Speakers

More information about our fantastic speakers during the World Cultural Council award festivities and Aalto University Academic Summit 16–20 November 2014.


Magnus BerggrenMagnus Berggren
Professor and director of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2014 Laureate
Linköping University

Magnus Berggren received his MSc in Physics in 1991 and graduated as PhD (Thesis: Organic Light Emitting Diodes) in Applied Physics in 1996, both degrees from Linköping University  He then joined Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in the USA, for a one-year post doc period focusing on developing organic solid state lasers based. In 1997 he teamed up with Opticom ASA, in Norway, and former colleagues of Linköping University, as the managing director to establish the Thin Film Electronics AB. Thin Film develops electronic memory devices based on ferroelectric polymers. After this, he returned to Linköping University and also to a part-time manager position at Acreo Swedish ICT. In 1999, he initiated paper electronics projects supported in part by several paper and packaging companies. Since 2002, he is Professor of Organic Electronics at Linköping university and is the director of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, including around 40 members. Magnus Berggren is the director of the Strategic Research Centre for Organic Bioelectronics (OBOE) and the director of the Advanced Functional Materials SFO-Center of Linköping University. In 2012, Magnus Berggren was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and in 2014, was awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Price.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy


bjorkman_i.gifIngmar Björkman

Dean
Aalto University School of Business
Ingmar Björkman (born 1959, raised in Norway) received his PhD from the Hanken School of Economics (Finland) after having done parts of his studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining Aalto University he was Professor of Management and Organisation at the Hanken School of Economics, where he served as Dean of Research and Internationalisation (2005-2007) and Head of the Department of Management and Organisation (1998 to 2011). Having taught at a number of business schools in Europe and Asia, Björkman has received teaching awards from Hanken School of Economics, Fudan University (Shanghai), and INSEAD (Singapore). Ingmar Björkman´s main research area is International Management, with a particular focus on people management issues in multinational corporations.
18 November From Research to Innovation
Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship

Sir Colin BlakemoreSir Colin Blakemore
Professor
University of London

Colin Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy at the University of London and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford. From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council and from 2007-10 he was Chair of the Neuroscience Research Partnership in Singapore. Colin studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge and completed a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After working for 11 years in Cambridge, he moved to Oxford in 1979 to become Waynflete Professor of Physiology and a Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College. His research has been concerned with many aspects of vision, early development of the brain, plasticity of the cerebral cortex and neurodegenerative disease. He has been President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Society of Biology. He is President of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Brain Tumour Charity, and Vice-President of the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. In November 2014 he will become President of the World Cultural Council. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television and writes in the national press about science and science policy.
18 November From Research to Innovation The Impact of Science on Human Health

Sir Philip CohenSir Philip Cohen
Professor
Medical Research Council’s Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
University of
Dundee
The winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science by the World Cultural Council in 2014 is Professor Sir Philip Cohen, Professor of Enzymology, and Deputy Director of the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) at the Medical Research Council’s Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, University of Dundee, United Kingdom.
Please read more about the winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science by the World Cultural Council in 2014 here.
17 November Laureates’ Lectures.

 
Pierre Delzac
Marketing Director
President GE Healthcare Finland

19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium From Research to ICT Innovations

Edmond H. Fischer

Edmond H. Fischer
Nobel Laureate, WCC President
Edmond H. Fischer is one of the world's leading scientists.  In 1992, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with his colleague Edwin G. Krebs for their discovery of reversible protein phosphorylation as a biological regulatory mechanism.
He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Geneva in 1947 and continued his research there until 1953, when he emigrated to the USA and joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle.
It is there that Fischer and Krebs started their studies on the complex hormonal regulation of glycogen phosphorylase, studies that led them to discover that the enzyme was regulated by reversible protein phosphorylation, i.e. by the attachment or removal of phosphate groups. They called protein kinases and protein phosphatases the enzymes that catalysed those two reactions, respectively. It soon became clear that reversible protein phosphorylation was one of the most prevalent mechanisms by which cellular processes are regulated.
Toward the end of his career, Dr. Fischer’s laboratory isolated the first protein tyrosine phosphatase. He then became particularly interested in the identification, characterisation and regulation of various cytoplasmic and receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases.
Dr. Fischer has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his contributions to science. He has been President of the World Cultural Council since November 2007.
In November, Dr. Fischer will be visiting Aalto University to attend the 31st Award Ceremony of the World Cultural Council. During his visit, he will give a lecture at Aalto University entitled: "The Origin of Reversible Protein Phosphorylation".
Read more about Edmond H. Fischer here.
16 November Public opening lecture

