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Nordic Innovation Summit 2022

May 18-19, 2022 | National Nordic Museum | Seattle, WA

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May 19 - Livestream, 8:45am to 12pm PT

This year’s Nordic Innovation Summit deals with the most important issues confronting the world today. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the threat of cyberattack and the need for enhanced security and energy independence looms large in the minds of government leaders and corporations. Join us and be inspired to innovate for a more stable, peaceful future. 

Enjoy a must-see keynote from President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and make inspiring connections with top executives from companies like NesteIcelandairHackerOneKerecis, and more.

The 2022 Nordic Innovation Summit will be held in person at the National Nordic Museum in Ballard, Seattle on May 19. Plus, join us on May 18 for an evening focused on venture capital and the startup community.

  • 5/18, 5pm-8pm: Innovators & Investors Evening Event (Register)
  • 5/19, 9am-5:30pm: Nordic Innovation Summit (Register)
    (Morning sessions 9:00am—Noon will be live-streamed for free. Afternoon sessions will be available after they close.)

Dates:

May 18-19, 2022

Location:

Seattle, WA

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Agenda

Here's all the keynote speeches, presentations, and panels on May 18 and 19! Click "Expand All" below to see the speakers.

  • Sponsored by Eyrir Venture Management, this new feature of the Nordic Innovation Summit will focus on the venture capital and startup community. 

    This program will be followed by a reception. This event is separately ticketed from May 19. RESERVE TICKETS HERE

  • • Dr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland

  • Introduction
    • Stefanía G. Halldórsdóttir, Managing Director, Eyrir Vöxtur4

    Presentations
    • Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir, Founder, PayAnalytics
    • Dmitriy Starson, Founder and CEO, Passio
    • Ari Jónsson, CEO, AwareGo
    • Melanie Schneider, CEO, Beedle
    • Todd Stavish, Managing Director, SRI Ventures

  • • Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Culture and Business Affairs
    • Ingvar Pétursson, Tech Leader, Investor, Advisor
    • Isaac Kato, Managing Director, Techstars
    • Moderated by Sigurlína Ingvarsdóttir, Board Member, Investor, Advisor, Eyrir

  • Registration and light breakfast available starting at 8am 

    Welcome and opening remarks begin at 8:45am

    This Summit sessions will be followed by a reception starting at 5:30pm. This event is separately ticketed from May 18. RESERVE TICKETS HERE

    The Summit morning sessions may be watched live on this page.

    Registration and Breakfast

    Morning Session

    • 8:40am – 12:00pm

    Lunch, sponsored by the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce

    Afternoon Session

    • 1:00pm – 5:15pm 
    Reception
    • 5:15pm – 6:30pm
    • Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington
    • Eric Nelson, Executive Director/CEO, National Nordic Museum
    • Mayor Bruce Harrell, City of Seattle
    • Tuula Rytila, CVP, Microsoft Digital Stores
    • Birger Steen, Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity, and Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit
    • Dr. Guðni Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
    • Dr. Guðni Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
    • Dr. Nikko Strom, Distinguished Scientist, Amazon
    • Arul Menezes, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft
    • Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir, Founder, PayAnalytics & Associate Professor, Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland
    • Dr. Marie Louise Sunde, Founder and CEO, EqualityCheck.it
    • Moderator: Tuula Rytila, CVP, Microsoft Digital Stores
    • Maria Amelie, CEO and Co-Founder, Factiverse
    • Mårten Mickos, CEO, HackerOne
    • Jarand Rystad, CEO, Rystad Energy
    • Pekka Viljakainen, Chair, Forel
    • Moderator: Birger Steen, Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity, and Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit
    • Chris Cooper, VP North America, Renewable Aviation, Neste
    • Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir, Deputy COO, Icelandair
    • Niklas Lund, Director, Rockton
    • Sami Lahdensuo, VP for Government and Institutional Relations, Finnair
    • Moderator: Lisa Stiffler, GeekWire, and Todd Bishop, Geekwire
  • Freya, Fisherman’s Sun Terrace, and 3rd floor

