Barbara Salopek has been working with innovation for more than a decade. As founder and CEO of Vinco Innovation, she is dedicated to helping companies be true innovators. Innovation is not only having established innovation processes but also having the right corporate culture and attitudes and understanding the whole innovation ecosystem.
Born and raised in Zagreb, Barbara is a double master's graduate from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen. She has vast experience behind her in innovation and commercialization, working as a team leader, business developer and board of director for various startups.
She has written numerous funding applications to bodies like Norway's Research Council (Norsk Forskningsråd) & Innovation Norway among others. She has experience in project management, and her expertise lies in business development, specifically in designing strategy & integrating innovation while drawing up business plans.
She is a licensed technology transfer professional with advanced education in innovation management in a global business perspective from BI Oslo, University of California, Berkeley and Stanford. Barbara has held courses and workshops on innovation and business modeling and is often chosen to be a mentor for budding entrepreneurs. Barbara also teaches at Norwegian Business School BI and is a certified Prince2 Practitioner.
The ultimate challenge lies in unlocking the potential we have in our lives because our individual, collective, and cooperative abilities all restrict how well we are able to solve every other challenge in the world.
Both as a PhD Research Scholar at NHH and as an entrepreneur at Mycroft, Christian builds robots that find solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems, enhancing our cooperative abilities in particular.
And as a full-time nerd, Christian makes frameworks that we can apply to excel in life and live up to our potential.
Espen Myklebust is a tech intrapreneur and has been heading the growth of the fintech rocket Revolut ship, Revolut, in the Nordics. As a start-up enthusiast, he has previously co-founded the medtech, Testr Medical, that aimed to solve the global diabetic. Espen is also a previous TEDx organizer and passionate about promoting ideas that can change how we act, react, and make decisions.
Leila is an educated nurse with broad experience from multicultural work with children and adults throughout various positions. She is the founder of Papillon and co-founder of 'Support not Protect'. She has a French-Moroccan background and moved to Norway twelve years ago. She considers her own multicultural background and influence status in Bergen as an important resource.
Puneet Kaur is a medical doctor, specializing in internal medicine and hematology in Oslo. Since 2017, she has been a field worker working with Doctors Without Borders. On her first mission to South Sudan, she posted as a flying doctor for 6 months. May 2018 she left for a project in Cox's Bazaar, the southernmost state of Bangladesh, where she provided medical care for some of the nearly 1 million Rohingya that had fled from violence and torture. She has a strong belief that the access to evidence-based medicine should be a universal right, and has a burning passion for equality and fairness.
Robin Dale Oen
Robin is a Norwegian swimmer who set several national records in swimming. He represented the Norwegian National Team for 10 years with finals in both the Europeans and the world championships. He is now leading the not-for-profit foundation The Dale Oen Experience. It aims at facilitating experiences and mastery among children and youth of all backgrounds through tours, expeditions and other activities in long fjords and on high mountains with focus on technology and science. The Dale Oen Experience has become one of the biggest foundations in Europe with around 30.000 visitors a year, they have conferences each year that hosts 10.000 youth participants, they have 2 science ships, 2 centers on two locations, The Dale Oen Experience has also their own Youexplore Academy with participants from several countries, and they have several columns in Norway, the US and Russia.
Ulrikke Falch is an 23-year-old actress, author, and activist from Norway. She gained fame from the Norwegian tv-show SKAM, in the role as Vilde Lien. Ulrikke uses her platform to spread awareness about eating disorders, mental health, and feminism. In 2019 she released a documentary called The F-Word, a series that depicts our attitudes to gender and expectations to masculinity and femininity. Her main cause is to reveal structural and cultural convictions that contribute to maintaining traditional gender roles.