Heidi FagerholmHeidi Fagerholm
CTO, Management Board Member
Kemira Oyj
Dr. Heidi Fagerholm has since 2011 been working as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Kemira Oyj.
She graduated as Ph.D. from Åbo Akademi University, Department of Chemical Engineering in 1994. She started her professional career as a Project Manager at Turku Technology Center Ltd., acting as a coordinator for several industry-university collaborative research and development projects. From 2001, she has been the managing director of Top Analytica Ltd. – a joint venture of Metso Corporation, Ahlstrom corporation,  Ciba Specialty Chemicals, KCL, Turku Technology Center Ltd. and the two universities in Turku. Top Analytica Ltd.  was founded in 2001 to provide special analytical services to its´ owners and other customers.  In 2006, she joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals to lead the Technical Center EMEA of Paper business line in Raisio, Finland.  
In 2007, Heidi joined Ahlstrom Corporation, business area of Building and Energy, as Vice President, Product Development, to coordinate industrial nonwovens R&D operations (3 product lines and 8 plants). She also acted as a member of Ahlstrom Corporate Innovation Team (Innotech) in Pont-Evêque, France and a member of the Business Area Management team.
Heidi joined Kemira in November 2010 and since January 2011, has been the CTO of the company and responsible for developing Kemira's Research & Development operations in Espoo Finland, Atlanta Georgia U.S.A. and Shanghai China. She is a member of Kemira's management team.
Since 2011, she has been a member of the board of Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and was appointed as member of the board of Academy of Finland in August 2014.
She is also Adjunct professor (“Materials chemistry and surface characterization”) at Åbo Akademi University, Department of Physical Chemistry.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium
 Sustainable Technologies


R. Frederic HenschelR. Frederic Henschel
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
R. Frederic (Ric) Henschel is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, a U.S. general practice law firm recognised for its focus on innovation in client service and thought leadership. Ric counsels clients on patent matters, including representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), litigation, and licensing. He is registered to practice before the USPTO and is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. Ric co-authors the patent law treatise Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing (BNA Books) and has also served as contributing editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. He is a former law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader (retired) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
18 November From Research to Innovation How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?


Mikael HannusMikael Hannus

Vice President Biomaterials
Stora Enso Oyj

Mr Hannus has been working in different positions within Stora Enso since 1997. His tasks within the Biomaterials team include technology scouting, investments, R&D network building. As the representative of Stora Enso Mr Hannus is the chairman of the board of Innventia AB and Wallenberg Wood Science Centre.
Mr Hannus holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Åbo Akademi University in Finland and an eMBA from Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy

Riitta HariRiitta Hari
Academy Professor
Aalto University
Member of the US National Academy of Sciences
Academy Professor Riitta Hari directs the multidisciplinary Brain Research Unit of the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory at Aalto University, Finland. Riitta Hari has pioneered the use of magnetoencephalography (MEG) in providing insights into different aspects of brain function in both healthy subjects and patient groups. Her research interests include systems-level human neuroscience and brain imaging, with a focus on dynamical aspects of perception and action, including social interaction. Riitta Hari is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Academician of Science in Finland.
18 November From Research to Innovation The Impact of Science on Human Health

Olli IkkalaOlli Ikkala
Academy Professor
Aalto University School of Science
Prof. Olli Ikkala´s research interest is self-assembled and biomimetic functional materials and nanocellulose. He is academy professor of Academy of Finland and heads the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research. He is originally educated in physics (PhD thesis 1983 in Helsinki University of Technology). Then he spent 10 years in chemical industry, mostly related to development of polymer blends and conducting polymers. 1994 he came back to academia and established the Molecular Materials Laboratory at Helsinki University of Technology. The laboratory has presently grown to be multidisciplinary involving ca. 30 researchers. Professor Olli Ikkala has more than 200 articles, several articles in highly valued journals such as Science and Nature family, as well as ca. 20 patents. He is a recipient of the Advanced Grant of European Research Council.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy

