Biohacker Summit – Upgraded Speakers

"It is rare to attend an event where speaker after speaker, one's attention remains alert."



Ben Greenfield (USA), Human Performance Author & Consultant, Top 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness

Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life” ( In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 and 2014 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness. Ben blogs and podcasts at, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.




Dr. Max More (USA)

Futurist, coined the term “Transhumanism”, Founder @ Extropy Institute,
CEO @ Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Max More is an strategic philosopher recognized for his thinking on the philosophical and cultural implications of emerging technologies. More’s contributions include founding the philosophy of transhumanism, developing the Proactionary Principle, and co-founding Extropy Institute, an organization crucial in building the transhumanist movement since 1990. At the start of 2011, he became President and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the world’s leading cryonics organization. More has a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1995.




Nell Watson (BEL)

Faculty @ Singularity University - AI & Robotics, Founder & CEO @ Poikos, Computer Vision Technology

Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker. Nell lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society. She is a faculty member of the Singularity University, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics track and the founder & CEO of Poikos, "Instagram for body measurement". Nell has teached post-grad Computer Science at the age of 24, advised a number of startups, accelerators, and venture capital funds and serves as an advisory futurist to The Lifeboat Foundation, which has a mission to protect humanity from existential risks that could end civilization as we know it, such as asteroid collisions, or rogue artificial intelligence.




Amal Graafstra (USA)

Double Implantee, Founder @ Dangerous Things, Author @ RFID Toys

Pioneer of the DIY RFID implantation movement, Amal has been helping hobbyists and biohackers explore RFID technology since implanting his first tag in 2005. Since then, he has authored the book RFID Toys, spoken at various venues including hacker clubs, TEDx, and a number of universities. He has also co-authored a peer reviewed research paper on the subject of DIY RFID implantee subculture for the ISTAS 2010 symposium on technology and society.




Ari Meisel (USA)

Efficiency Consultant, TED Speaker, Crohn's survivor, Author @ Less Doing, More Living

Ari Meisel is author, speaker, coach and the creator of Less Doing, More Living, a set of practices and principles designed to help the overwhelmed become more effective. Ari is a Crohn’s disease survivor that almost cost his career. Less Doing, More Living is the result of Ari’s journey back to health by optimizing, automating and outsourcing everything in his life. Ari currently lives with his wife and three boys in New York City and spends his days helping others master the life-changing principles of Less Doing.




Dr. Cathal Gurrin (IRL)

Lifelogger for 9 years, School of Computing @ Dublin City University, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Author @ Lifelogging: Personal Big Data

Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer at the School of Computing, at Dublin City University, Ireland and he is an investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics where he leads a research group of 10 people. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Tromso in Norway. His research interest is personal analytics and lifelogging (a search engine for the self). He is especially interested in how wearable sensors can be used to infer knowledge about the real-world activities of the individual and how such sensor data can be used to enhance the performance and health of the individual. He has developed WWW search algorithms, multimedia content mining tools and he has gathered a digital memory since 2006 (incl. over 15 million wearable camera images) and hundreds of millions of other sensor readings. He regularly speaks at Quantified Self events and is the author of Lifelogging: Personal Big Data, published in 2014 in the FNTIR series.




Jaakko Halmetoja (FIN)

Nutrition Specialist, Independent Wellness Entrepreneur, Author @ Biohacker’s Handbook

Jaakko Halmetoja is a nutrition expert, author and professional speaker. Jaakko has managed multiple special caféterias in Tampere and works as a product developer for food growth companies. Halmetoja has been popularizing health benefits and unique uses of e.g. chaga mushroom, chocolate, wild foods, various berries and medicinal herbs. Halmetoja maintains a non-profit website, a database for finding local springs around Finland and hosts weekly talk show – InspiRadio Podcast. He has also written a book on chaga mushroom as well as co-authored the Biohacker’s Handbook. Halmetoja is a popular lecturer with over 500 public lectures and performances.




MD Olli Sovijärvi (FIN)

Licensed General Practitioner, Helsinki Antioxidant Clinic, Author @ Biohacker’s Handbook

Olli Sovijärvi is a Licensed General Practitioner at Helsinki Antioxidant Clinic and co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook. He is one of the pioneers in holistic medicine in Finland and the only finnish medical doctor with a psychologic-philosophical Integral Theory degree from John F. Kennedy University. Sovijärvi graduated 2006 as a licensed physician from University of Helsinki. He has pioneered health podcasts in Finland with Helsinki Paleo Podcast and Biohacker’s Podcast. Sovijärvi has also consulted many natural health brands and organizations.




Teemu Arina (FIN)

Biohacker & Technology Entrepreneur, Founder @ Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland, Author @Biohacker’s Handbook

Teemu Arina has a professional career of over 15 years as a technology entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is one of the forefront thinkers on the intersection of the human and the machine, social media, digital work and online learning. He is a Leonardo Award laureate under the patronage of European Parliament for "Humanity in Digitization". Mr. Arina is the founder of three award winning technology companies, ambassador for Rockstart Digital Health accelerator, co-founder of Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland and co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook for optimizing health and wellbeing with technological and biological tools. Mr. Arina is a popular keynote speaker who has presented internationally in countries such as USA, UK, Japan, Hongkong, Russia, the Netherlands, and Germany.




