Key Note Speakers

All strategic change is made possible through projects - and project managers help turn ideas into reality for organizations around the world. Thanks to the knowledge and skills of project professionals, more organizations can achieve their strategic goals – within budget. In this presentation, you will gain insights from PMI’s latest research on how champion organizations effectively implement their visions in a world increasingly disrupted by emerging technology - and how you can better help your organization to succeed.

Beth A. Partleton
PMP, PMI Fellow

“The Value of Project Management” - PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession®

PMI Board of Directors, 2008-2013, 2019-2021

Beth Partleton, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, served on the PMI Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013. She was elected vice chair in 2010 and chair in 2011. For six years, she was a member of the PMI Educational Foundation board of directors, serving as chair in 2006. Currently, she is a member of the Certification Governance Council.

Ms. Partleton was the project manager for the 1997 PMI Symposium in Chicago and has spent time on various PMI committees, including two years on the PMI Nominating Committee and one year on the Ethics Appeal Committee. Ms. Partleton was a charter member of the PMI Milwaukee/SE WI Chapter, and served as its first president in 2000. For her dedication to PMI, Ms. Partleton received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 1998 and the PMI Fellow Award in 2016.

She enjoys public speaking and has spoken at over 40 chapter events and conferences around the world on behalf of PMI.

Ms. Partleton is an experienced consultant in project and portfolio management. Companies benefit from her 30-year career with SAB Miller (formerly Miller Brewing Company), a global brewing company, where she served as senior director of capital and risk management. In that role, she was responsible for portfolio management of capital projects at all Miller breweries in the United States, and for the project management of all projects in the portfolio. During her career with Miller, she also served as head of the project management office, senior project manager, and the functional manager of architectural and civil engineering.

Ms. Partleton holds a Master of Project Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Master of Architecture from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a registered architect and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

Peter Vesterbacka

"Fun Learning going places"

Entrepreneur, Fun Academy, FinEst Bay Area

Entrepreneur and brand breaker. Former Rovio ‘Mighty Eagle’ of Angry Birds. Expert in mobile game development and brand management. Founder of Slush, Mobile Monday and Co-Founder of Lightneer among others.

Jukka Salonen

"What does it take to transform to digital?"

Chief Portfolio Officer at Nordea

Jukka Salonen is in the core of one of the most ambitious business transformation in European banking. In his role as CPO he drives strategic alignment of the investment portfolio to ensure efficient execution of the large transformation initiatives.

He has a strong foothold in the financial industry working in several strategical positions in Nordea as well as in the European Industry associations. Prior to heading the Simplification Programme he worked as CEO for Nordea Finance, transforming the finance companies from local to pan-regional in terms of culture, business, operating model and platforms.

He contributed actively as the chairman of Leaseurope and  is an experienced Board member and chairman.

Mark Engelhardt

"Not making a Decision is often the equivalent of making the wrong decision"

International Institute for Learning (IIL), Trainer and Consultant.

Mark Engelhardt is a senior trainer and consultant with valuable hands-on project management experience in various operational departments of large multinational organizations. This practical experience enables Mark to convey
project management theory in a pragmatic, hands-on, and authentic manner.
Mark is founder and an active member of the Project Management Institute’s Austria Chapter. He is also a recognized lecturer in several universities.

> Is your organization as innovative as it could be?
> Who makes decisions, how and how well?
> How do you manage uncertainty?
> How agile are you in adapting decisions?


"Should the people of the world,achieve more with less,and be happier doing it?"

Towo Toivola

"How responsibility actually works?"

Agile Competence Lead at Siili Solutions

“I am a seasoned professional of many software development efforts, big and small, chaotic and Agile. I have not only deep understanding on the nature of Agile, Lean, leadership, learning organizations, and human responsibility, but I have also applied them in practice. I can design technical organizations and processes that support business, not obstruct it.
I am an organizational leader who can talk business with business and tech with techies.
I have a firm foundation of experience from many engineering roles in software development since 1998.” 

Virpi Rowe

"Agile scrum contracts and project plans - how to make the match? "

CEO at Radtac Oy

Virpi started her career from project and program management, moving on to client facing roles in product and portfolio management. Virpi is currently based in Finland but has been living and working for years in China and in the USA. 

