Ella Haapiainen is the Country Manager of Partners & Ecosystems at IBM Finland. She and her team work closely with their partners to help them reach optimal business value and support them in meeting and exceeding existing and new business demands through the use of IBM technology. Prior to this role, Ella was Managing Director of IBM Global Finance Finland Oy, which has a special focus on financing information technology and services. She has held various sales and management positions at IBM, Microsoft and Rational Software, and has also been an entrepreneur. Ella is passionate about what she is doing and this makes her style of working energetic and engaging. Her core business competencies include leadership, coaching and corporate economics. Ella is inspired by people, nature, wildlife and digital magic. She graduated from Henley Business School with an MBA in 2008.
CSC - IT Centre for Science
Tiina Kupila-Rantala works as Vice Managing Director at CSC – IT Centre for Science Ltd., a non-profit special-task company owned by the State of Finland and Finnish universities. She has over 15 years of experience in leading a specialist organisation whose scope ranges from computational science to long-term preservation of digital cultural heritage and nationwide education management services. She belongs to the secretariat, nominated by the Ministry of the Education and Culture, that envisage how digitalisation and artificial intelligence could support the future development of the Finnish universities. Tiina is also in charge of the strategy and business development work package of the European Commission project “Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud”, consisting of 76 European partners.
Tiina’s passion is to empower an organisation to perform at its best. She is skilled in strategic and business planning, public-private partnering as well as operations development and management. She believes in holistic, data-oriented thinking, system view, and intelligence of teams of versatile competences and cultures.
Tiina has a PhD in applied nuclear physics from the University of Helsinki in 1997 and an Executive MBA from Henley Business School in 2009.
International Business Executive
Jules Lajola is an international Business Executive, Consultant and former entrepreneur with experience in managing service and high-tech companies, professional service firms and other business ventures. His industry experience varies from engineering, product and service development, manufacturing and production, and software to marketing and services. For the past 16 years, Jules held several senior executive positions. He has experience in start-ups, growth and mature businesses, and a proven track record of challenging business turnarounds and transformation cases. Jules is a successful business negotiator and a deal closer, with stakeholder management experience from over 15 countries worldwide. He has a can-do attitude with a high-level professional grip and a dynamic approach towards pressing issues. Jules holds an MSc from the University of Reading, an MBA from Henley Business School. He is currently a doctorate research associate for a DBA at the University of Reading.
Harri Leinikka is CEO and founder of the evidence-based reputation advisory T-Media Oy. He engages in strategic reputation and relationship management, with extensive knowledge in data-driven decision making and stakeholder relations.
Earlier in his career, Harri has worked for the Economic Information Office in Finland as a member of the leadership team and has been a member of the board at Infor.
Harri has advised and helped dozens of Finnish stock-listed companies and other major organisations in enhancing their reputation and driving their stakeholder trust.
Harri holds an M.Sc (Tech) from the Helsinki University of Technology and is currently writing the Management Research Challenge of his Executive MBA studies at Henley Business School.
Mia Mantere is an Account Executive at Wakaru Oy, a privately-owned management consulting services company. Mia has over 15 years of experience in the ICT industry. She has held several positions at CGI, HP and Fujitsu, as well as at local non-listed companies. Her roles have included account management, business development and strategy. She also has solid experience in solution design and continuous development.
The possibility to make a difference for the customer motivates Mia. She is passionate about building trustworthy relationships with key stakeholders and has succeeded in building long term relations in complex and demanding environments.
Mia is currently finalising her Executive MBA studies at Henley Business School. She has truly enjoyed collaborating in the international network, especially the aspect of learning from others. According to her MBA peers, she has demonstrated excellent team spirit with her willingness to help by challenging and encouraging other team members. Mia is excited to continue this learning journey as a member of the Henley Finland Alumni Board.
International Conference Services (ICS) Ltd.
Christoph Raudonat is the Director of Associations at ICS Ltd., a Vancouver-based professional congress organiser and association management company. In his job, he works with boards of professional associations to foster organisational awareness and to address relevant roles of management appropriately.
Christoph looks back at over 15 years in international management positions including a position as Board Member at the European Society of Association Executives. Apart from engaging himself to develop adequate tools for future strategies and integrated leadership, he is specialised in integrated management approaches, organisational behaviour and facilitation at industry events, board & leadership meetings. Always looking to learn more, he plans to still obtain the Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching as well as the Henley DBA.
Christoph obtained his Henley Executive MBA in 2013 and is proud to be part of the Henley network. He is looking forward to serving on the Henley Finland Alumni Board and support the networks efforts.
Kati Repo is a Legal Counsel, Business Development in KREAM Helsinki, a highly creative company specialising in intellectual property commercialisation. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki. Prior to joining KREAM Helsinki, she has gained solid professional experience from working as a corporate lawyer in the telecommunication, electronics and the industrial sectors. Kati has worked in both listed and non-listed companies, and also served as the secretary of the board in a listed company. She also worked for several years as the international group’s sole lawyer at Efore Plc, after which she joined Lite-On Mobile Corporation. In her leisure time, Kati enjoys art, music and culture, and in particular the art of theatre – both as a spectator and occasionally also on stage. She graduated from Henley Business School with an MBA degree in 2012.
F-Innova Associates Oy
Anne Whellams is currently working as a Specialist Advisor for the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. She is also Managing Director and owner of F-Innova Associates Oy, a management consultancy with special focus on public sector transformation. Anne has extensive experience in developing and applying innovative consultancy and research methodologies in practice to inform and evaluate policy-making, service improvement and organisational development. She has over 20 years of experience in health and social care and has worked as an entrepreneur in Finland and the UK for the past eleven years. Anne has a clinical background and her academic background is in Health Studies at the University of West London. She graduated from Henley Business School with an MBA in September 2016.