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i4j Menlo Park: Mikko Kosonen

“Our (sitra) role, mission by the (Finnish) Parliament is to challenge the government…be a change agent in the country.”

Mikko Kosonen, President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund

  • PresidentofSitra
    • Sitra is an organization that operates under the Finnish parliament but is separate from the government
    • Sitra is in charge of its own endowment capital
    • Sitra is meant to challenge the government on behalf of the public and private sectors
    • Projectsthatdemonstrate new ways of working
      • Healthcare – focus shift to preventive medicine and preventive health psychology
      • Labor Market – Automation is eliminating jobs – Retired population is growing and the responsibility of its funding is burdened onto the public sector
    • Sitra is trusted in having no agenda – Concerned with civil wellbeing and Finnish International Competitiveness
    • Sitra is and engine to unify the Finnish Governments understanding of the state of the country

#Sitra #FinnishGovernment #Healthcare #LaborMarket

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.