Speakers

Opening speeches


Tiit Land is is the Rector and Professor of Tallinn University, Estonia. In 1994 he received his PhD in Neurochemistry and Neurotoxicology from Stockholm University, Sweden. He was employed as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA between 1994-1999. In 1999 he returned to Stockholm University where he worked as a researcher and lecturer. From 2006 he has been working in Tallinn University first as a Professor in chemistry, then as the Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He was elected as the Rector of Tallinn University in 2011 and then re-elected for a second five-year term in 2016.

Andres Anvelt is the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia since November 2016. He has been in politics for 8 years, during which he was the Minister of Justice from 2014 - 2015 and has also served as a Member of the Parliament. Andres Anvelt has more than 20 years of experience in police force. He started as a Police Officer and became laterDirector of the Central Criminal Police and Police and Border Guard College. He has also worked as a Security Advisor to the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. Andres Anvelt is alsoa crime novelist and a scriptwriter.

Olivier Onidi is Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission, in charge of Security. Among other things, he has been tasked with coordinating the Commission-wide work related to the Central Mediterranean Route in the context of the refugee crisis. Previously, he has worked in the areas of Mobility, Transport and Energy, including being the Director for the “European Mobility Network” within Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. Before joining the Commission, he worked as an Adviser to the Executive Committee of Belgacom and as Public Policy Manager at American Express International. Mr Onidi holds Master degrees in Economics, in European Studies and in Business Administration.
Session I: The EU in the Global Race for Talents
 

Magnus Ovilius is Head of Return Sector, Irregular Migration and responsible for the European Commission's Return Policy and Management for irregular migration in the EU. Magnus is also Chair and Manager of the European Commission's European Migration Network (EMN). Prior to that he was responsible for coordination & direction of global government relations issues & group initiatives for Smiths Group. Prior to that he held various management positions with the European Commission, most recently as Head of Sector, Preparedness and Crisis Management in DG Justice Freedom and Security responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of European Union counter-terrorism policies including defence related aspects of counter-terrorism, law enforcement led civil protection, critical infrastructure protection, crisis management, CBRNE policies, G8 Roma/Lyon meetings and Security Research. Magnus's career includes being posted as a diplomat to the Russian Federation representing the European Commission. Magnus holds an LLM degree from Lund University. He completed military training in Sweden as an officer and served in the UN Forces in Lebanon.

Laura Corrado has been working since 2001 at the European Commission, dealing with a variety of issues related mainly to Justice and Home Affairs policies (Schengen, borders and visa policies, data protection, immigration). She is currently the Head of the Legal Migration and Integration Unit in DG Migration and Home Affairs. She graduated in International Law at the University of Perugia (Italy) and obtained a ‘Master in European Political and Administrative Studies’ at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Before joining the Commission, she worked as Assistant in International Law and International Organisation at the University of Perugia and then as Researcher and Lecturer on EU-related matters at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Jean-Christophe Dumont has been the Head of the International Migration Division in the Direction for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD since 2011. He joined the OECD Secretariat in 2000 to work on international migration issues. He oversees the OECD annual flagship publication on migration International Migration Outlook and of numerous publications on the economic impact of international migration as well as on migration management and the labour market integration of immigrants and their children in OECD countries. He has also worked on migration and development issues and on the international mobility of health workers. He holds a PhD in development economics from the University Paris IX-Dauphine and was a research fellow at Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Theo Sparreboom is Senior Economist in the Labour Migration Branch of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva. Prior to joining the ILO in Geneva, he worked for many years in Africa and Asia for both public and private international agencies on labour markets. He is currently Chief Technical Advisor of the joint OECD/ILO/EC project on the assessment of the economic contribution of labour migration in developing countries. Theo Sparreboom holds a PhD in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and published extensively in official reports and peer reviewed journals on labour market information, employment and skills.
Session II: Member State Practices in the EU: Competitors or Collaborators?
 