Kaj Sotala (FIN)

Research Associate, recipient of Elon Musk's grant for AI safety research from the Future of Life Institute

Kaj Sotala is a researcher and author interested in both the risks of advanced artificial intelligence, and in developing communities that support the growth and flourishing of all their members. He has worked for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and published several papers on the societal consequences of artificial general intelligence. Kaj's grant proposal on developing AI systems capable of understanding human morality was chosen to receive funding from Elon Musk's $10M donation for advancing long-term AI safety, one of the few proposals to be chosen from among 300 candidates. He is a long-time board member of the Finnish Transhumanist Association, and is currently involved in building a new self-development and peer-oriented life coaching community founded on scientifically vetted principles.




Pekko Vehviläinen (FIN)

Most Quantified Man in Finland, PhD in Analytics, CEO @ Digital Health Solutions

Pekko Vehviläinen is the leading expert in digital health and he is the most quantified man in Finland. During the past 20 years, while being exposed to digital technology, he has gained PhD in analytics, several patents in mobile technology, and renowned expertise in business consulting. He is the owner and CEO of Digital Health Solutions, whose aim is to help businesses to understand and grasp value from the digital technology disruption in health, fitness, and wellbeing areas.




Timo Ahopelto (FIN)

Entrepreneur, Health Tech Investor, Partner @ Lifeline Ventures

Timo has worked in several industries, ranging from biotech to apps, digital media to industrial process technology. He co-founded CRF Health, a clinical trials software company, that in 2015 turned into a all-time top startup exit in Finland. He is a regular consumer health tech investor via Lifeline Ventures, an early stage investor he co-founded in 2010. Timo’s free time flies with family, ice hockey, iron and in Lapland skiing hikes.




Bob Schafer (USA)

PhD in neuroscience, Product Scientist @ Lumos Labs

Bob Schafer is a Product Scientist at Lumos Labs, the makers of the Lumosity brain training program. In his role, Bob combines his background in neuroscience research and product development to help translate scientific knowledge into products for assessing and training mental performance. Prior to working at Lumos, Bob was the founder and CEO of Prophecy Sciences, a startup using neuroscience and predictive analytics to improve hiring decisions and team development. He earned his PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, and has published research in top journals including Science and Neuron.




Maria Lorenz (CHE)

Mind and Time Management Trainer, Director Client Services @ TLEX Institute

Maria Lorenz is a Mind- and Time-Management trainer with 7 years of training experience with world leading organizations such as BMW, General Electric, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom and Supercell. Interested in her early life in the art of meditation she received a decade ago personal training by the world leading meditation and yoga teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Maria has graduated in Business Administration (German Diploma) with major field of studies in Business psychology and Marketing from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her passion is yoga, traveling and spending time with friends and family.




Niina Venho (FIN)

Electronics Manufacturing Professional, CEO @ Moodmetric

Niina Venho is the CEO of Moodmetric. She holds a Master of Science in industrial management from Tampere University of Technology and has a background in electronics industry, with ten years of working experience in Finland and abroad.




Petteri Lahtela (FIN)

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder @ ŌURA

Petteri Lahtela is a CEO and Co-Founder of ŌURA, and a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in creating market leading high-tech products, building international businesses, and opening new markets and sales channels in 20+ countries. He has wide expertise from leading positions in the context of Mobile telecoms, Healthcare IT Systems, Medical/Wellness Technology businesses as well as Healthcare and Wellness services. ŌURA brings together Petteri’s passion on real human wellbeing, physiology and creating products that people love. ŌURA, the world's first wellness ring, combines style with ultimate wearing comfort and latest high-end technology with three decades of pioneering research.




Leena Pennanen (FIN)

Mindfulness Pioneer, Founder @ Center for Mindfulness Finland

Leena Pennanen is a mindfulness-pioneer and founder of Center for Mindfulness, Finland. With over 25 years of expertise in the body-mind connection and its impact on our well-being, Leena is one of the leading experts in Finland in this field. Her work is mainly focused on helping people in understanding mindfulness through the MBSR method. Mindfulness is well known to Finns through Leena’s many TV and radio interviews and numerous press articles. Leena offers trainings for companies, in the healthcare sector and runs her own mindfulness-instructor programs. Over the past 10 years, thousands of people have gone through her different trainings. Leena also holds the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP) in Hakomi-mindfulness centered body-psychotherapy. Leena’s “Mindfulness App – Leena Pennanen” is the number one health app in the category of paid apps in the App Store in Finland.




Daniel Sternberg (USA)

PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Director of Data Science, Lumos Labs

Daniel Sternberg is the Director of Data Science at Lumos Labs. He leads the the data analysis of Lumosity's cognitive assessments, games, and health and lifestyle variables to optimize training and develop insights about the relationship between cognitive performance and the real world. Dr. Sternberg has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he employed a combination of behavioral experiments and computational models to study human learning processes.




Simon Wegerif (UK)

Biomedical Engineer, Inventor and Founder at HRV Fit (iThlete)

Simon Wegerif is a biomedical engineer and inventor who lives with his family in the New Forest in Hampshire, UK. His professional background is in signal processing, having been a pioneer of digital broadcasting at the BBC in London and Philips Electronics in the UK and Silicon Valley, where he managed a number of technology start up activities. Simon founded HRV Fit Ltd., the company behind leading heart rate variability smartphone app ithlete, in 2009 and has since been totally dedicated to the company. As the team has grown Simon has been able to focus his time of product development and programming. Recreationally, Simon has been a keen endurance athlete most of his adult life, firstly in rowing, then running, triathlon and nowadays a competitive cyclist.


Biohacker Summit Stockholm - 18 May 2018

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