Agenda for Nordic Business Forum 2023

The event agenda is the same for both in-person attendees and online participants. The only exception is that the VIP sessions will not be live-streamed. Nordic Business Forum 2023 will take place on 27-28 September 2023 at the Messukeskus Helsinki. Remember to visit the event info webpage for practical information about attending the event, accommodation deals, and more.

Timezone: EEST – Eastern European Summer Time, UTC +03:00 (Link to a timezone converter)

Day 1

Wednesday, 27 September 2023


In this session, Pat will unpack two things:

  1. He will help leaders understand why they’re leading in the first place. He will provoke attendees to honestly assess themselves and the organizations they serve. He will present action steps for changing their approach to leading people.
  2. He will make an overwhelming case to leaders that organizational health will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. He will share four actionable steps to achieving long-term, sustainable success.

Learning points:

  • How to embrace purposeful leadership
  • How to foster organizational health for sustainable success
  • How to achieve sustainable success with four actionable steps

Please note that the session is only for First Class and VIP attendees at the venue. If you want to upgrade your ticket, please get in touch with our customer care. 


Enjoy food and drinks on us at the networking area


11:15 Siim Lepisk, Head of Innovation at Netgroup

11:29 Catharina Stackelberg, Senior Vice President of Knowit, Chair of the board of Alma Media

11:43 Antti Vasara, CEO of VTT


After this session with Pat, audience members will walk away with actionable advice for leading high-performing teams and maximizing fulfillment and productivity at work.

Learning points: 

  • How to uncover and address team dysfunctions
  • How to tap into team’s working genius
  • How to lead high-performing teams


Book meetings with Brella and enjoy Live Studio interviews


13:50 Artti Aurasmaa, CEO of Staria – Internationalization and Growth

14:03 Hernan Rojas, Music Producer, Professor – The Power of Art in Transforming Business

14:19 Patrick Lencioni and Jos de Blok – Discussion on Leadership


Discover the key to creating a sustainable and equitable future with Jos de Blok, a leading expert on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Jos will share his insights on how to drive social and environmental impact within your organization and across your industry, and how to create a more inclusive and equitable world.

Learning points:

  • How to create success through empowering self-managed teams
  • How to streamline administrative processes through practical strategies
  • How to foster a Culture of Trust and Innovation


Want to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast-paced business landscape? Join Rebecca Henderson, a renowned expert on innovation and corporate strategy, as she shares her insights on how to create a culture of innovation and adapt to change within your organization.

Learning points:

  • How to develop a pragmatic roadmap for systemic change
  • How some companies succeed in making the first steps toward reimagining capitalism
  • How to create a pragmatic foundation for thriving in a world of immense challenges and extraordinary possibilities


Enjoy the catering and conversations, or just relax


16:20 Rebecca Henderson and Mo Gawdat 

16:37 Maija Jokela, Managing Director of Ramboll Finland 

16:50 Matias Henkola CEO and Founder of Secto and Heikki Kovalainen, Former F1 Driver


Maryna shares the resilient journey of Ukrainian companies amidst the war. This inspirational story will redefine the way you approach business challenges.

Learning points:
  • Learn from the challenges and survival stories of Ukrainian companies to increase business resilience
  • Uncover how their wartime  sustainability strategies fuel extreme business resilience
  • Propel your own business with the same courage that powered journey of Ukrainian companies to recovery and transformation


Mo Gawdat openly discusses the current rate of advancement of AI and the expected technological innovation that will follow.

Learning points:
  • Where AI might be heading as a technology
  • Ethical questions to consider as a business leader
  • What is the role each of us and our businesses have to play to ensure that AI will be a driver for positive change


Scott Galloway will present his insights and analysis on the economy and the explosive growth of AI, unpacking current market conditions and their implications for businesses and leadership.

Learning points:
  • Scott’s take on where this all is heading
  • Generative AI’s implications for business and leadership
  • Current market conditions and their implications for business and leadership


Continue networking with other event guests after the main program.


19:00 Scott Galloway  

19:15 Maryna Saprykina


Enjoy food and drinks with other VIP and First class guests until 22:00. 

Please note that the session is only for First Class and VIP attendees at the venue. If you want to upgrade your ticket, please get in touch with our customer care. 

Day 2

Thursday, 28 September 2023


Sheena Iyengar will show our audience how to provide the optimal choices that enable their employees, customers, or consumers to make the right decisions both for themselves and for their companies.