 
Ed de JongEd de Jong
VP Development
Avantium Chemicals
Ed graduated at Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands and also defended his PhD thesis at the Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands on the degradation of lignocellulose by white-rot fungi (1993).
He has been a Research Associate for 3 years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in Jack Saddler's group, on the use of softwood species for biofuels application.
de Jong has been Head of the Department of Fibre and Paper Technology, Food and Biobased Research, Wageningen University & Research Centre, the Netherlands. He is co-chair of the IEA-Bioenergy Task 42 on biorefineries and he joined Avantium Chemicals in 2007. He is currently VP Development, responsible for feedstock selection and Catalytic Biomass Conversion of carbohydrates into building blocks for polyesters such as PEF, an improved replacement of PET. He is involved in site-selection for the first commercial demonstration plant for the YXY technology.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy

Mervi KarikorpiMervi Karikorpi
Director
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
Mervi Karikorpi is a Director and a Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries (FFTI) heading the FFTI ́s Innovation Environment and Renewal Unit. Her tasks include innovation, research and education policy co-operation and facilitation of partnerships for innovations and sustainable growth in technology industries. She is the Secretary-General of the Advisory Board for the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovations in Finland and holds positions of trust in a number of international and Finnish organisations. She has gained international experience in consulting engineering as well as in public sector jobs related to programme and policy evaluation and management, competencies and innovations development, and RDI. She has worked for 12 years abroad in Europe, Asia and the USA, e.g. with the Delegation of the European Commission to India in New Delhi and the EC headquarters in Brussels. She holds a postgraduate degree in theoretical physics from the Helsinki University.
18 November From Research to Innovation
How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?

Mikko KosonenMikko Kosonen
President, PhD (Econ)
The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Mikko Kosonen has been the President of Sitra since 2008. He worked for Nokia between 1984 and 2007, his last two positions being Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Infrastructure and Senior Advisor. Kosonen has served as a board member for a number of companies and institutions, including Itella Corporation, Kesko, Kuntien Tiera Oy, Telia-Sonera, Fifth Element Oy, Technology Academy Finland and the Foundation for Economic Education. Mikko Kosonen completed his PhD in International Business at the Helsinki School of Economics in 1991. He was awarded Honorary Professorship of Budapest Business School in 2012. He has published several books and articles on strategic management, most recently "Fast Strategy – How Strategic Agility will help you stay ahead of the game" (2008) and "New Deal at the Top" – Harvard Business Review (2007), both with Professor Yves Doz.
18 November
Opening of the Aalto University Academic Summit

Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan Knowles
Professor at FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland), University of Helsinki
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Professor Knowles was Head of Group Research and Member of the Executive Committee at Roche until 2009. He was a member of the Genentech Board for the last 12 years and a member of the Chugai Board for seven years. In this role, he had oversight of an R&D budget of more than 8 Billion euros. Prof. Knowles was also the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of Genentech. Prof. Knowles focused the company on key disease biology areas of high medical need and in-depth understanding of molecular pathology of disease. Under his leadership, the company developed and implemented a strategy of highly effective therapies based on personalised healthcare.
For 5 years he was the Chairman of the Research Directors’ Group of EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations) and was the first Chairman of the Board of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, a unique public-private partnership between 28 Pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission with the participation of over 200 academic institutions in Europe with a budget of more than 5 Billion euros over ten years.
Prior to this, he served as Director of the Glaxo Institute in Geneva for 10 years and as Head of European Research for Glaxo Wellcome. Prof Knowles attended Magdalen College School in Oxford and received a First Class Honours Degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics of Mitochondria with Professor G. H. Beale F.R.S. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Jonathan Knowles holds a Distinguished Professorship in Personalised medicine at FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) at the University of Helsinki, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford.  He is also a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, Professor Emeritus at EPFL, Lausanne and a visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
In 2011, Jonathan Knowles was appointed as a Trustee of Cancer Research UK, one of the world’s leading cancer research organisations and as a board member of A*Star, the leading state research organisation in Singapore. He was appointed in 2013 as Executive Chairman of Immunocore Ltd. and Adaptimmune Ltd, two leading UK Cancer Immunotherapy companies and serves as a non-executive member of a number of Biotech company boards and on the international scientific advisory boards of several public organisations.
18 November From Research to Innovation The Impact of Science on Human Health


