Rethinking Energy in Southeast Asia with Wärtsilä Energy

Date(s) - 14/04/2022
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Huone Singapore



Warmly welcome to the Rethinking Energy in South East Asia with Wärtsilä Energy seminar!

A monumental global energy transition is underway. Global powerhouses such as the US, the EU, and India are aligning with Future Net Zero targets bringing unified ambition, vision, and diplomatic weight to make change happen. The transition to 100% renewable energy systems is set to accelerate ever faster.

In this event, we will shed light on how to navigate these changes through the lens of our Rethinking Energy in Southeast Asia campaign series that discusses key global and local factors that shape the energy sector.

Join us to learn more about the global energy transition, and its impact on energy markets across Southeast Asia. Find out how energy solutions can help maximize customer value and optimize power systems while reducing environmental footprint, with deep dives into the role of flexibility in high-renewable power systems and key asset performance criteria to consider in future-proof power system planning.

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About Wärtsilä Energy

Wärtsilä leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonization by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel-enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage, and optimization technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance.

Our track record comprises 74 GW of power plant capacity and more than 80 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.

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Avani Garg, Senior Financial Analyst, Wärtsilä

Avani started her career with Wärtsilä in 2019 and is now working within the company’s Project Development team in Asia & Australia.
She is responsible for supporting sales initiatives of Internal Combustion Engines & Battery Energy Storage Systems, as well as developing new business models. Her current focus is on hybrid power plants, where her and the team aim to provide a cleaner & lower-cost alternative to traditional thermal power plants through a combination of renewables and flexible technologies.
Avani holds an MSc in Financial Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.





Kari Punnonen, Energy Director, Wärtsilä

Kari Punnonen is a global energy specialist heading today Wärtsilä’s energy business in Australasia Region, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. Kari relocated from Shanghai to Singapore where he was responsible for Wärtsilä’s North&South East Asia energy business for 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 a corporate representative.

Kari holds an MSc. Degree in energy technology and international marketing from the Tampere University of Technology and spent a couple of years as an exchange student at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. In his personal life, Kari’s next goal is to run a marathon in under four hours.



Malin Östman, General Manager, Market Development & Strategy, Energy Business, Wärtsilä

Malin Östman is currently responsible for Wärtsilä Energy’s Project and Market Development in Asia and Australia. Malin has been working for Wärtsilä since 2013 with project development, project finance, strategy, and market development. Prior to joining Wärtsilä, she worked as a management consultant for BCG. Malin Östman holds a MSc. Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University.







Yatin Premchand, Managing Director, Global Advisory, APAC, Global Advisory Black & Veatch Singapore Pte Ltd

Yatin Premchand is a strategic specialist in Asia and the Pacific for Black & Veatch across public and private sectors, including finance, with successive achievements in sustainable investment; project development; and technology due to diligence and transfer across the CleanTech (energy, waste, water, green buildings, agritech, environmental and climate change) sector.

Yatin offers over 21 years of experience in consultative business development, commercialization, strategic advisory, planning, and scale-up of clean technologies, and has a keen understanding of related global policy and regulation advisory. Since joining Black & Veatch in 2018, Yatin has been involved in the development of over 40GW of power-related projects internationally.



Law Gee Yong, Director (Policy and Planning), Energy Market Authority

Gee Yong currently leads the policy and planning functions within EMA. Under this, he seeks to chart out the energy sector’s long-term direction and strategies, and ensure that EMA’s policies are coherent and aligned to its overall objectives. He started out in economic regulation and licensing, where he determined the allowable charges for monopoly energy companies and enforced regulations on licensee companies. He also did short attachments with the Australian Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency.







Antti Vänskä, Head of Mission, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland

Ambassador Antti Vänskä arrived in Singapore in June 2019 to assume his position as Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland.
Mr. Vänskä joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1996 and has served on several interesting assignments both home and abroad.
Prior to Singapore Mr. Vänskä served four years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Washington DC, USA. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vänskä has worked in the Embassy of Finland in Berlin, Germany (2001 – 2004) and in the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg, Russia (1997 – 2001).
In Finland, Mr. Vänskä has served, among other positions, as the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland (2010-2014). Earlier, he has worked in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director in the Unit for Russia and as Counsellor in the Unit for Asia dealing for instance with relations between the EU and the ASEAN.
Mr. Vänskä graduated from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration (Finland) with a Master’s degree in Economics. He has also studied abroad in Sweden and in the United States.



Pasi Haatainen, FBC Chairman, Managing Director at Dynamic Business Consulting

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.