What is the Speaker Contest?

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

The themes of the 2019 contest are leadership, innovation, and marketing.

The final round will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019, from 17:30 to 20:30 at Congress T2 at Helsinki Airport.

The audience is by invitation only, but anyone can participate online with a live stream pass.

The winner of the final round will win a spot in the speaker lineup for Nordic Business Forum 2019 and earn €30,000 for the speaking engagement.

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“It was an incredible honor to win among
a fantastic group of competitors, and
a great privilege to have the
opportunity to speak at such a
high-impact event.”

– James Hewitt, winner of the 2018 Speaker Contest

 

Meet the Finalists

Find out more about the six finalists who made it through our qualifying rounds in Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki, and will be competing on May 23rd for the winning spot on stage at NBForum 2019.

Lineup Agenda

Helsinki Airport on 23 May 2019,
from 17:30 to 20:30 (EET - UTC +02:00)

17:30

Event begins + introductions

17:40

Presentations

Vegard Jørmeland, head of behavioral design at DNB
Topic: Behavioral Design: Getting People to Click (… by Understanding What Makes Them Tick)
Theme: Innovation

Anssi Rantanen, Finland CEO at Growth Tribe Academy
Topic: Success = a Function of Our Ability to Learn and Adapt
Theme: Marketing

Christina Dahlblom, managing director of Miltton Sparks Oy
Topic: Three Ts of Tomorrow’s Leadership
Theme: Leadership

Kathrine Aspaas, CEO of The Emotion Revolution
Topic: The Emotion Revolution
Theme: Leadership

Bita Yazdani, corporate philosopher and culture strategist at SelfLeaders
Topic: Elevate Wisdom to Lead Next-Gen Organizations
Theme: Leadership

Micael Hermansson, lecturer and author at M Hermansson AB
Topic: The ABCs of Creative Communication – from Micro-Lessons to Macro-Changes!
Theme: Leadership

19:20

Evaluate the speakers

19:35

Networking break with snacks and refreshments during jury deliberation

20:05

Winner is announced + closing words

20:30

Event ends with continued networking and refreshments

Radisson Blu Plaza on 12 March 2019,
from 17:30 to 20:30 (CET - UTC +01:00)

Stella Bida, leadership, performance, productivity, and project management consultant
Topic: Make Customer Retention King
Theme: Marketing

Mike Steere, managing director (Europe) of SaferMe
Topic: The Mental Wellbeing Manifesto
Theme: Leadership

Antesa Jensen, human-centric innovation & emotional intelligence expert
Topic: Innovation is the Opposite of Knowledge
Theme: Innovation

Kathrine Aspaas, CEO of The Emotion Revolution
Topic: The Emotion Revolution
Theme: Leadership

Terence Mauri, managing director of Terence Mauri Ltd.
Topic: How To Lead In The Age of Disruption
Theme: Leadership

Erlend Bakke, founder and director of 3sixty
Topic: Total Human Empowerment
Theme: Leadership

Claus Raasted, director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences
Topic: “A Thousand Heroes with a Thousand Faces” – How Participatory Fiction is the Future
Theme: Innovation

Vegard Jørmeland, head of behavioral design at DNB
Topic: Behavioral Design: Getting People to Click (… by Understanding What Makes Them Tick)
Theme: Innovation

Hotel Hasselbacken on 13 March 2019,
from 17:30 to 20:30 (CET - UTC +01:00)

Sesil Pir, founder and principal consultant for SESIL PIR Consulting GmbH
Topic: Reconnecting Business to its Purpose: Building Cultures of Trust and Wellbeing One Human at a Time
Theme: Leadership

Antoni Lacinai, trainer at Lacinai AB
Topic: The 5 Secrets of Communication That All Leaders Should Know
Theme: Leadership

Johan Åberg, founder and CEO of Next State
Topic: How to Grow Your Personal Brand If You’re Not George Clooney
Theme: Marketing

Ritu Mehrish, founder of Leader’s Block
Topic: Leader’s Block: How Great Leaders Recover After They Stumble
Theme: Leadership

Bita Yazdani, corporate philosopher and culture strategist at SelfLeaders
Topic: Elevate Wisdom to Lead Next-Gen Organizations
Theme: Leadership

Gustaf Tadaa, consultant/partner with Metamodern Consulting
Topic: Digital Self-Leadership
Theme: Leadership

Micael Hermansson, lecturer and author at M Hermansson AB
Topic: The ABCs of Creative Communication – from Micro-Lessons to Macro-Changes!
Theme: Leadership

Anna Jois, founder and CEO of Business Brilliance
Topic: How to Stand Out and Be Remembered
Theme: Marketing

Congress T2 at Helsinki Airport on 14 March 2019,
from 17:30 to 20:30 (EET - UTC +02:00)

Mika David Rubanovitsch, CEO of Imperial Sales
Topic: The Future of Sales Leadership
Theme: Leadership

Timo Kiuru, creative director of The Unthinkable Oy
Topic: Business Magnetism – Let’s Think nurin kurin, mullin mallin!
Theme: Marketing

Jarkko Rantanen, partner and Human Advisor at Emergy
Topic: Building a Winning Emotional Climate at Work
Theme: Leadership

Antti Niittyviita, CEO of Prove Expertise Oy
Topic: Revenue is a Byproduct of Quality – How to Create Awesome Products?
Theme: Leadership

Priyanka Banerjee, communications lead at Innovative Education Council
Topic: Cultural Diversity: A Catalyst of Innovation
Theme: Innovation

Christina Dahlblom, managing director of Miltton Sparks Oy
Topic: Three Ts of Tomorrow’s Leadership
Theme: Leadership

Anssi Rantanen, Finland CEO at Growth Tribe Academy
Topic: What Do We Always Forget When Aiming for Growth?
Theme: Marketing

Camilla Tuominen, Emotion evangelist, author and illustrator at F8 Helsinki Oy
Topic: Emotion Leadership – the core competence of the future?
Theme: Leadership

Want to watch?

The Speaker Contest events are invitation-only, but anyone can watch the qualifier live stream broadcasts and evaluate the speakers remotely. The final round is a paid event broadcast that is part of our live stream season pass. Learn more by selecting one of the options below:

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