Janne LaineJanne Laine
Dean
Aalto University School of Chemical Technology
Janne Laine (b. 1968) has served as Professor at the School of Chemical Technology since 2003, first with the former Helsinki University of Technology and then later at Aalto University. He has headed the Department of Forest Products Technology from 2012, before which he was the Deputy Head of the department.
Janne Laine worked with the Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI) between 1997-2001 and brought with him to Finland a study related to nanocellulose. He was one of the founders of the Finnish Centre for Nanocellulosic Technologies in 2008, and his input into the Design Meets Cellulose project is also significant.  From 2003 to 2013, Janne Laine headed the Forest Products Surface Chemistry research group, which will be part of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research as of 2014.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy

 
Anita LehikoinenAnita Lehikoinen
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education and Culture
Ms Anita Lehikoinen was appointed Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education on 1 May 2013. She is Head of Operations of the Ministry in cooperation with the Minister of Education and the Minister of Culture and Sport, and leads the implementation of the Government programme within the Ministry´s administrative sector. She supervises the internal functions of the Ministry and plays a significant role in preparing the Ministry to respond to future challenges.
Anita Lehikoinen has been employed with the Finnish Ministry of Education since 1989. Prior to her current position, she served as Director General in the Ministry, in charge of higher education and science policy development. She has also worked in the field of higher education, and was responsible for the implementation of the Bologna process in Finland and internationalisation strategy for higher education, among other things. She has also been involved in work to reform the steering system of Finnish universities. Ms Lehikoinen has served in many national and European committees in the field of higher education, research and internationalisation.
Ms. Lehikoinen holds an M.A. degree from the University of Helsinki (1987).
17 November
The 31st World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

Teemu LeinonenTeemu Leinonen
Associate Professor, Vice Dean
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Dr Teemu Leinonen is an associate professor of New Media Design and Learning. Teemu holds over a decade of experience in the field of research and development of web-based learning and currently leads the Learning Environments’ research group of the Media Lab Helsinki. Teemu is a well-known advocate of open source / free software in education, free knowledge and open education.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Creating Together

 

Lars Peter LindforsLars Peter Lindfors
Senior Vice President, Technology
Neste Oil
Lars Peter Lindfors joined Neste Oil in 2007. He is responsible for Research & Development, ICT, Procurement, Investment Management and Business Processes. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy (2009–2012) and as Vice President for the company's Research and Development unit (2007–2009). Lars Peter Lindfors was Executive Vice President, Renewal, Technology and Development at the Perstorp Group (2001–2007). Prior to that he held several managerial positions at Neste (1989–2001), both within the Oil & Gas and the Chemicals division. In 2013 Lars Peter Lindfors received the ‘Energy Initiative of the Year Award’ (by Tekniikka&Talous) and in 2014 he was recognised with the ‘2014 CTO of the Year award’ (by the Technology Academy Finland, SITRA and Spinverse).
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Sustainable Technologies

 
Marja MakarowMarja Makarow
Professor, Vice President for Research 
Academy of Finland
Marja Makarow is Vice President for Research of the Academy of Finland, the public funding agency for fundamental research. She is former Vice Rector for Research and Innovation and Professor of Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Helsinki, and former Vice Chair of the Board of the Aalto University. Between 2008 and 2011 she was Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France. In the European Research Area Board, she advised the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, and in the Prime Minister’s Council for Research and Innovation she advised the Finnish Government. She is member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), panel Chair of the European Research Council’s Starting Grants Programme and member of the Advisory Group for the EU programme Future and Emerging Technologies.
18 November From Research to Innovation Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship


Inka MeroInka Mero
Founder and Chairwoman
KoppiCatch seed investor and accelerator
Inka Mero is a seasoned global business leader, entrepreneur and startup investor.  She is deeply passionate about building companies, which have their root in disruptive technology and business innovation.
During her career, Inka has founded and/or invested in 17+ growth companies. As a founder and chairwoman of KoppiCatch seed investor and accelerator company, she brings over 18 years of technology and strategic marketing experience in industries as diverse as internet, e-commerce, media, media tech, mobile and telecom.
Inka is, among others, the Executive Chairwoman of IndoorAtlas, company providing ubiquitous indoor positioning technology, as well as hands-on Board Member at Klevu, an e-commerce search company.  She is the ex-Head Coach of Startup Sauna non-profit accelerator, and Board Member of Nokian Tyres Plc and the non-profit organisation Startup Sauna Foundation, with an active role in building the Nordic startup ecosystem. Twitter: https://twitter.com/InkaM
18 November From Research to InnovationChanging the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship


