everywhere. NaturVention is one of the fastest growing startups in Finland and it has been selected as one of the future health trends by Forbes. With over 40 people team they are now expanding in Scandinavia.

The air we breathe is the next global health trend. The air we breathe affects our health and performance. Healthy air should be a human right. Our smart green walls are nature’s own intervention against our fast paced urban lives. We make people feel and perform better by combining nature and technology.

NaturVention Founder & CEO Aki is a health-related serial entrepreneur with a global mindset. His mission is to improve your health, performance and happiness. He is powered by action-oriented people and doing good. He is an obsessive learner with a multidisciplinary background, eg. MSc in Sport & Health, PhD dropout in Entrepreneurship. He was born under the Northern Lights. He has been nominated as PWC’s Most Valuable Entrepreneur 2015 & Young Academic Entrepreneur 2014 candidates. His entrepreneurial story has also been featured in Taivas + Helvetti 2015 book.

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Pekka Peura, Math and Science Teacher and Education Developer

Pekka Peura has been teaching math and science at Martinlaakso Upper Secondary School since 2007. Peura is also highly active in developing the learning culture in Finland and he has gained following awards for his work: Mensa Finland Award 2013, LUMA-actor of the Year 2014 and Campus Awards 2015.

Peura is also educating teachers around the Finland about how to use different methods in teaching and learning. Past two years Peura’s methods are aroused interest around the world and many teachers and film groups have been visiting Peura’s classroom from different countries.

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Pauli Ohukainen, Post-doctoral researcher and a science blogger

Pauli Ohukainen is the author of a popular Finnish blog, Tervettä skeptisyyttä (‘Healthy skepticism’). It focuses on critical thinking, scientific skepticism and rationality from the perspective of evidence-based health and fitness. Pauli is a passionate advocate of using scientific literacy and unbiased rational thinking as a basis for informed opinions and decisions. He also believes these skills can be learned by anyone regardless of age, education or other background.

Pauli practices what he preaches. He has a PhD in molecular biology of cardiovascular disease and currently works as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Oulu. He is also a strenght- and endurance-training enthusiast.