Finland and Norway dominate the Thinkers 20 in northern Europe ranking following closely by Sweden and Estonia.
The Norwegian hotel and real estate magnate Petter Stordalen is the No. 1 in the Thinkers 20 in northern Europe ranking. There are altogether four Norwegians who made their way to the ranking, including Innovation Norway’s CEO Anita Krohn Traaseth, who is the highest ranking woman on Thinkers 20 with her seventh spot.
Finland also has four nominees on the ranking, including F-Secure’s Risto Siilasmaa on the fourth place and Supercell’s Ilkka Paananen on the sixth.
Sweden and Estonia both hold three spots on the ranking. The highest ranking Swede is Klarna’s co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski, who came second, and the highest ranking Estonian, No. 12 is Taavi Kotka, the creator of Estonian e-Residency Program.
No. 3 on the ranking is Danish Lars Rebien Sørensen, who is the president and CEO of Novo Nordisk.
In addition to Anita Krohn Traaseth, there are three women on the ranking: No. 14 Finnish software programmer and coding ambassador Linda Liukas, No. 17 the Norwegian chairman of Telenor Gunn Wærsted, and No. 18 Icelandic Vilborg Einarsdottir, the founder of InfoMentor.
Nordic Business Report published today the Thinkers 20 in northern Europe ranking. National juries from the Nordics, Russia, and the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, put together the ranking based on each candidate’s impact on industry and society, originality and practicality of their ideas, results achieved, social and environmental responsibility and international outlook and future potential.