keynote speakers

Key Speakers at Arctic Design Week

Päivi Tahkokallio

President, The Bureau of European Design Associations BEDA
Moderator at Arctic Design Week forums

Päivi Tahkokallio is President of BEDA, The Bureau of European Design Associations with 47 member organisations in 25 European countries, leading creation of next generation design policy for Europe, and Founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+, a design thinking and strategic design agency from Lapland, Finland.

With her track record on strategic and social design she has been called the mother of Arctic Design, a design approach to support sustainable development of the Arctic. She has extensive experience in the inclusive approach to design through her earlier career at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto ARTS) and The National R&D Centre for Healthcare and Wealth, and through leading European Design for All networks.

Päivi is Chair of Design Committee of Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts in the UK and Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts.

Picture: Pascal Demeester

Emilia Lindmark and Josefin Gustafsson

Founder and PR and communication manager
EOE Eyewear, Sweden

EOE Eyewear is a Swedish brand, founded by Erik and Emilia Lindmark in 2010 during a snowmobile ride in the small village of Ammarnäs in Swedish Lapland. The vision was to state eyewear as an obvious accessory for each and every occasion. EOE is created out of love for the elegance and simplicity of Swedish design, combined with the barren beauty of the nature in Swedish Lapland. The frames are sustainably produced and completely recyclable and biodegradable. The heritage from the Swedish north is reflected both in the names and colors of the eyewear, not least in the details and materials brought from the wild and beautiful nature.

John Moore

Chief Scientist, Beijing Normal University & Research Professor at University of Lapland

Member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Awarded China Friendship medal 2014. China “1000 talent” awardee 2010.

Authored about 200 articles

Leads China’s Geoengineering research program. Developing novel ideas to tackle impacts of climate change with engineers, lawyers, designers and social scientists to: Conserve the ice sheets preventing catastrophic sea level rise, Re-wild the Arctic to stop permafrost releasing greenhouse gases.

Terhi Koipijärvi

Director of Communications,
Metsähallitus, Finland

Forest Manager Terhi Koipijärvi is the Director of Communications at Metsähallitus. Koipijärvi has extensive experience in various management tasks in the forest sector and in managing responsibility at work both in Finland and internationally.

Heidi Kananen, KTM, YTM,

Development Manager,
Kaleva Media, Finland

Heidi Kananen is Head of Customer Experience in Kaleva Media and develops customer and content related data-, analytics- and AI solutions. She also educates business related AI solutions to organizations. She is co-author in a book called AI – New Tools of Business ( In Finnish Tekoäly – Bisneksen uudet työkalut) together with Harri Puolitaival.

Mika Aaltonen

Adjunct Professor, Ph.D.
CEO, Research and Analysis Corporation of Finland

Mika Aaltonen is a Ph.D. (Econ.), Adjunct Professor (Foresight & Complexity), Fellow of The Kenos Circle in Vienna, Editorial Board Member of E:CO (Emergence: Complexity and Organizations) journal, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, and Member of The Millennium Project in Washington. He is also Head and Chairman of the Board of StraX (the research unit for strategic intelligence and exploration of futures) at Helsinki University of Technology and the CEO of Research and Analysis Corporation (RAC) of Finland.

Mika Aaltonen has consulted with governments and senior executives in several countries. He has written 12 books and numerous articles on decision-making, anticipation and change in society. Mika’s keynote themes include Strategy, Decision-making, Future trends and Complex cause and effect chains.

“Since the time immemorial, the search for a reliable problem-solving strategy has occupied some of mankind’s finest minds. Mika Aaltonen is one of those minds” (The Royal Society of Arts Journal, August 2007.)

Maria Hakkarainen 

Senior Lecturer, PhD
University of Lapland, Finland

What is tourism mobility in the future? Recreating the Arctic mobility ecosystem

Maria Hakkarainen (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland. She is an expert in tourism participatory economies: tourism mobility ecosystems, tourism sharing economy, participatory research methods and project development. She has been involved in several national and regional level tourism development processes and projects. Currently Maria works as project manager for Foreign Individual Travelers hospitality and Mobility Ecosystem, FIT ME! -project funded by Business Finland.

Essi Sundman

Lasilinkki Ltd. Finland

Essis by Lasilinkki

Lasilinkki Oy is reputable full-service glazing company from Kuopio,with four decades of experience in the design and execution of glass solutions.

Essis by Lasilinkki Is a trademark belonging to the third generation entrepreneur of the company.

We design and manufacture custom- made glass products for interior decoration.
Essis products are always unique and handcrafted in our company.
Our specialty is the knowledge to develop versatile interior glass products from recycled glass.

