Leadership Day by IGDA Finland

There are no dedicated games leadership conferences in Europe... so we decided to make one! Leadership Day by IGDA Finland, September 30th, 2019 in Helsinki, is an international event about how we build companies, teams and working cultures to build better games.



Games companies, their inner workings and cultures are some of the least documented aspects of game development. Yet we and our work are all defined by these choices every single day. Join us in learning and challenging the cutting edge of leadership in games from some of the brightest minds in the industry!

Like all things IGDA Finland, the conference is non-profit and made possible by our volunteers and partners.

Less, but better

This one day event is designed around a thought provoking speaker track and ample room for networking with industry peers. We will be organising an IGDA Mentorship Cafe to help you grow your professional network and to finish it all off we’ll be throwing an evening party right next to the venue.

In cooperation with Women in Games Finland, there will be free daycare for children of conference attendees on-site, sponsored by Secret Exit Ltd.


Event Agenda


Speaker Sessions

In five sessions, thought leaders from both Finland and abroad challenge you to think about leadership from new angles.

Networking Lunch

Never eat lunch alone! We’ll have an extra long slot to really dig in to that discussion.


Evening Mixer & Party

Start the evening with a relaxed mixer and continue to the wee hours at the Leadership Day party.


Detailed schedule coming in late-August!




Callum Godfrey

Wargaming Helsinki

Closing in on the 20 year milestone, I’ve been in the industry for long enough to know that there is nowhere I’d rather be. During that time I have been lucky enough to experience first hand the working practices and cultures of over 30 different games companies seeing what works and what doesn’t and creating a toolkit of different skills and solutions that can be used in an industry where it’ll never be ‘one size fits all’.

The biggest thing I have learned over this time is that to make great games you not only need great people but also a great culture to motivate them and inspire them and how even with the best of intentions a good culture can turn toxic. Building great teams takes time, making changes is costly and often controversial, changing habits is painful… but all of these things can and should be at the heart of a well run team.

Sophie Vo


I am a creative lead with over ten years of experience in the mobile gaming industry. What makes me wake up everyday is creating new exciting game experiences that can reach millions of players, expanding the capabilities of mobile and technology. I am currently building a small creative and lean team with Voodoo in Berlin, to create that next unique experience.

Mirella Keto

Ubisoft Redlynx

Mirella Keto is an experienced and driven expert in organizational development and change management with strong people focus. She has a proven track record in driving growth in the games industry since 2012. She is a Master of Economics and a certified bundle of joy. She is currently working as the Head of Organizational Development at Ubisoft RedLynx. Mirella’s passion lies in bringing organizations to the next level with inclusive and iterative methods and she has accumulated heaps of experience in hosting workshops and training sessions in multiple Ubisoft studios around the world. Her positive and passionate approach to life and work is sure to inspire and leave no-one cold. She is currently super excited about brain based coaching and how to help people and organizations reach their full potential.

Maria Facal


Maria's passion since a young age has been to help others, which led her to develop a career in Customer Service. In 2013 she joined Supercell as a Vendor Manager in the Player Support team, allowing her to combine her passion for Customer Support and Games. She has since found her calling in the Corporate Social Responsibility team, in which she finds impactful ways to give back both locally and globally.

Pietari Päivänen


Pietari is the Admin Lead at Supercell, handling people & office related things. Prior to joining Supercell in 2018 Pietari founded and ran several small mobile, gaming & ICT startups.



More speakers will be announced soon!



City Hall / Helsingin Kaupungintalo

Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, 00170 Helsinki

Note: you can reach the venue very easily with public transport. No special arrangements or taxis needed!



This event wouldn’t be possible without help from our partners.

We are looking for sponsors for the event. If you’d like to help us take games leadership to another level please contact us and let’s talk!

You can see our sponsorship packages here.



We’ve been pushing since 2018 to make this event happen and still more needs doing. Drop us a line via firstname.lastname@igda.fi to join the fun!