Advisory Board members


Tuomo Rönkkö
Professional board member and seasoned innovation expert

Tuomo Rönkkö is the chair of the LUT Advisory Board. He also chairs the boards of the university's own investment company Green Campus Innovations and the Society for Viipuri School of Economics. Previously Rönkkö has worked in management positions e.g. Andritz, Eltel and Maintpartner Group.


Mika Anttonen
Chairman of the Board for St1

Mika Anttonen founded the energy company St1 in 1995 and is its majority stockholder and board chairman. Anttonen also owns the Sport Institute of Finland and an important patron of Finnish sports. 


Jyrki Katainen
Head of Group Public Affairs, Nordea

Jyrki Katainen, Head of Group Public Affairs of Nordea and Master of Social Sciences, has made his mark as Finland's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and as Vice-President of the European Commission. During his career, he has focused on analysing changes in society, finding solutions and making decisions. For 15 years, Katainen also served as a Member of the Finnish Parliament, where, among other appointments, he chaired the Committee for the Future.


Laura Lares
Managing Director of Ablers

Laura Lares is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Ablers, which specialises in strategy work and dialogue applications. Lares has worked in business, sales and human resource management positions at UPM and as CEO of Kalevala Koru.


Juho Nummela
President and CEO of Ponsse

Nummela has a long career at Ponsse and board memberships at Epec, the Einari Vidgrén Foundation, the Olvi-säätiö foundation and Olvi.


Mari Puoskari
CEO of the Pilke Daycare Centers

Puoskari's career has also included management positions at FCG, CGI, Ekokem and Pöyry and research work at the Helsinki University of Technology. Se has served as the deputy chair of the Finnish political party The Greens.


Sakari Tamminen
a partner and co-founder of the consultancy company Gemic

Timo Ritakallio
President and Group CEO of the OP Financial Group

Timo Ritakallio, Doctor of Science (Technology), Master of Laws, and MBA, has previously worked as President and CEO and Deputy CEO of the Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Deputy CEO of Pohjola Bank, and Executive Vice President of OKO Bank.


Tiina Tuomela
CFO of Fortum

Tuomela has also worked for companies such as Uniper. She is a boad member of Wärtsilä, Teollisuuden Voima and YIT.

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