The Steering Committee

Heidi Ruhala is the CEO and founder of Ankkalampi – Daycare Chain. She has over 10 years of experience from entrepeneurship with strategy and business development as well as financial planning and investments. An additional solid background in marketing and sales provides strong understanding of customer expectations and satisfactions. She has an extensive network and excellent leadership and communication skills. She is also driven team player with strong strategic thinking and a growth mindset.

Sebastian Laitila is University Teacher at University of Vaasa He has a vast experience of game design/development and modding. He has been working with this for 22 years, has 3 years of experience as an entrepreneur, and has held a few hackathons and game jams. He has worked as an interactive software developer specialized in VR and is currently working as a university teacher in digital communications at University of Vaasa. 

– Soon to be announced

Dr. Nancy L Commins, is Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver. Over the past four decades she has worked with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds as a classroom teacher, program director, school district administrator, independent consultant and university professor in the U.S. and Finland. All her efforts have been focused on increasing equity for multilingual students. 

Erno Lehtinen is emeritus professor of education at the University of Turku and visiting professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). He was head of the Finnish national “Doctoral Programme on Multidisciplinary Research on Learning Environments” and the doctoral programme on “Research on learning, teaching and learning environments” of the University of Turku. He has supervised 46 completed PhD thesis. Lehtinen has published about 400 scientific publications including many articles in top-journals of educational sciences and educational psychology. Lehtinen is selected member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and International Academy of Education. He was president of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction ( EARLI 2001-2003) and founding editor-in-chief of the Frontline Learning Research. In 2009 he got the Oeuvre Award of the EARLI. 

Kara Mitchell Viesca, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarship focuses on advancing equity in the policy and practice of educator development, particularly for multilingual students and their teachers. 

The Steering Committee

Heidi Ruhala is the CEO and founder of Ankkalampi – Daycare Chain. She has over 10 years of experience from entrepeneurship with strategy and business development as well as financial planning and investments. An additional solid background in marketing and sales provides strong understanding of customer expectations and satisfactions. She has an extensive network and excellent leadership and communication skills. She is also driven team player with strong strategic thinking and a growth mindset.

Sebastian Laitila is University Teacher at University of Vaasa He has a vast experience of game design/development and modding. He has been working with this for 22 years, has 3 years of experience as an entrepreneur, and has held a few hackathons and game jams. He has worked as an interactive software developer specialized in VR and is currently working as a university teacher in digital communications at University of Vaasa. 

– Soon to be announced

Dr. Nancy L Commins, is Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver. Over the past four decades she has worked with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds as a classroom teacher, program director, school district administrator, independent consultant and university professor in the U.S. and Finland. All her efforts have been focused on increasing equity for multilingual students.

Erno Lehtinen is emeritus professor of education at the University of Turku and visiting professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). He was head of the Finnish national “Doctoral Programme on Multidisciplinary Research on Learning Environments” and the doctoral programme on “Research on learning, teaching and learning environments” of the University of Turku. He has supervised 46 completed PhD thesis. Lehtinen has published about 400 scientific publications including many articles in top-journals of educational sciences and educational psychology. Lehtinen is selected member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and International Academy of Education. He was president of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction ( EARLI 2001-2003) and founding editor-in-chief of the Frontline Learning Research. In 2009 he got the Oeuvre Award of the EARLI. 

Kara Mitchell Viesca, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarship focuses on advancing equity in the policy and practice of educator development, particularly for multilingual students and their teachers.