Yrjö NeuvoYrjö Neuvo
Professor
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
Yrjö Neuvo received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1974. Currently he is Professor and Research Director at Aalto University.  He was Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Group Executive Board in Nokia between 1993 and 2005. His responsibilities included managing mobile phones R&D. Before joining Nokia, he had a 19-year academic career as Professor of signal processing at Tampere University of Technology, as National Research Professor at the Academy of Finland and as a visiting Professor at University of California, in Santa Barbara, USA.
He has been Chairman of ARTEMIS JTI Governing Board (2007–2008), Bureau Member of European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA 1994–1997. He was General Chairman of the 1988 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems and of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2001). He was Member of Governing Board (and its Executive Committee) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (2008–2012) and Member of the Future Internet PPP Advisory Board 2012-2013. He is Board Member of Vaisala Corporation, as well as three high tech start-ups. He has received four honorary doctorates and is Life Fellow of the IEEE. Asteroid 1938 DN carries his name.
18 November Opening of the Aalto University Academic Summit
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium From Research to ICT Innovations


Ilkka NiemeläIlkka Niemelä
Provost
Aalto University
Provost, Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Ilkka Niemelä (b. 1961) is responsible especially for Academic Affairs (Research and Education). He received his doctorate in computer science from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. He was appointed as Professor of Computer Science in Helsinki University of Technology in 2000. He has served as the Head of the Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science (2000-2007), as the Chair of the Degree Program of Computer Science and Engineering (2008-2010), as the Dean of Aalto University School of Science (2011-2012), and since March 2012 as the Deputy President of Aalto University.
18 November From Research to Innovation How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?


Marita NiemeläMarita Niemelä
Vice President, Strategy
Valmet Pulp & Energy
Docent Dr. Marita Niemelä has 25 years of experience in industrial sectors ranging from oil refining and chemical industry to forest industry. She has broad insight and track record in in energy, fuels and industrial chemicals with specialisation in catalytic processes. Her recent focus has been in new technologies mainly in the areas of bioenergy, biofuels and biorefining.
Marita Niemelä joined Metso Pulp, Paper and Power (PPP) in November 2012 as a Vice President Bio-Technologies. In October 2013, she was appointed Vice President, Strategy in Valmet Pulp and Energy. She leads the strategy development of the business line with focus on biomass conversion technologies and environmental systems.
Prior to this appointment, Marita Niemelä worked at Pöyry as a Leading Advisor in Biofuels and Biorefining in Management Consulting (2010-2012) and as a Vice President Biofuels and Biorefining in the Business Area Chemical Industry (2007-2010). She has several years of experience in R&D&D in various positions such as Director Chemicals in Avantium Technologies B.V., Team Leader at VTT, and Adjunct Professor in Industrial Chemistry at Aalto University. She was appointed to an honorary position of a Docent in Aalto University in the area of Catalysis in Biofuels and Biorefining in 2012.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Addressing Our Global Challenges Through Research and Innovation: Case Bioeconomy


Jesse NieminenJesse Nieminen
Co-founder
Viima Solutions Oy
Jesse Nieminen (born 1990) holds a BSc. in Software Engineering and has just received his MSc. in Service Design and Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Both degrees are from Aalto University.

Jesse was awarded as the IT Student of the Year in Finland (2013) and has worked in both technical and business roles in the software industry, most recently as a Business Development Manager for Europe’s fastest growing developer of supply chain software, RELEX Oy.
In the autumn of 2013, Jesse founded a startup Viima Solutions Oy with two fellow students from Aalto University. Viima develops a SaaS offering for customer and employee engagement via co-creation. Viima is a graduate of multiple accelerator and incubator programmes and actively co-operates with academia.
18 November From Research to Innovation Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship

