Meet the spring 2019 Nordic Match participants


Photo: Svante Gullichsen

During the second week of April, the networking platform and pop-up think tank Nordic Match takes place in Helsinki with the aim to create ideas for positive social change through art, culture and social design and we are proud to present our five participants! One creative professional from each Nordic country was selected in an open call process that resulted in nearly 40 highly qualified applications.

  • Inanna Riccardi is an anthropologist, a project manager, and a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2015 she has specialised in using art as a tool for social innovation in different contexts and with a variety of vulnerable target groups. In her artistic practice Inanna investigates issues related to the construction of personal and national identity and has a special interest in the cognitive processes that lie behind how we think about who we are.
  • Leiry Seron is a brand designer and strategist based in Iceland. She is passionate about working across borders with entrepreneurs who are working hard to create a more beautiful, fair, and resilient world. Her design practice is fully focused on growth, innovation, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Through her work she seeks to empower creative thinking, promote social cohesion, and design tools for human happiness.
  • After graduating as an architect in Mexico City in 2007, Alberto Juarez got a position at a multinational architecture and engineering firm in Bergen, Norway. After working in three different firms, he established his own practice in 2015 in Oslo. Since the start, the office has carried out over 70 projects in five countries on three continents. Alberto’s design approach is based on holistic design, innovation and projects where everybody wins.
  • With a background in design, Natalia Villaman (Finland) has spent the past few years working alongside NGOs and social movements to tackle problems related to migration, human rights, refugee crises, and sustainable development. In addition to her current MA studies in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University, she is trained in Cultural and Intercultural Mediation.
  • Julia Zachemba migrated to Sweden for ideological and political reasons just over a year ago. Because she’s always observed how people interact with products and services and always been a fan of human-centric solutions, she decided to embark on a PhD from Service Design. In addition to taking part in a project for the Scientific Centre in Poland, she has been involved in numerous Hackathons and Tech Think-Tank events in Poland and Sweden.

The overarching theme for the April round of Nordic Match is migration, and the results from the workshops will be presented to the public at a networking event on 11 April. The participants will also present their work at two public events at the Nordic Culture Point on 9 April and 12 April.

Follow Nordic Match on Facebook to get all the latest updates and event info – there will be opportunities to engage in the Nordic Match discussions both on-site or online!

Nordic Match is initiated and financed by the Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki and carried out together with the creative agency Måndag. The local partner and recipient of the workshop outputs from the April round is the Finnish Refugee Council’s Empathy Movement.

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