Thursday, October 11, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Finnish National Opera
Helsinginkatu 58, Helsinki

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What do the Opera and the world of Life Science have in common? Creativity. But how do you turn creativity into innovation and bring great ideas to life?

Bayer Nordic’s CEO Miriam Holstein and the Finnish National Opera’s Artistic Director Lilli Paasikivi will shed light on how these two longstanding institutions use their creative spirit to ensure constant innovation that enables business growth, improved customer experience, and generates added value for society.

Through these leaders, we will have the opportunity to hear what happens ‘backstage’ in both the opera house and a science-driven company to maximize innovation. What can they learn from each other, and is thinking outside of your industry the key to business success?

On top of this, we have a great option for those of you looking for a great way to continue your evening. In the month of August, we’ll be offering you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular The Flying Dutchman-opera at a discounted price after our session on October 11th. Come for the business, stay for the performance. You can read more about the opera here.

Join us for this intriguing dialogue in a unique occasion not to be missed.


Lilli Paasikivi

Artistic Director: Finnish National Opera

Mezzosoprano Lilli Paasikivi has performed throughout her career on the leading opera and concert platforms of the world. Her repertoire varies from Mozart to Wagner side by side with symphonic and contemporary music.

Lilli Paasikivi was a member of the soloist ensemble of the Finnish National Opera in 1998-2013 and performed all central mezzosoprano repertoire such as Carmen, Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida) and Brangäne (Tristan and Isolde).

Paasikivi worked as Artistic Director of the Pyhäniemi Concert Series in 2010-2015 and as of 2016 runs a classical music Concert Series in Kisko. She has worked as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera since 2013.

Photograph by Karoliina Bärlund

Miriam Holstein

CEO: Bayer Nordic

Miriam Holstein is the CEO of Bayer Nordic, headquartered in Espoo. She has held several positions in the Bayer group. Prior to the move to Finland, Miriam was the Head of Corporate Finance at Bayer AG. She holds a Doctor’s Degree in Law.

Miriam’s hobbies are art, design, architecture, jogging and cycling. Her proverb originates from Pablo Picasso: If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

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For more information contact:

Rosa Thurman

Director, Investment Programs
+358 45 699 5997

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