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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indra Nooyi, and Yuval Noah Harari to Speak at Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki

The lineup for next year’s annual Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indra Nooyi, Yuval Noah Harari, Lloyd Blankfein, and Lisa Bodell.

Nordic Business Forum just announced the themes and speakers of its 2020 main event held in Helsinki on September 23rd and 24th, 2020. The theme of 2020 will be Rethinking Business. The purpose of this event theme is to get business leaders to challenge themselves and think about how they can better lead a business in today’s changing world, as well as how the challenges we are facing today demand new ways of thinking.

Hans-Peter Siefen, chairman of the board, Nordic Business Forum: “The theme of the 2020 edition of Nordic Business Forum will be Rethinking Business. The average age of an S&P 500 company is under 20 years, down from 60 years in the 1950s. We are seeing how the world is changing rapidly through disruptive technologies and innovation. Growth doesn’t often happen in companies that traditionally ruled the list. Instead, we see companies that disrupt traditional industries. This tells us that every business leader needs to really rethink business and our ways of delivering value to our customers all the time.

Nordic Business Forum has gathered a lineup that will talk about Rethinking Business from the perspectives of leadership, strategy, marketing, and the future of work. The speakers are:

Indra Nooyi
CEO of PepsiCo 2006 – 2018
Board member at Amazon

Yuval Noah Harari
Historian & Bestselling Author of Sapiens, Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California 2003 – 2011
Business man & movie icon
Climate change activist

Ryan Holiday
Growth Hacker, writer, and media strategist

Seth Godin
World-renowned Marketing and Leadership author

Rana el Kaliouby
Entrepreneur & Computer Scientist

Lisa Bodell
CEO of FutureThink, Author of Kill the Company & Why Simple Wins

Rita McGrath
Professor of Management at the Columbia Business School

Erin Meyer
Professor at INSEAD, Author of Culture Map

Chatri Sityodtong
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship – Asia’s largest global sports media property

Brian Halligan
CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot

Björn Wahlroos
Chairman Sampo Group & UPM Kymmene

Lloyd Blankfein
Senior Chairman, Goldman Sachs
Chairman & CEO of Goldman Sachs 2006 – end of 2018

Aslak de Silva, CEO of Nordic Business Forum: “Many of the speakers that are coming next year are people that our customers have been wanting – and demanding– to see, so we are very excited to fulfill their wishes. We are also extremely happy to have Arnold joining the event for the second time. He spoke at our event back in 2014 and it was an absolute hit. Yuval Harari was the most requested speaker in the feedback among our customers. We will get to hear the CEOs of Pepsi, Goldman Sachs, and Hubspot, all of whom have had a huge impact on the business world. We have a diverse group of speakers bringing insights from Asia and the Middle East as well, from new ways of working to businesses which have endured disruptions for decades”.


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