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Dr. Krish Sankaran

CEO, Radical Innovations Group

Krish Sankaran is a Swiss national of Indian origin. He is the CEO of Radical Innovations Group, a research and innovation company based in Vaasa. His previous engagements include European Commission, World Economic Forum, ABB, Alstom. His experience from three different sectors – business, government, and academia - are in the domain of energy technologies, business innovations, and organizational transformation.
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Elisabeth Morney

Media Professional at YLE

Elisabeth is an experienced media professional producing content for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE, for more than 20 years. She is also a doctoral candidate of Film and Television at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

Fatos Kavaja

A Restaurateur

Fatos is the owner of Illyrians, one of the most popular restaurants in the Vaasa Region. Originally from Kosovo, Fatos is now a Vaasa native and opening a new restaurant in the first quarter of 2018. Dealing with hot environments (literally), and high stress, Fatos has turned his business dreams into reality over the last 10 years.

Kai Saksela

CEO, Noiseless Acoustics

Kai is the co-founder and CEO of Noiseless Acoustics, where he is realizing his vision of turning sound into value for companies using state of the art technology. Before co-founding the company in 2015, Kai worked as a researcher in acoustics and as an ICT and acoustics expert in the construction industry.
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Frantz Kruger

Bronze & Gold Medalist

Born in South Africa, Frantz Kruger has represented both South Africa and Finland at various international athletic competitions. As a discus thrower, Frantz won the Gold at the Commonwealth Games 2002 in Manchester, and was a bronze medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
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Hannah Kaihovirta

Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki

Hannah is a researcher, teacher educator and visual artist with a Ph.D. in Arts and Education. She is currently a senior lecturer in Aesthetics and Education at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki. She is a member of Helsinki based Research Group Educational Studies and Teacher Education, INSEA organization (Global), JASED publication (No) and TAIKE (Fi).
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Mauritz Knuts

Project Manager, Vaasa Region Development Company

Mauritz Knuts is a building engineer who has focused on development projects regarding sustainable and energy efficient buildings. He has also been involved in several projects working with companies in the cleantech sector. Working closely with companies, cities, municipalities and organizations, he is used to trying to grasp the bigger picture of how things work.
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Nina Stubb

Multicultural Development Officer, Finnish Red Cross

Nina has a Degree in International Law with a specialization in Human Rights. She has worked in multicultural environments with organizations such as the UN, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and now with the Finnish Red Cross. She is active in Kvinnoförbundet and strives for deeper understanding in alternative contexts; for equality, against racism and xenophobia.
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Peter Nieminen

M.D. Ph.D.

With over 30 years of experience as a physician and almost 10 years as a health care manager, Peter has seen an enormous change, but many of the stable cornerstones remain - most of all in the behavioral aspect, as well as in the  leadership aspect.