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UNTIL at SLUSH19: A Look at the Future of Tech at the UN

A year ago, the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) in Espoo was officially launched at SLUSH. This year has been a period of profound growth for the UNTIL network. We are, more than ever, resolute to develop innovative technology tools to support Member States in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNTIL is creating innovative technologies to benefit Member States and advance the SDGs because we have a deep appreciation of the incredible and valuable role technology has in advancing humanity and overcoming today’s global challenges. 

With this in mind, I write to invite you to attend UNTIL’s Official Side Event which will take place at the Auditorium CD101 in the Siipi Building at Messukeskus Conference Centre in Helsinki on Friday 22 November 2019 from 09:00 – 12:00.  


The key message of the side event is keeping the overall theme of Slush:  How can innovation and technology support sustainable development.  And how can increasing diversity and inclusion accelerate our progress to achieving these goals.



09:00 - 09:15

Opening and progress, one year after its launch, of the United
Nations Technology and Innovation Labs, in Finland and
across the world by the Office of Information and
Communication Technology (OICT)

Gazzola, Global
Head of UNTIL

09:15 - 09:20

Video message: Atefeh Riazi, UN Assistant Secretary-General,
Chief Information Technology Officer

Video message

09:20 - 09:30

Summary of UNTIL’s publication on Diversity & Inclusion: Why
it pays for investors and start-ups to do more on Diversity &

Razi Latif & Eva

09:30 - 09:45

Education Collaboration launch 

Education Team
UNTIL Finland

09:45 - 10:00

How technology and innovation is promoting the mission of
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS


10:00 - 10:45

Three ‘TedTalks’ from three inspirational women:
Sari Stenfors on how to build an inclusive digital future.
Dianne Dain on women and girls in tech. And
Geetha Tharmaratnam on social impact investing.


10:45 - 11:00

Keynote address from Minister Ville Skinnari, Minister for
Development Cooperation & Foreign Trade

Minister Skinnari

11:00 - 11:40

Panel discussion with the UNTIL Labs partners:
1. Parham Vasaiely, Business Unit Director, Aptiv.
2. Dr. Keita, Ono, Robotics, Mahidol University, Thailand
3. Tuula Antola, Director of Economic Development, Espoo
4. Mika Välitalo, Director Innovation, FINGO
5. Arinah Najwa, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia

Omar Mohsine,
Deputy Global
Head of UNTIL





Tea & Coffee will be served during the side 

Speakers Bios:

Minister Ville Skinnari was appointed Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade on 6th June 2019 and has been a member of Parliament from 2015.   The Minister is a former freelance journalist and professional ice hockey player.  He is a member of the Social Democratic Party.

Sari Stenfors is a Cyborg Anthropologist and Strategist.  She is the Executive Director of the Augmented Leadership Institute, a San Francisco based think tank.  She has also set up a number of start-ups and NGOs working in some of the most challenging parts of the world.  

Dianne Dain is currently the head of partnerships for UNTIL.  She was a founding patron of the Prince’s Trust; the National President of American Mothers; the Global Ambassador for Skoolbo (educational games); and the Executive Director for Operations of the Poverty Museum, a Grameen Social Business. 

Geetha Tharmaratnam is the head of LGT Lightstone – an impact investing initiative focused on scalable businesses which improve people’s lives.  She is an advisor to Capria Ventures, an accelerator for impact fund managers in Emerging Markets.

If you are unable to attend SLUSH, I nonetheless hope you will follow us online at and at handle is @UNTILabs) and help spread the word through social media through the #maketechinclusive hashtag.

Event Date


Secretary General

"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.  
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."

23 March 2018, New York