At present we are very happy to announce that the following key speakers have confirmed their participation:

Jon Kabat-ZinnPh.D. is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (in 1979), and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995).  He retired from his positions at the medical center in 2000.  

More about Jon Kabat-Zinn, see the website

Saki F. Santorelli, EDD, MA is an educator, meditation teacher, writer, and pioneer in integrating meditation and mindfulness into medicine, health care and the broader society.  In 2017 he retired as executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, director of the Stress Reduction Clinic – the place of origin of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – and professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

The founder of Oasis Institute for MBSR teacher education and development and founding Chair of an annual international scientific meeting on mindfulness (2003-20014), his entire forty-year career in medicine and healthcare has been oriented around the integration of mindfulness into public health fueled by an abiding trust in the innate brilliance and nobility of human beings. He has plumbed the nature of the healing relationship by working with thousands of medical patients, educating and mentoring generations of medical students, healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers of mindfulness and MBSR.  Through his vision and leadership the Center for Mindfulness transmitted the ethos, practice, teaching, and science of mindfulness to individuals and organizations around the world. 

Saki is a Senior Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, Fellow of the Fetzer Institute and founding member of the Consortium of Academic Health Science Centers for Integrative Medicine.   He teaches, writes, presents and leads retreats internationally and is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine now translated into thirteen languages.

Jonna Bornemark is Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University. She has published three monographies, the latest is Det omätbaras renässans: en uppgörelse med pedanternas världsherravälde (The Renaissance of the Unmeasurable), Volante, 2018. She has also published 13 anthologies, for example Horsecultures in Transformation: The Ethical Question, (with Petra Andersson and Ulla Ekström von Essen), Routledge, 2019 and Phenomenology of Pregnancy, (with Nicholas Smith), Södertörn Philosophical Studies, Huddinge: Södertörn University, 2016. She is also a frequent guest in several radio shows and a writer in daily press. 

Her research interests are within the fields of practical knowledge, phenomenology, posthumanism and philosophy of religion. In her writings she discusses among other things the limits of measurablility, the possibilities of judgement, subjectivity and “Bildung”. But also the relation between human and other animals, pregnancy and embodiment.


Dr Elena Antonova is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London, a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Adaptive Systems Research Group and Royal Society Wolfson Biocomputation Research Laboratory Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her main research interest is the neuroscience of mindfulness using psychophysiology and neuroimaging methods. Her research is focused on understanding the effects of long-term mindfulness meditation practice on neural dynamics, cognition, and emotion, with the translation to reducing the risk factors associated with major psychopathologies, including psychosis and schizophrenia. Her contribution to contemplative neuroscience has been recognized by the Mind and Life Institute with an election as the Mind & Life Research Fellow in November 2017.  Dr Antonova has a strong interest in the Philosophy of Mind, with the application to the foundational issues in neuroscience and psychiatry, and more recently to the risk mitigation and ethics in AI robotics.

Michael de Vibeis a family doctor and family therapist. He started practicing meditation and yoga in his youth and has taught mindfulness to patients and professionals since 1990. The last 15 years he has researched the effects of mindfulness training, and completed his phd on this topic in 2014. He was a co-founder of Mindfulness Norway in 2010. In 2017 he started online training in mindfulness together with a psychologist, www.nærvæ

Jeremy Hunter, is Associate Professor of Practice and the Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Peter F Drucker Graduate School of Management. He has nearly two decades of experience helping leaders develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental challenge. He received a doctorate from the University of Chicago and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. His work is informed by more than thirty years’ experience with contemplative practices.

 Silvija Seres, is a mathematician and a technology investor. She has a PhD in algorithm optimization from Oxford, development for the search engine Alta Vista in Silicon Valley, strategic leadership in Fast Search and Transfer in Oslo and Boston, and later in Microsoft. She is now a board member in several large companies, and a founder of a corporate education podcast LØRN.TECH. 

More about Silvija Seres, see the website

Dag Hareide, is an organizational leader and author. He was knighted in the First Order of St. Olav by the King of Norway in 2015 for “extraordinary efforts for Norwegian society and humankind as an innovator in civil society”. He is a doctor of Sociology and has studied intellectual history, religion, media, agriculture and statistics at Universities in Norway and USA.

Hareide has written several books, on issues like development of life quality in Norway, conflict mediation in the Scandinavian countries, the intellectual history of humanism and environmental themes – one of which was the most selling non-fiction book in Norway that year. He has been leading organizations like Naturvernforbundet, Norwegian Rain Forest Foundation; Kirkens Bymisjon Oslo, and been director of Norwegian Humanistic Academy, Nansen School and Peace Center. He initiated the first comprehensive dialogue between faith communities in Norway. He has worked with value question as vice-chair of the prime minister appointed National Value Commission and member of the commission that elaborated the objectives for the Norwegian school system. He served for the United Nations as rehabilitation coordinator during the famine in Ethiopia, and later coordinated the work on the National Disaster Preparedness Plan for the Ethiopian Government. Hareide is currently writing a book on biotechnology and artificial intelligence. (AI)

Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, is a CEO and board member who loves the challenge of helping a company find new sources of energy, growth, and momentum. As General Manager of Microsoft Norway, she is a passionate voice for how technology and diversity can lift Norway.

She has 20+ years of experience in Branded Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Media, and Technology leading across geographies in North America, Europe and Asia. Her roles have included CEO of Lilleborg (Orkla Home & Personal Care); Global VP & Alliance Leader, Eli Lilly; General Manager, Germany and Norway, Eli Lilly; Co-Founder Appear Networks; and Production Leader, Procter & Gamble.

Kimberly has extensive board experience including Yara, Abelia, NHST (parent of Dagens Næringsliv), Meda AB, Borregaard, and Kappa Bioscience. She has been named one of Norway’s top female executives in technology by Abelia and Oda Network and as one of Norway’s most influential leaders by Kapital.

Kimberly has a BS in engineering from the U. of Illinois, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  She is an American citizen with a long-time base in Norway which she shares with her Norwegian husband and 4 children.

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