In-person Breakfast:

Cybersecurity Outlook in a Changing World

Thursday, June 16, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe, Aleksanterinkatu 21, Helsinki

Event Details

Join us for a breakfast briefing to hear the latest cybersecurity analysis and insights from experts:

  • Susana Mäkelä, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Irene Ek, Manager, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Cloud Nordics
  • Paul Ahlgren, Principal Security Strategist, Amazon Web Services 

Following the Covid pandemic’s economic recession, investing in digital technology and fostering innovation are two critical rebound factors for every country across the globe. A predominantly SME-based EU economy will require access to cutting-edge digital technology resources at the lowest cost to enhance its competitiveness. Moreover, given the geopolitical challenges arising from the war in Ukraine, there is an increasing need for more international cooperation and boosted cybersecurity capacities to defend critical infrastructure and strengthen its resilience.

Partnership between government and industry is crucial to drive growth, jobs and competitiveness. While state-of-the-art digital solutions bring unprecedented opportunities in digital transformation, it also depends on the establishment of fit-for-purpose regulatory framework. These issues and more will be discussed.

Event Speakers

Susana Mäkelä

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Susanna currently works at Microsoft Finland office overseeing government affairs. Digital and datapolicies are the core areas of her work but Susanna also coordinates Microsoft Finland’s sustainability activities. Prior returning back to home Susanna worked at Microsoft EU office in Brussels and Microsoft Japan, and has led regional and global teams managing variety of topics from commercial legal to public policy and strategy. She has led transformative initiatives and has first had experience on how technology can shape our work.  

Irene Ek

Manager, Government Affairs & Public Policy Google Cloud Nordics

Irene has a PhD in management from Stockholm University in Sweden with a focus on secure digital transformation. She has 20 years experience in providing strategic policy advice on digitalization and AI to the Swedish Government, the EU, UN and the OECD. Previously, Irene was an international AI expert in the OECD AI policy Observatory and vice chair of the OECD Working Party for the measurement and analysis of the digital economy (MADE). She is currently Manager of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google Cloud in the Nordics.

Paul Ahlgren

Principal Security Strategist, Amazon Web Services

Paul Ahlgren is an IT Industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience. He has worked for both Digital Equipment Corporation and Amazon Web Services, both disruptors of different eras. A consultant for many years with experience from major Nordic companies like ABB, Ericsson, SEB and Telia. Paul also has some twenty years of experience in the Fintech industry and has been the Chief Solutions Architect for Skandiabanken, a Swedish commercial bank.

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Cindy Kent

Director of Communications & Network Impact

+358 50 430 3443

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