Learning points:

  • Learn what effective leaders need to know about choice
  • Discover the tools to create optimal choices within your organization
  • Find the balance between freedom and constraints to lead by choice.

Please note that the session is only for First Class and VIP attendees at the venue. If you want to upgrade your ticket, please get in touch with our customer care. 


09:10 Espen Johansen, Chief Security Officer at Visma 

09:25 Risto Siilasmaa, Founder and COB at WithSecure


As the CEO of the Norwegian Pension Fund Nicolai Tangen has a unique opportunity for conversations with top-leaders of the largest companies in the world. What can we learn from these top leaders? In this talk, Nicolai shares his reflections on change, communication and performance.
Learning points:
  • What can we learn from the top leaders?
  • Why do we need change?
  • Why are communication, performance and people – the most important ingredients for change?


Unlock your full potential and revolutionize your approach to productivity and innovation as Tim Ferriss shares practical strategies and effective habits in this captivating session, ensuring you leave with actionable takeaways to level up your personal and professional life. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a renowned expert and transform the way you work and think.

Learning points:

  • How to unleash the power of effective habits
  • Why you should be embracing Selective Minimalism
  • How to optimize your resources by leveraging the Pareto Principle


Enjoy food and drinks on us at the networking area


11:00 Nicolai Tangen – The Economy and Current affairs 

11:15 Tim Ferriss – Angel Investing

11:30 Presidential Panel: Be:Change – What change would you promote to improve international relations, security, and value-based leadership 

Presidential candidates Pekka Haavisto, Olli Rehn and Mika Aaltola.


Amy Webb‘s work emphasizes the importance of trend analysis and identifying trends early on, specifically tech-driven trends. Understanding these trends can help businesses adapt and evolve, positioning themselves advantageously for the future. 

One of the most powerful technologies of our lifetimes is now achieving wild new milestones. That technology — artificial intelligence — is reshaping business, privacy, commerce, agriculture, warfare, healthcare, education, and even our relationships to each other. What’s on the horizon for AI? What can you look forward to –– and what should we be worried about now? Amy Webb explains what your business needs to know now about AI.

Learning points:

  • What’s on the horizon for AI?
  • Thought-provoking series of snapshots into the effects of AI for near and far future of business and society
  • Insights for how your organization can achieve its preferred future with AI


As the CRO of a leading cyber security corporation, Mikko Hyppönen has been monitoring how cyber criminals work. Cyber Security companies have been a step ahead thanks to automation and AI, while criminals have been building their attacks manually. This is going to change, as new systems enable cyber criminals to have an easy access to the powers of fast-developing AI. Soon, we will see good AI against bad AI.

Mikko will share his insight on the latest development of AI and the possible future of it. The speech will also touch base on what kind of mistakes you can make as a business leader with AI as well as things you could and should utilize AI for as a business leader.

Learning points:
  • Generative AI is here – are we doomed or empowered?
  • What mistakes to avoid with AI as a business leader
  • How you could and should utilize AI as a business leader


Meet others, discover partners, or check out Live Studio interviews


13:55 Amy Webb – Emerging Tech Trends

14:11 Stefanie Ruys, Leader of Deloitte’s Nordic Crisis & Resilience practice – Resilience

14:24 Sheena Iyengar – Innovation


During this session with Sheena, you will learn how to use practical tools to unlock new, efficient avenues for generating, identifying and cultivating the best ideas to creatively problem-solve and innovate.

Learning Points:

  • Understanding Decision-Making to Supercharge Innovation
  • Ideas for problem solving
  • Learn practical tools to generating, identifying and cultivating ideas


In this inspiring and thought-provoking session, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate and global champion for female education, will engage in an intimate conversation about creating meaningful change in the world.

Drawing from her personal journey, profound bravery, and relentless advocacy for girls’ education, Malala will share her unique insights into how each one of us can be a catalyst for transformation and make a positive impact in our communities and the world at large.

Learning points:

  • How to set clear goals and ensure success based on your research
  • How to inspire others through persuasion and impactful communication
  • How Malala looks to both her heritage and her future aspirations to inform the values she holds true.


Continue networking with other event guests after the main program. The networking ends at 17:30.


16:05 Peter Sarlin, CEO of Silo AI 

16:20 Mikko Hyppönen and Henkka Hyppönen, Author and Global Chief Innovation Officer, Younite-AI

16:35 President Tarja Halonen on equality