Jean Lambert has been London’s Green Party MEP since 1999. She sits on both the Employment and Civil Liberties Committees and has worked on many aspects of migration and equalities policy over the years. Currently, she is Rapporteur for the Employment Committee’s input to Parliament’s position on the so-called Blue Card proposal, relating to highly-qualified migration. She is her Group’s ‘shadow’ rapporteur on the revisions of the Dublin Regulation and the Qualification Directive concerning asylum policy and the updating of the Co-ordination of Social Security Regulation – a cornerstone of free movement for EU nationals. Jean Lambert is also a Co-president of Parliament’s Diversity and Anti-Racism intergroup and chairs the Delegation for relations with countries of South Asia, which gives her an additional perspective on migration policy.

Ruth Annus is Head of Citizenship and Migration Policy Department at the Ministry of the Interior of Estonia. Citizenship policy, migration and asylum policy, identity management policy and identity documents policy are within her responsibility. Ruth Annus has been working at the Ministry of the Interior since 2000. Ruth obtained Magister Iuris degree in 2007 at University of Tartu’s Faculty of Law, and is specialized in administrative law. She is also a lecturer of international and European Union migration law at Tallinn University.

Barbara Hess is a German economist who studied economics and European studies at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, and business management at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Poitiers, France. After working for the Department of Finance at the University of Osnabrueck, she joined the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in 2006. There, she operates as a Research Associate at the Research Center for Migration, Integration and Asylum. Her special field of interest is the immigration of highly qualified migrants and international students to Germany. Amongst others, Barbara Hess has published research reports on the EU Blue Card and the labour market participation of international students in Germany. Additionally, she has also appeared as a lecturer at international events, focusing on labour migration issues.

Nikolaj Lubanski is Director for Talent Attraction at Copenhagen Capacity, the official investment promotion agency of Greater Copenhagen. Through his career Nikolaj has served both as CEO and Manager for a number of private and public institutes, driven by the passion of improving the society we live in through globalisation. He is passionate about research and knowledge-sharing, and is the author of several books and publications within innovation, labour-market issues and management.

Yvonne van Hest is Program Director at Brainport Development, the economic development board for the Brainport Eindhoven region, Southeast of the Netherlands. Yvonne studied Business Studies and Incoming Tourism. She is an experienced strategic manager in sales and marketing, specialized in talent attraction and retention, international labour market development and education, strategic business development and program management. Yvonne regularly performs as a keynote speaker and panel expert in conferences throughout the world. The main topics Yvonne van Hest and her team at Brainport Development are concerned with include: international talent attraction and retention; skills shortage and mismatch; innovation and internationalization in education on all levels; integrating between education and labour market; Life-Long-Learning; as well as how to enhance adaptivity in the multi-helix.
Session III: Companies in the Globalized World
 

Ellen Jansma (MBA) is currently working as Global Mobility Manager for Booking.com in Amsterdam. Before joining Booking.com she worked in similar senior global mobility roles at Royal Philips and Heineken over the past 15 years. Before entering the landscape of global mobility Ellen worked as an HR generalist. Within Booking.com the focus — after the companies start-up phase — is to establish the mobility function by introducing a scalable method in processes and guidelines for the international workforce.
This includes program and policy development, reshaping of the outsourced model, vendor selection and partnership, people management and process optimization. Focus on compliancy and tax-, fiscal- and legal-obligations and last but not least to develop the Global Mobility function from an administrative unit into a high level professional business partner. Ellen is also a guest lecturer at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and at Expatise/Erasmus University.

Will Harvey (PhD) is Co-Director of the Centre for Leadership Studies and Associate Professor of Management Studies at the University of Exeter Business School, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on 1) how reputation and leadership is built, sustained and rehabilitated within organisations; 2) the mobility, economic impact and social networks of foreign talent; 3) the fieldwork and practical challenges of interviewing business and political elites. Will Harvey’s work has appeared in world leading journals. He has published over 75 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. He has been nominated for multiple awards and received two Dean's award and two letters of Commendation for teaching excellence by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Education as well as Above and Beyond and Collaboration awards.

