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ISH Inspires

ISH Speaker Series

Our 50th Anniversary Open House in May 2013 kicked off our breakfast events, where outstanding speakers explore various topics related to skills for young people to excel in dynamic and international settings.

Spring 2017, #ISHinspires

People who Relate to People:
The critical skill for the digital age

Time: Friday 28.4.2017 from 8.15 to 10.15

  • 8.15 Registration and Breafast
  • 9.00-10.15 Introduction and guest speakers: Mr Welch, Head of School, Ms Katri Saarikivi, neuroscientist and Mr. Ilkka Paananen, CEO and co-founder of Supercell

Place: International School of Helsinki, Selkämerenkatu 11, 00180 Helsinki

Price: Free of charge (limited number of participants)

Registration: Please contact Ms Katja Lehtonen for invitation.


Mr. Peter Welch, Head of School at the International School of Helsinki. A graduate of Cambridge University and a native of England, Mr. Welch was formerly Director at international schools in both Istanbul and Thailand. Together with his Canadian wife, he is completing a book about cultural differences.

Guest Speakers:

Ms Katri SaarikiviMr Ilkka Paananen
Multi-layered interaction: the foundation for long-term success

Strategies to nurture it at work

Ms. Katri Saarikivi, cognitive neuroscientist and Founder and leading researcher of The NEMO Project at the University of Helsinki Medical Faculty’s Cognitive Brain Research Unit. The NEMO Project explores the neural mechanisms behind empathy and fruitful interaction, particularly in digital environments. It won the 2015 Helsinki Challenge annual science-based idea competition.

Katri cooperates with organizations to apply research findings and create methodology to support human interaction which adds value.

Supercell Culture

Mr. Ilkka Paananen, CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach and Clash Royale. Since its founding in 2010, Supercell's four games have amassed 100m daily players and remain in the global top 10 years after launch. In June 2016, Supercell became the first European technology start-up to reach a valuation of $10 billion.

A serial entrepreneur, IIkka has been in the games industry since 2000. Prior to Supercell, Ilkka was CEO and co-founder of Sumea, which was later acquired by Digital Chocolate where he served as President until 2010. An active member of the Nordic startup community, Ilkka is an advisor and investor at Lifeline Ventures and at Atomico, a coach at Startup Sauna and an active supporter of Slush.

In 2015, Ilkka founded a philanthropic trust called Me-säätiö together with one of the co-founders of Supercell, Mikko Kodisoja. The trust focuses on new and innovative philanthropic efforts aimed at kids and families at risk of marginalization in Finland.

Ilkka holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Spring 2016

Globalisation - No Going Back?
Can Finland Compete?

Spring 2015

What to expect from cross-cultural collaboration?
Is Finland the place for it?

Spring 2013

50th Anniversary Open House
Celebrating Our Uniqueness


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