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Northern Future Forum focuses on creative industries and public sector innovation

The Northern Future Forum this week will bring together for the fifth time the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe. On 28-29th October the seminar hosted by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will stimulate debate on how the creative industry sector can best be supported and discuss ways to innovate in the public sector to improve the quality of public services.

In addition to the Prime Ministers, approximately 80 experts from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Britain will participate in the informal discussions and exchange of ideas. Among the Icelandic experts participating in the seminar are Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, Executive Director of CCP; Ingi Rafn Sigurðsson, Executive Director of Karolina Fund; Vala Halldórsdóttir, Chief Revenue Officer at Plain Vanilla; Guðlaug Rakel Guðjónsdóttir, Chief Executive at Landspítali – The National University Hospital of Iceland; and Ingi Steinar Ingason, Project Manager for eHealth projects at the Directorate of Health.

The moderators of the discussions are Ragnhildur Arnljótsdóttir, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office; Kristján Leósson, Managing Director of the Department of Materials, Biotechnology and Energy at Innovation Centre Iceland; Hilmar Bragi Janusson, Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland; Halla Tómasdóttir, Founder & CEO of Sisters Capital; Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland; Guðfinna S. Bjarnadóttir, Chief Executive Director of LEAD Consulting; Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior; Ari Kristinn Jónsson, President of Reykjavik University; and Dóra Ísleifsdóttir; Professor of Visual communication at Iceland Academy of the Arts.

More detailed information on the seminar, its programmes, the delegations, experts and speakers is available at nff2015.is.

It will be possible to follow the event's opening speeches, summary and press conference via the website. The opening speeches will be webcast live at 08.30–08.50 and the summary and press conference at 13.00–10.00. It will be possible to follow discussions on twitter: @NFForum2015 and #NFForum2015.

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