Who will be our next speaker?

Nordic Business Forum hosts together with Oslo Business Forum an annual Speaker Contest in which we hope to discover ingenious talent, innovative concepts, and intriguing perspectives from professionals and first-timers alike.

The winner is offered a spot on stage both at Nordic Business Forum Helsinki 2020 and Oslo Business Forum 2020 with a 50,000 € fee for the speaking engagement.

We got over 300 applications to the contest and we have now selected the 40 people who will continue in the competition across five in-person qualifying rounds. The qualifying rounds will be live-streamed for free on our site, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and for all our live stream pass holders. The top 2 from each qualifier will compete in the final in Oslo, which will be only available for people who have purchased our live stream pass.


40 semifinalists will speak about topics relating to one of the following themes: Future of Work, Future of Marketing, and Disruptive Technologies for Business. We will have five in-person qualifying rounds in Los Angeles, Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, and Oslo. and  The top two contestants from each qualifying round will be selected by the jury to progress to the final round of the contest held in Oslo.

The qualifying rounds are live-streamed for free on our website, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Please note that all times are local to the city in which the qualifying round takes place.


Los Angeles, 29 July 2020, 17:30 - 20:30

Dan Negroni, Future of Work: Shaping the Work(er) of the Future

Daniel Lewis, Future of Marketing: The Power of Personality

Lou Diamond, Future of Marketing: Be Brief…Be Bright…Be Gone

Maury Rogow, Future of Marketing

Paul Martens, Future of Marketing: Persona Driven Engagement

David Freeman, Future of Marketing: The Future of Marketing is Emotion

Ariel McGrew, Future of Work: High Voice and Versatility

Martina Kwan, Future of Marketing: Overcoming Challenging Times through Transparency, Authenticity and Conviction

Helsinki, 3 August 2020, 17:30 - 20:30

Enni-Kukka Tuomala, Future of Marketing: Starting the Empathy Revolution – Re-designing the Vision of Marketing in the Era of Deepening Divides and Growing Polarisation

Darren McStay, Future of Marketing: Human is Enough & Connection is Key

Delfin Vassallo, Future of Marketing: Your Marketing Sucks and No Growth Hacking Will Fix it

Domenico Dargenio, Future of Work: Future of Leadership – Leadership of the Future Introduction to Molecular Leadership

Eeva Raita, Future of Work: Don’t Be Data-driven – Take the Wheel

Emilia Bunea, Future of Work: The Future of Work: When Impractical Pastimes Become Imperative

Tugberk Duman, Disruptive Technologies for Business: Moving towards an Anticipatory Tech World: New Breed of Data-driven User Experiences and Business Models

Zoltan Vardy, Future of Work

Tallinn, 4 August 2020, 17:30 - 20:30

Claus Raasted, Disruptive Technologies for Business: Disrupting the Boardroom

Eric Edmeades, Future of Marketing: What Might You Be One Talk Away From?

Fred Krieger, Future of Work: Fighting the Weapons of Mass Distraction

Harald Lepisk, Future of Work: Passion to Impact – How to Engage Young Talent with Meaningful Work?

Karina Ochis, Future of Work: Generational Continuum: The Future of Work Depends on Winning the Generation Game

Simo Kekäläinen, Future of Work: I Speak Millennial – What About You

Kristel Kruustuk, Future of Work: Putting Purpose at the Core of Remote Work

Amel Gaily, Future of Work: The Future of Work is Multi Hustle

Stockholm, 5 August 2020, 17:30 - 20:30

Zayera Khan, Future of Work: It’s the End of the Work as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Antoni Lacinai, Future of Marketing: Customer Experience 2.0 – and 0.1!

Beata Wickbom, Future of Work: How to Move from Knowing it All to Learning it All?

Katie Stoddart, Future of Work: Striving for Absolute Focus

Anders Grudén, Future of Work

Friederike Fabritius, Future of Work: Fun, Fear, and Focus

Pep Rosenfeld, Future of Work

Remi Larrousse, Future of Work

Oslo, 6 August 2020, 17:30 - 20:30

Martin Laschkolnig, Future of Work: Moving Mountains Together

Jamie Anderson, Future of Work: Creative Thinking for a More Sustainable & Digital World

Elin Hauge, Disruptive Technologies for Business: Disruptive Technologies for Business

Pellegrino Riccardi, Future of Work: The Importance of Trust and Relationships in a World of Technology

Unni Turrettini, Future of Work: Female Indirect Aggression — And It’s Impact On The Workplace And On Leadership

Anna Bogdanova, Future of Marketing: Life-changing Marketing is the Future

Konstantinos Karypidis, Future of Work: Glow Up! Unravel the Future

Kevin Cottam, Future of Work: The Nomadic Mindset Unleashed in 21stC Organisation

The final

Ten finalists will compete in the final round of the Speaker Contest. This round will take place in Oslo 27 August 2020 from 15:00 to 18:30. The final is only available for our live stream pass holders. You can get yours at live.nbforum.com.

The winner

The winner will be invited to speak at Oslo Business Forum 2020 and Nordic Business Forum Helsinki 2020 and be paid 15,000 € for the Oslo Business Forum speech and 35,000 € for the Nordic Business Forum speech.

29 Jul
Los Angeles Qualifier

3 Aug
Helsinki Qualifier

4 Aug
Tallinn Qualifier

5 Aug
Stockholm Qualifier

6 Aug
Oslo Qualifier

27 Aug
Final Round in Oslo

Meet Previous Winners

Find out more about the winners of 2018 and 2019, who made it through the Speaker Contest, winning a spot on stage at our main event.

Anssi Rantanen

Winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest
Finland CEO at Growth Tribe Academy

James Hewitt

Winner of the 2018 Speaker Contest
Chief Innovation Officer at Hintsa Performance


“It was such a privilege to go head-to-head with other great speakers and to ultimately win the competition. I highly recommend participating – you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process!”

– Anssi Rantanen, winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest


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