Core team


Hannu Jaakkola
Main Organizer

Hannu has worked for years in different student organizations all around Finland. A serial enthusiast, after attending TEDxYouth@Kamppi in 2014, he had a mad idea to organize TEDxOtaniemi to change the world for the better. He believes that helping people be awesome is key to that.

Twitter @nahuman


Kati Penttinen

Kati is a happily nerdy tea-aficionado with a penchant for practicality. Kati's outlook on life and projects is well summarized by her favorite author Sir Terry Pratchett: “Only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air.”

Twitter @KatiPenttinen


Niina Haataja
Human Connection Strategist

Niina is a digitally skewed marketing wizard and a spokesperson for positive life style. She thrives for personal growth and is inspired by genuine encounters. Through TEDx she looks forward to change the world.

Twitter @niina_haataja
Insta niinahaataja


Juulia Suvilehto
TEDxOtaniemi Salonnière

Juulia is a neuroscientist and a self-proclaimed geek with a soft spot for educational policy. She is unleashing her inner Enlightenment era intellectual as the Salonniére for the first TEDxOtaniemiSalon.

Twitter @JSuvilehto


Hannes Nachtigall
Technical Director

Hannes is a creative tech wizard with an artistic vision, experience and tools, to bring ideas to life. He’s passionate about new opportunities, collaborating with people and making the world a better place through TEDx Otaniemi.


Kate Jurva
Speaker Curator

A Finnish-Canadian hybrid and self-declared headstand addict, Kate loves to look at issues from new perspectives and play with language. Her mission as Speaker Curator is to find compelling takes on this year’s theme, constructing kindness, and help speakers craft their talks for the TEDxOtaniemi stage.

Twitter @katrinajurva


Petra Fagerlund
Human Potential Maximizer

Petra is a Master of Science (Tech) in Neuroscience, a true human enthusiast and a Latin dance lover. She has the ability to have the grasp of the big picture and stay on top of all the important little details, while making sure people feel welcome and wanted. She will be welcoming you to TEDxOtaniemi with a sunny smile and a warm hug.


Andrea Söderholm
Head of Partnerships

An economist by education, producer, marketer and sales person by profession and heart. A positive, practical and curious facilitator who is warmly looking forward to welcoming all of you to Otaniemi, Finland, both on- and offline. A globetrotter who loves sailing. 

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Ida Sjöman
Event Manager

Ida is a creative social scientist with a can-do attitude. Ida is an energetic multitasker and a helpless coffee lover. She will be welcoming you to TEDx with a big smile and high five.