Since 2010 Virpi has been working as a Lean|Agile trainer and coach. She is a certified Scrum Master, Product Owner and SAFe SPCT (program consultant trainer). Virpi has been training hundreds of people from different industries and public organisations on SAFe certification courses. Virpi is specialised in Lean|Agile transformations, coaching teams through the change journey. 

"There are traditional contracts and traditional projects. This is fine. But sometimes there are agile projects with traditional contracts This calls for trouble. Big time. The presentation helps the audience to build better contracts and project plans for truly agile deliveries."

"From technical point of view, how to bring meaningfulness and relevance to craftsmanship oriented work and how to be profitable and still do good, be that social, environmental or mental."

Teemu Uotila

"Impactful work in future"

CEO at Vincit CoOp Oy.

Teemu likes to quote Henry Rollins:

“No such thing as spare time
No such thing as free time
No such thing as down time
All you got is life time”

Working with ICT sector has taught me the different challenges a person faces when working in the high-intensive industry and fast-paced sales environment, has given me variety of skills. Highly energetic, goal-oriented and very customer focused mind-set. An Executive with rich operating experiences in the technology (Semiconductors, Mobile and Automotive industries)

Juho Metsovuori

"How to scale with data-driven product management"

Product Manager at Unity Technologies

Juho Metsovuori joined Unity Technologies in 2016 as one of the early members of the Product team and is responsible for developing and executing the vision and strategy for one of the world’s biggest ad tech companies. Prior to joining Unity, Juho has worked in both product management and engineering across leading Finnish media companies. Juho’s meticulous approach to agile software development and making decisions based on data has helped fuel the growth of Unity’s monetization business. His accomplishments and strategic leadership have influenced many cross-functional teams globally across Unity and he has been recognized as a leader in digital advertising.  An avid gamer, he is passionate about empowering game developers to grow their games through acquiring engaged and valuable players.

"Unity has been growing rapidly for many years. This growth has been fueled by the Product team’s data-driven decisions using the trove of data that Unity has about mobile game players across 1.5 billion mobile devices globally. We will go over some concrete cases and share key learnings."

"Presentation will be given from EPC contractor aspect. The aspect will focus to value provided by prudent use of requirements management process and software experience. I'm also consulting currently in related project management service development, so I will bring in that aspect as well. "

Sami Myllyviita

"Value of Requirements Management in Capital Investment Projects"

Management and Business Consulting, Project Business, PM Services, Contracts and Risk Management

Sami has more than 20 years experience in project management within the Wärtsilä from which more than 10 years as Director, Project Management. Now Sami applies his wide knowledge in Management consulting, Business management, Project Management Services, SME Board advisory services, Training, Coaching, Mentoring.  

Inka Veriö & Mikko Kaasinen

Supported by Microsoft

"Inspiring through agile transformation"

Inka Veriö

Business Manager and Project Manager, Innofactor.

Inka Veriö has a long experience in managing projects at several IT companies. She has also experience of leading consultant teams. Now she works as a Business Manager in addition to project management.

Mikko Kaasinen

Agile Coach and Project Manager, Innofactor

Mikko Kaasinen is an agile coach and Scrum Master. He has led several teams consisting of Consultants, Project and Service Managers. At Innofactor he is in a key role in the transformation to agile teams.

"The presentation will cover the journey from a traditionally managed consultation organization to a modern agile team-based organization. We will tell how the agile teams work in practice and take the responsibility. Changes are seldom easy, and we have faced also some challenges."

What are the key factors needed to run a successful charity campaign? Each year Nenäpäivä brings people together for a good cause uniting schools, organisations, NGOs and media. Last year Nenäpäivä raised most money of all charity campaigns in Finland. What is the secret of success and how your organization can be part of it?

Riina Lipponen

"Inspiring people to make a positive change - one nose at a time"

Executive Director

Nose Day Foundation / Nenäpäivä-säätiö

Riina Lipponen took the lead of Nenäpäivä in 2016. Nenäpäivä raises money for nine NGOs and works in close cooperation with the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle in order to help the children in developing countries. Every fall hundreds of thousands of Finns come together for a good cause. Nenäpäivä is the biggest and funniest charity campaign in Finland, raising nearly 3 million euros yearly.

Riina has twenty years experience in business. Prior to Nenäpäivä, she worked as Director in Finland Chamber of Commerce. Riina also has a long history of project management.

Topics of speakers subject to change.