French - Finnish Business Forum 2023


Helsinki City Hall, Empire Hall

8h15 – 9h00 Welcoming coffee

9h00 – 9h15 Welcome words and introductions

  • Ms. Liisa Ketomäki, President of the CCFF
  • Video greeting from Mr. Olivier BECHT, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

9h15-9h45 The Finnish and French perspectives and collaboration at governmental and EU level on sustainable business and ecological transition

  • France: Her Excellency Ambassador Agnès Cukierman
  • Finland : Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Elina Valtonen

9h45-11h15 ROUND TABLE: ESG  - environmental social and governance

“Nokia and the new ESG strategy”, Mr. Karol Mattila, Head of Government Affairs, Finland, NOKIA

“Sustainability excellence in built environment”, Mr. Sami Piirainen, Managing Director, Halton Marine Oy, member of Halton Group Executive Team, HALTON

“Case Danone”, Mr. Facundo Etchebehere, s SVP Sustainability Strategy & Partnerships . DANONE

”Case Kontio”, Mr. Mika Rytky, CEO, KONTIO

followed by a round table moderated by Mr. Raine Tiessalo, Head of Communications and Advocacy, FINNISH FAMILY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (Perheyritysten Liitto)

11h15-12h00 moving on to the theme of ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION (vihreä siirtymä)

“Nature safeguards our economy”, Ms. Outi Haanperä, Project Director, Nature and the Economy, SITRA

“Case Schneider Electric”, Ms. Sirpa Ikola, Vice President, Strategy and Development. SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

“The future of food”, Ms. Joséphine Mickwitz, EVP, Communications & Sustainability, FAZER

12h00-13h00 LUNCH & NETWORKING


“Moderator’s framing: Advancing green transition across sectors”, Janne Peljo, Chief Policy Advisor, Climate and Biodiversity, CONFEDERATION OF FINNISH INDUSTRIES EK

 “Saint Gobain and low-carbon construction”, Mr. Olli Nikula, CEO, SAINT-GOBAIN

“Smart mobility for a smart city”, Mr. Guillaume Legoupil, Managing Director Finland, ALSTOM

“Enabling climate action through measurement data”, Ms. Anne Jalkala, Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer, VAISALA

“Case Kempower”,  Mr. Jussi Vanhanen, Chief Marketing Officer, KEMPOWER

Round table moderated by Janne Peljo, EK


• 17H00-19h00 Cocktail offered by the Embassy of France in Helsinki (Itäinen Puistotie 13)


GALA DINNER – 20h00 restaurant Kämp, Peilisali (Pohjoisesplanadi 29)

Opening words by Ms. Liisa Ketomäki, President of the CCFF Helsinki

Greetings from the CCFF Paris, Mr. Peter Eriksson, President of the CCFF Paris

Guest of honor: Mr. Juhana Vartiainen, Mayor, City of Helsinki



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