Keynote speakers

Jari Hakanen is a Research Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and a docent in social psychology in the University of Helsinki. His areas of expertise include positive work and organizational psychology and occupational health psychology with special interests in e.g. work engagement, burnout, job boredom, servant leadership, job crafting, the job demands-resources model and work-family interface.

In addition, he has developed and implemented several positive interventions in organizations to enhance work engagement, proactive behaviors and servant leadership. Together with his collaborators he has received the best article awards from Journal of Occupational Health Psychology in 2011-2012 and from Journal of Organizational Behavior in 2014.

Earlier he has conducted research concerning care experiences of dying cancer patients in three different hospitals and in the Finnish national suicide prevent project at National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (1995-1998).

He has also received several national awards, e.g. Finnish work-life researcher of the year award in 2012 and Spokesman of the Good Working-life in Finland in 2009. In 2020, he was awarded a gold medal of special merit for particularly distinguished and long-standing nationwide efforts to promote better work environments in Finland. (Picture: Juha Tuomi). Title of his speech is: Bored, Burned out or still Engaged? Employee Wellbeing during and after the pandemic.


John Torous, MD, MBI is director of the digital psychiatry division, in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and assistant professor. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency, fellowship in clinical informatics, and master’s degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and 5 books chapters on the topic. He serves as editor-in-chief for JMIR Mental Health (,  web editor for JAMA Psychiatry, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s Health IT Committee, and is a senior member in IEEE. Title of his speech is: Recent advances in digital psychiatry: smartphones and mental health.



Susanna Mittermaier is the founder of Pragmatic Psychology. Susanna is born in Vienna, Austria and she is a psychologist educated at the University of Lund, Sweden, where she worked at the university hospital in child oncology and the psychiatry department with psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing. She is the author of the #1 international bestselling book, “Pragmatic Psychology, Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy”,  “Fairytale Family”, co – author of “Advanced Pragmatic Psychology” and the children book “Who is Henry?”. As a highly sought after public speaker and international keynote speaker, Susanna has been featured on TV and in magazines such as Forbes, TV soap, Psychology Today, Women’s Weekly, Ooom, Empowerment Channel Voice America and many more. Susanna offers a new paradigm of psychology called Pragmatic Psychology and is known for her ability to transform people’s problems and difficulties into possibilities and powerful choices. Susanna travels the world with different classes about how to pragmatically facilitate change as a practitioner and how to find ones voice in the world for entrepreneurs. Susanna loves diversity when it comes to business. She is also one of the owners of Castello di Casalborgone, a luxury residence in Italy and a one of a kind eco- retreat in Costa Rica. Title of her speech is: What if your insanity is the sanity that our world requires … now?