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Northern Future Forum focuses on future education and novel businesses

5.11.2014 9.30 (muokattu 6.11.2014 16.23)   |   482/2014
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The Northern Future Forum will this week bring together for the fourth time the prime minister of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe. On 6-7 November the seminar hosted by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb will stimulate debate on means to support innovative business activities and improve the competitiveness of education systems.

In addition to the prime ministers, approximately 80 experts from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Britain will also participate in the informal discussions and exchange of ideas. Among the Finnish experts with a presentation at the seminar are Tomi Alakoski, Executive Director of the Me & MyCity education innovation; Miki Kuusi, main organizer of Slush; Linda Liukas, entrepreneur; Proferssor Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki; Aki Luukkainen, CEO of Wello Ltd; and Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia's Board of Directors.

The moderators of the discussions include Jari Jokinen, Development Director at the Aalto University; Jaani Heinonen, Head of Division at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy; Ulla Hiekkanen-Mäkelä, Executive Director at the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes; Leena Mörttinen, Director at the Confederation of Finnish Industries; Inka Mero, Chairwoman of KoppiCatch Oy; Saku Tuominen, Creative Director of Idealist Group; Kati Tiainen, Director at Microsoft; Veera Heinonen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Sitra and Pekka Timonen, General Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.

For more detailed information on the seminar, its programmes, the delegations, experts and speakers is available at

It will be possible to follow the event’s opening speeches, summary and press conference via the website. To follow the discussion on Twitter: #nffhelsinki. The opening speeches will be webcast live at 08.30–08.50 and the summary and press conference at 12.50–13.45.

Inquiries: Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Special Adviser (international affairs), tel. +358 40 547 867 and Pekka Sinko, General Secretary of Economic Council, tel. +358 295 160 189, and (in issues concerning media arrangements) Maria Nurmi, Communications Specialist for International Affairs, tel. +358 50 408 4061 and Päivi Paasikoski, Head of Communications, tel. +358 40 547 6279, Prime Minister's Office

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