The new board was elected at the FBC Annual General Meeting on March 16, 2022.
- Chairman Mr Pasi Haatainen (Dynamic Business Consulting)
- Deputy Chairman Mr Sebastian Nummelin (Probi)
- Treasurer Mr Saku Aspelin (Individual member)
- Secretary Member Ms Erica De Wit (KONE)
- Member Mr Ian Wu (Huone)
- Member Mr Alpesh Shah (Neste)
- Member Mr Kari Punnonen (Wärtsilä)
- Member Mr Guillaume Mascot (Nokia)
- Member Ms Laura Saanakorpi (Nordic Glow)
PASI HAATAINEN, CHAIRMAN
Adaptive executive strategy and digital transformation management professional with over 20 years of experience in digital transformation, business strategy execution, program management, change management, and solution development and delivery within the supply chain management, banking, mining, insurance, telecoms and high-tech industries.
Pasi has consulted global and regional clients for 13 years as an independent management consultant based in Singapore. He just joined a boutique strategy and digital transformation consulting firm, Renoir Group, advising South East Asian clients in their digital transformation journeys.
ASK ME ABOUT: Strategy Execution, Digital Transformation, Business and Operational Modeling, Organizational Design, Change Management, Setting a Company Up in Singapore, Different Government Schemes and Grants for Businesses
SEBASTIAN NUMMELIN, MEMBER
A one-way ticket to the story of my life! After my exchange studies in Shanghai 2007, I decided to take a one-way ticket to Beijing in 2008 and ended up staying in China for almost a decade. After 9 years in China, I spent 4 years in Japan – Tokyo and was transferred to Singapore in 2019. Growing up in Finland and Sweden has made me bilingual in both languages, on top of that I’m also fluent in mandarin and to some extent Japanese. Currently managing APAC for BioGaia, a Swedish leading company in researching and manufacturing probiotics. Finnish people know our products better as RELA.
ASK ME ABOUT: Extensive contact network especially in the healthcare sector in the whole APAC region including India and Australia. Questions about business in China or Japan. Happy to share travel tip in Asia!
SAKU ASPELIN, TREASURER
Saku Aspelin is the Country Manager of the Service Business of Konecranes Group in Singapore, operating under the brand of MHE-Demag. He’s an engineer with almost 20 years of track record in the Material Handling world, spanning from hands-on Field Service into Research & Development and most recently into various Management roles on a regional and global scale.
ASK ME ABOUT: Business Process optimization, Commercial and Operational Excellence, Digitalization, Business Metrics
IAN WU, MEMBER
Ian Wu is the CEO of HUONE Singapore, a proudly Finnish events venue with a presence in Finland, Denmark and Singapore. He is also Secretary for the Finnish Business Council. Prior to assuming the role at HUONE in August 2019, he spent 8 years (2011 to 2019) in the Exhibition and Conference space with SingEx Exhibitions and Informa, organising IP owned events in Singapore, India, South Africa, and Thailand, in the sectors of: Healthcare, Industrial Automation, Automotive, and Rubber Commodities. Before his time in the exhibition space, he spent 13 years with the Singapore Armed Forces (1998 to 2011) in various roles from leading a platoon in a combat unit, in training institutions, organising large scale events like the National Day Parade & the Army Half Marathon, and developing operational doctrine. Ian holds a First Class Honours Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales.
ASK ME ABOUT: Events, Leadership
ERICA DE WIT, SECRETARY
KARI PUNNONEN, MEMBER
Kari Punnonen is a global energy specialist heading today Wärtsilä’s energy business in Australasia Region, including Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. Kari just recently relocated from Shanghai to Singapore where he was responsible for Wärtsilä’s North&South East Asia energy business during three years. For more than 25 years, Kari has been with Wärtsilä Energy holding various positions in power plant and oil & gas and LNG solutions sales.
During his years in Shanghai Kari was a board member of Finnish Business Council Shanghai and was closely collaborating with Team Finland members, Business Finland and Finnish Embassy. In this context he was deeply involved in bi-lateral governmental programs as corporate representative.
Kari holds a MSc. Degree in energy technology and international marketing from Tampere University of Technology and spent couple of years as an exchange student in Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. In his personal life, Kari’s next goal is to run a Marathon under four hours.
ASK ME ABOUT: Global and Asia Energy Transition towards renewable future
ALPESH SHAH, MEMBER
Alpesh is heading Neste Engineering Solutions here in Singapore and has been with Neste for over six years now. Alpesh has previously served as a board member with FBC in 2019 and also serves as “Trustee” with Singapore Gujarati Hindu Endowment Trust. Alpesh has over 25 years of experience and has worked and lived in Japan, Singapore, India & more recently in the United States. Have worked on various leadership roles across Industrial Gases , Wafer Fabs , Engineering, & Renewable Energy sectors. Brings wealth of experience in business development & strategy, Sales & Marketing, New Product Introduction, engineering, organization building and leading operational & commercial teams. A regular badminton player and enjoys his bollywood movies.
ASK ME ABOUT: New Market Penetration & Strategy development, Setting up company & finding business alliance/partners in Singapore & India, Renewable Energy, Engineering (EPCM), Indian customs, business, Food & travel tips
LAURA SAANAKORPI, MEMBER
Living abroad more than 12 years, Dubai 10 and Singapore 2,5 years. Originally from Finland, where my heart belongs, but I think I could relate more as a world citizen nowadays. I’m a business owner here in Singapore and It seems the industries I have ended up in, both are somehow about well being and being well.
The Nordic Glow brings Finnish natural skincare and lifestyle to Asia and 13% Wine Bistro has a great selection of wines and classical sharing platters to be enjoyed with a good company. So as an entrepreneur my calling is to get people together, have a good time and connect. Whether it’s business or freetime.
“No matter who you are, you still need others to succeed!”
My past experience has been in the event industry as a producer, choreographer, designer and performer myself. I studied clothes design and I am currently enhancing my skills at M.A.D school by Chatsworth medi@art academy, Singapore. As a business owner I find my work interesting, yet it keeps me on my toes all the time. Learning by doing, using my previous work experiences as a guideline, energized by the possibilities to be creative and driven by the new challenges.
ASK ME ABOUT: Entrepreneurship, Networking, Restaurants, Entertainment and Events
GUILLAUME MASCOT, MEMBER
Guillaume Mascot is in charge of Government Relations for Nokia in APJ (Asia-Pacific, Japan) & India. He oversees all aspects of current and future policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he is working with institutions and other relevant stakeholders to create a favorable political and regulatory environment to foster public and private investment in the digital and broadband industries with a focus on innovation for sustainable growth, competitiveness, and quality of life in a connected environment.
Guillaume has been speaking at various international and regional/local regulatory events (CommunicAsia, Mobile Asia Expo, ITU, APT forum, etc).
Previously, Guillaume led Alcatel-Lucent’s EU representation in Brussels, managed European Affairs and engaged with the European Institutions. He was board member of the EIF (European Internet Foundation) – an European think tank supporting European political leadership for the development of European multilateral public policies responsive to the political, economic and social challenges of the worldwide digital revolution – and was also an associate member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).
Guillaume holds a Master Degree in Political science with a major on Public Administration and Public policy from the University of Lille.
ASK ME ABOUT: telecom, regulation, policy and trade, geopolitics