Building opportunities for young people to experience flexible learning pathways is at the heart of Ari Pokka’s work as a school principal, author and teacher. President of the International Confederation of Principals, Ari is passionate about empowering young people in school environments where choices are available in enabling individualized learning opportunities to be realized.
Arto Pesola is an author and researcher in exercise physiology. He is currently focusing on how to change school cultures so that young people sit less and live better.
Elise Tarvainen is involved with Finnish educational expertise globally. As an innovator in educational leadership and administration she is currently active in designing and operationalizing schools overseas. Her passion is in making a difference for the children and young people who need and deserve a better future wherever they are in the world.
Heidi Aittanen is on a steep learning curve as a student in Finland developing herself as an entrepreneur through a unique programme dedicated to learning-by-doing.
Ilari Niskanen coordinates and modernises emergency response in an area of some 220,000 inhabitants. Having been in breakdancing for over 15 years he is interested in how involvement with the artistic, musical and dance communities provide a foundation for developing key skills for working life.
With a long history of being both a gamer and a scholar of technology-mediated communication, Marko Siitonen PhD, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is inspired by digital games and what they can mean for our lives. Combining research interests into gaming with game design, he is one of the founding members of a Central Finland game cooperative Expa.
One of Mikko Hietaharju’s main interests is Zen philosophy, especially as applied to street photography. He actively liaises with the Finnish creative industry on visual literacy, communication, and image interpretation, alongside teaching photojournalism and producing album and book covers.
Entrepreneur, musician, and activist working on enabling people to realize their potential outside formal education, maximize their potential for wellbeing, and overcome challenges, great and small.
Recognizing that the nature of work and the world of work is always changing, Raimo Vuorinen has become a global expert on lifelong guidance in both education and employment. Now coordinator of the 30 country European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN), he is at the heart of a movement to revolutionize our understanding of what guidance is, when it should start and how the development of lifelong career management skills can make a meaningful impact on our lives. http://elgpn.eu