Minni Haanpää 

Senior Lecturer, PhD
University of Lapland, Finland

What is tourism mobility in the future? Recreating the Arctic mobility ecosystem

Minni Haanpää (PhD) is a Senior lecturer in Tourism Research at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland. Her expertise lies in the areas of co-creation, tourism and event experiences, responsible tourism consumption and ethnographic methodologies, namely videography. In her work Minni has used and developed service design methods based on foresight-thinking to tackle multidimensional challenges of tourism. She is also passionate about the popularization of scientific knowledge and she is one of the founders of Lapland Responsible Tourism Network as well as a podcast host.

Stefan Moritz

Senior Expert, McKinsey Design, Sweden

Senior Expert, Service Design & Innovation
Empowering Employees to create stellar Customer Experience
McKinsey Design | Stockholm Studio

Gaëlle le Gélard

Senior Expert, McKinsey Design, Sweden

Senior Expert, Service Design & Innovation
Empowering Employees to create stellar Customer Experience
McKinsey Design | Stockholm Studio

Johannes Torpe

Johannes Torpe Studios, Denmark

The founder and multidisciplinary designer behind Johannes Torpe Studios, Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an unconventional creative in every way imaginable. Guided by the belief that we do our best work when we pursue things that move us, Johannes Torpe is an advocate for an unrestrained and intuitive approach to design and life in general.

Hanna Johnson

Indieplace Ltd. Finland

Indieplace was founded in 2009 and it is Finland’s first influencer marketing agency. Formerly known as Indiedays, the company started as a blog portal, and has since developed to be Finland’s market leader in influencer marketing. Today the agency’s influencer network has over 600 influencers. Indieplace offers its clients comprehensive & productive influencer marketing from planning to execution. Some examples of Indieplace’s clients are Olympus, Viaplay, Posti, SOK, WWF & Hartwall.

Esko Lotvonen

Mayor of Rovaniemi

Mayor Esko Lotvonen has four decades of experience in the development of northern and Arctic regions. He is a founding member of several international cooperation organisations that currently promote the Arctic region’s businesses, civic environment and everyday life.

“As a major city of the Arctic region, Rovaniemi has become a leading location for Arctic tourism and a place where Arctic design is used in many versatile ways for the development of the region. The city’s Arctic nature provides numerous opportunities for responsible business activities and for enriching the lives of our citizens. Our design expertise has helped refine these opportunities and increase our appeal. It has also helped streamline everyday life here in the Arctic region,” concludes Mayor Lotvonen.

Dr Susan Kunnas

Future Bio Arctic, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

PhD in Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic-Organic Coordination Chemistry, QC
University of Eastern Finland

Susan is currently working as a Research Scientist at Production systems unit at LUKE. She is in charge of chemical and quality control solutions at business interface in the field of natural raw materials and products. In addition, the development of new applications for bioactive molecules of arctic plants, for example to substitute synthetic chemicals used in textiles, is her core research. Susan is Project Manager of ERDF Future Bio-Arctic Design (F.BAD) and Arctic Fingerprint for natural raw materials projects and specialist in several other projects such as ASR: Arctic Smartness RDI- Excellence (ERDF) and InnoTrea: Boosting the use of high-value substances from trees: innovating treatment techniques for improved usability in products (Academy of Finland).

Dr Risto Korpinen

Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

DSc (Tech) in Fibre and Cellulose Technology
Pulping chemistry and technology, wood chemistry
Åbo Akademi University

Risto is currently working as a Research Scientist at Production Systems unit at Luke. He develops new environmentally sound fractionation methods for forest-based and agricultural biomasses giving emphasis to the utilisation of side streams such as sawdust, bark, stalks and husks. The aim is to obtain compounds maintained their original molecular structure. The work is carried out using laboratory scale and demonstration scale appliances. Another aim is to achieve complete biomass utilisation and generation of zero waste. Risto is project manager of Luke funded project PolyCoat, biopolyester based hydrophobic and antimicrobial coating of lignocellulosic materials, and researcher in several other projects such as Future Bio-Arctic-Design (ERDF), OptiBark (Business Finland), HerääPahvi! (ESF), SIMBioPro, STORM and VALUEPOT (Luke).

Sari-Liia tonttila

Senior Advisor/Founder,
Ahjo Communications Oy, Finland

Sari-Liia Tonttila believes that communication and purpose have the power to change companies and get people to change the world. She has a long career in developing thought leadership for companies and organisations, both nationally and internationally. It has always been important to her that successful companies use their influence to make the world a better place, instead of only making a profit. She has worked hard in order to help companies achieve this.

Since 2010, she has served as a board member in the Finnish Association of Marketing, Technology and Creativity MTL. She has been a member of the board for the Council of Ethics for Communication. Sari-Liia is a former journalist at YLE, whose love for good journalism and content will never tail away. Tonttila emphasizes communicating awareness and meaning by building thought leadership. Therefore, she feels that this is the highlight of her 23-year career in a communications agency.