Jo Antoons is a Partner and Attorney in Fragomen’s Brussels. She is responsible for managing corporate immigration compliance and advisory work for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, also coordination work for France. In addition, she leads Fragomen’s Government Strategies initiatives and has been involved in the lobby work towards the EU institutions. Jo Antoons is part of the EU Expert Group on Economic Migration to discuss the European agenda on legal migration and the revision of the European Blue Card Directive. She provides input and guidance to the study of a fitness check and compliance assessment of existing EU migration Directives. For business perspective and needs she is consulted by European stakeholders. Jo Antoons has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of global mobility, from immigration to social security and labor law. She has spoken as an Expert at numerous seminars and has authored publications on economic migration and international social security law, also been responsible for studies on economic migration for the EMN Belgian National Contact Point.

Jurga McCluskey leads Deloitte’s mmigration practice and has been practising international immigration law for 15 years. She has significant experience in servicing international clients dealing with global scale corporate immigration advice and strategy. Jurga McCluskey deals with all immigration matters including highly complex corporate and personal immigration matters. She gives strategic business advice to international clients, develops innovative services, regularly engages with the UK Government, the European Commission, and the Mayor of London, advises think tanks and is a frequent voice in the media as an Immigration Expert. Jurga is also highly experienced when it comes to business evacuation and continuity issues. Jurga was recently awarded Editor Choice at the City Wealth Power Women Awards and is continuously recognised in Who’s Who as ‘a commercially astute practitioner known for her efficient handling of global immigration cases’.

Alvar Lumberg was one of the first software engineers at TransferWise and currently heads the KYC development, Infrastructure and IT teams. He also actively participates in employer branding and recruitment efforts. TransferWise is a new kind of financial company and the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders. Prior to TransferWise Alvar Lumberg built CRM and online banking systems in Swedbank. He is also and Co-Founded a Master’s Program on Design and Development of Virtual Environments at the University of Tartu. He has worked as a Software Development Consultant and is an active member of Estonian startup and software development community.
Session IV: Global Talent on the Move
 

Leonardo Ortega is the Project Manager of Work in Estonia programme, a government-led initiative under Enterprise Estonia that aims at promoting Estonia as an attractive working and living destination for international specialists — particularly in the ICT sector. Originally from Mexico and currently working in Tallinn, Leonardo has lived in and visited different countries around the globe and he is no stranger to the perks and challenges of being on the move, reason for which he has developed a keen interest in better understanding the phenomenon of migration and all it encompasses. His professional experience includes working in the private, public and third sector, as he looks for a diverse and multidisciplinary approach to his endeavours. Leonardo is also a Member of the Board at the Mexican Talent Network Chapter Estonia. He holds a BA in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey and an MA on EU-Russia Studies from the University of Tartu.

Paul Evans is the Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus at INSEAD (Fontainebleau and Singapore). His research focuses on leadership and talent development, building on his pioneering research into leadership transitions and executive life styles. He is Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, ranking the countries of the world since 2013; and he is active as a Public Policy Advisor to governments from Denmark to Botswana. His work also centres on international human resource management and multinational organisational development. Paul Evans has been described as one of the most influential people in international human resource management, joining in 2013-2016 the list of the Most Influential Thinkers in HR. He has advised more than 200 multinational corporations, and taught courses at universities in North America, Europe, Russia, Brazil and China. He has a PhD in Management and Organizational Psychology from MIT, an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a graduate in law from Cambridge University. His most recent book from 2016 is "The Global Challenge: International Human Resource Management".

Sten Tamkivi helps free people move and makes governments compete for every citizen. As VP Product, Employees & Marketplaces for MOVE Guides he builds tools for knowledge workers on the move across cities. Sten co-founded Teleport (acquired by MOVE Guides) as an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz, after serving at Skype as an early Executive for over 8 years from startup to the $8.5B exit to MSFT. Sten started his entrepreneurial career founding the first digital media agency in Estonia in 1996, at the age of 18. Sten values a tolerant, open and creative society, speaks up for entrepreneurship, supports the startup movement, occasionally invests, pushes for better tech education and has advised President Ilves of Estonia on the above. He also holds a number of public, private and non-profit board seats.

