The new board was elected at the FBC Annual General Meeting on March 15, 2023.
- 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 Raghunath Koduvayur (IQM Quantum Computers)
- Member Ms Leena Matilainen (Neste)
- Member Mr Nicolas Leong (Wärtsilä)
- Member Mr Antti Suorsa (Zeal Sourcing)
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
ERICA DE WIT, SECRETARY
At KONE Erica is in charge of Digitalization and Service offering development in Southeast Asia, Australia, Middle-East, and African countries. Erica has been working at KONE for 5 years in business controller & development roles and has been based in Finland, UAE, and Singapore. Before KONE Erica was a CEO of a fast-growing start-up in Finland. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Since Erica’s relocation to Singapore, she has been a board member of the Finnish Business Council Singapore and has been closely collaborating with Team Finland members, Business Finland and Finnish Embassy.
NICOLAS LEONG, MEMBER
Nicolas Leong is the Energy Business Director, North & Southeast Asia at Wärtsilä Energy. In his role, he leads the sales and business development teams, ensures customer satisfaction, and accelerates the energy transition in his region.
Nicolas is an inspiring speaker and charismatic thought leader in the market where he is passionately promoting the need for flexibility as the key enabler for renewable integration in today’s energy transition and tomorrow’s decarbonisation. Nicolas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with Honours from National University of Singapore. He is currently located in Singapore and was previously based in Tokyo, Japan.
LEENA MATILAINEN, MEMBER
Since August 2022, Leena Matilainen is Head of APAC Innovation Center at Neste. Before that, she worked as Head of R&D, Analytics and Quality Control at Neste Finland.
Neste established the APAC Innovation Center in Singapore during the first half of 2022, it will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023. The center will focus on raw material research and related advanced research analytics as well as exploring new innovation possibilities via e.g. partnerships in the APAC area.
Before joining Neste, Leena has worked in several other companies and institutions such as Orion Corporation as a Laboratory manager, Global program manager in Neste Chemicals and as a post-doctoral fellow at SRI International, California.
Leena holds a doctoral degree in Chemistry (Helsinki University) and MBA from Arcada University of Applied Sciences.
RAGHUNATH KODUVAYUR, MEMBER
Raghunath Koduvayur is a General Manager with over 15 years of international experience in building B2B and B2C businesses across different industries including quantum technologies, telecommunication, IT services, preventive healthcare and FMCG. He led award-winning global sales and marketing teams at Nokia, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Tieto, and different startups.
He’s currently a board member of Finland-India Trade Association and Edutech startup (3DBear Oy), an advisor and Investor in a recruitment startup (Finders Seekers Oy) and a Logistics startup (www.Exprs.com).
Having lived in Finland, India, and Hong Kong, Raghunath is heading the Asia Pacific Business for IQM Quantum Computers from Singapore.
ANTTI SUORSA, MEMBER
Managing Partner @Zeal Sourcing