Build your career in Finland

Finland is a leading country in cutting-edge technologies. Join the Future is made in Finland webinar to learn more about the latest discoveries in future health, Arctic excellence, digitalization, gaming, cleantech and sustainability.

Sign up for the first episode to learn how studying and working in Finland could benefit your career.


Episode 1: Kick-off

7 October

13:00 (Finland) | 13.00 (Moscow) | 15.30 (India) | 18.00 (Singapore) 

Moderator: Tomi Korhonen, Head of PR and Media, Business Finland


Want to Study and Work in Finland?

Opening Words – Future is Made in Finland

Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Keynotes – Sustainable and Inclusive Solutions for All

Mainframes, mysteries and future-proof careers

Linda Liukas, Storyteller, innovator and illustrator, Founder of Rails Girls
Ari Kynäslahti, Vice President, CTO, Head of Strategy and Technology, Mobile Networks, Nokia

Discussion – Future Talent Needs in Next Generation Businesses

  • Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
  • Jukka Kola, Rector, University of Turku
  • Örjan Andersson, President & CEO, Novia University of Applied Sciences
  • Ilkka Paananen, CEO and Co-Founder, Supercell
  • Ari Kynäslahti, Vice President, CTO, Head of Strategy and Technology, Mobile Networks, Nokia

Young Talent's View on the Finnish Way

Interview with Daria Babanina

Breakout Sessions


Study in Finland – higher education studies and how to apply


Work in Finland – How to land a job in Finland?


Study in Finland session in Russian language

Moderator: Nelly Meer, Team Finland coordinator, Embassy of Finland

Keynote: How to design your best life in Finland? / Как создать свою лучшую жизнь в Финляндии?
Kamilla Sultanova, Public speaker, diversity & inclusion expert

Video greetings from Teemu Kokko, Rector, Haaga-Helia UAS

Panel Discussion

  • Nelli Piattoeva, Associate professor, University of Tampere
  • Venla Laakkonen, Marketing and Sales Director, YIT
  • Anna Ryzhova, Student, University of Turku


 Virtual Lounge Table meetings: All universities & UAS


Picture of Linda Liukas
Storyteller, innovator and illustrator
Founder of Rails Girls

Linda is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Her book series Hello Ruby introduces the whimsical world of technology for kids and has been translated to over 25 languages.

Linda is a central figure in the world of programming  and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. She is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. Further, she believes that code is the 21st century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABC of Programming is imminent. She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it.

Linda has studied in business, design and engineering in Aalto University and product engineering in Stanford University.

Picture of Ari Kynäslahti

Ari Kynäslahti

Vice President, CTO, Head of Strategy and Technology, Mobile Networks, Nokia

Ari Kynäslahti has a long career working at Nokia. He joined Nokia in the beginning of 1995. In Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks he has worked in many manager positions, for example as Head of Mobile Networks Product Management, Head of LTE Product Management, Head of Global Radio Sales and Head of WCDMA Product Management as well as multiple positions in R&D and Business Development.

In his current position as Vice President Strategy & Technology, CTO he is responsible for creating business, technology and partnership strategies for MN and contributing to Nokia level strategy. He is also responsible for MN level portfolio and investment management as well as roadmaps and product decisions for MN SoC:s, BTS platform including RF platforms and baseband platforms and to define and maintain the product leadership plans in RF, BB, automation, AI/ML, ORAN/vRAN architecture and Private Wireless Networks. In addition to these, in his current position he is managing the co-operation with key interface partners, i.e. R&D, sales, standardization, research, chipset vendors and device vendors. 

Kynäslahti has M.Sc in Radio Technology with two minors: Corporate Strategy & international business and Economy from Helsinki University of Technology.


Picture of Ilkka Paananen

Ilkka Paananen

CEO, Supercell

Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Finnish mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars. Founded in 2010, Supercell’s games have been featuring in the global top 10 for years after launch and are played by hundreds of millions of people every month. Supercell is the first European technology start-up to have reached a valuation of $10 billion.

In addition to his role at Supercell, Ilkka helps other entrepreneurs as both an investor and as an active member of the Nordic startup community where he mentors and coaches other founders. Alongside his co-founder Mikko Kodisoja, he has established the We Foundation to fight social inequality and help disadvantaged children in Finland.

Prior to founding Supercell, he was the CEO & co-founder of Finnish games developer Sumea, which was later acquired by Digital Chocolate, where he worked as President until 2010. Ilkka holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Picture of Tuula Haatainen

Tuula Haatainen

Minister of Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Tuula Haatainen is Finland's Minister of Employment, a long-term parliamentarian and a former municipal director. As a member of the Government, she has served not only the Government of Sanna Marin but also the Governments of Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Matti Vanhanen, serving first as Minister of Education between 2003 and 2005 and later
as Minister of Social Affairs and Health between 2005 and 2007.

Minister Haatainen has a master’s degree in political science and she is a qualified nurse.  

During her career, she has had numerous governmental, international and NGO confidence activities. She is married and has two adult children.

Picture of Anita Lehikoinen

Anita Lehikoinen

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
Picture of Jukka Kola

Jukka Kola

Rector, University of Turku
Picture of Örjan Andersson

Örjan Andersson

President & CEO, Novia University of Applied Sciences
Picture of Tomi Korhonen

Tomi Korhonen

Head of PR and Media, Business Finland
Picture of Teemu Kokko

Teemu Kokko

Rector, Haaga-Helia UAS
Picture of Kamilla Sultanova

Kamilla Sultanova

Public speaker, diversity & inclusion expert
Picture of Nelly Meer

Nelly Meer

Team Finland coordinator, Embassy of Finland
Picture of Nelli Piattoeva

Nelli Piattoeva

Associate professor, University of Tampere
Picture of Venla Laakkonen

Venla Laakkonen

Marketing and Sales Director, YIT
Picture of Anna Ryzhova

Anna Ryzhova

Student, University of Turku