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Speakers
The Millennium Innovation Forum

Pupul Bisht

Pupul Bisht

Founder, Decolonizing Futures Initiative project, India

Twitter: @BishtPupul

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Speaking at the session:
11.15 Don’t miss the future

Pupul is a multi-disciplinary designer and futurist and the Winner of the Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award 2018. Her practice is rooted in human-centred insights and lies at the intersection of futures thinking, design, and participatory research. She founded the Decolonizing Futures Initiative in 2018— a global project that aims to engage marginalized communities in imagining their preferred futures. Through this initiative, Pupul is pioneering the use of her novel foresight method inspired by the Kaavad folk-storytelling tradition of Rajasthan, India— one of the first and only foresight methods directly derived from a non-western tradition.

In addition to her initiative, Pupul has worked with NESTA, UK on developing a global anthology on Participatory Futures as the youngest member of Action Foresight's 'Global Swarm'— an internationally distributed team of futurists, reachers, and innovators. As an emerging thought leader, she has been invited to speak about the role of design and storytelling in Futures work at conferences around the world.

With a belief that the stories we tell of our pasts shape our futures, Pupul has dedicated her multidisciplinary creative practice to uncovering narratives of alternative histories and marginalized futures that otherwise lie in under-explored nooks of our everyday world. Through the use of storytelling as a tool, she hopes to move foresight outside organizational confines and engage in mass dialogue about our collective future as a civilization.

Pupul has a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from National Institute of Design (India) and a Master’s in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University (Canada).

Bengt Holmström

Bengt Holmström

Nobel Laureate (Economics), Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Speaking at the session:
9:15 The big picture

Bengt Robert Holmström is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was head of the Economics Department from 2003-2006. He holds a joint appointment with MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Holmström received his doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1978. Before joining MIT in 1994, he was the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale University’s School of Management (1983-94) and associate professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1979-82).

Holmström is a microeconomic theorist, best known for his research on the theory of contracting and incentives especially as applied to the theory of the firm, to corporate governance and to liquidity problems in financial crises.

He was awarded the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel together with Oliver Hart.

Holmström was a member of the board of Aalto University (Finland) 2010-2017, the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) and the Nokia Corporation 1999-2012.

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President of the European Commission (President of Sitra, Finland from 1 January 2020)

Twitter: @jyrkikatainen

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Speaking at the session:
11.15 Don’t miss the future

Katri Kulmuni

Katri Kulmuni

Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland

Twitter: @KatriKulmuni

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Speaking at the session:
9.00 Welcome

Marja Makarow

Marja Makarow

Chair of Technology Academy Finland TAF

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Speaking at the session:
9.00 Welcome

Marja Makarow is Director of Biocenter Finland since July 2016. She is former Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council - Academy of Finland (2012-2016), Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation ESF in Strasbourg France (2008-2011), and Vice-Rector for Research (2003-2007) and Professor of Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2003-2012) of the University of Helsinki. She is member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT, the Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council EIC, the Strategic Board of the University of Geneva and the Board of the University of the Arts Finland. Marja Makarow was Vice-Chair of the Founding Board of the Aalto University, launched in January 2010, and Chair of the Founding Board of Tampere University, launched in January 2019.

She established the Institute for Molecular Medicine FIMM, launched in 2008, and chaired its Founding Board. She has carried out evaluations of national R&I systems, research funding organisations, universities and Centers of Excellence, as well as the impact of innovation and research programmes.

Marja Makarow is Vice-Chair of the Finnish Academy of Technology and member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and Academia Europaea. She chairs the Board of Technology Academy Finland that awards the global Millennium Technology Prize for ground-breaking innovations. She has been decorated in Finland (Commander of the Order of the White Lion) and France (Chevalier de l’Ordre de Légion d’honneur) for her achievements in the domains of science, innovation, science policy and international research collaboration. She is Doctor of Technology Honoris Causa of Tampere University and Aalto University.

Ilkka Niemelä

Ilkka Niemelä

President of Aalto University, Finland

Twitter: @Niemela_Ilkka

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Speaking at the session:
16.30 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Lecture

Ilkka Niemelä received his doctorate in computer science from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. He was appointed as Professor of Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology in 2000. Professor Niemelä’s previous positions include Head of Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science 2000-2007, Chair of the Degree Program of Computer Science and Engineering 2008-2010, Dean of Aalto University School of Science 2011-2012, and Deputy President of Aalto University 2012-2014. Ilkka Niemelä was Provost at Aalto University in 2014-2017 prior to his appointment as President.

President Niemelä's research interests include automated reasoning and constraint programming, knowledge representation, computational complexity, configuration, computer aided verification and testing. At Aalto University he is heading the computational logic group and is one of the Principal Investigators of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Inference Research (COIN).

Ilkka Niemelä is a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence and has served, e.g., as the Editor-in-Chief of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming.

Jamie Paik

Jamie Paik

Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland

Twitter: @robotician
LinkedIn: jamie-paik-rrl-epfl/

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Speaking at the session:
13.45 Building a better life

Prof. Jamie Paik is director and founder of Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and a core member of Swiss National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics consortium. RRL’s research leverages expertise in multi-material fabrication and smart material actuation. After having worked on humanoids and medical robots, at Harvard University’s Microrobotics Laboratory, she started developing more unconventional robots that push the physical limits of material and mechanisms. Her latest research effort is in soft robotics and self-morphing Robogami (robotic orgami) that transforms its planar shape to 2D or 3D by folding in predefined patterns and sequences, just like the paper art, origami.

Lauri Reuter

Lauri Reuter

Founder, Nordic Food Tech Venture Capital Ltd, Finland

Twitter: @LauriReuter

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Speaking at the session:
11.15 Don’t miss the future

Dr. Lauri Reuter is a founder and partner at Nordic FoodTech VC, the first fund in the Nordics fully dedicated to technological innovation for more sustainable food system. Lauri holds a PhD in biotechnology and worked previously in research and in strategy at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He has tremendous passion for communicating the impact of science and the possible futures enabled by technology. While working for healthy food system for this planet, and for the next one, Lauri keeps himself grounded with urban beekeeping.

René Rohrbeck

René Rohrbeck

Professor, EDHEC Business School, France

Linkedin: renerohrbeck
Twitter: @ReneRohrbeck

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Speaking at the session:
11.15 Don’t miss the future

René Rohrbeck is a Professor of Strategy and director of the chair for Foresight, Innovation and Transformation at the EDHEC Business School, France. In his research he develops methods for participatory foresight, scenario-based strategizing and conducts regular benchmarking studies on the Future FITness of organizations.

He holds a doctorate from the Technical University Berlin. In his main research field “Corporate Foresight” he is an internationally recognized thought leader and award winner. He has developed the maturity model for the future orientation of organizations and continuously develops new methods and tools that help organizations to look into the future and manage strategy and innovation under uncertainty. He has benchmarked over 450 companies and advised over 50 top management teams on how to increase their future FITness.

He is also Partner in the Berlin-based consultancy Rohrbeck Heger where he leads the practice on scenario planning and strategy and the industry verticals Mobility and Industrial.

Björn Rosengren

Björn Rosengren

President & CEO of Sandvik AB, Sweden (CEO, ABB Ltd, Switzerland from 1 March 2020)

 

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Speaking at the session:
9:15 The big picture

Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2018, the Group had approximately 42,000 employees and sales of 100 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.

Heli Skottman

Heli Skottman

Professor and Team leader, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, Finland

LinkedIn: heli-skottman

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Speaking at the session:
13.45 Building a better life

Dr. Skottman, PhD, joined Tampere University in 2005 having worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Karolinska Institute, Sweden and University of Turku Finland. Dr. Skottman holds M.Sc. in applied zoology and a Ph.D. in molecular animal biotechnology in University of Eastern Finland. In addition she has educated herself in Turku School of Economics (biobusiness program), Finland; University pedagogic studies and Study Programme in Administration and Management of Higher Education, Tampere University, Finland.

Dr. Skottman is currently Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, group leader and responsible professor for Master of Science in Cell Technology program. Dr. Skottman has over 16 years’ experience on human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC). Last 10 years she has devoted herself in eye research targeting already from the early phases of research towards clinical applications in ophthalmology. Currently her research focus on retinal and corneal diseases, developing hPSC based tools for disease modeling, drug discovery, 3D bioprinting and cell therapy applications.

In addition, she has experience on intellectual property strategy, licensing of stem cell products and establishment of spin-off companies. She has co-authored over 10 patent applications and has over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications in area of biotechnology and human stem cell research with H-index 35. She has attract over 8 million euros of R&D funding after completion of PhD and she has also run several collaborative projects together with industrial partners including pharma and biomaterial companies. In 2010, she received Academy of Finland Award for scientific courage, award granted to researchers who have shown exceptional scientific audacity, creativity or innovation in their work. In 2019, she received Pirkanmaa palkinto award for pioneering medical innovations and Scandinavian Society for Biomaterial research award 2019.

