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Speaker Contest Semifinalists Announced

All applications for the 2023 Speaker Contest have now been reviewed. We received 210 applications and have selected 24 contestants to move on to the semifinals. Thank you so much to everyone who applied—the decision was not easy!

We are excited to present to you our Speaker Contest 2023 Semifinal line-up:

March 8th Session 1:

  • Uku Tomikas
  • Maryna Saprykina
  • Cecile Kjeldsberg
  • Edwin Spee
  • Ramesh Muthusamy

March 8th Session 2:

  • Karina Ochis
  • Anne Raudaskoski
  • David Freeman
  • Thijs Launspach
  • Lena Lid Falkman
  • Melina Shannon-DiPietro

March 16th Session 1:

  • Anu Ruul
  • Mark Tigchelaar
  • Julien LeBlanc
  • Svein Harald Røine
  • Ritu G. Mehrish
  • Tobias Sturesson

March 16th Session 2:

  • Rob Janssen
  • Tanya Orlyk
  • Peter Hoogland
  • Pep Rosenfeld
  • Robyn Bolton
  • Harald Kjellin

The contestants will present their speeches online over the four rounds of semifinals held in March. The winner from each round will continue to the final held in Helsinki on the 10th of May. In this hybrid event, our jury will pick the winner who gets to give their keynote in front of thousands of business leaders at Nordic Business Forum 2023, Oslo Business Forum 2023, and Amsterdam Business Forum 2023 – and be paid 50,000€ as a speaker fee for the three events.

Stay tuned for key takeaways from the semifinal rounds and the announcement of winners from each!

Learn More

Are you interested in seeing the winner of Speaker Contest 2023 on stage together with other world-class speakers? Get your tickets to our event in Helsinki on 27-28th September and join the 5,600+ attendees who have already secured their attendance!

This year’s theme is Be:Change, which we will explore through the lens of leadership, innovation, and resilience. We at Nordic Business Forum believe that leaders should not only survive change, but create it, and we want to invite you to join our mission to empower leaders to create the change they want to see in the world!

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