Thursday, October 3, 8:15 – 10:00 AM
Amcham Finland Offices
Eteläranta 6 A 8, Helsinki

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This event is for Country Managers or those in similar positions only.

This interactive breakfast with peers will get you up to speed on Finland’s new government, including relevant values and priorities, and how to shape your communication to influence decision makers.

In April 2019, Finland elected its first left-of-center prime minister in 20 years. Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s government is one of the most gender equal in Europe, with 58% of ministers being women.

In addition to major increases in public spending on welfare and infrastructure, the new policy program is, in the words of Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, “probably the most ambitious climate plan in the world.” It aims to make Finland the world’s first fossil-free, sustainable society.

Join us to hear Esa Suominen, Managing Partner of Rud Pedersen, share his insights on the new Finnish government’s agenda, and how you, as the leader of an international company in Finland, can communicate your company’s impact.

As an introduction to the session, Egbert Schram, CEO of Hofstede Insights, will introduce the topic of his January event with Amcham’s Country Manager Network. He will explain the difficult position of being a country manager and trying to market Finland to your HQ. What are the best methods to use when influencing your corporate leaders?

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Event Speakers:

Esa Suominen

Managing Partner, Rud Pedersen

Esa specializes in public affairs, political analysis and economic, labour market and education policy. He has worked for the Finnish Government from 2012-2015 as a State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and as Special Advisor to several Ministers. Before this, Esa was Director for Administration in Finnish Service Union United PAM, which is the second-largest trade union in Finland. From 2009-2011, he worked for the Finnish Social Democratic Party as Director for Political Department, responsible for election manifesto and positions in governmental coalition talks. He has held various positions of trust in healthcare, student and educational organizations.

Esa Suominen graduated from the University of Tampere, Finland with a Master of Social Sciences degree. He has also co-authored several publications on economic and educational reform. He also has up-to-date connections to various fields in Finnish public life and excellent communication skills.

Egbert Schram

CEO, Hofstede Insights

Egbert Schram is the CEO of Hofstede Insights. He is astute, passionate about his work, known to make complex things understandable by focusing on pragmatic solutions. His main focus is to help global leaders and managers deal with the challenges (and fun) of working in unpredictable and impossible situations and help people professional create more awareness about the importance of people in today´s work environment. If you need an Ice-breaker, Egbert is the go-to guy.

Egbert is a Dutch forester by background, with his studies having equipped him with a holistic yet pragmatic view on business. He emigrated to Finland in 2006, is married to a Finnish lady and has two kids.

Other professional activities include being the Chairman of the international chapter at the Finnish HR Federation and a member of Amcham Finland (Egbert is the Amchampion of the year 2017).

Event Moderator:

Kathleen Naglee

Head of School & CEO, International School of Helsinki

Kathleen is passionate about promoting leadership, diversity, sustainability and well-being. She is an active speaker in the local and global community. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the US State Department organization, CEESA. She spent fifteen years in Estonia and was the Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Kathleen looks for ways to empower others to enact change in their lives and communities. She holds an annual leadership retreat for women heading towards the C-suite. Her transformational process leads women to identify and articulate their educational vision in a way that others will hear.

She has been an educator for over twenty-eight years in both impoverished and affluent communities in the US and Europe. She believes that the relationship formed with others is the key to our collective success.

For more information, contact:

Rosa Thurman

Director, Investment Programs
+358 45 699 5997