Keynote speakers

Ülle Madise has been the Chancellor of Justice of the Republic of Estonia since 31 March 2015. She is a graduate of the School of Law of the University of Tartu, from which she obtained both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree cum laude before defending her doctoral thesis in 2007. She began lecturing on constitutional law at the university in 2001 and has served as its resident professor in the subject for many years, during which she has also lectured in public law at Tallinn University of Technology. In the Ministry of Justice in the early 2000s she oversaw public-law reforms and preparations for the amendment of the Constitution via referendum required for Estonia to join the European Union. She has also been a member of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu and worked in the National Audit Office. She served as the legal adviser to the President of the Republic from 2009-2015.


Madise has had a large number of scientific articles published in Estonian and international magazines and publications. She has long served as a co-author of the commented editions of the Constitution, of whose 2012 and 2017 editions she was the chief editor. She is also the head of the jury for the Enn Soosaar Award for ethical essayism.


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.



Professor Lisbeth Fagerström is professor in caring science and rector at Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland and affiliated professor in Nursing science at 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 in the beginning of 1990’s 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 substantiolly 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 reserach projects in advanced practice nursing, with special focus on 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 collagues, leaders and studens for advanced practice nursing.


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.