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Nordic Innovation Summit 2023

May 10-11, 2023 | National Nordic Museum | Seattle, WA



May 10-11, 2023


Seattle, WA

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National Nordic Museum's 2023 Nordic Innovation Summit

The Nordic countries and the US Pacific Northwest are home to some of the most innovative companies anywhere in the world.

Launched in 2018 by the National Nordic Museum, the Nordic Innovation Summit annually brings together thought leaders in innovation and technology to exchange ideas, discuss issues, and explore opportunities of mutual concern; the goal is to accelerate innovation and jumpstart economic and cultural exchange.

Led by Chair Birger Steen, the NIS Program Committee is currently recruiting presenters from the United States and all five Nordic nations. Coming May 10-11, 2023, the National Nordic Museum's 2023 Nordic Innovation Summit will include:

• Full day of compelling keynotes and panels addressing today’s most important topics
• Opportunity to meet and network with innovation leaders from the Nordics and US
• Special event for investors, innovators, and startups


Keynotes, presentations, and speakers will be announced shortly for 2023. Below are speakers and video of sessions from 2022 and earlier Nordic Innovation Summits.


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    Guðni Jóhannesson

    President of Iceland


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    Anniken Krutnes

    Norway's Ambassador to the US

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    Okko-Pekka Salmimies

    Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles

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    Mårten Mickos

    CEO, HackerOne

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    Tuula Rytila

    Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital Stores

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    Chris Cooper

    VP North America, Sustainable Aviation

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    Peter Linder

    Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson

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    Birger Steen

    Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity, and Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit

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    Niklas Lund

    Director, Rockton

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    Melanie Schneider

    CEO, Beedle

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    Lilja Alfredsdottir

    Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, Iceland

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    Maria Amelie

    CEO and Co-Founder of Factiverse

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    Eustace Asanghanwa

    Principal Program Manager, Internet of Things Security R&D

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    Dr. David Battisti

    The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington

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    Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir

    Funder, PayAnalytics & Associate Professor, Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland

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    Jim Brisimitzis

    Founder and General Partner, 5G Open Innovation Lab

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    Peter Cohan

    Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington

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    Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir

    Deputy COO, Icelandair

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    Stefania G. Halldorsdóttir

    Chairman of the Board, Voice of the People – Language Technology

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    Sigurlina Ingvarsdóttir


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    Lars Johansson

    Co-Founder and Managing Director of E8 Ventures

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    Dr. Ari Jónsson

    CEO, AwareGo

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    Tryggvi Jonsson

    Technical Software Product Manager, Marel

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    Isaac Kato

    Managing Director, Techstars

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    Mads Birgens Kristensen

    Head of Urbanism, Cobe

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    Sami Lahdensuo

    VP for Government and Institutional Relations, Finnair

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    Arul Menezes

    Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

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    Jens Molbak

    Trustee, National Nordic Museum

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    Ingvar Pétursson

    Board Member and Investor, Eyrir Vöxtur

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    Hjalti Porainsson

    Vice President of Software, Marel

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    Jarand Rystad

    Founder of Rystad Energy

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    Malena Sell-Myllyoja

    Senior Specialist, Sitra

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    Fertram Sigurjonsson

    Founder and CEO, Kerecis

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    Carrie Song

    VP Renewable Road Transportation Americas, Neste

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    Dmitriy Starson

    Founder and CEO, Passio

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    Todd Stavish

    MD, SRI Ventures

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    Katrin Steinthorsdottir

    Geologist, University of British Columbia

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    Lisa Stiffler

    Reporter, GeekWire

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    Dr. Robert Strand

    Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

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    Dr. Nikko Strom

    Distinguished Scientist, Amazon

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    Dr. Marie Louise Sunde

    Founder and CEO Equality Check

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    Örn Valdimarsson

    Managing Director of Eyrir Venture Management

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    Pekka A. Viljakainen

    Chairman of the Board, Finnforel Oy and All Capital


2020-2022 Highlights


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The Nordic Museum is not only about the past, it's also about the future. The facilities here are fantastic.

- Casper von Koskull, CEO, Nordea Bank AB

I was so proud to just be part of it and really reflect on the Nordic countries and what we have in common with the Pacific Northwest.

- Tuula Rytilä, Corporate VP, Microsoft Digital Stores

I just knew that this was going to be a place to find ideas, find inspiration - also encouragement to know that there are people around the world struggling with the same challenges we're struggling with and coming up with creative answers.

- Marko Liias, Washington State Senator

"Thank you for a well-executed event with world class speakers and agenda."

    —Rob Balconi, Ericsson

"The Nordic Innovation Summit is really my favourite event in the US – professional, interesting, innovative, friendly and fun! I had three amazing days!"

    —Cecilia Lif, Embassy of Sweden

Whether it's Finland, Sweden, Norway, you have so much innovation coming out of these small countries that's actually a fuel empowering the whole world on technology.

- Elaine Weidman Grunewald, Co-Founder, AI Sustainability Center

Seeing what's happening up here in Seattle with the ecosystem whether the university, with large corporations, with a startup scene, and that scale ups, and the venture funds, and great talents, I think we can really learn something.

- Hilde Tonne, Chief Innovation Officer, Ramboll Group

There's so much innovation and so much creation and new exciting things happening in the Nordic countries.

- Petra Hilleberg, Honorary Consul, Sweden

I think we can really learn from each other. We obviously have a number of enormous problems that need to be solved and I think looking two examples of success in other countries is very valuable.

- Tom Alberg, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

The beauty of this summit is that you have a melting pot of startup, innovators, big corporations, people who are living in Scandinavia, the ones who are living here, sharing ideas, their experiences, best practices, learning from failures.

- Vahé Torossian, President, Microsoft Western Europe


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