“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.
Nikolina started her career in games during Rovio’s early days, where she held a title of Head of Production. She moved on to Next Games after that to work as Production Lead, but entrepreneurial “itch” was too strong in her and she moved on to found and lead Full XP Oy. Since 2018, she has been CEO of Unicorn Pirates Studio Oy, one of the most diverse gaming studios in the world, focused on making games for women and other underrepresented audiences. Before working in gaming industry, Nikolina had accomplished career in serious softwar
Ekaterina (Katya) Dolgova
Ekaterina (Katya) Dolgova is a Human Resources professional with 20+ years of experience in Financial, Consulting, IT and Gaming industries. A lawyer and Chartered FCIPD by background, Katya has been working in the HR field since 1995. During her career Katya successfully completed over 15 acquisition deals across EMEA; opened 8 new locations in Russia, CIS, Eastern and Central Europe, Africa and China; facilitated employees’ representatives, Works Councils and Trade Union negotiations across Europe; hired more than 350 professionals and over 80 executives; developed and run employee engagement programs, assessment and development centers; leadership and culture transformation campaigns. Now in July 2019 Katya is a co-founder & COO of a Game Development studio in Helsinki – Redhill Games and an HR Consulting company in Cyprus – It Starts With You.
Osama Dorias is the Lead Game Designer at Warner Brothers Games Montreal. In the past, he has worked as a Game designer at Ubisoft, Gameloft, GEE Media, and Minority Media. He also teaches Game Design at Dawson College where he authored the Independent Game Design Program. Osama loves to empower people in expressing themselves through game making. He especially loves to give a voice to marginalized people and causes. He has hosted game jams, workshops and other community activities to this end, which has culminated in co-founding the Montreal Independent Games Awards. Osama is also currently the Chair of the IGDA’s Muslims in Games Special Interest Group.
Rufio is a person who wears many hats. Last year, they were awarded the honor of the 2018 Jamtivist and a few months later they set a world record when streaming themselves making music for 30 games during Global Game Jam. They are the writer for the Brazilian metroidvania “Dandara,” a queer activist featured in the book “Invisible Gender,” and are also the stand-up comedian who hosts the first ever live game dev comedy series “Funny = TRUE.” Today, Rufio is here to talk about how private things can become public and why no matter what you should never give up.
Anna is the co-founder and CEO of Resistance Games, a PC strategy game studio located in Oulu, Finland. With 8 years of experience from the industry she has also worked in game start-ups, run gaming business development projects and lead the Oulu Game LAB, the game education program of Oulu University of Applied Sciences. She fell in love with digital gaming in the 80’s with The Great Giana Sisters, and never looked back.
Rebekka Muntola Rebekka Muntola is a Producer at PlayStack. Molding her path from contemporary arts to games, her passions lie in the creativeness and social aspect of video games.
“When not taking care of my beautiful daughters, I am pretending to work in the game industry 😀 In these magic years I have been part of the rise of Supercell, Playraven and other startups shipping over 10 successful mobile games. Currently I am the Director of Helsinki Games Capital Ry, a new association focused on helping the Games Industry in the capital area. I also served as a Startup Mentor at Vertical Health Accelerator and Advisor for Sharewood.io. “
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Jani is the Founder and CEO of Secret Exit, an indie game studio of no consequence. Over the years he has done 3D art and game design for titles few remember. Up until recently he has tried not to be a programmer, but failed.