Confirmed moderators, speakers & panelists

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Dr. Abayomi Baiyere
Associate Professor
Copenhagen Business School

Dr. Abayomi Baiyere is an Associate Professor at the Digitalization Department of Copenhagen Business School, a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, and a visiting scholar at the University of Turku. Before joining academia, he worked for companies such as SAP, ABN AMRO (Dialogues Incubator), and as an Entrepreneur. His research interest sits at the intersection of digital transformation, digital disruption, and the societal impact of digitalization. His studies have looked at these issues from an organizational and societal perspective. His research mostly takes a design science, ethnographic, and mixed methods orientation, among other approaches.

Dr. Dirk Didascalou
Chief Technology Officer
Siemens Digital Industries

As CTO, Dr. Didascalou is responsible for the overall technology and architecture strategy for Siemens Digital Industries. He oversees strategic industrial engagements with partners and joint customer initiatives. Additionally, he takes a leading role in the company wide IoT board and is driving digital transformation across all Siemens divisions.

Dr. Didascalou joined Siemens from Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he was Vice President for the Internet of Things, based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Prior to his time at AWS, Dr. Didascalou worked for Microsoft as Corporate Vice President Technology. He moved to Microsoft with that company’s acquisition of Nokia Corp.’s Mobile Phones entity, where he held various leadership positions in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Beijing, China.

Andre Klein
Product Engineer Ph.D.
External Relations
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

Andre Klein finished his diploma graduate degree at the University of Kaiserslautern in 2018. Thereafter, he joined John Deere as a Product Engineer PhD. John Deere is the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery.

Since 2018, Andre has worked on various advanced projects in the area of electrification in the external relations team at John Deere’s European Technology and Innovation Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Most of the projects have been publicly funded by governmental organizations.

Besides his current position André is enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kaiserslautern in the department of mechanical and process engineering. 

Timo Laitinen
Vice President, BU Rock Drills
Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy

Mr Laitinen leads the Rock Drills Business Unit, which develops and produces one of Sandvik’s core technologies, rock drills, in Tampere. Mr Laitinen has been with Sandvik in Finland most of his career, but has also worked many years overseas (in USA, China, Malaysia and Australia). Before the current role he was responsible for Sandvik’s tunneling equipment business and was then also appointed into the executive committee of the ITA, the International Tunneling Association. Currently Mr Laitinen is in the board of MEX ry (Manufacturing Excellence Finland).

Mr Laitinen has MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tampere University and MBA from Aalto University.

Dr. Andrew Lynch
CIO
IMR (Irish Manufacturing Research)

Annamaija Mäki-Ventelä
Project Director, Operations
Patria

Soili Mäkinen
Senior Vice President
Sustainable Business Development Cargotec Oyj

Soili Mäkinen, M.Sc. (Econ.) has worked as Cargotec CIO since 2006 and Senior Vice President, Digitalisation years 2018–2022.

She has been a Member of the Leadership Team since 2019 and Member of the Executive Board 2018–2019.

Prior to Cargotec, Mäkinen was CIO at MacGregor 1993-2006.

Raimo Puro
CEO
Delfoi

Raimo Puro, CEO and co-founder of Delfoi, holds an M.Sc. in Production Technology.  Since the foundation of Delfoi, in 1990, Mr. Puro has been working within Smart Manufacturing domain for companies like Valmet, ABB, Metso Nokia, Volvo, Daimler, Boeing, Airbus, Saab. Mr. Puro has been also responsible for Delfoi’s cloud-based production planning and scheduling solution business. In 2014 Mr. Puro lead Delfoi for strategic change to focus on own software sales and in 2022 Delfoi sold their world leading robotic software business to Visual Components owned by KUKA AG. 

Dr. Pekka Tiitinen
Managing Director
ABB Finland

Dr. Tiitinen has been the Managing Director of ABB Finland since 2016. Prior to this he has held various roles in ABB, which he joined in 1989. Most recently he was Head of Group Marketing & Sales Function (2015–1016) and President, Discrete Automation and Motion division Member of the Group Executive Committee, ABB Ltd, Switzerland (2013–2016).

Dr. Tiitinen has various Board memberships, such as Chairman of the Board, VTT (since 2020), Member of the Supervisory Board, Varma (since 2021), Board Member Teknologiateollisuuden työnantajat (since 2021), Board Member Teknologiateollisuus - Technology Industries of Finland since (2016).

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Dr. Mikko Uuskoski

Managing Director

Beckhoff Automation, Finland and Baltic countries

Giuseppe Saragò
Director, Manufacturing Excellence,
Wärtsilä

Giuseppe Saragò is a passionate technology & transformational leader with significant experience in 4 stroke engine design & manufacturing. Since the very beginning of his carrier, he has been engaged in engine technology and innovation, starting as a researcher on the topics of combustion optimization, passing through 4S engine product development; currently heading Manufacturing Excellence focused to Engineering & Innovation in manufacturing domain at Wärtsilä Sustainable Technology Hub in Vaasa. His motto is: Love the problem, not solution.

Ulrich Seldeslachts
CEO
LSEC

Ulrich Seldeslachts is executive director of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Cyber Security and Data Protection in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC is a cyber security catalyst, bringing together enterprise and government users, with industrial ICT Security expertise and academic experts and researchers. Prior to LSEC, Ulrich was responsible for the corporate development of a US-European Broadband wireless operator (Sprint-Clearwire), held operational ICT security positions at Orange and ran Cybersecurity investments at a Corporate Venture Capital. 

Mikko Veikkolainen
CTO
Kempower

Mika Laitinen
Solution Sales Director
Fastems

Mika Laitinen has over 30 years of experience in automation, robotics and international sales. The last 12 years he has worked for Fastems in different roles and at the moment he is a solution sales director with special focus on robotics. Mika holds a M.Sc. degree from LUT university (1994).

Dr. Valtteri Vuorisalo
Head of Trusted Society
Fujitsu

Valtteri Vuorisalo is the Head of Trusted Society at Fujitsu Finland. Additionally, Dr. Vuorisalo is a part-time Professor of Practice in National Security and Security Policy at Tampere University, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London's Department of War Studies, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE).

Dr. Vuorisalo’s focus revolves around the theme of flow security, the security impact of data and information flows especially, and how the rapid evolution of technology creates new dependencies in the international security architecture.