    Sponsored by the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce

    • Dr. Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
      • Anniken Krutnes, Norway’s Ambassador to the United States
      • Pekka Viljakainen, Chairman of the Board, Finnforel and Ahopelto Capital Oy
      • Malena Sell-Myllyoja, Senior Specialist on Circular Economy, Sitra
      • Comments: Okko-Pekka Salmimies, Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles
      • Fertram Sigurjonsson, CEO, Kerecis
      • Mads Birgens Kristensen, Head of Urbanism, COBE
      • Moderator: Peter Cohan, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington
      • Peter Linder, Head of 5G Marketing in North America, Ericsson
      • Katrin Steinthorsdóttir, Geologist, University of British Columbia and Carbfix
      • Moderator: Dr. David Battisti, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington
    • Fisherman’s Sun Terrace

      • Carrie Song, VP Sales North America, Renewable Road Transportation, Neste
      • Eustace Asanghanwa, Principal Program Manager, Internet of Things Security R&D, Microsoft
      • Tryggvi Jónsson, Technical Software Product Manager, Marel
      • Hjalti Þórarinsson, Vice President of Software, Marel
      • Jim Brisimitzis, Founder and General Partner, 5G Open Innovation Lab
      • Jens Molbak, CEO and Founder, NewImpact
      • Birger Steen, Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity
      • Örn Valdimarsson, Managing Director, Eyrir
      • Moderator: Lars Johansson, Co-Founder and Managing Director of E8 Ventures
      • Birger Steen, Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity, and Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit
      • Dr. Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
    • Fisherman’s Sun Terrace

    Keynotes

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      Guðni Jóhannesson

      President of Iceland
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      Guðni Jóhannesson

      President of Iceland

      The summit features a keynote address from President of Iceland Guðni Jóhannesson titled “Innovation, Independence, and Interdependence.” Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is the sixth President of the Republic of Iceland. Guðni studied history at the University of Iceland and at Oxford University in England. In 2003 he completed his Ph.D in history from Queen Mary University of London. Before taking office Guðni was a professor of history at the University of Iceland. He has written numerous books and scholarly articles on modern Icelandic history and has received a variety of recognitions for his works.

    Speakers

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      Lilja Alfredsdottir

      Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, Iceland

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      Lilja Alfredsdottir

      Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, Iceland

      Lilja Alfredsdottir is Iceland’s Minister of Culture and Business Affairs and former Minister of Education, Science and Culture and Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Alfredsdottir is also a member of the Parliament.

      Before her participation in politics, Alfredsdottir served as Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Iceland’s General Secretariat and International Affairs Department. Since her graduation from Columbia University, Alfredsdottir, has been a central banker, apart from temporary secondments to Iceland’s Prime Minister’s Office as a Special Liaison and previously, to the International Monetary Fund’s Nordic-Baltic Executive Office as an Advisor.

      Alfredsdottir holds a master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and received a Fulbright grant during her studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland. She also studied at the University of Minnesota and Ewha University in Seoul. Alfredsdottir has written numerous articles on economic and educational affairs in Icelandic papers and international journals. In additions, Alfredsdottir has held presentations on economic affairs in the United States and Europe.

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      Maria Amelie

      CEO and Co-Founder of Factiverse

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      Maria Amelie

      CEO and Co-Founder of Factiverse

      Maria Amelie is the CEO and co-founder of Factiverse. They help media and finance to automate fact-checking for profitable decision making. Before that, she co-founded Startup Migrants. They discover young entrepreneurial talent in Europe with multicultural backgrounds and help them start growth companies. Between 2010 - 2018 she worked as a tech journalist, earning her the title of Best Startup Journalist and Norwegian of the Year. She has written five books on entrepreneurship, migration, and freedom of speech. One of her books, Illegally Norwegian, challenged the public debate on undocumented refugees and led to a positive change in Norwegian law.

      Factiverse was founded in 2019; its goal is to help media and finance automate fact-checking for profitable decision making. According to studies at Stanford Internet Observatory, the supply of disinformation will soon be infinite. Factiverse users can find clarity in online content and increase their impact with their tools. Their patented solution is based on cutting edge AI and Natural Language Processing, and it results from years of research at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Factiverse award-winning founding team has a combined 25 years of experience in the media and AI.

