FBC Singapore Board

On the 18th of  March 2019 the Finnish Business Council Singapore held its Annual General Meeting, where its new FBC Board was elected as follows:

  • Chairman Ms Tiina Haikola (Aalto EE)
  • Deputy Chairman Mr Alpesh Shah (Neste Engineering Solutions)
  • Treasurer Ms Niina Tippin (Expat Insurance)
  • Secretary Mr Jaakko Krankkala (KONE)
  • Member Mr Jani Valtonen (Nordea)
  • Member Ms Heidi Mäkinen (Wärtsilä)
  • Member Mr Tero Juotasniemi (Handelsbanken)
  • Member Ms Leena Ollitervo (Nokia)
  • Member Ms Anissa Margono (PRE:MIND)



Tiina Haikola is the Executive Director for Aalto University Executive Education Asia Pacific operations in Singapore, Chairman of the Board for the Finnish Business Council and Board Member for the European Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Aalto EE, Tiina was 12 years with Duke Corporate Education in London and Singapore, working with clients across several industries in 20 different countries designing and delivering customized executive education programs. After seven years in London, Tiina moved to Singapore in October 2013.  Tiina holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and is certified in the use of the Myers‐Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC) and Emotional Intelligence instruments.

ASK ME ABOUT: Executive MBA, Executive Education, Leadership Development, Intercultural Sensitivity, Coaching


Niina Tippin has 13 years of experience in relationship management in financial services, mainly in Luxembourg, helping clients with portable insurance-based wealth planning solutions. Past 20 years Niina has lived, studied and worked in the UK, France, Luxembourg and now, since 2016, in Singapore. She working as a private client manager at Expat Insurance since 2018.

ASK ME ABOUT:  Relationship management, Insurance, Unit-linked Life Insurance



Jaakko Krankkala is Modernization Director in KONE Singapore with 8 years’ experience in the business. He has a strong background in engineering, product development, change management and people leadership. He has been living in Singapore close to 3 years.

ASK ME ABOUT: Customer-focused solutions, product development and people management in Singapore.


Jani Valtonen is an international trade and financial markets expert that works in Nordea Markets Singapore. He has been working for Nordea almost 10 years and has a background from SME and corporate side from Nordea Finland. He moved to Singapore in October 2018 and has a mission to help Nordic companies to come and grow in the South East Asian region.

ASK ME ABOUT: International trade, financial markets services (FX and interest rates derivatives), banking services (cash management, trade finance)



Heidi Mäkinen has a 15-year career in Wärtsilä in building and leading multinational teams responsible for life cycle support in Asia and Australasia both in Marine and Energy markets. Before moving to Singapore in 2011, she has studied and worked in Germany and Australia and holds a Master’s degree from Murdoch University of Western Australia.

ASK ME ABOUT: Change Management, Leading multinational and -cultural teams, Operational Excellence, Logistics chain from order intake to customer delivery



An experienced executive and long term Nokian. Passionate about continuous development and learning. Girls and Women in Tech advocate. EMBA graduate. Specialized in Sales management, customer experience, company mergers & integrations and business transformation. Based in Singapore over 6 years now. Leena is Head of Executive Customer Engagement.

ASK ME ABOUT:  opportunities and challenges of 5G, mobile networks, Nokia, EMBA studies combined with work



International sales expert, that has been working with 3 startups as well with corporate companies. Wide experience with marketing, business development and sales.
Leading sales teams and marketing campaigns. Worked in Finland, UK and Singapore.
At the moment Anissa is working as Sales Director for a tech startup  PRE:MIND – customer engagement & recognition  solution
ASK ME ABOUT: Sales and marketing, building startups and working culture in Finland and Singapore, Sales team management & sales training, tech solution for customer recognition and customer service