Parallel Sessions’ speakers
Future of work
Menno Bart is Public Affairs Manager at the Adecco Group. He manages the Group’s relationship with global and European institutional stakeholders. Menno regularly contributes to discussions on the future of work, (youth) employability and skills, and a range of other labour market related topics.
Previously, Menno worked as a lobbyist in Brussels for the World Employment Confederation, the industry federation representing the HR services industry, and as a consultant for Russchen Consultants. Menno is a former diplomat for the Dutch government in Prague and on Aruba.
Deputy Head of Unit “Skills and Qualifications", European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Julie Fionda is a British official working in the European Commission since 2002. She has a background in Economics and she is currently Deputy Head of Unit in the DG Employment, Skills and Qualifications Unit. She was in 2014–2018 Member of the Cabinet of Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Julie worked in the UK administration on regional development and social inclusion initiatives and began her career in the education sector, working on corporate development and planning.
Peter Fredman is a second generation family business owner and Chairman of the Board at Fredman Group Oy. They are striving to make the perfect kitchen by turning professional kitchens into intelligent and sustainable working environments. The company must continuously renew itself, as technology and time changes their business landscape. Peter’s main passions are digitalization of small companies, entrepreneurship and leadership that is needed in times of transformation.
Henna Pursiainen is the CEO of Dare to Learn, the festival of rethinking learning. She is also the Vice President of the Finnish National Youth Council and her background is in social sciences, advocacy and NGOs. She is interested in revolutionizing learning and finding out what kind of impact learning can have not only on individuals but also on organizations and on societies as a whole.
Pekka Puustinen is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at OP Financial Group. Prior to joining OP, Puustinen worked at Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, most recently as CCO and Member of Executive Group. Before that, he acted as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. Puustinen holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration. In 2015 he acted as a Visiting Professor at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Education and learning
Hans Renman, Founder & CEO, LS Group, Sweden Hans Renman has worked as a principal and is an education and digitalisation entrepreneur. He is the former CEO of Apple Professional Development in Sweden and has been involved with school development and the digitalisation of Swedish schools. He has been working with digitalisation and innovation strategies at Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency and at Swedish Association of Local Authorities.
Roosa Pajunen is the President of the Union of Upper Secondary School Students. The organisation is politically and religiously independent and works for the well-being of upper secondary school students, especially in questions regarding education and social policy.
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a learning innovation expert, founder of mindful-leaders.net, serial entrepreneur, and Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011–2017 he held the position of Vice-President at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). He is author of more than 10 books and 150 scholarly articles with over 3000 academic citations. Ulf is a trained coach, facilitator and expert for mindful communication, and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honours in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003.
Ph.D. (Econ.), Adjunct professor Teemu Kokko is the President at HAAGA-HELIA – University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. During his career he has lived and worked abroad a total of nine years (Moscow, Budapest & Oslo) and he is deeply involved in numerous international activities. He is an ad hoc columnist for two Finnish hospitality-industry magazines and a regular guest-speaker at seminars and conferences. He has also been a visiting lecturer at several universities and universities of applied science both abroad and in Finland. During his freetime Mr Kokko carries on with some academic work and his major research interests relate to offering development, service design, sales and customer strategies and general business development.
Continuous learning now and in the future
Esko Kilpi is the founder and principal of Esko Kilpi Company, a leading research and advisory firm laying the intellectual foundations of post-industrial, post-fossil work environments. In addition to his work as a management author, Esko Kilpi takes part in academic research and lectures on the topics of interactive value creation, ethical operating systems and intelligent technologies augmenting human capabilities. Esko Kilpi is frequently invited as a keynote speaker in management and technology conferences globally. He also advises both public sector organisations and leading global multinational companies. A large part of his work is based on sciences of complexity and theories of complex social systems.
Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) and Director of the Centre for Modern Workplace Learning (C4MWL). Jane has been advising businesses for over 30 years and currently focuses on helping organisations and learning professionals modernise their approaches to workplace learning. She is the Editor of the Modern Workplace Learning Magazine, and the author of a number of books including Modern Workplace Learning 2019.
Innovation and research boosting competitiveness
Karoli Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical – a marketplace for international career adventures. She founded her first company at the age of sixteen (officially becoming the youngest inventor of Estonia). Karoli successfully lead the launch of seven television channels in Northern Europe (including National Geographic Channels, MTV, and Fox entertainment). She was named one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by the prestigious international business magazine BusinessWeek and one of 50 Most Influential Women in Tech of Europe in 2016 by EU-Startups. She is also an alumnus of Singularity University.
Michel Servoz is the Senior Adviser to President Juncker for Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labour. Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the European Commission, Michel was Director-General of Directorate-General "Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion" from 2014 to 2018. Earlier (2011–2014), he was Deputy Secretary General responsible for coordination of the EU Semester and the upcoming Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Michel has diplomas from the Institute of Political Science and the National School for Judges in Paris, and a Master Degree in Law. Prior to joining the Commission, Michel has experience working as a Law Professor, Judge and Deputy Secretary General of the Court of Cassation in Paris.
Valto Loikkanen is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, co-founder and CEO of Grow VC Group – the global leader in enabling digital finance markets and digital economic development. He is an internationally awarded serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, who has build companies across US., Europe and Asia. At the age 24, Valto started and grew his first company to international business.