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Startup profile and IT woman of the year to drive innovation at Tieto

04 May 2017

Ishtar Touailat has been recruited to Tieto as Head of Innovation Incubation in Sweden. She will be placed within the Data-driven businesses unit and drive the company's innovation and change initiatives related to areas such as AI, machine learning, deep learning, fintech and digital health.

Ishtar joins Tieto from her previous role as Chief Innovation Officer and Business Coach at Stockholm University's Innovation Office, where she has trained and coached thousands of current and future entrepreneurs.


Ishtar is a well-known and awarded profile on the Swedish startup scene and was named “IT woman of the year” in Sweden in 2016, for her work and commitment to increase the percentage of female entrepreneurs and number of startups driven by women. In 2015, Ishtar was named one of Sweden’s Innovation Angels, and this year she was also recognised as one of Sweden's super talents and top influencers 2017 by the business magazine Veckans Affärer.

– Ishtar is a true top talent who already has extensive experience in coaching and driving innovation in different organisations, including her own startups. With her unique capabilities, she will contribute to strengthen Tieto's Data-Driven Businesses and related offerings. We share the same values, and together we will continue to work for a more inclusive and equal IT industry and startup scene, says Ari Järvelä, Head of Data-Driven Businesses, Tieto.

At Tieto, Ishtar will inspire and coach customers, partners and our own employees to create new data-driven business models and services.

- With our solutions within AI, Big Data and Machine Learning, we will be able to create value for both companies and society at large. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to drive the innovation and change work with the team at Tieto. Together, we will be able to move mountains and contribute to a more innovative and equal IT industry, says Ishtar Touailat.

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