Dr Chris Gentle
Head of Research, KPMG Consulting, U.K.
Dr Chris Gentle is Head of Research for KPMG Consulting. He is responsible for developing
and implementing thought leadership projects for the business, particularly around
Chris has extensive experience of working on financial services and financial markets
issues. He was previously Director of Financial Services consultancy at The Henley Centre
and a non-executive director of IFA Promotion. He has written two books - The Financial
Services Industry and After Liberalisation: The Future of Europe- and over 100 articles.
In 1992, Chris discovered negative equity in the UK housing market.
He has consulted in a variety of sectors including financial services, cars, FMCG, and
technology companies and is a frequent contributor to international conferences and
Dr Jyrki Juusela
CEO of Outokumpu Oyj and Chairman of TT - the Confederation of Finnish Industry and
Jyrki Juusela, born in 1943, has been Chief Executive Officer, Member of Board of
Directors and Chairman of the Group Executive Committee of Outokumpu Oyj since 1992. He is
Doctor of Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology (1971). He joined
Outokumpu in 1971 and held different R & D and management positions within the
Outokumpu Group. He was elected to the Group Executive Committee and appointed Executive
Vice President in 1988.
He is a Board Member in the following organizations: TT - Confederation of Finnish
Industry and Employers, Chairman; Association of the Finnish Steel and Metal Producers,
Chairman; Federation of the Finnish Metal, Engineering and Electrotechnical Industries -
FIMET; Sampo Insurance Company plc and Leonia Plc.
Dr Juusela is a Supervisory Board Member in Varma-Sampo, Mutual Pension Insurance Company.
He is also an Advisory Board Member in Helsinki University of Technology.
Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists, the Netherlands
Morris Tabaksblat was appointed Chairman of Reed Elsevier on 1 June 1999. He is based in
Amsterdam and London.
From 1994 until May 1999 he was Chairman and CEO of Unilever, having been elected to the
Board in 1984. In his 35 years with the company, he worked in the Netherlands, UK, USA,
Spain and Brazil.
Mr Tabaksblat was born in Rotterdam and graduated in law from Leiden University. After
completion of military service, he joined Unilever in 1964. He is married and has two sons
and one daughter.
Some of his other activities include: Chairman of the European Round Table of
Industrialists, Vice-Chairman of the USA Conference Board, Chairman of the Supervisory
Board of AEGON NV, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TNT Post Group NV, member of
the International Advisory Board of Salomon Smith Barney and Renault Nissan, Chairman of
the Board of Governors of Leiden University Medical Centre, and Chairman of the
Mauritshuis Museum in Den Haag.
Dr Bertil Roslin
Chancellor, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Dr Bertil Roslin has been the Chancellor of Åbo Akademi University since 1995. He is
specialised in public finances and taxation, industrial economics and technical research
Dr Roslin has worked in Åbo Akademi University from 1964 to 1975. He served as a Vice
Commissioner of the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (SITRA) from 1975
to 1984. Dr Roslin has also been the Director and Member of the Board of Alko Group Ltd
from 1986 to 1998.
Dr Roslin has a Masters Degree in Political Science and Doctorate in Economics. He has
written about 100 publications concerning industrial development, technical R & D,
company taxation and public finances.
He is also involved in Finska Vetenskaps-Societeten as a Member since 1981 and as
Vice-Chairman since 1998. In Ekonomiska Samfundet i Finland he has served as a Member of
the Council and Chairman several times in the 80's and 90's.
Mr Paul Fockens
Managing Partner, Accenture, U.K.
Paul Fockens is the Managing Partner for the Global Energy Industry of Accenture (Andersen
Consulting) and the Client Partner for a major Energy company.
Mr Fockens has over 30 years of business and information technology experience in a
variety of industries both in Europe and the USA, from which over 10 years in the Energy
Business across the world.
Before joining Accenture, he was President of an Oil & Gas consulting company in the
Mr Fockens was educated in the Netherlands and holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer
Science from the University of Amsterdam; he holds board seats on multiple B2B Internet
Rector Paavo Uronen
Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Dr. Tech., M. Sc.
Rector Paavo Uronen graduated in 1961 from the Helsinki University of Technology,
Department of Technical Physics. He got his Ph.D. in University of Oulu in 1971. After
working nine years in industry he joined the staff of University of Oulu as Professor of
Control Engineering and since 1988 he has been professor of Process Control at Helsinki
University of Technology (HUT). He was Dean and Vice-Rector in the University of Oulu and
1991-1994 First Vice-Rector at HUT. Since 1994 he has been the Rector of HUT.
Professor Uronen is a member of many national and international committees and scientific
Professor John P. Klus
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Prof. Klus is Professor of Engineering at the Department of Engineering Professional
Development, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and has a
contract with Helsinki University of Technology. His research and consulting topics are:
product development and screening, entrepreneurial climate, research and development
investment, technology transfer, technology audit.
He took his MSc degree at Michigan Technological University, and his PhD at UW-Madison in
1965. He received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Helsinki
University of Technology in 1994.
He was a Fulbright Scholar in Finland in 1966-67 for teaching and research and in 1985 as
a project leader of technology transfer study. He has been member of the UNESCO
International Working Group on Continuing Education of Engineers and Technicians since its
formation in 1973. He was initiator and General Chairman of the First World Conference on
CEE in Mexico City in 1979. He was President of the International Association for
Continuing Engineering Education IACEE from its founding in May 1989 to 1995.
He is also on several Boards of Directors, involved in starting three companies, and a
consultant in new product development and strategic planning. He is author of over 100
technical and continuing education papers and publications.
Tarja Meristö, D.Sc. (Econ.) Research
Director, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Tarja Meristö, D.Sc. (Econ.) works as a Research Director and a Corporate Futurist at
Åbo Akademi University, Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research (IAMSR). Her
research area is future studies and scenario planning as part of the corporate strategy
Tarja Meristö started her career at Partek in 1979 where she worked as a Strategic
Planner for three years. After that she has worked as a research assistant at the Academy
of Finland (1984-1987) and as a Corporate Futurist at Rautaruukki (1988-1991) and Mika
Kamensky Consulting (1992-1996).
In 1997 Tarja Meristö started as a Director of Future Studies at Turku School of
Economics and Business Administration and in 1999 she joined IAMSR and started the
business oriented Corporate Foresight Center.
Her doctoral thesis in the field of scenario planning as part of corporate strategy
(Skenaariotyöskentely yrityksen johtamisessa) was reviewed in 1991 in Turku School of
Economics and Business Administration. Meristö has published almost 100 different
articles and working papers in Finnish in different journals and series. Meristö has also
published international articles for example in journals like Long Range Planning (1984),
European Journal of Operations Research (1989), Technological Forecasting and Social
Leadership education courses and scenario workshops of different kind are one part of
Tarja Meristö´s work. She has specialized in corporate futurology, especially in
scenario planning and visionary leadership. In 1979-2000 she has for example worked in
cooperation with following companies: Partek, Nokia, Rautaruukki, Outokumpu, SYP/Merita,
ABB Fläkt, Aamulehtiyhtymä, Metsä-Serla and also with instances like the Ministry of
Transport and Communication, the Prime Ministers office, the Parliaments Future committee
and many communes and cities like Turku, Oulu, Liminka and Rantasalmi.