Risto NieminenRisto Nieminen
Dean, Academician
Aalto University School of Science
D.Sc., Aalto Professor and Academician of Science, Risto Nieminen (b. 1948) has since 1987 been Professor of Physics at the Department of Applied Physics at Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University School of Science. He has been Scientific Director at Center for Scientific Computing (1989-1996) and Academy Professor (1997-2007). Nieminen has directed COMP, the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence for Computational Nanoscience since 2000. He is very active in the international scientific community, for example in the scientific advisory boards of Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Berlin) and Thomas Young Centre (London), in European Research Council panels, in many research networks and consortia. He serves in numerous national and international positions of trust. Nieminen is a member of Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Academy of Engineering Sciences and European Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Phsyical Society and Institute of Physics (UK).
18 November From Research to Innovation The Impact of Science on Human Health


Sebastian NyströmSebastian Nyström
Head of Products
Nokia Technologies
Sebastian Nyström is Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, a business unit that builds products for consumers and business based on Nokia's innovations and the brand.
Prior to this role Sebastian has held various executive product and strategy positions in Nokia. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Strategy. In this role he led the strategy development for group and business unit level strategies across Nokia. He has also held positions such as Senior Vice President of product development in Mobile Phones, Vice President and Head of the MeeGo Programme, and Vice President of Services and Application platforms. In these roles, Sebastian has developed devices and delivered software to over 200 million consumers.
Sebastian joined Nokia in 2003 and holds a MSc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Helsinki University of Technology.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium From Research to ICT Innovations

Lars PallesenLars Pallesen
President Emeritus
Technical University of Denmark

President Emeritus, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). MSc (Chem. Eng.) DTU; M.S. (App. Stat.), MBA (Int. Bus.), Ph.D. (Math. Stat.), University of Wisconsin - Madison. Shewell Award ASQC 1976 and 1981. Honorary Fellow 1980, visiting professor 1983, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Danish Academy of the Technical Sciences 1995. Dr. Science & Technology h.c. (KAIST, South Korea) 2010. DTU Gold Medal 2014.
Besides academia Pallesen has worked for various companies (Carlsberg, NovoNordisk, Chevron, ao), for institutions (Statens Serum Institute, Denmark’s Pharmaceutical Assoc., ao), served on many boards among others: International Vaccine Institute, APMollerMaersk, KAIST, Techniche Universität München, Royal Danish Theater, Opera and Ballet; and acted internationally as a consultant to governmental institutions, universities and business.
18 November From Research to Innovation How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?

Arno PalotieAarno Palotie
Professor
MD, PhD, Professor, Research Director
Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki
Dr. Palotie is a Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki.
He is a Group Leader at the Center for Human Genome Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Dr. Palotie has a long track record in disease genetics, working with both Mendelian and complex traits, especially with neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and neurological diseases, especially genetics of migraine. He chairs the International Headache Genetics Consortium (IHGC), which combines all major groups working on the genetics of migraine and other headache disorders.
He is also the Chair of the international SISu project. He also has an extensive background in genomics, especially large-scale sequencing, having served previously as Director of the Finnish Genome Center and Head of Medical Sequencing at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
18 November From Research to Innovation
 The Impact of Science on Human Health


Stuart ParkinStuart Parkin
Director of Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics
Physicist Stuart Parkin is a leading innovator in the field of spintronics, which relies on the magnetic spin of electrons rather than their charge to store bits, and is one of the most successful fields of nanotechnology yet. Parkin developed magneto-resistive thin-film structures and other key applications of spintronics, which have enabled dramatic increases in the storage capaci­ty of hard disk drives. His innovations paved the way for the ‘big data’ revolu­tion and transformed human access to knowledge. Parkin received the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of his discoveries.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium From Research to ICT Innovations


Martti RaevaaraMartti Raevaara
Professor
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Professor Raevaara was Vice President of Aalto University (2009-2014), in charge of academic affairs, especially education and learning including library and learning environments. Before this, he was the Vice-Rector and the Head of MA eLearning programme Virt@ at the former University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Raevaara is a Professor of e-Learning and Assessment in art and design education. He has worked at the former University of Art and Design since 1983 in several jobs, such as lecturer of photography and visual design, research assistant, professor and department head. In addition, he has notable accomplishments in the development of teaching and learning, particularly in the use of ICT in learning and education.
He is a member of several national and international boards and steering groups of blended learning and cross-disciplinary initiatives for learning and innovative education.
17 November Laureates’ Lectures