Karoli Hindriks is the CEO and founder of Jobbatical. After founding her first company at the age of 16 and registering a patent for soft pedestrian reflectors, Karoli became the youngest inventor in Estonia. In total, she has founded three and directed five companies in the media, marketing, and recruiting fields. This includes leading the launch of 7 TV channels in Northern Europe, including National Geographic, MTV and Fox entertainment. WIRED magazine has listed her as one of the 50 most inspirational women in technology in Europe. In 2016 Karoli was listed among the 50 most influential women in the European startup and venture capital space by EU-Startups.com. In 2010 she was chosen to be among the Global Leaders of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium. Early in her career, BusinessWeek named Karoli one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe. Karoli is a Singularity University alumna. She is passionate about the unbounded potential of the Millennial generation and confident that we are on the brink of an unprecedented revolution in the world of work.
Workshop Strand I: Attracting and Retaining Foreign Students
 

Eero Loonurm is Head of Communications Department in Archimedes Foundation, Estonia and has been active in higher education internationalization for nearly ten years. His responsibilities in Archimedes Foundation include the development and execution of the communication strategy and representing the foundation in communication related working groups on the local and international level. He was one of the starting members to build up the national higher education marketing initiative Study in Estonia and right now he is one of the team leaders in promoting Europe as a study destination for the European Commission project Study in Europe.

Laura Corrado has been working since 2001 at the European Commission, dealing with a variety of issues related mainly to Justice and Home Affairs policies (Schengen, borders and visa policies, data protection, immigration). She is currently the Head of the Legal Migration and Integration Unit in DG Migration and Home Affairs. She graduated in International Law at the University of Perugia (Italy) and obtained a ‘Master in European Political and Administrative Studies’ at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Before joining the Commission, she worked as Assistant in International Law and International Organisation at the University of Perugia and then as Researcher and Lecturer on EU-related matters at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Johanna Hellwig is Project Manager at the European Projects Unit at Campus France in Paris, the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility. She is coordinating Campus France activities in the scope of the European funded project Study in Europe. Previously she worked in the Higher Education Marketing Unit at DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn. She has a long experience of organizing European higher education fairs in Asia and Latin America. Johanna holds a French-German Master's degree in International Relations and International Management from the University of Freiburg and University Paris-Est Creteil.

Hakan Karaoglu is currently working as International Communication and Marketing Coordinator at Tallinn University of Technology. He has been working and volunteering at different NGOs around the world as a trainer and a facilitator since 2006. Hakan has lived in Estonia, Finland, Germany and Turkey. His research interests include Intercultural Communication, Culture Theory, Immigration and Adaptation and Cultural Assimilation. He has BSc in Computer Engineering and MA in Communication Management. Hakan is also a part of Kopuntu which is an interdisciplinary solidarity network founded to provide physical and digital production space, together with wider networking based upon mobilization, aimed at supporting and enabling possibilities of encounters and cooperation between journalists, academics, writers, artists, students and any other who claim to be generating ideas and correspondingly has been oppressed, silenced or precluded due to the politics that narrowed production and living space.

Hans Lemmens is the Coordinator of the National Contact Point of the Netherlands for the European Migration Network (NL EMN NCP) and a researcher at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service’s (IND) Research and Analysis Unit. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service handles all applications for residence, international protection and citizenship in the Netherlands. Hans has been the national coordinator for the EMN since 2009. He is also involved in the policy research carried out by the Unit. Hans has worked for the Research and Analysis unit since 2004, mostly as part of the EMN team within the unit, participating in numerous EMN studies. Before 2004 he has worked in the field of asylum within the Immigration and Naturalisation Service.