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      Eustace Asanghanwa

      Principal Program Manager, Internet of Things Security R&D

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      Eustace Asanghanwa

      Principal Program Manager, Internet of Things Security R&D

      Eustace Asanghanwa is Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, where he is solving emerging challenges in securing the Internet of Things (IoT). He joined Microsoft after two decades in the semiconductor industry, where he held engineer roles in manufacturing process engineering, integrated chip design, applications engineering, and product marketing and business development responsibilities. He primarily focused on security throughout his semiconductor tenure. Eustace holds a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance and International Business, both from the University of Colorado, USA.

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      Dr. David Battisti

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

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      Dr. David Battisti

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

      David Battisti is The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on understanding how the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea ice lead to variability in climate on time scales from seasonal to decades. Battisti is presently working to identify the processes responsible for droughts and heat waves, and to better understand the monsoons. He is also working on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on global food production and forest fires in western North America.

      Battisti has served on numerous international science panels and has received many awards both for research and teaching, most recently the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society. He is a Fellow at the Food Security Institute at Stanford University, the Carnegie Centennial Professor of Scotland, and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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      Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir

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

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      Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir

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

      Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir is the founder of PayAnalytics and an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Bjarnadóttir’s research focuses on data-driven decision-making, addressing challenging, complex problems of significant social impact. Over the past few years, she has focused in part on people analytics, and the pay gap in particular. In 2016 she co-founded PayAnalytics to apply data analytics to eliminate the pay gap. PayAnalytics changes how organizations measure, and more importantly, close the pay gap by arming HR managers with quantitative decision-making tools. Her work on pay equity has been covered by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, BBC, HR magazine and others. Most recently she was awarded the GWIIN - overall inventor innovator platinum award for her innovative approach to addressing pay equity, and she was once named the University Woman of the Year in Iceland for the impact of her pay equity work.

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      Jim Brisimitzis

      Founder and General Partner, 5G Open Innovation Lab

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      Jim Brisimitzis

      Founder and General Partner, 5G Open Innovation Lab

      Jim Brisimitzis has over 23 years of enterprise, channel, and startup experience through companies such as Bell Canada, Nortel Networks, PeopleSoft, and Oracle as well as over 13 years with Microsoft. He is the Founder of the 5G Open Innovation Lab in the Seattle. The Lab is a community partnership of private and public sponsors focused on discovering, accelerating, and promoting future connectivity, edge computing and artificial intelligence inspired technologies. Prior to launching the Lab, Brisimitzis was a Managing Partner for Quake Capital leading their early efforts to establish a presence in the ecosystem. He was also the General Manager of the Microsoft for Startups program in the United States and Canada. His team was responsible for startup engagements partnering with leading North American startup accelerators/incubators. Together with these partners Jim’s team engaged over 2,800 startups actively running on Azure through programs such as the Customer Access Program (CAP), technical enablement, and events to help startups accelerate their business. Prior to launching the Microsoft for Startups program. Brisimitzis led operations for Microsoft Ventures globally in addition to creating and launching their “HiPo” program; an exclusive engagement for Startups with significant market potential.

      Brisimitzis has led many internal innovation efforts from SMB mini-servers to hyper-scale computing HW/SW stacks. As an “intrapreneur” he appeals to opportunities that help large organization rapidly innovate new and emerging opportunities from concept to customer adoption. He developed the early prototypes for Microsoft Cloud Platform Solution (aka Azure Stack) and holds a patent for a predictive algorithm. He holds a degree in Business Management from Trent University of Peterborough Ontario, Canada. Brisimitzis and his family reside in Seattle WA.

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      Peter Cohan

      Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington

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      Peter Cohan

      Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington

      Peter Cohan is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Over the past 25 years and through numerous travel/study programs he has exposed students to the incredible richness and variety of architecture and design in Nordic countries.

