We are very proud to present our panellists and speakers, who are all inspiring and experienced in their own fields.
The list is being updated continuously.
Emmi Itäranta (FIN)
Emmi Itäranta holds one MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Tampere, and another from the University of Kent, UK. Her debut novel Memory of Water started as a part of her Creative Writing masters degree. She later completed the full manuscript in both Finnish and English. The novel won the Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest organised by the Finnish publishing house Teos. It was published to enthusiastic reviews in Finland in 2012 under the title Teemestarin kirja. In 2015 the English language version, Memory of Water, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award in the US and the Arthur C. Clarke award in the UK. Translation rights to the award-winning novel have been sold in 21 territories to date. Itäranta’s second novel Kudottujen kujien kaupunki was published in 2015. In the UK the novel is known as The City of Woven Streets, and in the US as The Weaver.
Mats Bigert & Lars Bergström (SWE)
Mats Bigert & Lars Bergström is an artist duo living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. They met while at the art academy in Stockholm in 1986 and have collaborated ever since. Through their career Bigert & Bergström have produced and created art ranging from large-scale installations to public works, sculptures and film projects. Often with a conceptual edge, the core of their work is placed right in the junction between humanity, nature and technology. With energetic curiosity their art investigates scientific and social topics discussed in contemporary society.
Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen (FIN)
Jenna works at The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitras foresight team whose work involves the vision of sustainable well-being and the future of education. Jenna has among others wrote the book Learning at the Edge of History, and her work on Next Era, a vision launched by Sitra.
Jennas specialities include Vision for sustainable well-being, Next Era (Seuraava erä), the future of education and learning or the Uusijuoni book club.
Jenna holds a Master of Social Sciences degree from the University of Helsinki. She majored in Political Science in the sub-programme of Administration and Organisations. She has previously worked in the field of communications and opinion leading with a communications agency.
Poems and fiction are close to Jenna’s heart. Reciting poems improves the atmosphere whatever the situation!
Björn Wiman (SWE)
Culture Editor, Dagens Nyheter
Björn Wiman works as Culture Editor at Dagens Nyheter since 2010. He is the author of the book “Sent på Jorden. 33 tankar om världens största nyhet” which was published in november 2018. He has previously worked as Culture Editor and cultural journalist at Expressen.
Riitta Päiväläinen (FIN)
Riitta Päiväläinen is known for her temporary site-specific installations in nature, consisting of second-hand clothing and flea market fabrics. Her main interest has been “the unwritten history” – the history that you cannot find in library books, official files or archives, but can be felt in the rip of a coat or in the arm worn thin on an armchair.
“For me, a piece of clothing represents, above all, its former wearer. It tells you that somebody has been present. However, the person who wore it is now gone. The faded colors and tears in the fabric show the signs of the time passed.
By freezing the garment or letting the wind fill it with air, I am able to create a sculptural space, which reminds me of its former user.“
– Riitta Päiväläinen.
Staffan Laestadius (SWE)
Staffan Laestadius is Professor of Industrial Dynamics at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. He is also a board member at the Swedish Think Thank Global Utmaning.
He is the author of two books – Klimatet och välfärden (2013) and Klimatet och omställningen (2018) - both of which have a strong focus on the cultural, social and political dimensions of the climate related transformation of our societies.
Lawen Redar (SWE)
Member of the Parliament
Lawen Redar is a Swedish Socialdemocratic politician and Member of Parliament. She is the Social Democrats' cultural spokesperson and a member of the Committee for Cultural Affairs.
Lawen Redar is a lawyer and graduated in law at the University of Stockholm in 2017. She has previously worked at Save the Children 's National Federation and the Stockholm City Mission.
Hanna Zetterberg (SWE)
Communication strategist and advisor
In recent years, Hanna has worked mostly with research communication. She is a consultant and as such facilitating meetings and seminars, developing communication strategies and teaching rhetorical and presentation skills. She has previously worked as communication manager at the Institute for Future Studies and for the International Polar Year 2007-2009 at the Swedish Research Council. Now part time at Mistra Sustainable Consumption at KTH and part time as independent.
Hanna is an author and has published four picture books about Nejilika. She is also elected as the representative of the Writers' Association in the Swedish Children's Book Institute Board and AU.
Previously Hanna has been a Member of Parliament and a member of the Left Party's party board in1994-1998.
Katarina Pierre (SWE)
Director Umeå bilmuseet
Katarina is the director of Umeå Bildmuseet. She has a Master of Arts in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmith’s College in London. She has been employed as an intendent for Bildmuséet since 1995, and in the recent years as director. Katarina has taken initiative for and been part of many art projects both nationally and internationally.