Achievements: Executive Director of the Economic Development with extensive experience of innovation and international business development in the managerial positions in the global business as well as in the public sector.
Urban Economic Development Management: Managing an Economic and Employment Development Agency of the city of Oulu with 150 employees and over 50 MEUR annual budget since 2010. National and international collaboration and liaising with ministries, economic, business and innovation organizations, research, entrepreneurial agencies and companies.
Executive Director of the Economic Development with extensive experience of innovation and international business development in the managerial positions in the global business as well as in the public sector.
Business Leadership: Led business and R&I development in several managerial positions in Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks with responsibility for eleven R&D centers, 2100 employees and 700 subcontractors globally and involved technology development during 1G – LTE technology development. Succesfully mergered Siemens and Nokia Basestation R&D functios and renewed product and service portfolio.
Triangle Collaboration: Strong participation and contribution to a structured ecosystem cooperation to support research-based innovation, enhance innovative business environment, business support services, R&D&I funding as well as SME growth and new business opportunities through the Oulu Innovation Alliance.
SME and Startup Funding: Strong participation and contribution to establishing funding instruments for startups and SMEs in close collaboration with public and private investors and ERDF including the Northern Startup Fund (http://butterfly.vc/about-us/northern-startup-fund-ii) and Oulu Health Sparks funding for medical technology pilots (http://ouluhealth.fi/).