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      Chris Cooper

      VP North America, Sustainable Aviation

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      Chris Cooper

      VP North America, Sustainable Aviation

      Chris has over 25 years of Aviation experience which began with his early passion for flying when he began acquiring pilot ratings at a young age. With undergraduate studies from Brigham Young University and Masters of Business Administration from Wesleyan University. Chris advanced his passion professionally working for Chevron Corp and Phillips 66 in various roles ranging from supply and logistics to business and commercial aviation marketing. As Vice President North America for Neste, Chris leads an incomparable team across the Americas in the distribution of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Chris says, “The future of air travel will be lower emission, it will be sustainable, and it will be powered by sustainable aviation fuel.”

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      Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir

      Deputy COO, Icelandair

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      Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir

      Deputy COO, Icelandair

      Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir has served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer since November 2021. Before joining Icelandair in 2016, she was Leader of Condition Based Maintenance at Rio Tinto Alcan in Iceland and Customer Service Manager at Marorka. From 2020 she has also served as Director of Icelandair’s Operations Support. Heiða holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Iceland and a MSc degree in Financial Engineering from Reykjavik University, Iceland.

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      Stefania G. Halldorsdóttir

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

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      Sigurlina Ingvarsdóttir

      Eyrir

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      Lars Johansson

      Co-Founder and Managing Director of E8 Ventures

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      Lars Johansson

      Co-Founder and Managing Director of E8 Ventures

      Lars Johansson is a co-founder and managing director of E8 Ventures and the Element 8 Fund, both spun out of E8. Founded in 2006, with over 120 members E8 is the country’s largest angel investor network focused exclusively on cleantech. In addition to being one of the group’s most active investors, Lars has been actively helping build the organization, having served on its board since 2007, including as board chair for several years.

      Lars’ background is in IT where he was an executive at Microsoft for a combined 16 years, the first 5 in his native country of Sweden, before relocating to the headquarters in the Pacific Northwest. He has a business degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

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      Dr. Ari Jónsson

      CEO, AwareGo

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      Tryggvi Jonsson

      Technical Software Product Manager, Marel
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      Tryggvi Jonsson

      Technical Software Product Manager, Marel

      Tryggvi Jónsson is a technical Product Manager at Marel for Cloud, IoT, and Data and has led the development of Marel's new software platform since joining Marel in 2018.

      Tryggvi is an experienced software engineer and data scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in applied statistics from the Technical University of Denmark and degrees in applied mathematics and industrial engineering. Before joining Marel, Tryggvi has been a part of startups within the Fintech, Renewable Energy, and Entertainment sectors.

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      Isaac Kato

      Managing Director, Techstars

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      Mads Birgens Kristensen

      Head of Urbanism, Cobe

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      Mads Birgens Kristensen

      Head of Urbanism, Cobe

      Mads Birgens is a trained architect at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, and has throughout his career accumulated a unique experience in urban planning. He has been managing a large number of Cobe's prestigious masterplan projects, including the development of Nordhavn in Copenhagen, Deutzer Hafen in Cologne, DE, Science Village Scandinavia in Lund, SE and Nydalen in Oslo, NO. In addition to being the driving force in creative development as well as managing time and finances in projects, he has been responsible for coordination and communication within a large number of projects and clients in the Nordic region. As Head of Urbanism, Mads is responsible for driving the professional development of urban planning and strategic planning at Cobe.

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      Anniken Krutnes

      Norway's Ambassador to the US

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      Anniken Krutnes

      Norway's Ambassador to the US

      An expert in security policy, law of the sea and Arctic issues, Ambassador Krutnes has served with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since beginning as a trainee in 1994. In her previous position with the Ministry, she served as Deputy Director General of the Department of Security Policy. Before that, she was Norway’s Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs.

      Ambassador Krutnes has had postings in several European countries, including ambassadorship of the Netherlands and Luxembourg. She was recently a member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing responsible State behavior in cyberspace in the context of international security.

      She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Oslo and a Master of Science in Economics and Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics, and has also studied international management at Universittá Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

      Ambassador Krutnes is a Commander of the Norwegian Order of Merit, and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands). She is married and has three adult children.

