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Gentle 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 financial services.

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 publications.

Juusela Dr Jyrki Juusela
CEO of Outokumpu Oyj and Chairman of TT - the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers, Finland

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.

tabaksblat.jpg (2318 bytes) Mr Morris Tabaksblat
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.

roslin.jpg (2188 bytes) 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 and development.

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.

fockens.jpg (1947 bytes) 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 US.

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 companies.

uronen.jpg (1843 bytes)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 organizations.

klus.jpg (2208 bytes)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.

meristo.jpg (1916 bytes)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 process.

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 Change (1998).

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.

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