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Virtual Event 28.10.2021

Talent Boost summit 2021

Time: 8.45am-5pm

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For recruiters:

Wei Cui
wei.cui (at)
+358 40 636 8960

Jaakko Kopperoinen
jaakko.kopperoinen (at)
+358 40 639 4303

For talents:

Trang Pham
trang.pham (at)
+358 40 639 4376

For Talent Boost service providers:

Melissa Arni-Hardén
melissa.arni-harden (at)
+358 40 508 2234

Katri Raevuori
katri.raevuori (at)
+358 50 537 6191

Vilma Vainikainen
vilma.vainikainen (at)
+358 50 313 2284

Talent Boost Summit is an annual event which aims at finding answers to how together with international talents Finland's labor shortage can be solved as well as creating new innovations and growth. The Summit is aimed at organizations that want to expand their talent pool outside of Finland and among the international talents already living in Finland.

The first day of the Summit will be kicked off by Nokia's Head of Inclusion & Diversity Anneli Karlstedt. In her keynote she will address the relevance of diversity to successful business. ETLA Economic Research CEO Aki Kangasharju will end the seminar part of the program by sharing his visions on the role of international talents in building economic growth and competitiveness in the post-pandemic era.

The afternoon is reserved for short, pre-booked 1:1 meetings between employers and international talents. The virtual event platform will be open for meeting bookings also on the second day of the Summit.


  • information on why and how to boost your business by building a diverse organization
  • in addition to valuable candidate leads the opportunity to easily and cost effectively build an employer brand among international talents in Finland and abroad.

Examples of concrete benefits:

  • screen the profiles of international talents in advance and book virtual 1:1 meetings
  • gain employer visibility by showcasing your organization and open positions on a virtual stand
  • attract talents by hosting a 45 min session on a virtual stage
  • gain information on services available to support international recruitments and increasing diversity in your organization

Join these employers below and get the most out of our event!

  • Finders Seekers
  • EntreCom Enterprise Community OY
  • Netled
  • Kuori Oy
  • Capgemini Finland Oy
  • Jobinno
  • Järvenpään kaupunki / City of Järvenpää
  • ICT Direct Oy
  • Barona IT
  • Tampereen yliopisto
  • Espoon kaupunki
  • MoVal Oy
  • Centria University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Helsinki
  • VTT
  • Seasons HR Management
  • Swegon Finland
  • IQM Quantum Computers
  • Startuplifers
  • Agile Search Oy
  • Aalto University
  • Novellaclues Oy

This event is an easy and efficient way for talents to network with and approach potential employers. You can:

  • Prebook 1:1 meetings and e-meet employers in Finland
  • Visit employers' virtual booths
  • Showcase yourself as a potential employee and get informed about job openings
  • Network with other professionals


Thursday 28.10.2021

8:45 Welcome words: Finland's 2035 international talent roadmap 
Petra Lehto, Talent Boost Program Manager
9:00 Keynote: Business advantage through inclusion & diversity
Anneli Karlstedt, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Nokia
9:30 Panel discussion: Public-Private-People Partnerships supporting talent attraction & retention
Priyanka Banerjee, Secretary of the Board at International Working Women of Finland and entrepreneur
Anna Bruun, Ministerial Advisor, Migration and Integration Policies, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (Finland)
Katariina Jalas, HR Director-Finland and Nordic HRBP for Strategy & Transactions at EY
Kirsi Nuotto, SVP, Human Resources at VTT

10:15 Break

10:30 Panel discussion: The vision for an international Finland
Kathleen Naglee, Head of School and CEO at the International School of Helsinki
Jeremy Kleidosty, Constitutionalism, Governance, Institutional Development Expert affiliated with the University of Jyväskylä, the Edinburgh Peace Institute and Helsinki School of Business
Atte Jääskeläinen, Director General of Higher Education and Research Policy at the Ministry of Education and Culture
Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson, CEO, AmCham Finland
11.15-11.30 Study and Work in Finland
Lukuman Iddrissu, Student of Strategic Business Development at the University of Vaasa and employee of Wärtsilä.  Winner of the Summer Job Employee of the Year by Oikotie Oy and also VAMK's Alumnus of the Year
Peter Holley,
 Managing Editor at the Nordic Journal of Migration Research and Doctoral Student at the University of Helsinki
11:30-12:00 Start up life in Finland
Reggie Rusan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at eSystems Nordic Oy, and Chairperson of Helsinki Entrepreneurs International
Kristina Sweet, CEO, The Shortcut
William Carbone, Co-founder & CEO, The Adjacent Possible

12:00 Lunch break

12:30 Accessing the open and hidden job markets in Finland (with Q&A)
Olga Silfver, Project manager, City of Espoo's Competence Centre for Highly Educated Immigrants
Annabel Battersby, Clinical Psychologist and Director at Compass Psychology Finland
Saku Tihveräinen, Lead Recruitment Consultant, Marbles Oy
13:30 Closing words: Talent attraction & retention boosting Finland's post-COVID growth
Aki Kangasharju, CEO, ETLA Economic Research

14:00 Pre-booked online 1:1 meetings
Virtual stages
17:00 Event ends

Friday 29.10.2021

9:00 Pre-booked online 1:1 meetings
Virtual stages
17:00 Event ends


The event is aimed at both international talents and employers who want to expand their talent pool outside of Finland and among international talents in Finland. Employers can showcase their organization and network with international talents. Representatives of the Talent Boost -network offer their services related to international recruitment. Participants can prebook virtual meetings and join recruitment broadcasts. The event is an excellent opportunity for visibility to employers and job seekers alike.

The program is in English.


The event is free of charge, please register by Oct 25 with the registration form. Invitations to the virtual Deal Room event platform will be sent before the event.


Talent Boost Summit is organized by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Course Towards Finland -project coordinated by ELY Center Southwest Finland, and Uusimaa TE-office coordinating the national model for international recruitment. This year is the fourth time the Summit is organized and the rotating coordination responsibility carried by City of Espoo. Talent Coastline will organize this Summit in 2022.