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Risto is recognized IT leader with over 20 years of experience developing and operating global scale solutions and infrastructure.His focus areas are providing operational stability in business-critical environments, where complex services meet modern day requirements for technological advancement and speed of delivery.Having also long history with software development, he is able to provide strong value integrating business needs with IT making it all possible.
Seppo Ihalainen is CEO of Ficolo Ltd. Since co-founding Ficolo in 2011 Seppo has built Ficolo into an internationally recognized data center partner. Ficolo is a data center and cloud delivery company specialized in Cloud Engineering services, and runs three data centers in Finland. Ficolo has been recognized by ISG as a Leader in Colocation in the Nordics, and the company has demonstrated its’ commitment to climate neutral operations by issuing a Green Bond.
Seppo has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT-sector. He worked as Head of Technology at TDC Finland responsible for data center and server platform operations in Finland. He has also a wide international experience working as a Consultant for UNDP and a Regional Director at Seven Networks in Singapore and Dubai, UAE.”
Sami is working as Chief Technology officer for OP Financial Group. He is responsible of group ICT strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Emergent Technologies. He also is responsible of Compliance and Operative Risk management from ICT and IT landscape point of view. OP Financial group has 3 main business areas including Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Insurance. He has more than 2 decades experience and knowledge in different kind of role in ICT business eg. development/programming, architecture, integrations, merges of IT environments and development of operative models. Last 15 years he has worked in Financial sector in multiple companies. Current focus areas includes ICT modernization and simplification of ICT landscape, cloudification and improvement of enterprise agile capabilities.
Ali brings with him more than 20 years of experience in supporting high growth companies. Before joining the Uptime Institute Ali served at Workshare as CMO. In his previous roles he has driven sales and marketing initiatives for high growth companies and served as CMOat SkyDox, Director of Marketing at Interxion (NYSE:INXN), Director of Marketing EMEA for SPL WorldGroup (now a part of Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), and Marketing Manager EMEA and Asia-Pacific at Kana (NASDAQ: KANA).
Anne Hännikäinen is the CISO in Traffic Management Finland, which controls and manages traffic on land, air and sea. Before this position, she was the CISO in Sanoma, media and learning company.
She embraces close co-operation with different stakeholders, and drives business and cyber risk strategy alignment. She has wide experience in assessing and implementing security technologies and procedures to build organizational capabilities, including the whole ecosystem. During her time at Nokia, she was a part of global team creating and implementing 3rd Party Security Management concept, governance and information security requirements to ensure alignment from an end-to-end perspective. In Sanoma she deepened
her knowledge on securing Cloud based solutions.
She has 20+ years of IT experience in global, international and virtual organizations – and is experienced in IT, Security and Privacy implementation, including Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestment cases. She has also worked as expat in Singapore and The Netherlands.
Mika Tervonen, M.Sc. CIO, The Hospital District of Southwest Finland. With over 25 years of solid experience in the IT and healthcare industry, Mika has been implementing new and innovative approaches and strategies for the creation and provision of digital technologies and services both in private and public sector.
Kirill is an experienced business and IT professional with strong background in risk and information security management. He is passionate about well managed information security, and bringing IT and business closer together.
Kirill holds a Master's degree in Information and Service Management from Helsinki School of Economics and also numerous Information Security related certifications. He currently works as the CISO for Finnish retailing cooperative S Group.
Kari is experienced leader in IT from the both sides of the table acting as both in customer and in sales roles. Kari’s strongest assets are strategy planning, negotiations, driving change and team working in multifaceted jobs and assignments. For the past 25 years, Kari has been working in ICT area with international companies such like Nokia, StoraEnso, Sonera, Finnish Foreign Ministry, Tieto and NCC. Kari has strong international background and he enjoys working people from different nationalities.
In his current role Kari drives change journey within NCC to become data driven company.
Gabriela Carleciuc works as CISO for Nordea Asset Management.Gabriela is experienced in leading global teams, coordinating large transformation programs, engaging with regulatory authorities and working with senior leadership to understand and address risks.
Henrik Amsinck is the CIO in the LEGO Group and is leading an ever-increasing deployment of Business Technology in the company. He has held this position since 2007, though he has extended his technology domain substantially, as the company went on a 10 year long double-digit growth journey. He strategically oversees consumer facing digital technologies in Marketing and Commerce.
In LEGO Corporate Management, Henrik has been tasked to head up the “Leverage digitalization” strategic priority and has been instrumental in several digital initiatives. Henrik has transformed IT into a product organization, named Business Technology, and is currently driving a huge companywide transition into an agile delivery model. Henrik is currently leading the implementation of The LEGO Group’s most ambitious 4 year Technology Roadmap ever.
