Keynote speakers

Liiri Oja is a human rights lawyer based in Estonia. She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute. During her doctoral studies she was a visiting researcher at Harvard, Sussex, and Cambridge universities where her work analysed sexual and reproductive rights narratives in international human rights law.

Currently, she is the head of human rights activities at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice (Õiguskantsleri Kantselei). Liiri leads projects on human rights education, connects the civil society to the Chancellor’s every day human rights work, and is responsible for international human rights reporting (e.g. within the United Nations system).

Her academic research centres on human rights, equality and health. For example, Liiri’s work explores questions about obstetric violence, sexual & reproductive rights in transitional justice contexts, and the role of health care professionals in human rights protection. She regularly publishes articles on sexual and reproductive rights both in Estonian and English, is passionate about giving public talks on human rights-based approaches, and shares research related content on her Twitter account (@liirioja).

Liiri is enthusiastic about teaching: over the years she has coached the Estonian National Team for the World Schools Debating Championships and lectured Constitutional Law at Tartu University. More recently her teaching consists of leading an experimental course “Human Rights and Design” at the Estonian Arts Academy, and organising human rights workshops for health care professionals.

Presentation topic: "Human-centered health care, also during crisis situation"

Laura Viilep: As the Head of Global Events at the world’s leading personal growth company, Mindvalley, Laura has organised transformational experiences and events across 3 continents and 15 countries, from Costa Rica to Bali. She has 15 years of experience in communications, HR, project management and event production. Laura is passionate about designing and creating innovative experiences that inspire people to live their best lives. As part of Mindvalley’s leadership team, Laura has contributed to building a remote work friendly team culture that allows everyone to thrive, and expanding the Mindvalley office in Estonia.

Laura is a mom of two amazing boys and she’s created a lifestyle that allows her to blend all her passions: family, travelling & exploring new cultures, personal growth & learning, healthy & conscious living, and creating beautiful and impactful experiences.

Presentation topic: "How an organization can inspire staff"


Professor Lisbeth Fagerström is a professor in caring science and rector at Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland and affiliated professor in Nursing Science at the University of Southeast-Norway. Her main research areas are advanced practice nursing, nurse staffing, nursing intensity, gerontological nursing, and health promotion. She has extensive experience of nursing education on all levels and of leadership in clinical health care with special focus on leading changes in healthcare, health education and research. She introduced systematic patient classification by the RAFAELA system at the beginning of 1990s in Finland and had since then conducted extensive research regarding nurse staffing, nursing intensity and outcomes. During the last fifteen years, Fagerström has developed master programmes in advanced practice nursing and contributed substantially to the implementation of advanced practice nursing in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Fagerström published the first Swedish book in advanced practice nursing in 2011 and the first Norwegian book in 2019. She is leading several research projects in advanced practice nursing, with a special focus on the evaluation of advanced nursing roles and education. She was for many years a member of the ICN/APN Network and by networking on national, Nordic and international level Fagerström has inspired and motivated colleagues, leaders and students for advanced practice nursing.

Presentation topic: "Evidence-based nursing management: From principles to action"

Mary Gobbi, RN. Ph D. MA Ed, Dip N Dip NEd, FFNMRCSI

I am Visiting Professor at Tartu Health Care College, Estonia, Professor Emerita at the University of Southampton, UK and a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. In the keynote, I shall present, through professional biography and theory, the key role of professional knowledge and interdisciplinary care as a core theme of Nursing Leadership situated in the life cycle of a global pandemic. I will show how I learnt from, with, and shared knowledge with a range of other nurses and disciplinary colleagues from the beginning of my career as a  student nurse; through intensive care and high dependency nursing; becoming a ward sister in first cardio-thoracic and vascular nursing  (at the time of the rapid expansion of this speciality in the early 1980s) and second, in Neuro-medical nursing. Following an active clinical career, I subsequently became a nurse educator, educational developer, curricula designer, researcher, evaluator and leader with extensive national and international experience (Europe, USA. Canada, Republic of Georgia, Sudan). Currently, I am joint co-ordinator of the Nursing Subject Area Group in the recent Tuning Project ‘CALOHE’, editor of the Tuning Journal for Higher Education,  co-editor of a new Sage Handbook of Nursing Education; International Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and undertake a range of advisory and consultative roles.

Presentation topic: "Professional knowledge and interdisciplinary patient care"

Iris Meyenburg-Altwarg

Iris Meyenburg-Altwarg is a Registered Nurse with a university degree in Care and Health Management. She is the President of European Nurse Directors Association, EFQM Assessor. Iris has 40 years of experience in healthcare, 25 years of experience as Managing Director of Nursing and Nursing Education in large hospitals including university hospitals and 15 years of experience in consulting with a focus on technology, risk management, organisational development, and education. Iris is Visiting Professor at Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China. She is also the German Project leader for development and implementation of further education in Nursing at Master level in Shenzhen, China. Iris is the Founding member of the German-Ghana Medical Education Program to build a Nursing School in Toase Ghana, and responsible for the development and implementation of the Nursing Curriculum together with the Ghanaian Nursing Association. Furthermore, Iris is working as a consultant for organisational development and she is an entrepreneur (CWO of Com-P-Tense Germany GmbH).

Presentation topic: "Smart Nursing – if 1+1 is more then 2"

Kirsi Sillanpää

Director Kirsi Sillanpää has a clinical background in intensive and emergency nursing. She has worked for several years in many kinds of directorship roles for example as a nursing manager, nursing director, head nurse, personnel director in Helsinki University Hospital and also in the private sector, where she was responsible for personnel development and personnel leadership as well as on-call duties. Her main interests are leadership, changes in social and health care, the ability of staff to participate and develop at work throughout their career, and ethical issues.
Now she is working in Finland's largest social and health trade union, TEHY as a director in the field of development and social relations. Her key work is concerned with the supervision of professional and financial interests, and the improvement of the position of educated care personnel in the labour market.
She has developed Tehy's leadership school and mentoring system for nursing managers.

Presentation topic: "Challenges in leadership“