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HIRED: Closing Doors or Opening Opportunities?

Decoding Finland's Strategy for International Talent

October 10

Program: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM |
Networking: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Epicenter Helsinki (Mikonkatu 9, Helsinki)

Event Details

“Finland will be the most interesting place to invest by 2031″: a worthy and ambitious goal set out by the new Finnish government, formed in June 2023. Epicenter Helsinki and Amcham Finland are joining together to ask how the government’s approach to international talent supports this vision. The event is a part of the HIRED series by Epicenter.

In this event, we will be discussing the potential impacts of the Finnish government program. We aim to encourage open discussion and a platform for perspectives to be shared. The panel of government and business leaders will discuss four main areas:

  • How will the local entrepreneurial system be impacted?
  • How will foreign direct investment (FDI) be impacted?
  • How will individual people be impacted?
  • What will the overall impact be on Finland?

Speakers include:

  • Jannika Kaikkonen, Head of Public Affairs Finland, Bayer
  • Katri Niskanen, Chief Specialist, Team Leader, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • Youssef Zad, Chief Economist, Finnish Startup Community
  • Saara-Sofia Sirén, Member of Parliament, National Coalition Party
  • Ted Apter, Special Advisor, Industrial Policy, Suomen Ekonomit
  • Susanna Mäkelä, Sr Director Government Affairs at Microsoft Finland

This event will be moderated by Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson, CEO of Amcham Finland, and Joey Bayer, Head of Community at Epicenter Helsinki

Please join us to discuss how Finland can thrive with the government’s strategy for international talent. We aim to encourage open discussion and a platform for perspectives to be shared.

Our Partner

Event Details

Jannika Kaikkonen


Head of Public Affairs Finland


Katri Niskanen


Chief Specialist, Team Leader

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Youssef Zad


Chief Economist

Finnish Startup Community

Saara-Sofia Sirén


Member of Parliament

National Coalition Party

Ted Apter


Special Advisor, Industrial Policy

Suomen Ekonomit

Susanna Mäkelä


Senior Director Government Affairs 

Microsoft Finland

Alexandra 2023

Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson



Amcham Finland

Joey Bayer


Head of Community

Epicenter Helsinki

For more information contact:

Rosa Thurman

Director of Foreign Affiliate Services and Sustainability

+358 45 699 599