Esko Aho

Esko Aho’s speech will review the following:

1.How General Purpose Technologies have changed the world

  • • Railways
  • • Electricity
  • • Computers

2. The next big thing – the Digital Age

  • • The Internet of Things will change everything we do: manufacturing, logistics, private and public services
  • • The key challenge is to create an ecosystem providing infrastructure, resources, capacities as well as talents and skills for digitalization
  • • The new value chain will be designed around orchestrators

3. What are the key components and characteristics of a world class ecosystem

  1. • Quality of infrastructure
  2. • R&D
  3. • Education – access to multidisciplinary talents
  4. • Smart regulation
  5. • Capacity to scale up and down – to combine local and global
  6. • Level of trust
    1. – Sustainability
    2. – Safety and security

4. Global growth opportunities and risks in different geographies”. China, Russia, the EU and the US.

  • Company:Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries, Former Prime Minister of Finland
  • Short Bio:Esko Aho (born 1954) was Prime Minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995. Today he is executive Chairman of the Board at East office of Finnish Industries representing the leading Finnish corporations in Russia. Mr. Aho is elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Aho is an invited member of the Club de Madrid, an independent organisation of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy. He is also member of the Board of Sberbank, Russian´s biggest bank. This year he was named as Executive in Residence at Aalto University, where he works at the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business. Esko Aho served as a member of Finnish parliament for 20 years before being elected to the Prime Minister´s Office in 1991.
  • http://www.eastoffice.fi/
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