Keynote speech April 7, 2021

Title of the speech:

Successful innovations drive economic growth

Wed., April 7, 2021, 14:30-16:00 [Athens] 

Erkki Ormala

Senior Fellow, Innovation Management, School of Business, Aalto University

Erkki Ormala, Ph.D., currently Professor of Practice, Innovation Management at Aalto University, Finland, Dr Ormala has been leading the process of translating research into innovation, technological advances, and socio-economic growth in Europe for several decades now. Until recently, the Vice President of Nokia (since 1999), prior to that Dr Ormala created a large research program for the OECD that examined the relationships between technology, productivity and job creation. Eventually, Dr Ormala, served as the chairman of the OECD working group on Innovation and Technology Policy. In 2004, following the invitation of the European Commission, Dr Ormala chaired the five-year assessment of the EU R&D Framework Program. He then also served as the Chairman of the Board of DIGITALEUROPE (2008-2012). In 2010, Dr Ormala was invited by the European Commission to participate in a high-level panel on the measurement of innovation. In 2012 he was invited to join a high-level advisory board on the future of the European media. He was then also invited by the President of the Commission to participate in the process of forming the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).  Dr Ormala was also involved in the drafting of the 2000 Lisbon Strategy that placed emphasis on the connection between research, innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth in the EU.  Among many other functions that Dr Ormala held, suffice it to mention that he served as the Chairman of the Research and Innovation Committee of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Today, Dr Ormala continues to consult governments on issues pertaining to innovation management.