European Conference 2016 – Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome You to enjoy outstanding internationally succeeded Keynote speakers from Finland.

Note that EC2016 keynote speaker program is free of charge and the maximum capicity of participants is 450. No registration needed for JCI members!


10:15-10:25 Risto E.J. Penttilä, CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce

10:30-11:30 Aki Hintsa, Keynote speaker – #healt&care

11:45-12:45 Bruce Oreck, Keynote speaker – #enviroment&business

FRIDAY June 17

09:00-10:00 Peter Vesterbacka, Keynote speaker #enviroment&business

10:30-11:30 Marianne Vikkula, Keynote speaker #enviroment&business

11:45-12:45 Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, Keynote speaker #enviroment&business


Dr. Aki Hintsa


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.


Bruce James Oreck

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.


Rovio Entertainment Ltd. – Peter Vesterbacka


Rovio, known for Andry Birds, is the leading mobile entertainment brand in the world. With hundreds of millions of active monthly users it offers brands innovative advertising solutions at scale.

Finnish Rovio has grown alongside Angry Birds, and the multifaceted entertainment house currently employs about 700 professionals from 40 different nationalities across its offices around the world.

Just one month before our ‪#‎jciec2016‬ next year, a new Angry Birds movie will be launched in the cinemas around the world:

Did you know that in Tampere you can also go to Angry Birds Land in Särkänniemi fun park? Check it out!

Marianne Vikkula, the CEO at Slush

Marianne Vikkula

Marianne is the CEO at Slush, the leading startup and technology event in Europe and Asia. She’s been part of the team since 2013 joining as the CFO and now working as the CEO.

Since 2013, Slush has more than doubled its number of attendees. In 2015, the event once again broke records in gathering prominent startups, investors, technology industry professionals and other enthusiasts. The sold out event was attended by 15 000 visitors from over a 100 countries.

She has also run a sand-box accelerator program for pre-seed companies at Startup Sauna.


Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, President of Marimekko


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.