Speakers 2019


Zara Kukkamaa

Creative Manager at UROS, CEO at Hohot Consulting

From classroom to office room - an alumnis' career
story in Oulu

Moved from China and graduated from Oulu Business School for an MBA degree in 2012, Zara has been developing her career in Oulu since. She's currently a marketing professional working at Finland's top growth high-tech company during the day, and an entrepreneur leading a team of 10 international consultants during the evening. Having experienced both favorable and challenging situations in her career path, Zara's story is something that many of us can relate to and look up to. On top of that, she will also share her viewpoints on some career myths we've often been told.


Ian Walker

An Englishman who has been living in Finland since 2002 when he came to work for Filtronic as a Project Manager. Prior to that he had worked for 6 years with Nokia. So far, all very normal! At the end of 2008, he was made redundant and everything changed. At the same time as welcoming his first child, he started a company importing electric scooters into Finland. Arguably a few years ahead of the market, the business didn’t survive, but Ian learnt many valuable lessons. In 2014, he went back to school to study for his Masters degree in Industrial Management. Ian is now running his second company helping Finnish health tech companies internationalise to the UK National Health Service. Ian is also a dog musher, musician, woodworker, triathlete and child taxi service.

Ian lives with his wife, 3 kids and 8 dogs and life in Oulu is busy, but fantastic!


Aaltje Bos

Aaltje (Ata) Bos was born and raised in the Netherlands where she graduated with a bachelor degree in nursing. Following that, she worked for several years in psychiatric and general hospitals in the Netherlands and Germany. During her stay in Finland she completed her master in health sciences at the University of Oulu. In her master thesis she explored immigrants’ experiences of loneliness. The study profoundly changed her views on loneliness and what she wanted for her own life. In 2018, Ata started her company ContextCare. Her mission is to deliver a holistic approach for understanding and alleviating feelings of loneliness and providing information about loneliness to the wider public. Ata is a lifelong learner. In 2017, she obtained a teaching degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu as well as a certificate from the Institute of Wellness Education, Teaneck, NJ, USA. Moreover, she is currently studying toward an MBA in International Health Management at the University of Cumbria (UK) and the Robert Kennedy College in Switserland. Ata has lived with her husband and three sons on multiple assignments in several countries. Having worked for the City of Oulu for more than 15 years in the areas of digital health, business development, communications, journalism and expatriate coaching, Ata feels she is profound aware of the need for cross cultural sensitivity and clear communication.

Her passion is working with and helping people, and this informs all aspects of her work.


Craig Livingstone

Craig has lived in Finland for 30 years and during this time he held senior leadership roles in some of the world’s largest technology companies, e.g. Nokia, Microsoft, Accenture, GE Healthcare. Throughout his career, Craig has led organisations that have been spread across the world, each one bringing its own cross-cultural challenge. In many ways, this has given Craig a unique window into Finland, its culture and what it means to build a life and a career here.


Robroo Somkiadcharoen

Your ordinary Asian friend in the University of Oulu. Still learning basic Finnish for survival.

Also, a software engineer at Softagram Oy.