The Kymenlaakso Summit 2023 sheds light on the unique business environment the Kymenlaakso region has to offer companies and investors. The summit is organized by Cursor with support from Business Finland, Kymi Chamber of Commerce, XAMK and local companies such as Google.

Supporting program during the event

09:00 – 17:00 Google's Data Center & Sustainability Tour
09:00 – 17:00 Regional operators and companies with stands and experts available for discussions



09:00 Registration and welcome coffee 

09.30 Opening remarks and introduction to themes


David Lindström, CEO, Cursor Oy
Markku Kivistö, Head of Industry, Cleantech, BusinessFinland (remote)
Heidi Sjögren, Head of Research Group, XAMK
Toni Vanhala, Director, City Development and Communication, City of Kotka

10:00 Theme 1

A region made for large scale production


Eduardo Albuquerque, Energy & Location Strategy, Portfolio Manager, Google
Markku Hannonen, Director of Urban Planning, City of Kotka
Vesa Koivisto, Senior Vice President, Battery Value Chain, Finnish Minerals Group
Thorsten Lahrs, CEO, CNGR Finland Oy
Tiina Salonen, Development Manager, Ren-Gas Oy
Kari Savolainen, Chairman of the Board, Steveco Oy
Eija Rossi, Commercial Director, Port of HaminaKotka

11:00 BREAK

11:30 Theme 2

A region with the right workforce in place


Mari Kainiemi, CEO, Danisco Sweeteners Oy
Kimmo Kallioniemi, Vice Principle, Ekami
Santeri Koivisto, Head of International Affairs and Education Export, XAMK
Elina Koskela, Vice President, Global Manpower Solution, Barona Oy
Maija Kuiri, Director of Study Affairs, LUT University
Kaisu Pallaskallio, CEO, Code School Finland
Mikko Valtonen, Senior Advisor (education, employment and immigration), Keskuskauppakamari / Finland Chamber of Commerce

12:30 LUNCH

14:00 Theme 3

A region connected to a digital future


Mikko Kiviharju, Professor of Practice, Cyber Security XAMK and Aalto University, Computer Science
Ari Kurvi, Chief Development Officer, Hyperco Oy
Teemu Saarelainen, Senior Lecturer, Game programming, research and AI development projects, XAMK
Jukka Vainonen, Site Operations Manager, Google

15:00 BREAK

15:30 Summary and closing remarks

A region transforming, actions needed! 


Marika Kirjavainen, CEO, Kymenlaakso Chamber of Commerce
Sirpa Paatero, Former Minister of Local and Regional Government (2019-2023), City Council Member of the City of Kotka
Sari Paljakka, Director of the Business and Infrastructure Center, City of Loviisa

Organizeres reserve the right to changes.