Norma Rose works at ICF, where she is part of the Service Provider team of the European Migration Network (EMN) for the European Commission. ICF has long-standing experience in providing strategic and operational support to the EMN, and has a strong track record in delivering research and evaluation services in the field of EU asylum and migration policies. Through her involvement in the EMN, as well as previous work experience in a Brussels-based think tank and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Norma has a thorough understanding of this policy field. Norma has a Master’s degree in European Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht. Her areas of research have mainly focused on the EU’s asylum and migration policy, intra-EU solidarity, the ‘second generation’ legislative instruments of the Common European Asylum System and high-skilled migration to the EU.

Raul Ranne is Head of Higher Education Unit in Archimedes Foundation, Estonia. He has been active in the field of higher education since 2008, working on issues such as mobility, student support, recognition of studies, marketing of higher education. He has coordinated various higher education development projects in Estonia. His current responsibilities include the Study in Estonia initiative, national and international scholarships, Estonian language studies abroad and other projects dealing with internationalization of higher education. Prior to that, he worked as the Head of Higher Education Marketing, coordinating internationalization and marketing activities in cooperation with Estonian higher education institutions and other national stakeholders through the Study in Estonia platform.

Karen de Man works as Communications Advisor for Nuffic and is one of the team members responsible for maintaining the world-wide Holland Alumni network. Karen studied International Business and Languages at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Most of her career was spent in international education with an interlude of five years in recruitment services. For Nuffic she recruited a team of 28 dedicated volunteers, the ‘Holland Career Ambassadors’, who encourage international students and graduates to consider a career in the Netherlands and support them in their Dutch job hunt. Karen trained them to give presentations at events or in individual sessions. Karen herself is also a regular speaker at career and alumni events. She is also responsible for creating and sustaining engagement between international students and alumni and Dutch representations world wide.

Kätlin Keinast is Senior Specialist of International Cooperation at Tallinn University. She has been working nearly 10 years on international student recruitment and international marketing. Kätlin has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and in Asia, so she has first-hand experience on being on the move. With the background in service design, she has led the process of creating better student-focused services for international students in Hong Kong. Her passion is combining service design with the international client focus.
Workshop Strand II: Attracting and Retaining Foreign Employees
 

Pärtel-Peeter Pere has worked as adviser and project leader for Talent Attraction and Business Attraction Management projects in the Nordics as well as international ones (Scottish Enterprise, Spain, Germany and others). Previously Pärtel worked over five years as an adviser at the European Parliament on foreign affairs, regional development and public relations. Pärtel has also been on the jury at City Nation Place, the annual place branding and marketing conference in London. He holds a Master’s degree in Management, focusing on Nordic brand management, from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He speaks English, Finnish, Swedish,Estonian and reads Danish and Norwegian.

Agne Sokolov is Head of WOW Support services, Estonia & Sweden. Agne leads Bigbank’s way of working support services in Estonia & Sweden, which includes HR, internal communication, office and document management services. She is helping each employee and manager to be a valuable asset for the organisation every single day.

Nikolaj Lubanski is Director for Talent Attraction at Copenhagen Capacity, the official investment promotion agency of Greater Copenhagen. Through his career Nikolaj has served both as CEO and Manager for a number of private and public institutes, driven by the passion of improving the society we live in through globalisation. He is passionate about research and knowledge-sharing, and is the author of several books and publications within innovation, labour-market issues and management.

Andrew Robb leads Deloitte’s Global Workforce practice across EMEA where he assists companies in managing their global workforce by realigning their global mobility, talent and reward programmes to their wider organisations business and talent objectives. With over 18 years of experience he has over the last 10 years worked extensively in assisting over 250 organisations on various global workforce transformation projects across the globe.

Beth Warner is Associate Director within the Global Workforce practice. She has over 10 years of experience leading Global Mobility, Talent and Reward transformation projects. She has supported a range of organisations (across multiple industries and maturity) in setting up or adapting all aspects of their service delivery model to align closer to business and talent objectives. Beth is our lead facilitator for delivering Global Mobility Innovation Labs which helps organisations to reflect, brainstorm and plan how to close the gaps in their Global Mobility programmes between current and ideal future state. Beth works in our London office, but has worked across the country and in Paris. Beth is a member of the Association for Tax Technicians.

