Tuesday, 11 September


Wake Up Call
Kimmo Tiilikainen

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland

Minister Tiilikainen has served as Member of the Parliament for the Centre Party since 2003. He has been Minister of the Environment 2007-2008, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment 2015-2017 and Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment since 2017.

Minister Tiilikainen originates from Ruokolahti in South-Eastern Finland. His hobbies include birdwatching and football.


Marius Macku

European Mobility Policy and Government Relations Lead, Uber

Marius is leading Uber’s Mobility Policy in Europe - working with public authorities, non-profits, academics, mobility providers etc. to help understand how Uber can play a positive role in the future of urban mobility. Before working for Uber Marius was the lead on European and Government Affairs for the highspeed train Thalys. During that time he was also the President of the European Commission’s Working Group on International Passenger Issues. Prior to that he worked in the European institutions having studied French, German and European law and politics.

Brett Young

CEO & Founder of BuildingSP, USA

Brett's AEC journey started with engineering education, continued to construction engineering, then went to technical consultancy and finally software entrepreneurship. This somewhat unlikely combination offers him unique insights - which he is willing to offer to us in the hope that it educates, illuminates the crazy values of the vast human system we've created in the AEC, and changes the traditional ways of our business for the better. He promises to be here to help.



Wednesday, 12 September 


Forest Flager

Systems Engineering and Optimization, Katerra, USA


Construction as a Service
Jussi Aho

CEO, Fira Ltd., Finland

Jussi is passionate about developing new ways of doing business together. He has more than 15 years of experience as a CEO in fast growing companies. Jussi is one who builds better cities and societies, who cares about his customers and employees, and who leads his business with high morals and strong values.

Jussi is a Civil Engineer (MSc) from the University of Oulu, and later on he did a visiting research scholar at the University of Central Florida in the U.S. during 2008. Jussi’s story with Fira began in 2002 when he co-founded the company after which he acted as a Member of the Board in 2002-2008 until he took over as the CEO in 2009. Fira is combining traditional construction business with new business models, technology, service concepts and start-ups, and growing rapidly. Jussi has several Board responsibilities and is a sought-after speaker.


Digital Built Environment: created by and for people
Kjetil Tonning

President, European Construction Industry Federation FIEC
Area Manager Heavy Construction, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, Norway

Kjetil has more than 30 years of professional experience in leading positions in national and international construction companies and consulting engineering firms, as well as in the Norwegian army and public administration. Currently he acts as Area Manager, Heavy Construction, with Veidekke Entreprenør AS, Norway's largest construction company (7,400 operatives, 224 apprentices, 100 trainees).

Kjetil has numerous honorary chairmanships and responsibilities in the Boards of regional, national and European companies and professional associations of contractors and consulting engineers.


Welcome words: From disruption to transformation
Petri Suutarinen

Chair, KIRA Advisory Board;
Head of Real Estate, Keva, Finland

Petri is Head of Real Estate at Keva, Finland’s largest pension provider. He has broad direct experience with real estate investments projects and portfolio management. Currently Petri is also the Chairman of the Board at RAKLI. RAKLI’s members include Finland’s most prominent owners of residential and commercial properties and infrastructure, tenants of commercial facilities, property investors, consultants, advisers and service providers.


The value creation of architecture
Lene Espersen

Managing Director, Danish Association of Architectural Firms, Denmark

Lene Espersen is a former Danish politician and the current CEO at the Danish Association of Architectural Firms. She has also since 2016 been Chairman of the Board of Aalborg University, a post she will have until 2020.

Representing the Conservative Party, Lene was an elected member of the Danish Parliament from 1994 to 2014. During this period she served e.g. as Minister of Justice (2001-2008), Minister of Business and Economy (2008-2010), Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister (2008-2011), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-11).


How to Engineer the Future
Andrew Watts

CEO, Newtecnic, UK

Andrew is a building engineer and an architect who specialises in the engineering design of facades and their interface with structural and environmental design. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds charterships in the UK for engineering and architecture from the Institution of Engineering Designers and the Royal Institute of British Architects. 



The digital transformation of the construction industry: from smart buildings to smart cities
Paul Doherty

President & CEO, The Digit Group Inc., USA

Paul is the Chairman and CEO of TDG (the digit group www.thedigitgroupinc.com).  As seen on Bloomberg TV, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America's Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is a licensed and registered Architect and is one of the world’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology and business.

A Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a former member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Board of Directors, Paul is an award-winning architect, author, educator, analyst and advisor to Fortune 500 organizations, global government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious architectural, engineering and contracting firms in the world.  

A pioneer in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a former Fortune 500 corporate officer, Paul is a prominent and highly rated speaker at numerous industry events around the world each year and has been appointed as a guest lecturer at leading universities throughout the world.  

Paul's past successful ventures include Revit Technologies (Sold to Autodesk 2002), Buzzsaw (Sold to Autodesk 2001) and TRIRIGA (Sold to IBM 2011).  Paul's current work is focused on Smart Cities real estate developments that include Smart Cities technology implementations, project financing, Executive Project Management Office (ePMO) and delivery, Central BIM Office (CBO) services, Autonomous Vehicle (AV) public transportation solutions and implementing innovative solutions for Smart Cities real estate developments around the world.  

TDG’s current Smart Cities real estate development projects are operating in China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, India, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Ireland, Canada and throughout the USA.  Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed and popular AEC Hackathon (www.aechackathon.com) that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Cocreating digital transformation for the built environment - BLOXHUB, a Copenhagen case study
Torben Klitgaard


Torben is the Director of BLOXHUB – a community and co-working space for sustainable urbanization. As Hub Director, Torben bridges architecture, design, construction and digitization and is a driving force behind the BLOXHUB activities and programs which are carefully designed to unlock the full local and global potential of the member’s businesses.

Before his current position, Torben worked as Director in Bips – Denmark’s largest professional network for digitizing construction. He holds an M.Sc in Economics, an M.Sc in Information Management and an MBA in construction.


Renewing construction
Jan Gustafsson

EVP Strategy & Development, YIT Plc., Finland 

Jan has a long career in international construction and construction materials industry, in positions of both line organization and corporate functions. His current position is EVP, Strategy and development of YIT group, the largest Finnish and significant North European construction company creating better living environments by developing and constructing housing, business premises, infrastructure and entire areas.



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