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      Sami Lahdensuo

      VP for Government and Institutional Relations, Finnair

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      Sami Lahdensuo

      VP for Government and Institutional Relations, Finnair

      Sami Lahdensuo is VP for Government and Institutional Relations at Finnair where he oversees Finnair´s global market access and political and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Finnair 4.5 years ago, Sami has had a lengthy career in international relations. For five years he was heading the Office of President Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel peace prize laureate 2008, and prior to that he was playing an instrumental role in building up Crisis Management Initiative, an organization focusing on peace mediation and conflict resolution. Sami has also served as a Political Advisor in the European Parliament and led work of development policy organizations in Finland. In 2019 he was a Visiting Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington DC. Sami is Master of Social Sciences from the University of Tampere, Finland.

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      Peter Linder

      Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson

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      Peter Linder

      Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson

      Peter Linder is Head of 5G Marketing North America at Ericsson in North America. He is passionate about deciphering 5G & the mobile G forces enabling digital markets. He is a broadband networker with 30 years at Ericsson centered around fixed and mobile broadband in equal parts. In 2020 he was recognized by Onalytica as the #1 expert technology influencer on LinkedIn. He graduated from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg with two degrees in Electrical Engineering and International Business management. Outside of work, he enjoys motor racing, skiing, golf, and photography.

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      Niklas Lund

      Director, Rockton

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      Niklas Lund

      Director, Rockton

      Niklas has been CEO of Rockton Partners AB since 2007. Rockton historically has been a successful Swedish boutique aircraft lessor concentrating on regional aircraft. Over the last 2 years Niklas has overseen the complete restructuring of the company which today is exclusively focused on sustainable aviation investments and assets.

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      Arul Menezes

      Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

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      Arul Menezes

      Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

      Arul Menezes is Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and the founder of Microsoft Translator. He has grown it from a small research project in Microsoft Research into one of Microsoft’s most successful flagship AI services within the Azure Cognitive Services family, translating 90+ languages and dialects, used by hundreds of millions of consumers, and tens of thousands of developers and businesses worldwide. It is also embedded in Microsoft products such as Office, Bing, Windows, and Skype.

      Arul has 30+ years of deep experience in computer science, software development, and 20+ years in natural language processing and artificial intelligence.

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      Mårten Mickos

      CEO, HackerOne

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      Mårten Mickos

      CEO, HackerOne

      Mårten is the CEO of HackerOne, the leading provider worldwide of hacker-powered security. With a community of over a million whitehat hackers, HackerOne helps companies and governments find and fix software vulnerabilities before these are exploited for data breaches or cyber attacks.

      Previously, he was SVP and head of the cloud business unit of Hewlett-Packard. Mårten was the CEO of MySQL AB from 2001 to 2008. He served on the board of Nokia from 2012 to 2015. Mårten is the honorary consul of Finland in San Francisco.

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      Jens Molbak

      Trustee, National Nordic Museum

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      Jens Molbak

      Trustee, National Nordic Museum

      Jens Molbak has a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation investing, and a world where social and economic progress are available to all. He is the founder of NewImpact, a humanity benefit non-profit that seeks to utilize a data-driven “tri-sector” approach to align the resources available in the private, social, and public sectors to generate superior societal and financial outcomes.

      Molbak first learned of potential for tri-sector solutions when he founded Coinstar in 1990, with the goal of creating a company that could simultaneously benefit the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Coinstar today has processed over $60bb, raised $100mm for non-profits, and saved the US government billions in reduced costs.

      He is active in the Seattle and national impact community as owner of Molbak’s Nursery, a board member for the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy, Partner for Social Venture Partners Seattle, Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and Network Member of the Ashoka Support Network.

      Molbak holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University. A native of Seattle, he is an avid hiker, back country skier, and enthusiast of landscape architecture.

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      Bengt Nilsson

      CEO and President of the Board, Pagero Group

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      Bengt Nilsson

      CEO and President of the Board, Pagero Group

      Bengt Nilsson was recruited as CEO and President of the Board of the Pagero Group due to his extensive experience in international expansion within the tech industry. Prior to joining Pagero, he was Co-founder, CEO and Vice Chairman of IFS for over 20 years. He currently sits on the board for Vilja AB, Ides, Industrial Design Software, and Homes and Villas Limited. Nilsson serves as Co-chairman of EESPA, driving cooperation and standardization throughout the European e-invoicing industry. Following service as Deputy Platoon Commander in the Swedish Armed Forces, Nilsson studied Industrial Engineering at Linköping Technical University.