Henrik has been awarded CIO of the year by Technology Leaders more than once, and he holds a number of Board positions in private and public companies. Together with two renowned professors, Henrik won the prestigious SIM paper competition prize, where he introduces the “Digital Engagement Platform” and the four digital vectors, that LEGO uses to navigate the portfolio of digital initiatives.
Henrik has held CIO positions in TDC and AAK before joining the LEGO Group, but started his career in Finance in Banking. He holds a Master in Economics from Aarhus University and added several leadership courses since then. Henrik is member of the global CIO Network, Enterprise 50 and the Danish network for CIOs from the largest companies in the country.
A Technophile person who drives change/transformation within the IT and Technology area. Moving TECHNOLOGY from just being an enabler to actually being part of the business strategy. Innovation is about solving todays and tomorrows problems , Technology itself is not innovation. Knowing the correct answers is not hard, but knowing what was the right question to ask is where we often fail. Working in or close to Technology is for me the most exciting thing I could do, with disruption happening continuously driving businesses to change their models faster than ever there is not a boring moment. However even if Technology sometimes is viewed as part of the problem, it is and will be part of the solution as well to the challenges in the future.
In addition long experience as Project, Program and Portfolio Manager, several years running Project Management offices. Before working as a senior Advisor with experience in Business Intelligence, Business Development, Analytics, Performance Management, IT Strategy, IT Sourcing, Project Management, and Program Management. Completed a Master of Management with focus on Management both National and International. Interested in new trends which drives the BI and Project markets, BPM processes and CSR work.
Specialties: IT Strategy, Platform Strategy, LEAN, Change Management (diversity and culture), GDPR, AI, Mobile, Blockchain, RPA, AI, Microservice Architecture, Business Intelligence, BPM, Enterprise Architecture, Performance Management, As Is - To Be Analysis, Project and Program Management and Leadership
Mr. Koskinen has joined Fujitsu private sector CTO position in August 2019, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in different industries. Mr. Koskinen will focus on Fujitsu RICE (real-time intelligent connected enterprise) solution development and customer implementation as well as support Fujitsu customers in their digital transformation journey.
Mr. Koskinen has worked a decade in several manufacturing industry positions in Finland, USA and Canada. Mr. Koskinen’s ICT path has last about 15 years with Nokia, Unisys, Tieto and CGI, before joining Fujitsu.
Mr. Koskinen has consulted customers in Digital solution and transformation, CRM, ERP and SCM consultancy. Mr. Koskinen is a trained business process consultant and SAFe Agile.
Since 2015, Mr. Koskinen has researched manufacturing industry’s digitalization as a PhD candidate in University of Vaasa.
Svante Jurnell is a pioneer of Nordic fiber infrastructure. In the mid 1990s, he founded Utfors, which built the first nation-wide private fiber network in Scandinavia, and then went on to become the founder and CEO of IP-Only. He now runs Eastern Light, which is in the process of building a number of new, long-haul international fiber routes providing end-to-end dark fiber connections between major data centers in northern Europe. Eastern Light has recently deployed a brand-new unrepeatered fiber optic submarine cable system between Sweden (Stockholm) and Finland (Hanko, Helsinki and Kotka), which significantly increases the fiber capacity between the two countries.
Ari-Jussi Knaapila is Chief Executive Officer of Cinia Ltd and Board Chairman of C-Lion1 Ltd, submarine cable system company belonging to Cinia group.
Mr. Knaapila has a long over 30 years’ experience in ICT industry in international companies with a career beginning as system engineer and developing through sales responsibilities to general management positions. During past 20 years Mr. Knaapila has held a CEO position in several companies with various development phases.
In May 2014 Mr. Knaapila was appointed Chairman of the Board of Corenet Ltd and CEO of Cinia Group to start operation Jan 2015. In Jan 2015 Corenet Ltd was merged to be part of new Cinia Group.
Before joining Cinia Mr. Knaapila served as Division President and Group Deputy CEO in Empower Group Ltd, company operating in network engineering, maintenance and construction as well as ICT services.
Earlier Mr. Knaapila served as CEO in Cygate Ltd, Song Networks Ltd and Telenordia Ltd (JV for BT) leading these companies through both successful organic growth as well as various acquisition activities. Prior to those senior management responsibilities he had some junior management positions in Unisys and IBM.
Mr. Knaapila holds a M.Sc. (electr.eng.) degree from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University).
Petri is a seasoned leader in developing all things cloud. Since the beginning of his career in 1996, he has been building and starting cloud based services and businesses in different industries, always operating at the interface between technology and business. During the late ‘90s he was a private entrepreneur and a nerd, proving services varying from building and setting up PCs, building websites and offering IT training and sharing his enthusiasm for digital to companies.