Siiri Sutt is Senior Consultant at Deloitte Estonia. Siiri joined Deloitte Estonia at the beginning of this year to help companies manage their international workforce and support expats in settling in Estonia. Prior to Deloitte she lived and worked in Luxembourg and in the United States. She has over 15 years of international experience as expat support professional, cross-cultural trainer and executive search and talent management consultant. Siiri has worked in talent management firm Fontes in Estonia as senior executive search consultant, trained US diplomats in Washington DC and designed expat support programs for IMF employee family members. She has been leading many intercultural training programs in Luxembourg and Estonia. Siiri holds a MA degree in Linguistics and she is a member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR Europa).
Workshop Strand III: Attracting and Retaining Foreign Startup Founders
 

Lauren Proctor is the Head of Marketing at Jobbatical, a platform that matches companies with ready-to-relocate business, tech and creative professionals. Before joining Jobbatical Lauren ran her own digital marketing consultancy out of New York City. She has worked with brands like LOFT, Free People, Virgin Airlines, YouTube, Univision and Chanel and helped found a number of startups including a company that made 4 million in six months before getting acquired by Twitter. When she Is not working Lauren is passionate about sailing, cycling, and speaking in front of international audiences.

Killu Vantsi is working as Legal Migration Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Interior of Estonia, Killu is responsible for legislative amendments in the field of legal migration and was closely involved in the development of Estonian startup visa regulation. Having studied and worked abroad in Europe and in Asia, she has first-hand personal experience with student and labour migration. Currently, she is chairing the EU Council Working Party dealing with visa issues and is part of the Estonian Presidency delegation responsible for the Blue Card directive recast negotiations. Killu holds a Master's degree in public administration from Tallinn University of Technology.

Rogier Kok is Senior Policy Officer in the migration policy unit at the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands. His fields of expertise are highly skilled migration, free movement of persons within the EU and migration issues regarding Brexit. Rogier is currently working on the further streamlining of the Dutch entrepreneurs and startup visa and is part of the Dutch delegation to the EU Council Working Party dealing with the Blue Card.

María Reyes Fernández is holds degrees in Law, Business Administration and Management. She began her professional career at the prestigious Law Firm J&A Garrigues, S.L.P. After several years of practicing law, she decided to start working in the Public Sector by entering to the Senior Corps of Civil State Administrators. As Civil Administrator of the State, she focused on issues linked to the information society, before dedicating herself to her true passion and to one of the great challenges of contemporary societies, immigration. She is currently Head of the International Law Department in the Legal Affairs Unit of the General Secretariat of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of Spain.

Marketa Havlova is the Director of Startup Department at CzechInvest — Investment and Business Development Agency of the Czech Republic. Marketa is responsible for managing programs and activities for startup ecosystem and startups itself both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She was at the inception of the CzechStartups.org — the first online startup hub in the Czech Republic. Marketa is also involved at V4 (Visegrád group) Innovation Task Force Group. She started her career in Department of Research, Development and Innovation at CzechInvest. Marketa graduated from the University of Life Sciences, Prague.

Gregor Forschbach is a member of the German Foreign Service and is currently seconded as consultant to the migration department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (division for immigration law). Before his secondment, from 2011 to 2015 he was Deputy Head of Division in the European department of the Federal Foreign Office and responsible for EU economic policy and the EU single market. He also was seconded to the Federal Academy for Security Policy from 2009 to 2011. Assignments abroad led him to Morocco, Poland and the EU-Commission in Brussels. His duties covered security policy, arms export controls, EU- and consular affairs. He is a lawyer by profession.