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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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      Hjalti Porainsson

      Vice President of Software, Marel

      At Marel, Hjalti Þórarinsson is Vice President of Software. He joined Board of Directors of Origo hf. as a deputy board member in March 2017 and became Chairman of the Board in March 2020. He studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iceland between 1995-1998 and holds an MBA degree from MIT. In 1998 Hjalti co-founded Dímon Software. After finishing his MBA Hjalti worked at the Microsoft headquarters for 11 years where he served as a Director of Business Development at the AI division.

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      Jarand Rystad

      Founder of Rystad Energy

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      Jarand Rystad

      Founder of Rystad Energy

      Jarand Rystad founded Rystad Energy in 2004 and has, since its inception, managed the company. Jarand has extensive experience in oil and gas and energy strategy advisory work from his long tenure with both McKinsey & Company and Rystad Energy. His areas of expertise include energy and E&P strategy, energy scenarios and all aspect of the Energy Transition, renewables, asset and company transactions, macro analysis, and oil service industry analysis. According to the Financial Times, Jarand is "one of the most cited petroleum analysts in the industry" and has been the keynote speaker at numerous international conferences focusing on all aspect of energy and the Energy Transition.

      Jarand has engaged in the development of an Energy Scenario Database describing the changes in the global energy mix to 2100. Each scenario is described in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and consequences for global warming, building on the IPCC AR6 report.

      Jarand holds a M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he majored with a thesis on asteroseismology. He also has an academic background in philosophy and has been the leader and founder of various organizations.

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      Tuula Rytila

      Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital Stores

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      Tuula Rytila

      Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital Stores

      Tuula Rytila is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Digital Stores, responsible for Microsoft’s digital eCommerce across Microsoft.com and Microsoft Store on Windows and Xbox. With a Digital Store presence across more than 190 countries, Tuula is leading Microsoft’s strategic ambition to reimagine digital transformation, while ensuring we deliver against our responsibility as a tech leader to build trust across every touch point. To support Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, under her leadership Digital Stores has become the trusted advisor for customers, delivering best in class digital experiences that showcase Microsoft technology and drives sales.

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      Okko-Pekka Salmimies

      Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles

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      Okko-Pekka Salmimies

      Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles

      Ambassador Okko-Pekka Salmimies represents Finland in thirteen Western states as Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles. Salmimies is an expert in international trade and economy related questions. He joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1997.

      Salmimies served previously as Ambassador and Head of Mission at the Permanent Delegations of Finland to the OECD and to UNESCO in Paris, Ambassador for Team Finland (covering export and investment promotion), Director of Trade Policy, and Director for Civil Society. With the Ministry, he also served as Head of Cabinet and Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Trade, Development and European Affairs and Desk Officer for trade policy and transatlantic relations at the EU Delegation of Finland in Brussels.

      Prior to his current posting in Los Angeles, Salmimies was Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. His research focused on foreign policy issues related to international trade, technology, transatlantic relations, and sustainable development. Salmimies’s most current publications cover issues related to strategic autonomy, EU’s new trade policy and green transition.

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      Melanie Schneider

      CEO, Beedle

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      Malena Sell-Myllyoja

      Senior Specialist, Sitra

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      Malena Sell-Myllyoja

      Senior Specialist, Sitra

      Malena Sell-Myllyoja is a Senior Specialist on Circular Economy at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, where she specializes in economic policy, innovation and the global dimension of the circular economy transition. Sell-Myllyoja joined Sitra from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Prior to that she worked at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva for over ten years, including as Climate, Environment and Natural Resources Senior Programme Officer. She has also worked at the World Bank and at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Sell-Myllyoja holds an MA in Environmental Studies and a BA in International Relations (international commerce), both from Brown University.

