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.
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.
Jirimiko Oranen is CEO and Partner at the reputation advisory T-Media Relations. Previously, he has worked as Director of Marketing and Communications, Nordic Region, for Tata Consultancy Services, and as Director, Corporate Communications at Hill & Knowlton Finland. Jirimiko advises international and Finnish clients, from IT to retail and services. His core areas of expertise include integrated marketing strategies, corporate communications, issues management, and creative concepts. Jirimiko comes from a background in advertising, and in digital and broadcast media. Previously Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Jirimiko got his MBA from Henley Business School in 2015.
Pentti Rantala has over 30 years of experience in international business from various industries. Early on in his career, he held different management positions at 3M in Finland, Belgium and Sweden; finally he held the position of Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Retail Products, Nordic Countries. After 3M, Pentti joined Nokian Tyres Ltd where he worked as Vice President, Marketing. He spent the last 10 years of his active career as Managing Director of The Finnish Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs. Pentti’s core competencies are international trade and industrial, commercial and labour market lobbying. After his retirement, he has been active in non-profit charity organisations. Pentti holds an MBA degree, he graduated from Henley Business School in 1996.
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.
Sony Music Entertainment
Tomi Saarinen is Marketing Director at Sony Music Entertainment in Finland and the Baltics. The company operates with the world’s largest artist brands internationally and makes significant investments growing local talents. Before joining the music industry, he worked in media, starting his career as a journalist and presenter. Working as Head of Music for a Finnish broadcasting company earned him recognition as ’Music Director of the Year’ along with a peak position in the voting for the ’Most Influential Person in Music Media’. Tomi has also worked in different positions in digital media and television, and as Station Manager for NRJ Finland Oy. He has just submitted his Masters Research Challenge and is expecting to graduate from Henley Business School in September 2017.
Digital Workforce Nordic Oy
Jukka Virkkunen is a Co-Founder and Partner at Digital Workforce Nordic Oy. Digital Workforce helps Nordic companies and organisations to automate their knowledge work routines to free experts’ time enabling them to focus on more productive tasks. Before founding Digital Workforce, Jukka worked as a Strategy Consultant at Rdigo and at his own consulting company. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT business and held numerous sales and marketing as well as business management roles in international IT companies such as ICL, Fujitsu, Capgemini and Basware. At Basware, Jukka worked as Senior Vice President and was in charge of Global Sales. In addition, he was Managing Director at Basware’s Scandinavian subsidiaries. Jukka is a Member of the Board at Heeros Oyj and a Member of ICT Committee at Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce. Jukka holds an MBA degree, he graduated from Henley Business School in 2014.
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.