Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi Leadership, business

A former lawyer, Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and aturnover of £30m.

She left the day-to-day management of Coffee Republic in 2001 and published a bestselling book, Anyone Can Do It, Building Coffee Republic from our kitchen table, which has been translated into 6 languages and is 2nd-highest selling book on entrepreneurship after Richard Branson.

In 2005 she founded Skinny Candy, a brand of sugar free sweets which was sold to confectionery conglomerate Glisten PLC in 2007. In June 2012 Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity.

She is currently co- chair of the Government Scale Up Taskforce and is actively involved in the roll-out of Change Please, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee carts. She is finishing her third book, “Start Up Forever, 10 ways to behave like a start up when you’re not a start up” based on her experiences of working with large organisations.

Magnus Helgesson

Magnus Helgesson Leadership, business

Magnus Helgesson had early a goal to become a millionaire. After reaching its goal already in his twenties, he noticed that despite the fact that his bank account was full, his life felt empty . What was missing was other people. The realization that "it is all about relationships " are the basis for how Magnus then built his business and the method he now lectures on. He has also written a book about his method. Today Magnus is a professional lecturer, licensed mental trainer and certified coach. He is one of Sweden's most qualified NLP coaches and he has undergone Tony Robbins program.Magnus is one of the few inspirational speakers who have also enjoyed a successful career in business. Be inspired by one of Sweden's most exciting entrepreneurs. Magnus Helgesson opened Sweden's first Harry's restaurant before he was 23 years old. Today there are over 40 restaurants.Some of the characteristics that made Magnus successful is his positive energy and ability to inspire others to great deeds. It has also made him a popular and frequent lecturer, both in Sweden and abroad (before large audiences in both London and Barcelona).

Kati Ihamäki

Kati Ihamäki Sustainability

Kati Ihamäki has been the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Finnair since 2008. She has been passionately designing and managing Finnair’s corporate responsibility strategy and integrating sustainability issues into Finnair’s competitive strategy. Previously, Kati worked as Finnair’s Alliance Director for oneworld affairs; Manager for Bilateral agreements; Controller for Service and Quality for Stations abroad. In her current role, Kati leads the development and execution of company-wide strategic sustainability initiatives, while integrating corporate responsibility into business-critical processes throughout the company.

Kati’s responsibilities include ensuring that sustainable development efforts enhance Finnair’s business performance and support the company’s strategy along with the long-term interests of multiple stakeholders. Kati’s work ensures that Finnair's current and future operations are sustainable and in line with the relevant values, norms and regulations. Additionally, she is responsible for the continuous development of Finnair’s corporate responsibility reporting and communication.

She is a member of IATA’s Environmental committee and chair of the CSR taskforce.

Timo Kiuru

Timo Kiuru Creativity, Marketing

Timo Kiuru is an award-winning creative director, a speaker, and a writer. Timo is a true global citizen as he has worked in cities as diverse as Seoul, Istanbul, San Diego, New York, Miami, Barcelona, Paris, Seattle, Tokyo, Helsinki, Abu Dhabi, London, Kazan, Stockholm, Porto, Toronto, Las Vegas, Tallinn, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. With over 10 years’ experience in the entertainment and experience marketing industry, Timo now leads fully integrated projects as a creative director for cutting-edge, international brands; creating business-driven, strategic & truly creative campaigns. Timo has worked with the world's leading companies like Samsung, Google, Sporty & Rich, McLaren, Microsoft, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Highsnobiety, and SK-II. As a result, Kiuru was recognized with a global 40 under 40 – industry award in 2016. As a public speaker Timo is invited to address business, corporate, government and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. Timo speaks about leadership & innovation, importance of creativity in our future society, and brand magnetism – how to create mass appeal as a business. Timo is an author of a book on creative experience marketing. In addition Timo writes about urban culture, design, brands, global lifestyle, fashion & leadership. His writings have been published in The Huffington Post, Live Communication Magazine, Special Events Magazine, and Highsnobiety. On his freetime Timo photographs, dances, and collects sneakers. He loves everything beautiful, and believes experience is everything.


Pekka Pohjakallio

Pekka Pohjakallio Leadership

Performance is a by-product of personal well-being and can be improved with lasting results. Pekka speaks of high performance; the most secure way to achieve this is through holistic well-being – by accepting yourself just the way you are, knowing your goals and leading (managing) your energy. Hintsa Performance has trained top athletes and helped top leaders. We have no idea how much unused capacity there is within us.


Jan-Jaap in Der Maur

Jan-Jaap in Der Maur

Jan-Jaap is owner-moderator at Masters in Moderation. He is a firm believer that a carefully selected moderator-facilitator will make meetings more effective, more fun and definitely more worthwhile. His dream is to raise the standard of meetings worldwide, by providing them with the best moderators. His mission is to upgrade the moderator profession, by training both professional and inexperienced moderators.



Elina Koivumäki

Elina Koivumäki

Elina Koivumäki has combined excellence in the fields of law, customer experience, marketing and communications. Before deciding to transfer to operate through her own company and begin planning the next steps in her career, Elina worked in the field of law for 17 years, 14 of which she was a partner at major attorney’s offices. She has a passion for people meeting each other, event marketing and high-quality products and services.

Elina is a partner and adviser or member of the board in several companies, such as Kyrö Distillery Company and an events hotel group, Huone. She is praised by both customers and partners in cooperation alike for sparring that is more all-embracing than that from a lawyer’s viewpoint, her clarity of expression and easily approachable persona, as well as her inspiring personal manner. You will find Elina’s prize-winning Markkinointijuridiikka, a series of books on the legal issues of marketing, on the desks of thousands of Finnish businesses. You can find out more about this remarkable woman, also known as “the singing lawyer”, on her website, YouTube channel and Twitter.