- Chairman Ms Tiina Haikola (Aalto EE)
- Deputy Chairman Mr Matti Junila (Individual member)
- Treasurer Mr Sebastian Nummelin (BioGaia)
- Secretary Mr Ian Wu (Huone)
- Member Ms Heidi Mäkinen (Wärtsilä)
- Member Ms Nina Jalo (KONE)
- Member Mr Eero Ståhlberg (Neste Singapore)
- Member Viivi Avellan (Innovation Home Singapore)
TIINA HAIKOLA, CHAIRMAN
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
MATTI JUNILA, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
Matti has spent nearly a decade in the startup scene. He has worked with and consulted many startups during his time as the President of the Oulu Entrepreneurship Society as well as having founded a few companies of his own.
Four years ago, he joined Smartly.io, a Finnish digital advertising SaaS startup. His team was put in charge of opening the Asia Pacific operations for Smartly.io in Singapore. Starting with just three people, they have since grown the APAC team to 20+ people, 3 offices, and millions in revenue. Matti continues to grow Smartly.io’s business in South East Asia, helping some of the most advanced Facebook marketers in the region.
ASK ME ABOUT: Startups, Social Media advertising
SEBASTIAN NUMMELIN, TREASURER
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!
IAN WU, SECRETARY
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: Leadership techniques, launching and running exhibitions and conferences, and anything meeting venue related.
HEIDI MÄKINEN, MEMBER
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
EERO STÅHLBERG, MEMBER
Eero Ståhlberg is the Head of Regional Finance, APAC at Neste and General Manager of Neste’s commercial operations in Singapore. Now on his second assignment in Singapore and in addition to Singapore, Eero has worked in Australia, Poland, and Finland in different finance and general management positions.
Eero holds a Doctoral Degree from Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku in Finland. He majored in Finance and Accounting and the key focus areas of his doctoral studies were management accounting and its usage in practice.
ASK ME ABOUT: Management Accounting, Finance, Football/Soccer, Management Control Systems, KPIs, Leadership
NINA JALO, MEMBER
Change management and communications enthusiast with wide range of experience in different business functions. Originally from Finland, but lived in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Singapore and Sweden during her life span. Lastly graduating with honors & double international management master’s degree from University of Sydney. Hence, gained comprehensive cross-cultural experience from Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.
Previous working experience from Flare HR (Australia), Management Events, Nordea, Visual Components and Grano (Finland), 2017 landing in KONE Corporation, based in Singapore. Whilst facilitating herself leadership trainings, she is currently leading an area team of training professionals with focus on new technologies, technical trainings and Training Center operations in Asia Pacific.
ASK ME ABOUT: Change management, training, communications, new technologies, events, leadership
VIIVI AVELLAN, MEMBER
Viivi Avellan is the Country Manager at coworking space Innovation Home Singapore. It is a Finnish coworking concept with a more holistic approach for members’ well-being and happiness. She is also the co-founder of local company Nordic Glow Shop, which is importing Finnish health and sports products to Singapore. Before Singapore, Viivi represented Finnish art in Zürich.
ASK ME ABOUT: Event production, building a community, health tech scene, sport scene.