She is a facilitator, motivator and her team leader strategy is based on strong confident of everyone’s capabilities to perform their best when they have freedom to think creatively, take risks and possibilities to take responsibility of the work tasks. She is a mother of two kids, enthusiastic reader and summer cottage owner during her free time.

Päivi Törmä

Päivi Törmä

Academy Professor, Aalto University, Finland

 

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Speaking at the session:
16.30 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Lecture

Päivi Törmä is a professor in the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University. Her research ranges from theoretical quantum many-body physics to experiments in nanophotonics. Her work has revealed a new connection between quantum geometry and superconductivity that explains why flat bands can carry supercurrent, essential in the search for superconductors that work at high temperatures. In her experiments, Päivi has worked on strong coupling of surface plasmon polariton modes and molecules. She has shown that arrays of metallic nanoparticles are a versatile system for studies of fundamental light-matter interactions and for developing nanoscale lasers. Her group has succeeded in realizing the first plasmonic Bose-Einstein condensate.

Päivi has a MSc degree from the University of Oulu, Finland, and a Master of Advanced Study degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K. She completed a PhD in 1996 at the University of Helsinki, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the universities of Ulm and Innsbruck. Päivi was a professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland 2002-2007, and in 2015, a guest professor at ETH Zürich. She obtained the EURYI award in 2005, the ERC Advanced Grant in 2013, and the Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland in 2017. She led the Nanoscience Centre of University of Jyväskylä 2002-2005 and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience 2014-2017. She was the vice chair of the board of the Academy of Finland 2010-2014.

Peter Vanacker

Peter Vanacker

President and CEO of Neste Corporation, Finland

Twitter: @peter_vanacker

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Speaking at the session:
13.45 Building a better life

Neste’s purpose is to create a healthier planet for our children. It is a task which our employees take very seriously. And as a father of two, this is also my driving force.  

Neste is in the business of helping transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals customers make their business more sustainable. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce their climate emissions. We are the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions. In addition, we are looking at providing solutions for chemical recycling.

Together with our highly talented and passionate people, we have set a target of becoming a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. That means not only releasing less carbon into the atmosphere but also learning to reuse carbon again, and again, and again.

Neste is on a journey to a carbon-neutral world. For me, that is the only way forward.

Antti Vasara

Antti Vasara

President and CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland

Twitter: @ahavasara

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Speaking at the session:
17.15-17.30 Concluding remarks

Dr. Antti Vasara is the President & CEO of VTT Ltd since 2015. VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner with over 2000 people and turnover exceeding 250 MEUR. He is president of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) and chairman of the board of Palta (Finnish Service Sector Employers). In addition, he is a non-executive director of Elisa Oyj (largest communications operator in Finland) and a board member at  EK (Finnish  Confederation  of Industries).

He has served on several high-level groups on industrial and innovation policy of the European Commission in addition to several groups in Finland on artificial intelligence and research policy. Previously, he has worked in the private industry for close to 25 years at Nokia, Tieto, SmartTrust and McKinsey & Company. Earlier in his career, he was a researcher in optical communications with 20+ peer reviewed articles and one international patent.  Dr.  Vasara holds a Doctor of Science (Technology) degree from Aalto University in Finland.

Marcus Weldon

Marcus Weldon

Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President of Nokia Bell Labs Social Media, USA

Twitter: @MarcusWeldo

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Speaking at the session:
13.45 Building a better life

Marcus Weldon has global responsibility for defining the technology strategy for the company, and driving the implementation of that strategy with the Nokia Business Groups, and leveraging the game-changing innovations from Nokia Bell Labs.

Before the Nokia transaction Marcus had global responsibility for the technology strategy and Bell Labs within Alcatel-Lucent, and prior to that, the global responsibility for the technology strategy for a number of business units within Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies.

He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1995, working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Physics Division, before becoming a member of technical staff and working on novel optical fiber and photonic technologies at Bell Labs in Lucent Technologies in 1997.

Marcus holds a Ph.D (Physical Chemistry) degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Chemistry) joint degree from King’s College in London, UK. Marcus has a physics, chemistry and computer science and networks background, but is broadly interested in a wide variety of topics that concern the future of human existence.