Events | September 4, 2023

R Season Starter: A House of Many Voices, filled with knowledge sharing and engagement

For an entire evening, our Helsinki office turned into a "House of Many Voices", when the R Season Starter event brought together speakers and guests from business, education, politics, culture, media, and foreign affairs to discuss and share perspectives on topical issues. By bringing together diverse voices, the event promised to be a catalyst for meaningful exchange, promoting engagement and open dialogue.

The venue, our 7th floor lounge, was filled with guests and speakers, conversing, and mingling, getting new insights, and making new connections that will continue to be food for thought for months to come.

“In challenging times, let’s emphasize conversations over polarization and many voices over single truths. By listening to the broad perspectives of our wonderful speakers and engaging with each other, we all take another step forward on that journey”, said MP Mikko Manner.

Close to twenty speakers delivered insightful and inspiring conversations on forward-looking topics such as the evolving relationship between Finland and Sweden; Finland’s future; cyber security and AI-related topics; the future of Ukraine; leadership and entrepreneurship. They all did a tremendous job, inspiring their audiences and engaging in meaningful discussions:

Mika Aaltola, Presidential Candidate

Elina Anttila, Director General, National Museum of Finland

Stefan Björkman, CEO, Konstsamfundet

Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Sweden

Pekka Haavisto, Presidential Candidate

Sophia Jansson, Chairperson of the Board, Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson’s niece

Maksym Kravchuk, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ukraine

Sari Lindblom, Rector and Professor, University of Helsinki

Riina Nevalainen, Executive Editor-in-Chief, Kauppalehti

Carl Pettersson, CEO, ELO Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Susanna Pettersson, CEO, Finnish Cultural Foundation

Joonas Simolin, Senior Consultant, Truesec

Alexander Stubb, Presidential Candidate

Sami Suomela, Director, Junior Achievement & Elsa-Maria Oksanen, Business student, Aalto University & Joseph Munyandamutsa, Co-Founder & CEO, VAPU NY

Samppa Vilkuna, CEO, Superson & Katja Boxberg, Business Reporter, Podcasters at Päätös Podcast

The event generated very positive feedback among both guests and speakers:

Excellent program, remarkable speakers and thought-provoking discussions!

The event goes to show that a top law firm as Roschier with its diverse contacts to business and society can act as a hub for bringing people together and initiate discussions related to our society and its future. I am interested to see how this event evolves if it continues. I hope it does.”

The wide array of speakers with diverse viewpoints and approaches to issues, as well as out-of-the-box topics in some of the hubs, giving new ideas. Also, it was a most excellent networking event to meet old and new colleagues. Thank you to the whole Roschier Team!

Excellent program, remarkable speakers and thought-provoking discussions!

The speakers were well chosen, and the diversity of the topics was very welcome to expand the level of discussion in our society.”

Interesting speeches, great concept with short speeches and follow up discussions, lovely atmosphere and mingling.”

We hope that the impact of the R Season Starter’s “House of Many Voices” continues into the fall and beyond, with connections forged during the event acting as a foundation for future collaborations and conversations.