So what? conference: programme

so what conference 14.11

Date: 20. November 2018
Time: 13:00 - 18:00
Doors open: 12:30
Venue: Swissôtel, Tornimäe 3 Tallinn
Conference language: English
Organizers: The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia and The Finnish Institute in Estonia with partners


  • Tuesday, 20 November

    Moderator: Annika Arras, C.E.O of Miltton Nordics

    Welcome notes


    • Christer Haglund, Director, Nordic Council of Minister´s Office in Estonia

    Opening speech


    • Rene Tammist, Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology

    Key notes on implementation of the new Iceland Equal Pay Standard and interview


    Iceland has been at the top of the World Economic Forum for the last nine years as the most gender-equal country in the world. Joining us for a discussion on how this tiny island nation has managed to achieve this is Ásmundur Einar Daðason, the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality in Iceland.

    • Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Iceland



    CEO of Nordic West Office Risto E.J. Penttilä will tell us how, as the head of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, he managed to launch a large number of social initiatives to help boost the number of women in leadership positions.

    • Risto E.J. Penttilä, C.E.O of Nordic West Office

    Panel discussion 


    How to balance the unbalanced debate on gender equality?

    • Marina Kaljurand, politician, Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
    • Gunvor Kronman, C.E.O of Hanaholmen - Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre
    • Jürgen Ligi, Member of the Estonian Parliament
    • Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Iceland




    Keynote speech


    McKinsey & Company expert Lisbeth Møller from Denmark took part in a substantial research project „Bridging the talent gap in Denmark: Insights from female representation in STEM“ together with the Danish Innovation Fund. At the conference she will give an overview of the findings, and on how diversity can be translated into a competitive advantage for business.

    • Talent Gap
      Lisbeth Møller
      , Associate, McKinsey & Company

    Keynote speech


    Diversity & Inclusion Specialist Sara Salmani from Finland will talk about the development of subconscious prejudice and how our decisions are influenced by it in both leadership and everyday life.

    • Diverse societies
      Sara Salmani, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Miltton

    Keynote speech


    AllBright Stiftung CEO Christian Berg from Germany found as a result of his research that the most popular name in the 160 businesses listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is Thomas. It became evident that there are more Thomases and Michaels than women, no matter what the women’s names. How has it come to be this way and how can we change it?

    • Diversity in Top Management
      Christian Berg, Managing Director, AllBright Stiftung

    Panel Discussion


    Can diversity give a company a competitive advantage?


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

    • Christian Berg, C.E.O of AllBright Stiftung
    • Larissa Shabunova, C.E.O of Fortaco Estonia 
    • Martin Kõdar, managing Partner, BaltCap +

    Closing words 


    • Gunvor Kronman, CEO of the Hanaholmen - Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre
    • Mikael Eriksson, Ambassador of Sweden to Estonia




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