ISH Inspires

ISH Speaker Series

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

Spring 2018

Registration for ISH Inspires Breakfast 2018 is open! #ISHinspires

Story-telling and Imagination
in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

At ISH Inspires Breakfast on Friday 20 April we will hear why skillful story-telling, imagination, and responding intelligently to the complexity of human emotions are fast becoming the "it" skills for the future. Learn how these competencies can sustain your employability, and give businesses the edge to compete. How can they be learned?

Emma Taulo will tell us how stories define values for communities and entire countries and why some stories fail to catch hold and why does it matter? What can story-telling teach you about being a motivating leader in your field—and ensure that you are indispensable in the changing face of the workforce?

Emma Taulo is a scriptwriter, director and showrunner who works with new ways of storytelling in both fictional and non-fictional programming. Her work concentrates on themes and topics related to national identity, collective myths and rarely heard historical stories.


Saku Tuominen will talk about how turning imagination into something real and instilling shared values into behaviour are two skills that will keep human beings employed. A revolution in schools and in organisations is needed to take these skills more seriously.

Saku Tuominen founded Broadcasters, one of the most successful Finnish independent TV production companies, with Juha Tynkkynen in 1989. In 2009-2010, he was Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world's third largest TV production company, based in London.



If you are interested in joining us, please email Katja Lehtonen for more information

Spring 2017

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

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.



Spring 2016
Globalisation - No Going Back?
Can Finland Compete?

Who can turn innovation into success?

Ambassador Bruce J. Oreck, former United States Ambassador to Finland (2009-2015). He is currently an Executive in Residence at Aalto University, is founder of the Zero Carbon Initiative and is former Chair of the League of Green Embassies. Ambassador Oreck was a practicing lawyer for 25 years.




Captivating our global community with ideas?

Ms Linda Liukas, Author and Illustrator of Hello Ruby and Co-founder of Railsgirls.com. Ms Liukas was awarded Digital Champion of Finland (2012) and received an award from the Finnish Institute for Children's Literature (2014). She has been nominated as one of the EU's Fifty Most Inspiring Women in Technology.




Cultural Intelligence: An essential skill for the 21st Century

Mr. Peter Welch, Director of the International School of Helsinki. He was formerly director at international schools in both Istanbul and Thailand. A graduate from Cambridge University and a native of England. Ms Welch is currently co-writing a book with his Canadian wife about cultural differences.




Spring 2015

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

What happens when different cultures work together?
Do the synergies outweigh the struggle?

Mr. Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation/Chairman & Founder of F-Secure Corporation






How to convince people that Finland is the world's best country in which to live.
The Finnish Miracle at work.

Mr. André Noël Chaker, Author of "The Finnish Miracle", Finland's Speakers Forum Speaker of the Year 2012.



What to consider when new foreign talent has been hired. Practical steps for a successful relocation.

Ms Marjo Lautjärvi, CEO of Finland Relocation Services (FRS)






Spring 2013
50th Anniversary Open House
Celebrating Our Uniqueness

Educating and Nurturing Tomorrow's International Talent

Alexander Stubb, Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade