A scholar, co-creator, culture hacker and entrepreneurship educator specialized in extreme settings.
Jukka-Pekka has taught entrepreneurship courses and organized startup and science diplomacy events in Pyongyang between 2012 - 2017. He is a co-founder of WTSUP! Beirut that aims to foster equality and volunteerism culture in the Middle East and a founder of Burning Stories research project that aims to study the transformation of Burning Man participants and its impact on the society. From academic stamps, Jukka-Pekka is a Newton Fellow of the Royal Society (UK) and British Academy, an Academy of Finland post-doctoral Fellow based in Aalto University, Finland, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. In Finland, he works as a board member with The Shortcut, a sister organisation of Slush and an initiative that aims to integrate immigrants to the Finnish society via tech entrepreneurship education.
Lebanon is experiencing a revolution, a system shift, from which the Western media remains largely silent. Entrepreneurs, particularly women are playing a critical role now when the society will be rebuilt. To support the much-needed creation of solutions to tackle corruption, inequality and the lack of democracy, a team of rebel academics and culture hackers, both men and women, have established a cross-country knowledge-sharing platform called WTSUP!. We will share experiences of doing culture hacking in Lebanon and hear what is the current entrepreneurial reality for women in Beirut via live stream.