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Meet the Nordic Business Forum Helsinki 2021 Speakers

After the long wait, it now looks like we can finally get together face to face for our main event in September. To help you get ready for the event, we wanted to briefly introduce the speaker lineup of Nordic Business Forum Helsinki. So, without further ado, we proudly present:

Yuval Noah Harari – a Historian, Philosopher, and Bestselling Author

Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and bestselling author. His books such as Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21 st Century have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ryan Holiday – International Bestselling Author

Few writers have done more to bring ancient, timeless wisdom and cutting-edge marketing strategies together than Ryan Holiday. His philosophically driven bestselling books have directly influenced Super Bowl-winning teams like the New England Patriots, as well as sitting Senators, military leaders, and some of the biggest companies in the world like Google, Twitter, and Microsoft.

Erin Meyer – Professor at Insead and Author

Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, but also the author of The Culture Map and No Rules Rules. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multicultural environment. Meyer has taught thousands of executives from five continents to decode how cultural differences are impacting their work and strategies for improving their international collaboration.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Essayist and Author of ‘The Black Swan’ & ‘Skin in the Game’

Dr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical, and (mostly) practical problems with probability. Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has gained attention around the world and had been published in 43 languages.

Francesca Gino – Award-winning expert and researcher on the psychology of organizations

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher who focuses on why people make the decisions they do at work, and how leaders and employees can have more productive, creative, and fulfilling lives. She is a professor and author who has also been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers 50.

Chatri Sityodtong – Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship

Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property. ONE Championship is a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasures, martial arts, and esports. Through the power of media and the magic of storytelling, ONE Championship is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.

Petter Stordalen – Founder and Owner of Nordic Choice Hotels

Petter Stordalen is a Norwegian investor, hotel owner, property developer, and environmentalist. Stordalen is a self-made businessman who started out selling strawberries for his merchant father as a child. Now, he is the CEO and owner of investment holding company Strawberry and Chairman of the Board of one of Scandinavia’s largest hotel chains, Nordic Choice Hotels.

Zoe Chance – Persuasion Expert and Professor at Yale School of Management

Zoe Chance helps people become more influential. At Yale School of Management, she teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion. Her research has been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Psychological Science, and covered in media outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the BBC.

Jitske Kramer – Corporate Anthropologist and Founder of Human Dimensions

Jitske Kramer is a corporate anthropologist and inspiring female speaker. She is also an entrepreneur, facilitator, and founder of HumanDimensions. She is also known for being the author who in her books has outlined, for example, her vision on leadership in intercultural teams.

Björn Wahlroos – Chairman of the Board at Sampo Group

Björn Wahlroos is Chairman of the Board of Sampo Group – the largest insurer in the Nordic region. He is also Chairman of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers. Dr. Wahlroos spent the early years of his career in academia in Finland and the U.S., but switched to banking in 1985. He is actively engaged in a number of Finnish and Swedish charities and think tanks.

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