Keynote speakers

Opening Keynote: Societal transformations impacting cities and sustainability – Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø, Future Navigator

Liselotte Lyngsø is Managing Partner of the innovation and futurist company Future Navigator. Prior to that, she was Director at Fahrenheit 212 an ideas company owned by Saatchi. For 8 years she worked as Director of Research at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Foresight editorial board in the EU (predicting Brexit back in 1996!) and she is a founding member of the Global Future Forum. Furthermore she is a futurist advisor at the Lifeboat Foundation and the 2018 NMC Technology Outlook.

Liselotte works extensively with scenarios for the future, innovation, technologies and megatrends that have consequences for the way we think, work, feel and behave. She is in great demand as a keynote speaker all over the world as well as consulting for global organizations like NEOM, Nukissiorfiit, OSM, IKEA, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Ramboll, and NovoNordisk. Born in Denmark, she has an M.Phil. in Economics and Politics from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK. Liselotte speaks Scandinavian, English and French. portfolio-item/liselotte-lyngso/

Sustainability challenges and solutions in cities: Lappeenranta City – Development manager Markku Heinonen, Lappeenranta City

Markku Heinonen, City of Lappeenranta, Development Director worked in Mayors’ office since 1986 Responsible for developing clean tech business and R&D activities, international co-operation and city strategy. City of Lappeenranta has been chosen as the finalist city of European Green Leaf 2020 competitio.

Sustainability challenges and solutions in cities: Lahti City – Sustainable development coordinator Eira Rosberg-Airaksinen, Lahti City

Eira Rosberg-Airaksinen is a sustainability coordinator of City of Lahti, responsible in climate issues, both mitigation and adaptation. Currently she’s studying issues like life cycle analysis and carbon sinks. She has Lic.Phil in regional science.


Keynote address: Citizens & Data: a New Deal for Systemic Change – Making Sense project leader Mara Balestrini, Institute for advanced architecture Barcelona

Mara Balestrini is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) expert and technology strategist. Track record of successful independent technology interventions for bottom-up citizen engagement as well as co-leading an innovation research and strategy firm. Computer Science PhD candidate at University College London.

Mara is a partner and Director of Research at Ideas for change where she consults on innovation, citizen engagement, and participatory technology interventions for cities. She holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications, a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts and an MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain).

Mara is a PhD candidate at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). Her thesis focuses on the factors associated with the design and deployment of novel technology interventions for sustained community engagement in cities, and it is supervised by HCI experts Yvonne Rogers and Paul Marshall. She is also a member of the UCL Engineering Exchange, advisor at the Open Faculty, contributor to the Sharing Cities Network, and co-organiser of the Ouishare Collaborative Economy Research Network.

Citizen observations – Timo Pyhälahti, Finnish Environmental Instititute

M.Sc. (Tech) Timo Pyhälahti has since 1995 developed satellite remote sensing data processing systems and integrated EO data to other information and modeling systems. As extension to EO product validation activities, he has coordinated citizen observation techniques development to facilitate open data access in national Envibase project. He was the main designer of the CitobsDB system for citizen observation crowdsourcing management and data storage. He has been involved in various international projects, BALMON (ESA) and GISBLOOM (EU Life+) as recent examples. He was chair of a working group in defining national guidelines for using citizen crowdsourced observations (JHS202 Kansalaishavainnot) in future public activities in Finland.

Citizen science activities: Engaging communities with bottom-up data innovation – Dr. Annika Wolff, LUT University

Annika Wolff is a researcher in the newly emerging field of human-data interaction, at the intersection between complex data, machine and human learning. Her research focuses on how people make sense of, interact with and design from complex data. She has led work in developing and piloting new methods for teaching data literacy skills from smart city data and in engaging communities on climate change topics through energy-related data sets.

Kids for Change: Empowering Young Social Innovators in an Open Digital World- Iryna Maliatsina, DOIT project

Iryna Maliatsina is a Junior Researcher at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Kouvola Unit. She completed her M.Sc. (Econ.) with distinction at LUT and her undergraduate studies at Belarusian State Economic University in 2018 and 2016, respectively. Currently, she is carrying out her Doctoral Thesis on the subject of Structural Analysis of Innovation in Dynamic Supply Networks. Her research interests lie in the area of supply chain management, supply networks, innovation management, logistics, and entrepreneurship. Iryna is a teaching assistant for several master-level courses on innovation management and business economics to business and industrial engineering students.

Business growth from sustainability – Ulla Heinonen, Gaia Consulting Oy

Ulla Heinonen is Managing Director of Gaia Consulting Oy. She has a very broad background in business consulting, business and sales development, strategy and innovation work and operational leadership. She has acted in many senior management positions. In addition to business development and consulting, Ulla has deep expertise in sustainability, smart societies and water resource management. She has strategic and practical experience from state-of-art IT solutions from various industries and cities. She is keen in understanding the role of digitalization and innovations in reaching sustainable societies and better businesses. Ulla has a PhD in environmental engineering.

Business perceptions panel: When is sustainable business profitable? – Professor Paavo Ritala, LUT University

Paavo Ritala, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the School of Business and Management at LUT University, Finland. His research and teaching focus broadly on organizational renewal, collaborative innovation, as well as sustainable value creation. His research has been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, British Journal of Management, R&D Management and Technovation. He is also closely involved with business practice over these topics through company-funded research projects, executive and professional education programs, and in speaker and advisory roles. Prof. Ritala currently serves as an Associate Editor of R&D Management.

Business perceptions panel: Sustainable development in the wireless industry – Sustainability researcher Jens Malmodin, Ericsson Research


Jens Malmodin joined Ericsson in 1994 to work with environmental issues and life cycle assessments at the radio base station basic technology research unit. He has 25 years of experience of environmental assessments and data reporting on behalf of Ericsson and has also worked with non-environmental tasks at Ericsson including system design and energy efficiency of radio base stations. From 2007, he is a member of the Sustainability Research Team at Ericsson Research and was appointed Senior Specialist in 2016. He has published many papers and articles about LCA of ICT products, systems and services, including studies on the ICT sector level and how ICT can help society reduce its impact on the environment. Jens holds an MSc in material engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.