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Speakers

Slush brings top-tier entrepreneurs, investors and media to share their latest stories, lessons and insights. More speakers will be announced every week.

Vasily Belov

Vasily Belov
Executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Cluster, Skolkovo

Vasily Belov is the Executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Cluster at Skolkovo and specializes in national policy in energy saving and energy efficiency, investments, innovations, public-private partnership. Thus cluster helps to support innovative development in breakthrough technological solutions and currently has some 180 companies in the oil and gas, metallurgic and energy sectors residing in the cluster.

Eric Wahlforss

Eric Wahlforss
Co-Founder & CTO, SoundCloud

Eric Wahlforss is the co-founder & CTO at SoundCloud. Originally from Sweden, Eric is currently based in Berlin – a city which he believes is a big startup itself, always changing and under construction. SoundCloud, described as Twitter “only for ears”, has over 10 million registered users to date.

Monty Widenius

Monty Widenius
Founder at MySQL

Monty Widenius is the main author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database, the world’s most popular open source database. Monty is also the Founder and CEO at Monty Program Ab that is developing MariaDB, the new community-developed branch of MySQL, and a co-founder and investor at Open Ocean Capital.

Veera Sylvius

Veera Sylvius
Managing Director, Space Systems Finland

Veera Sylvius is the Managing Director of Space Systems Finland (SSF). SSF’s main business revolves around system and software design in technology areas like nuclear industry, GPS technology, machinery and space. Little known fact: SSF played a crucial role in Galileo satellites and the GOCE mission, so Veera will surely have challenging stories to share.

Andreas Ehn

Andreas Ehn
Co-Founder & CTO, Wrapp

Andreas Ehn is the co-founder & CTO of Wrapp, a mobile gift card service. Before founding Wrapp, Andreas was the CTO of Spotify, where he was responsible for building the technology behind the service. Andreas has described himself as a man who can get interested in almost anything as long as he feels it’s important. Not surprisingly, he is also an angel investor.

Jari Varjotie

Jari Varjotie
CEO, Savo-Solar

Jari Varjotie is the CEO of Savo-Solar Oy. He has strong industrial  background from over 20 years in health-care, telecommunication, machinery building and renewable energy industries, including being the managing director of Winwind prior to Savo-Solar. Savo-Solar is a Finnish cleantech company manufacturing innovative solar thermal collectors and absorbers for OEM partners throughout the world.
Timo Ahopelto

Timo Ahopelto
Founding Partner, Lifeline Ventures

Timo, Founding Partner at Lifeline Ventures, is a serial entrepreneur and investor with track record in product creation, sales, marketing and fund raising in health and disruptive tech. He was the founding CEO of CRF Health, the global leader in eDiaries for clinical trials. As Blyk’s Head of Strategy, Timo was responsible for its ad business, country expansion and funding. Timo’s free time flies with family, in Lapland and with various sports. Currently investor in companies like ArcDia, Oncos Therapeutics, Valkee and ZenRobotics.
Timo Reisto

Timo Reisto
CEO, BT Wood

Timo is the CEO of BT Wood, specializing in development and marketing of novel wood treatment chemicals. Timo has extensive experience from international business and management of sales & marketing. He has worked in key positions of global life science companies for more than 20 years.

Nick Rosa

Nick Rosa
Partner, Healthbox

Nick Rosa is the co-founder and MD of Sandbox Industries and the founding partner of Healthbox. Healthbox is a healthcare startups’ accelerator program that supports healthcare innovation by partnering with promising entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Pekka Somerto

Pekka Somerto
CEO, Valkee

Pekka is CEO of Valkee, a private health care technology startup company that develops and markets portable medical therapy devices for treating mood disorders and other light-dependent diseases. Pekka has an over 20-year global track record of transformational leadership roles at Nokia, Zed and Coca-Cola.

Jufo Peltomaa

Jufo Peltomaa
Co-Founder & CMO, ZenRobotics

Jufo is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ZenRobotics, a Finnish high-tech company specializing in robotic recycling technology. Previously a successful marketing professional with a number of international awards under his black belt, Jufo is a serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful companies, including Hybrid Graphics Ltd, later acquired by NVIDIA.

Ari Ketola

Ari Ketola
CEO, Ductor

Ari Ketola is the CEO of Ductor, a Finnish biotechnology company with a solid portfolio of proprietary and patented technology for biologically producing ammonia and phosphates from recycled materials. In addition to being the co-founder and early-stage financier as well as CEO and Chairman, Ari is also the inventor of Ductor technology.

Ami Rubinstein

Ami Rubinstein
CEO, Optomeditech

Ami Rubinstein is the CEO of Optomeditech, a Finnish medtech startup with patent pending technology in the field of intravenous catheters and blood sampling. With Optomedtech’s breakthrough IV-line technology, he aims to make the process faster, more reliable and less damaging to the vein. Ami has a wide range of global experience in different industries as an entrepreneur, a consultant and a manager, both in small business and large corporate environments.