Merinova’s team consists of 15 professionals. Our style of working is to roll up our sleeves and get working, whether we start a project or offer our services to a company.
Our team can offer you additional resources, extensive experience, and international expertise. We have large networks and specialised expertise in public funding.
In our business development services, we dive deep into business processes, find the areas that need to be developed and arrange them – all in collaboration with the companies themselves.
On the project side, we are independent experts and project managers. We are familiar with the networks and know-how of how to create the best possible results through cross-border cooperation.
Our team in a nutshell:
- We are fluent in 12 languages
- We have studied and lived in over 20 countries
- We have over 300 years of experience
- We have completed over 25 university degrees
- We represent four nationalities
- Our hobbies in our spare time consist of: languages and culture, cooking, sea rescue, history, art, sports, literature and fast cars
CEO Mika Konu is an experienced expert in business development and financial management. He has an extensive network in both business and academia. Konu is also familiar with product development and quality projects and is responsible for product preparations.
Hobbies: summer cottage, badminton, fishing, financial management, Finnish residential housing companies
Program Director Sabina Storbacka has long experience in various positions in the field of regional and business development. She has strong expertise in developing the operating conditions of companies and financing development projects of both companies and public actors. She is the project team’s supervisor, participating in Merinova’s energy technology projects and in the ideawork of the new projects.
Hobbies: dogs, horse riding, jogging & outdoor activities, yoga, pilates and drawing
Peter Hellström is working as Digitalization Manager and is responsible for digitalization projects. Hellström has solid experience in projects and the sale, marketing, purchasing, product development and consulting of products and services in industry and the private sector. The core competencies are training, networking and developing something new!
Hobbies: photography, music, electronic equipment, fitness, cars and motorcycles and recycling.
Service Manager Tommi Sykkö has excellent business expertise and an equally as excellent network. He is also familiar with public sources of financing for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Hobbies: stocks, exercise, quality wines, summer cottage, decoration and design
Marko Koski is responsible for the EnergySpin program and he has worked in several different positions, with a particular focus on business development and innovation. Koski is active in the international startup community and acts as a local angel in the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN).
Hobbies: basketball and floorball, diving, travel, reading and also interested in politics
Marko Kuokkanen is responsible for the development of Energyspin’s operations and sales & marketing of the GigaVaasa battery factory project. Kuokkanen has extensive experience in electricity distribution automation in international business as well as a strong technical background, broad experience of projects and sales and internationalization.
Hobbies: versatile exercise, reading and world politics
Tauno Kekäle has extensive academic work experience and a large network in EU countries, which comes in handy as he prepares various projects. Kekäle is responsible primarily for regional development projects and is well versed in higher education and research, as well as technology transfer and open innovation activities
Hobbies: vinyl records, reading, american cars, motorbikes from 1970s
EU Affairs Manager Federica Polo is an expert in research and development of EU project’s funding. She has extensive experience in writing project applications, building partnerships, coordinating projects, managing stakeholders and reporting. Her core competencies include project management, networking, project design and implementation, training and change management.
Hobbies: travelling, reading, downhill skiing and walking in the nature.
Project manager Kaj Sandberg is an expert in process development, and is responsible for projects in quality, work safety, environment and service. Sandberg has extensive experience in developing ISO processes and of applying for CE labelling, as well as NQA competency.
Hobbies: Chilean red wines, the dog, reading, drawing with charcoal, making-up stories and drawing pictures to go with them
Development engineer Kirsi Virtanen has strong experience in process development. Virtanen’s core expertise includes development tasks and projects related to environmental and quality functions in particular.
Hobbies: Reading and outdoor activities
Project Manager Kari Valkama has years of experience in working with business and general development related tasks in SME companies in metal and cleantech industries. Valkama’s core competence is international business. As a Project Manager Valkama is responsible for managing projects within energy and other industries.
Hobbies: gym, badminton, following the development of science and technology, travelling
Project engineer Sari Rintakoski is one of EnergyVaasa cluster developers, mostly involved in certification of the Gold Label cluster certificate. She is also working in several projects involving battery technology. Rintakoskis core competence is sales, marketing, and technical teaching, done in several languages. Rintakoski has a strong knowledge of international work, from several years working abroad.
Hobbies: swimming in the lake around the year, cars, foreign literature and couple dance
Johan Wasberg has extensive international work experience in project management. He is primarily responsible for international projects and prepares projects related to renewable energy, both at national and EU level.
Hobbies: sports, languages, military history, wine cellars, old tools, forest and wood cutting
Triinu Varblane is an expert in global business and responsible for international projects. Varblane has extensive experience in internationalization and cluster collaboration. She has worked as a country project manager in the Future Cleantech Solutions project in Finland and has been amongst the people responsible for the Cleantech Kvarken project. Varblane’s core expertise includes cluster collaboration, international networks, sales, and HR.
Hobbies: eco and home-grown food, charity, languages and travel, fast cars, photography