So what? conference: speakers

 so what conference 14.11


Time: 20 November 2018 13:00-18:00
Venue: Swissotell, Tallinn
Conference language: English
Organizers: The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia and the Finnish Institute in Estonia

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Ásmundur Einar Daðason

Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, Iceland

Ásmundur Einar Daðason is an Icelandic politician and the minister of Social Affairs and Equality in Iceland. He was a member of the Althing for the Northwest Constituency from 2009 to 2016. Of which the last year he was the chairman of the Assembly of Prosecutors.
From 2009 to 2011 Ásmundur Einar Daðason was a part of the Nordic Council´s Icelandic division and from 2013 to 2016 the International Parliamentary Assembly.

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Marina Kaljurand

Politician, Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Estonia

Marina Kaljurand is an Estonian politician and former foreign minister. In 2017 she became the Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.
From 2004 to 2014 Kaljurand represented Estonia as a grand ambassador in Israel, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada, United States of America and Mexico. In 2016 she was also one of the presidential candidates.
Kaljurand has graduated Tartu University Law department (cum laude), the Estonian School of Diplomacy and holds a masters degree in International law and diplomacy from the Tufts University in USA.
Marina Kaljurand joined the Social Democratic party in 2018.

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Martin Kõdar

Managing Partner, BaltCap +, Estonia

Martin Kõdar is one of the managing partners in BaltCap’s Estonian office. His current responsibilities include operational management of BaltCap group, investor relations, supervision of the administration of advised funds and serving as a supervisory council member of investee companies. In 2012 Kõdar became a board member of the Responsible Business Forum of Estonia
Martin’s involvement in current portfolio includes Dental Invest Estonia. He was involved in Magnetic MRO, TREV-2, Ecometal, IT Koolituskeskus, NutriTech, Tallinna Pesumaja, NeoQi and Vipex prior to their exits.
Martin graduated from Tallinn Technical University and has an EVCA Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing (CIPEI) from Oxford Saïd Business School.

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Risto E.J. Penttilä

C.E.O of Nordic West Office, Finland

Risto E. J. Penttilä has recently co-founded Nordic West Office, which is an international affairs consultancy and a think tank with its main focus on helping Nordic companies navigate in the new West. Together with 16 prominent Nordic companies, NWO has developed four Global Scenarios to describe plausible futures for 2021-2026. Prior to his CEO post in NWO, Risto served as CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, where he founded the Women Leaders Program that was selected as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project at World Chambers Competition. He has also been a member of the Finnish parliament.

Christian Berg

Christian Berg

Managing Director, AllBright Stiftung, Sweden

Christian Berg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a Swedish citizen. He has a Master in International Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and joined the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1995. Christian worked as Diplomat for 20 years with stations in Athens, Vienna and Berlin and in the Ministry in Stockholm. After several years as Head of the Department of Press, Culture and Business Promotion at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin he left the foreign service to found the AllBright Stiftung, the German sister foundation of Stiftelsen AllBright in Stockholm, in 2016.
The AllBright Foundation publishes reports in Germany and Sweden documenting the development of the proportion of women in top German management. In the autumn of each year, an AllBright report is published, measuring the proportion of women in boards of directors and boards of listed companies. It includes a "ranking" of firms in terms of the proportion of women in leadership positions, including a "white list" of particularly matched companies and a "blacklist" of companies without female board and supervisory board members.
Christian is CEO of AllBright Stiftung in Berlin together with Wiebke Ankersen.

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Gunvor Kronman

CEO of the Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Finland

Gunvor Kronman is currently the CEO of Hanaholmen, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre. During the past 20 years she has held central positions nationally and internationally across all sectors; private, public and third sector alike. Gunvor is also the Chair of the Board of Konstsamfundet and of Kalevala Koru and she is a board member of Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), RAND Europe, Pihlajalinna and Plan International.
Kronman has graduated the Leadership Academy in Finland in Private sector leadership training and holds a Masters of African Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Sara Salmani

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Miltton, Finland

Sara is a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Miltton, training companies to understand the benefits and implement diversity action plans. She believes that brands embracing inclusion can not only have a positive societal impact, but also see significant financial benefits.
Sara has worked with clients such as Neste, American Express, and Confederation of Finnish Industries.
Before her career at Miltton, Sara worked at a branding agency specialising in the millennial Muslim market, leading creative projects such as the first Ramadan and Eid campaign held in Finland, at shopping centre Itis.

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Lisbeth Møller

Consultant and associate, McKinsey & Company, Denmark

Lisbeth Møller is a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Copenhagen. Lisbeth specializes within the topic of gender diversity and is one of the main authors behind the newly released report “Bridging the talent gap in Denmark: Insights from female representation in STEM”.
The report seeks to provide a fact base to support efforts by companies, governments, and social sector organizations to advance the cause of women in the workplace and beyond, and to identify the interventions with the most solid evidence base.
Lisbeth has a background in political science and economics.

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Larissa Shabunova

C.E.O of Fortaco Estonia, Estonia

Larissa Shabunova is the head director of Fortaco Estonia and the Honorary consul of Finland in Narva, Ida-Virumaa. Fortaco Estonia was declared the best company and employer in 2017, and is the second biggest employer in Narva. During the last years the company doubled its turnover to 50 million euros and the number of employees rose by 250 people reaching a number of 560 workers collectively (95% men).
Larissa Shabunova has graduated from the University of Tartu Narva College (cum laude), holds a MBA master’s degree from the Estonian Business School and continued her studies in the Aalto University Executive Education Ltd.

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Rene Tammist

Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia

Rene Tammist is an Estonian energy expert and politician. He was sworn in as the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology in 2018. Before entering the politics, Tammist served as director of the Estonian Renewable Energy Association, a member of the Board of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and adviser to the S&D Group in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee.
Tammist graduated with a bachelors in 2001 from Tartu University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Manchester.

Annika Arras

Annika Arras

Moderator, C.E.O of Miltton Nordics, Estonia

Annika Arras is the founder and Managing Director of Miltton Nordics. She is one of the most experienced political and marketing communication experts in Europe. She has done strategic communication consultations and continues to do so under the Miltton brand. She founded the European Women's Academy of Political Leadership in 2016 where she trains high-level female politicians to become more influential in politics.
Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to other business areas as well - in 2014 she opened her own Mediterranean restaurant in Tallinn.
Annika has a degree in Finnish Philology, she completed master’s studies in Media and Communication.


Christer Haglund

Director, Nordic Council of Minister´s Office in Estonia, Estonia

Christer Haglund is the Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers´ Office in Estonia. Before becoming the head of the Nordic Council, he spent 14 years in the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which he rose up over the years to become director of public relations – a role in which, among other things, he was Head of Media during Finland’s first presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In 2000, Haglund joined Finnair and went on to become Senior Vice President, corporate communications and a member of the management board of the airline. From autumn 2011 he served as the CEO of the Finnish Fair Corporation.

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Jürgen Ligi

Member of the Estonian parliament

Jürgen Ligi is an Estonian politician, Member of Riigikogu, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a member and Vice-Chairman of the liberal Reform Party.
From 2015 to 2016 he was the Minister of Education and Research. From 2005 to 2007 Jürgen Ligi served as the Minister of Defence and from 2009 to 2014 as the Minister of Finance. He’s been a member of the Riigikogu in six compositions. From 2017 Ligi was also elected as a member of the Tallinn City Council for the third time.


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