While at DNA Finland (2001-2006), Petri worked on building ISP services from the ground up. After this, Petri was first building and then leading the Nordic Financial and HR Cloud Services business at Aditro, serving business critical services for hundreds of thousands of end users in the Nordics. Since joining Rovio 2011, Petri's focus has been developing a cloud-native mobile platform serving all Rovio games and handling billions of transactions every day.
Sami Holopainen is Managing Director of Equinix Finland. He was appointed as General Manager of TelecityGroup Finland in early 2015, which was acquired by Equinix in January of 2016. Prior to this, Sami was the founding partner and CEO of Tenue Oy for six years, from 2006 through to its acquisition by TelecityGroup in 2012.
Sami has over 20 years’ experience in ISP and data center businesses. He is known as an industry leader in the market, having been instrumental in a firm that was one of the first movers in managed data center services in Finland. Since 2012 Sami has been successfully growing Equinix’s presence in Finland, connecting Western European markets to Russia, the Baltic region and Asia.
Sami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems from the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Marika Lindström has broad experience in various leadership positions in the IT landscape. She has been heading units in both delivery positions in consulting companies as well as in customer organizations where all development has been in-house as well as fully outsourced.
As a summary, she has worked in leadership positions on both sides of the table which gives her the benefit to understand the landscape from customer as well as vendor perspective.
Marika motto is to be part of the solution, not part of a problem. The red line in her leadership style is to ensure that the team and colleagues can perform their work efficiently and with targets without forgetting that it should be fun and meaningful.
In her current position as Paulig’s CIO her main task is to transform the current traditional IT to be able to better support both efficiency and growth in Paulig by harmonization, data and digitalization means.
Riaan Dreyer is the Chief Information Officer at Islandsbanki, one of the 3 largest banks in Iceland. He has more than 20 years of IT experience in a variety of industries. Before joining Islandsbanki, he was the CIO for Transactional Banking at Standard Bank, operating across 18 countries in Africa and Europe, as well as various companies within the FinTech and Technology landscape such as SAP and Meniga. He has worked in Africa, United States, Australia and Europe Mr. Dreyer holds a degree in Actuarial Science, a post graduate degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Information Technology.
During his studies in the Helsinki School of Economics Juha started his career in IT as an entrepreneur within web area. And he has never looked back. Juha loves learning and enabling other people. He has more than two decades of experience from different areas within IT and financial services and has successfully navigated multiple cultural and technological changes in organizations of different sizes. Latest of these have been the full system replacement and the agile journey within Aktia.
Elisabeth Stjernstoft is an experienced senior business executive with a demonstrated history of delivering business results in the Pharma & Health Care, Retail & e-commerce as well as Telecom industries.
In her current role as CIO at Humana Group, the leading Nordic Care Company, Elisabeth Stjernstoft drives the organization’s Digital Transformation Agenda to enable people to have a good life, regardless of preconditions, with all the opportunities that digitalization and the rapid technology development bring – a necessity for the society to be able to meet the growing and increasingly difficult needs of Nordic welfare.
Ms. Stjernstoft has a number of awards such as Sweden’s best IT director (Management Events), one of Sweden’s five best digital projects (CIO Sweden), Sweden’s best e-commerce & omnichannel (Retail Awards), IT director blogger of the year and one of Sweden’s 101 super talents (Business Week).
Janne is an accomplished digital business leader with more than 20 years of professional experience in leading organizations like Accenture, Avanade, Wärtsilä and Nokia. Currently he works as the Chief Ecosystem and Technology Office at TMFG.
Throughout his career, Janne has successfully established and grown innovation programs, delivered projects and established operational capabilities in Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. He has also been involved with several major digital transformation projects in high tech, manufacturing, retail and telecommunication industries.
As a recognized innovation leader and Industry expert, Janne had the opportunity to speak about Innovation and Information Management topics in a number of public events, television and media in Europe and Asia Pacific.
Janne owns a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Majoring in telecommunications technology) from Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland).
Teemu Salmi has more than 18 years of senior and executive leadership experience in a variety of industries. His past roles have covered executive leadership positions in the telecom industry and leading sales, as well as leading delivery and transformation of large business. In his most recent role, prior to joining Stora Enso, Teemu was Ericsson’s SVP IT & Cloud in the Region Middle East and North-East Africa.
As CIO and Head of Digitalisation Teemu is accountable for the Stora Enso Group level strategy and execution of all IT services as well as the strategy for Group Digitalisation. Additionally, he is accountable for keeping the Group process development together.
Paulius Nomgaudas has been head of VGTU IT Center since 2017. Focusing on the digitization and optimization of university services and processes, he has implemented many projects. He believes IT goal is to help and offer ways to get the most out of IT solutions.Paulius' career as an IT manager began working as a programmer.
Later he worked as a systems analyst, project manager, programming manager.VGTU is the largest technical university in Lithuania and has formed a strong team of IT professionals who currently provide services not only within the university but also to other higher education institutions and business companies.