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      Fertram Sigurjonsson

      Founder and CEO, Kerecis


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      Fertram Sigurjonsson

      Founder and CEO, Kerecis


      Fertram Sigurjonsson is the Founder and CEO of Kerecis, a biotechnology company which uses fish skin to heal human wounds. In addition to biotechnology, Fertram has founded and run companies in the financial technology and renewable energy sectors. Fertram has served as a board member and executive of companies in Europe, North-America and Asia. Fertram was featured on Virginia Business 100 People to Meet in 2022. He was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 and Entrepreneur of the Year in Iceland in 2015. Fertram has received innovation and entrepreneurship awards from the President of Iceland.

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      Carrie Song

      VP Sales North America, Renewable Road Transportation, Neste

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      Carrie Song

      VP Sales North America, Renewable Road Transportation, Neste

      Carrie Song is Vice President of Sales for Renewable Road Transportation at Neste US, responsible for the company's increasing development and expansion efforts in the region. She joined Neste in 2020 and has spearheaded the growth of Neste MY Renewable Diesel in the North America market since then. Carrie is passionate about renewable fuels and other new technologies and innovations that can help the transport industry cut carbon emissions.

      Carrie has a track record of success in driving business growth for both Fortune 500 companies and startups in a variety of industries, including global commodity trade, IT, capital goods, retail consulting, energy and oil and gas. Prior to her current role at Neste, she served as Sales Director - Americas for BP, where she oversaw business development performance, expanded business footprints and developed high performing teams across North, Central and Latin America regions. Prior to that, Carrie was the Sales & Marketing Director of Global Oil and Gas Power Solution at Cummins.

      She holds a BA in Economics and Public Administration from University of International Business and Economics in China, a Master in Management from London School of Economics in the UK, and a Master of Science in Marketing Research from Texas A&M University in the US. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt sponsor.

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      Dmitriy Starson

      Founder and CEO, Passio

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      Birger Steen

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

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      Birger Steen

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

      As a Partner at Summa Equity, Birger Steen works with the investment team to pursue investments that solve global challenges. His primary focus is with Summa’s Technology-enabled Transformation team, where he drives deal sourcing efforts and portfolio company oversight and value creation.

      Steen’s current portfolio company engagements are as Board Chair at Pagero, where they are building an open, global and data-centric network to radically improve how transactions flow between the world’s 150 million companies, and Myneva, which is building a pan-European SaaS-based care technology platform with the aim of improving the quality and availability of elderly, social, disabled and youth care as our societies deal with accelerating demographic change.

      Before joining Summa Equity in September 2019, Steen spent 25+ years in leadership roles in TMT companies across Europe and the US. In addition to his work at Summa, he serves on the boards of Nordic Semiconductor ASA (chair), Nordea Bank Abp (chair of Board Operations and Sustainability Committee), and PragmatIC Semiconductor. He studied computer science at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Russian language at the Defense School of Intelligence and Security, and finance at INSEAD.

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      Todd Stavish

      MD, SRI Ventures

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      Katrin Steinthorsdottir

      Geologist, University of British Columbia

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      Katrin Steinthorsdottir

      Geologist, University of British Columbia

      Katrin Steinthorsdottir is a geologist who is doing her PhD at the University of British Columbia (UBC) alongside working for Carbfix. Her work focuses on CO2 storage via mineralization in subsurface ultramafic rocks. She completed her MSc also at UBC on serpentinization and implications for carbon mineralization.

      Katrin grew up in Iceland, Malta, and the United States, and before moving to Canada, worked on volcano monitoring in Mexico. She acquired her BSc from the University of Iceland investigating physical volcanology with an exchange year at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

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      Lisa Stiffler

      Reporter, GeekWire

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      Lisa Stiffler

      Reporter, GeekWire

      GeekWire’s Lisa Stiffler tells the stories of the burgeoning, multi-billion-dollar climate tech sector in the Pacific Northwest and beyond; profiles tech startups and leaders; and covers the intersection of technology with social, environmental, health, philanthropic, diversity and education issues.

