Keynote speakers


Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager , Radikale venstre

Margrethe Vestager is a Danish politician, who is currently serving as the European Commissioner for Competition. She served as a Member of Parliament (Folketing) from 20 November 2001 until 2 September 2014, representing the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). She was the political leader of her party from 2007 to 2014, and served as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior from 2011 to 2014.

Tuuli Mattelmäki


Tuuli Mattelmäki is a Professor at Aalto University Department of Design. She specialises in product and service systems. Her starting point for research is in empathic design and explorative methods in user-centred design, design probes in particular. Her research concerns creative co-design methods in design for services, as well as the new application contexts of designerly approaches.

(Photo credits: Aalto University, Terhi Korhonen)

Mathilda Tham

Mathilda Tham

Mathilda Tham’s work sits in a creative, positive and activist space between design, futures studies and sustainability. Her work is informed by the notion of metadesign, design that supports complex collaborations and design for change. Mathilda Tham is Professor in Design at Linnaeus University, Sweden, where she leads the development of a new research platform, Curious Design Change.

Mads Nipper


Mads Nipper is Group President, CEO at Grundfos. With over 16 000 employees and annual production of more than 16 million pump units a year, Grundfos is one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers and with an ambition to promote sustainability in all forms – among the company, its customers and business partners.
Before joining Grundfos in 2014, Mads Nipper worked for LEGO Company for several years (1991-2014) latest as a member of the Management Board as Chief Marketing Officer.

Bo Stjerne Thomsen

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Bo Stjerne Thomsen is the Head of the Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning at the LEGO Foundation with the aim of supporting the long-term impact of learning through play on children’s creativity, engagement and lifelong learning. Bo Stjerne is part of the LEGO Foundation Leadership Team and responsible for the Foundation’s research and innovation agenda supporting research partnerships, centers and labs in places like USA, China, Denmark, Bangladesh, Italy and UK. Bo Stjerne has published international reports on the ‘Future of Learning’, ‘Cultures of Creativity’ and ‘Global Research and Innovation Networks’ ( to understand play and learning from across disciplines like psychology, technology, education and neuroscience to support creative communities. Originally an architect and designer by training with projects in USA, Mexico, China and Denmark; a PhD in Performative Learning Environments and visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab in Boston.