Federico Rosei
Federico Rosei
Professor
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec
The 2014 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education laureate is Professor Federico Rosei, Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec, Varennes, Canada.
Please read more about the 2014 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education laureate here.
17 November Laureates’ Lectures

 
Alfons SauquetAlfons Sauquet
Global Dean
ESADE School of Business, Barcelona
Alfons Sauquet is Professor of Learning and Knowledge at the Universitat Ramon llull. He holds a doctorate in Education from Columbia University as well as degrees from ESADE and the University of Barcelona.   
In September 2014, he was appointed Global Dean of ESADE. Prior to this position, he held the position of Dean of the Business School since 2008 and Dean of research since 2004.  He chairs the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and serves in the Supervisory Board of the Academy for Business in Society as Vice Chair. His interest in Innovation, Knowledge Management and in education prompted his involvement in the Innovation Board and to serve in the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EiT). 
In addition he has been invited to participate in the European Australian education policy roundtable and to advice the United Nations Development programme.
18 November From Research to Innovation Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship

 

Jukka SeppäläJukka Seppälä
Academy Professor, Head of Department
Aalto University
Jukka Seppälä, Dr. Tech, is Professor of Polymer technology and Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology at Aalto University. He gained his experience in the industry at Neste Corporation during 1979 – 1986. He acted as the Director of the Bio- and Nanopolymers Research Group in the Finnish Academy Center of Excellence for the years 2001-2007. He has more than 340 scientific articles and the same number of other types of scientific publications. Seppälä is one of the inventors in 48 patent families. He became a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters in the year 2005 and Member of Finnish Academy of Technology 2010. Currently he is Academy Professor for the years 2011-2015.
16 November Public opening lecture



Tuula TeeriTuula Teeri

President
Aalto University
Aalto University's President, Professor, Ph.D. Tuula Teeri, was previously Vice President at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. She completed her doctoral thesis at VTT, and received her doctorate from the University of Helsinki in 1987. Tuula Teeri is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Technology Academy Finland and the Swedish Academy of Technology in Finland. She is also co-founder of SweTree Technologies.
16 November Public opening lecture
17 November The 31st World Cultural Council Award Ceremony



Lesley ThompsonLesley Thompson
Director
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Dr Lesley Thompson has responsibility for managing the overall EPSRC portfolio, commissioning £740 million per year for research and postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences and managing our relationships with the research base.
She took over as Director in December 2006. Before this, she was an Associate Director Research Base which included coordinating the national capability programmes including Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Materials, ICT and Physics, and has been Head of several programmes including the Life Sciences Interface from inception. 
Lesley has enjoyed working for the Research Councils for more than 20 years.
She is a non-Executive Director of UK SBS Ltd.
18 November From Research to Innovation
How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?

Anna ValtonenAnna Valtonen
Dean
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
D.A. (Art and Design) Anna Valtonen (b. 1974) has worked as Rector of Umeå Institute of Design. Before this, Valtonen was Head of Nokia Design Research & Foresight. She has worked as a Researcher at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has been a member of its Board. The research interests of Valtonen include how the added value of design can boost the competitiveness of companies and nations.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Creating Together



Stuart WalkerStuart Walker
Professor of Design for Sustainability 
ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University
Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability and Co-Director of the ImaginationLancaster Research Centre at Lancaster University, UK. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK, Adjunct Professor at Ontario College of Art University, Toronto and Emeritus Professor, University of Calgary, Canada. His research papers have been published and presented internationally and his conceptual designs have been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, across Canada and in Italy. His books include: Sustainable by Design; The Spirit of Design; and The Handbook of Design for Sustainability. His latest book, publishing in 2014, is Designing Sustainability: making radical changes in a material world.
19 November Co-creating the Next Millennium Creating Together


Colin WhitehouseColin Whitehouse
Visiting Professor 
University of Birmingham
Aalto University Board Member
Professor Colin Whitehouse (born 1949) is currently an Independent Adviser for research and open innovation and a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham. Previously he has held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Head of the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and STFC’s Head of Campus Strategy. Professor Whitehouse’s fields of research include semiconductor materials and nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2009, Professor Whitehouse was an advising member of the Academy of Finland.
18 November From Research to Innovation How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?

 

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