Merinova’s team consists of 12 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
Development Director 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
Anna-Kaisa Valkama leads development projects and is responsible for the preparation of the comprehensive energy projects. She has an extensive network, both internationally and nationally, and is particularly versed in electrical engineering.
Hobbies: project management in the home, family, dog, and forest excursions
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.
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 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
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. Sykkö is responsible for the development of the innovation cluster.
Hobbies: stocks, exercise, quality wines, summer cottage, decoration and design
Project manager Ritva Vainio has a background in the production of small and medium-sized enterprises. She is responsible for developing processes in quality, environment, occupational safety, and healthcare. Vainio also has knowledge of CE labelling, ATEX documents and production in potentially sensitive areas.
Hobbies: winter ice swimming, knitting, theatre and concerts, travelling to Lapland, following the situation in Karelia
Triinu Varblane is an expert in international business and is responsible for international projects. Varblane has extensive experience in internationalisation and is one of responsible persons for the Cleantech Kvarken project. Varblane’s core expertise includes sales, HR and contracts.
Hobbies: eco and home-grown food, charity, languages and travel, fast cars, photography