      Lisa is a University of Washington alum twice over, with a background in cell biology that was jettisoned for the excitement and nearly instant gratification of journalism. Her first media gig was at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where for a decade she primarily covered environmental issues. More recently she has worked as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times, features editor for Seattle’s Child parenting magazine, researcher at Sightline Institute, and reporting for national and local news sites.

      Lisa is from the greater Seattle area and a descendent of an Icelander, her paternal grandmother Olga Kristjana Gislason.

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      Dr. Robert Strand

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

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      Dr. Robert Strand

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

      Dr. Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. His research and teaching compares U.S. and Nordic approaches to sustainable and socially responsible business. He has more recently turned attention to contrast varieties of capitalism in the U.S. and Nordic contexts and is currently working on the book project “Sustainable Vikings.” He was a United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway.

      Prior to joining academia as a professor with the Copenhagen Business School, Strand spent a decade in industry with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota (completed at HEC-Paris), and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

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      Dr. Nikko Strom

      Distinguished Scientist, Amazon

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      Dr. Nikko Strom

      Distinguished Scientist, Amazon

      Nikko Ström is a technologist and scientist with a deep background in AI and speech and language technology. He received his PhD at KTH in Stockholm, where he worked among other things, on automatic speech recognition for a dialogue system for ferry time tables in Stockholm’s archipelago. At Amazon, he was a founding member of the team that built Amazon Echo and Alexa. Today he is a Distinguished Scientist/VP with interests in ASR, NLU, TTS, Dialogue, and other machine learning problems at Alexa AI.

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      Dr. Marie Louise Sunde

      Founder and CEO Equality Check

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      Dr. Marie Louise Sunde

      Founder and CEO Equality Check

      Marie Louise Sunde is a surgeon and holds a medical PhD. She is the founder and CEO of Equality Check - a DE&I tech startup using data and science based solutions to provide the tools organizations need to win the war for talent and stay compliant.

      Sunde has been a leading Norwegian voice in the DE&I conversation since founding a social movement in 2015 addressing unconscious gender bias. She was instrumental in the medical #MeToo movement, and has been engaged with the Young Doctor Association in Norway to improve the leadership culture in hospitals. In 2018 she co-authored a best selling book about unconscious gender bias. Sunde is a sought-after public speaker. She holds several board and advisory board positions, among them in Women in Global Health, Queen Sonja’s International Music Competition and Partnership for Change.

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      Örn Valdimarsson

      Managing Director of Eyrir Venture Management

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      Örn Valdimarsson

      Managing Director of Eyrir Venture Management

      Örn Valdimarsson is the Managing Director of Eyrir Venture Management. Previously, Valdimarsson was the Managing Director of Investments at Eyrir Invest. Valdimarsson has led numerous investments on behalf of Eyrir and serves on the Board of Directors in several companies on behalf of Eyrir Venture Management. Valdimarsson has over 20 years of experience with startups and VC investing.

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      Pekka A. Viljakainen

      Chairman of the Board, Finnforel Oy and All Capital

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      Pekka A. Viljakainen

      Chairman of the Board, Finnforel Oy and All Capital

      Pekka A. Viljakainen serves as Chairman of the Board of Finnforel Oy and All Capital. He studied engineering at the University of Technology in Lappeenranta. Thanks to his technical background, Viljakainen has for 20 years worked as an ambassador between business executives and technology teams. He started as an entrepreneur in 1986, by establishing Oy Visual Systems Ltd. (1986 – 2004). He joined TietoEnator in 2000. Viljakainen is widely known by his nickname, Bulldozer. His reputation and track record for handling very complex governance and political topics inside large international organizations related to enterprise digitalization earned him this nickname.

      Viljakainen is heavily involved in promoting the necessary preparations for a true revolution of services and the deep strategical role of digitalization across Europe. For many years now, Viljakainen has analyzed the fundamental change in consumer behavior and its implications for the corporate strategies in all information intensive businesses. In 2010, Viljakainen stepped down from operative roles and has focused on investing and managing small and medium size technology startups. He is also acting as an independent advisor in Skolkovo Innovation Center and as a board member in Skoltech Technology University.

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    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

    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

    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

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

    - Petra Hilleberg, Honorary Consul, Sweden

    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

    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

    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.

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