Elina Immonen is a Chief Senior Specialist working at the Ministry of the Interior of Finland. Since 2006, she has worked on various issues regarding migration legislation and policy making at the Ministry. She is currently responsible for the legislative amendments needed in order to launch a Finnish startup visa. She holds a Master's Degree in International Politics and a Bachelor's Degree in Law specializing in constitutional law.

Avijit Sarkar is Co-founder of CapOne Research, a blockchain based financial solution to create a disruption in the way International payments are done today. Avijit is a career Risk Management professional, having worked with one of the largest conglomerate in the world GE Commercial Finance in Operational Risk, Risk Audits and Process Controls. Overall, he had 12+ years of corporate experience in the field of Risk Management & Health Care in India before coming to Estonia to build his startup.

Shaun Deanesh is the Founder of Omgi, a greentech startup. Prior to this, he used to be an investment banker and founded a dating startup in university. He is also a coordinator for Random Hacks of Kindness Denmark.

Kwun Lok Ng Co-founded Samplify, a service to build automated marketing campaigns. Kwun is a second-time startup founder and a marketer, who writes code every day.

Marc Penzel is a Co-Author at Startup Genome, an organization that works with governments to accelerate the growth of their startup ecosystems through evidence-based policymaking. Based on the voice of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, 300 local partners and more than 40 city members, Marc and his team have built the largest multi-year research on what fuels the growth of startup ecosystems. In March 2017, he co-authored the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report, with 200,000 views the world’s most popular publication in this field to date. Prior to Startup Genome, Marc co-authored in-depth ecosystem reports on Waterloo and Hong Kong as part of Compass research. He also worked on ecosystem development projects with various subject matter experts. As an advocate of mission-driven innovation, Marc founded and managed a pro bono consulting firm which improved the operations of young, social enterprises.

Tilman Wiewinner is Research Manager at Startup Genome, an organization that works with governments all over the world to accelerate the growth of their startup ecosystems through evidence-based policymaking. Based on the voice of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, 300 local partners and more than 40 city members, Tilman and the Startup Genome team have built the largest multi-year research on what fuels the growth of startup ecosystems. Recently they have published the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report.

Laura Corrado has been working since 2001 at the European Commission, dealing with a variety of issues related mainly to Justice and Home Affairs policies (Schengen, borders and visa policies, data protection, immigration). She is currently the Head of the Legal Migration and Integration Unit in DG Migration and Home Affairs. She graduated in International Law at the University of Perugia (Italy) and obtained a ‘Master in European Political and Administrative Studies’ at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Before joining the Commission, she worked as Assistant in International Law and International Organisation at the University of Perugia and then as Researcher and Lecturer on EU-related matters at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Mari Vavulski is constantly seeking ways to supercharge Estonian-bred start-ups possessing the potential to take on the world as a Head of Startup Estonia – a governmental initiative for the Estonian start-up ecosystem. Startup Estonia is making Estonia one of the world's best places to start a company, partnering with, and uniting, the best of start-ups, incubators, accelerators, as well as the public sector, and researchers into one big, successful Estonian Mafia – #estonianmafia – a term that has successfully become a brand for the local start-up community.

Riina Einberg has been helping for the last 10 years Estonian startups from crawling and mumbling stages to a standing/walking/talking one. Her adventures have taken her to work with a number of awesome startups - Skype, Guardtime, ZeroTurnaround, Monese, Taxify. Her passion has been building super strong engineering teams side-by-side with ingenious engineers and engineering leads, while also figuring out the best setups to manage company’s finances and accounting. Moving headquarters overseas (US or UK), hiring senior management, figuring out the transfer pricing model, sorting out first annual audits, preparing investor reports, writing press releases — she has done it all and loved every minute of it. Today Riina is the GM of Taxify — one of the fastest growing transport apps in Europe with over 1M customers in 19 countries.

Aleksander Tõnnisson is co-founder and CEO of Buildit Hardware Accelerator, first startup accelerator in Northern and Eastern Europe investing into hardware startups. He has invested into 40+ hardware companies with founders from 17 countries.