Alexandra Middleton is Assistant Professor in Financial Accounting at Oulu Business School. Alexandra’s research focuses on tax transparency, sustainable business development, human capital and innovations in the Arctic.
Eva Pongrácz is professor of energy systems and environmental engineering at the University of Oulu. Her work involves research, teaching and student advising in sustainable energy, waste management and circular economy.
Heidi works as an entrepreneur and author. She has written 3 books and wants to help people find their inner strength.
Jukka Ahola is a writer, marketer and podcaster from Oulu, Finland. He’s the author of many award-winning short stories and co-host of the literature podcast "Kertojan ääni".
Markku Korkiakoski is a Cyber Security professional with a strong background in public speaking. He has had keynotes and presentations at various events, both domestic and international.
Mia Kemppaala is the founder of Polar Bear Pitching, community builder and entrepreneurial education specialist at University of Oulu. She started out her career as a teacher in natural sciences and later became immersed in entrepreneurial education, event production and marketing. She is often referred to as a weaver of opportunities whose passion is to connect the dots – people, ideas, and all things odd.
Nønne Prisle is an atmospheric scientist. She studies the thermodynamics and surface chemistry of nanoparticles in the air. Her research uses synchrotron light sources, climate models, and artificial intelligence.
Simo Kekäläinen works as a development manager at the University of Oulu. He is also an entrepreneur and an aspiring voice actor who someday wants to voice a character in a Disney movie.
Tiina Ristikari works as a Director of Development at the Itla Children’s Foundation of Finland. Itla foundation promotes the wellbeing of children and families in Finland, under the auspices of the Finnish parliament. Tiina Ristikari leads the innovations stream of Itla, where she brings together the state-of-the-art research on child and family resilience and the national efforts to develop services for families.