Jussi is responsible for driving Fuzu from vision to reality and for establishing Fuzu as the leading career development platform in emerging markets.
Before founding Fuzu Jussi worked as VP for Corporate Relations at Nokia and Microsoft for Middle-East and Africa geography and was based in Dubai, UAE and Johannesburg, South Africa. His responsibilities included leading Nokia’s strategic partnerships and innovation activities across the region.
From 2006 to 2009 Nokia Jussi worked as an Adviser to the Minister of Science and Technology in Mozambique, acted as the founding CEO of Mozambique Research and Education Network and coordinator of the World Bank funded MEGCIP initiative. He raised a total of 60 million USD of capital and coordinated strategic initiatives in the area of eGovernment, health and education. Before working for Government of Mozambique he coordinated the ICT for Development portfolio of UNDP Mozambique between 2004 and 2006.
Prior to relocating to Middle East and Africa Jussi held managerial positions in Finnish multi-national companies in the area of product life-cycle management, business development, and IT platforms.
Jussi is responsible for driving Fuzu from vision to reality and for establishing Fuzu as the leading career development platform in emerging markets.
Carole Versteeg, Investment Attraction Director, Centre of Investment Promotion (CEPICI), Côte d’Ivoire
Since 2014, Ms. Carole Versteeg is Head of the Investment Attraction department at the Centre of investment promotion in Côte d'Ivoire (CEPICI ), a public institution, which "coordinates and rationalises all government initiatives and actions related to investment promotion and private sector development in Ivory Coast".
Carole Versteeg holds an MBA in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), and an MA of Université la Sorbonne Paris IV. After her graduation she worked in the private sector, as an e-commerce business analyst for Nike Europe in the Netherlands, and as a business development manager for Olam Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
She has an extensive knowledge of both European and African business environments.
Ari is President and CEO of Ensto, the Finnish manufacturer of smart electricity solutions. He joined Ensto from Kone, where he served five years as Senior Vice President, responsible for intelligent people flow solutions. From 2008 until 2011 Ari was Executive Vice President, Wireless Solutions, of Elektrobit and prior to that Vice President of Convergence Products of Nokia, heading Nokia's Linux platform (Maemo, later on Meego). In addition he has over 15 years of experience in many leadership positions in Nokia Networks, including VP of Mobile Switching Business, VP of System Technologies and VP of Network Platforms. He has served as member of Board of Directors of several technology companies.
Marko has been working as a lawyer for Taaleri Private Equity Funds since 2010 when Taaleri group entered private equity business. He has set up almost 20 private equity funds and was instrumental in the fund formation of the first Africa real estate fund in 2014. Since 2014 Marko has been focusing on mostly Africa real estate fund deal structuring in its different aspects in Kenyan, Rwandan and Mozambique real estate ventures. Currently Marko is working to close the fund raising phase of the second Taaleri Africa real estate fund.
From 2007 until moving into Taaleri Private equity funds 2010 Marko worked as a securities lawyer in Taaleri group. Before Taaleri Marko worked in Sampo Bank group and its predecessors in various positions in the bank´s securities division for 15 years.
Ovamba is Africa’s first “Market Place Funder” FinTech company created to fund African SME businesses. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector. Viola oversees strategic implementation, global operations, communications, and business development for Ovamba. She was instrumental in building a $50MM fund for a Washington DC based insurance investment firm where she led investor communications, and asset management divisions. She has worked with companies such as Unisys Corporation, IBM, KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint and Rothschild’s. In 2014, Ms. Llewellyn was appointed as an honorary member of the board of trustees for the “International Women’s Think Tank”. She is on the advisory boards of the “Cameroonian American Chamber of Commerce” in Maryland, USA as well as Africa’s leading tech hub and incubator ActivSpaces.
Beata Holdings started its operations in 2008. Under the leadership of Dr Phiri, the company grew into a medium business steadily. Seeing many opportunities available in Malawi, Phiri registered Beata Holdings Ltd as conglomerate of companies under the Beata Trust. The companies portfolio have grown into multimillion Kwacha enterprises and are poised for major growth in this financial year. They provide employment to over 150 Malawians both skilled and non-skilled labor.
The Trust is involved in a number of charitable works in Malawi. It currently runs a Four Million Malawi Kwacha Scholarship Fund for under privileged students to pursue tertiary education.
James is a strategic communications and media specialist based in London, UK with regular travel in and around the African continent. He is an independent advisor
He has worked closely with leading international government clients, investors, including several heads of state, key policy makers, and oil and gas firms to manage reputation, media response, political risk and stakeholder engagement.
He is a regular current affairs analyst on some of the worlds’ leading media platforms such as Arise TV, TVC, ABN and has appeared on Bloomberg and BBC.
In the oil and gas industry, James has provided Communications and Strategic support for companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa both onshore and offshore. He facilitated vital market entry support, reputation management, media support and ongoing industry stakeholder engagement.
In addition, James has served as an adviser in wildlife conservation, clean energy sector as well as leading strategic communications for several heads of state on reputation and stakeholder management.
Irene works as corporate responsibility advisor at UNICEF Finland. Her work aims at bringing results for children through private sector engagement. Prior to the current position, Irene Leino has over 10 years of international experience in working with the public and private sectors and in international organizations (UNDP and the World Bank). She has lived in Africa, Southeast and South Asia, Europe, and the US. She has gained practical experience of doing business in Africa by managing a company in Tanzania. Her areas of expertise are corporate responsibility issues, cross-sector partnerships and especially business-non-profit collaboration, and sustainable development.
Pasi is the chairman and founding partner of Gaia Group. He has profound experience in international environmental governance and diplomacy, environmental management tools, climate change, development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. He is an internationally known policy-maker and sustainable business thinker.
With Gaia’s global sustainable business consultancy helping its clients to make the world cleaner and safer, Pasi leads and designs a growing number of successful business development assignments in East Africa and other emerging countries. With more than 25 years of experience, Pasi continues to be thrilled to prove that sustainable business is better business, and that sustainable business generates lasting and remarkable development impacts.
Over the last two decades, Pasi has personally led various executive business strategy projects for corporations, governments and international organizations, such as the United Nations. He has also led demanding UN operations on post-conflict and disaster management and successfully managed significant achievements in reducing disaster vulnerability in numerous disaster-prone areas through innovative environmental operations and climate adaptation.
Hannamaija is working as Director of Business Development and R&D in a Finnish company Biolan Ltd, expert in biomaterial recycling, sustainable agriculture and ecological sanitation. In her position, she is the key person in such projects, where traditional sales is still somewhere in the future. Usually co-operation projects of Biolan Ltd with NGOs in developing markets are her responsibility. As Ms Fontell has a long background in international sales and marketing from diagnostics and health care industry, it is natural for her to focus on sanitation issues in the NGO co-operation. Biolan Ltd has been the industry partner of Unicef Finland in UniWASH–project focusing on improving the sanitation in the schools in Northern Uganda. In this project Ms Fontell has been training the Ugandan SME owners and employees about sanitation as a business possibility and the product development process of new innovations and services for this sector.
With extensive experience in Nigeria, Jonas is one of Nigeria's leading hotel entrepreneurs. He runs and is co-owner of Nordic Hotels in Nigeria. The hotels have been several times been awarded with TripAdvisors' Travelers' Choice Award. Jonas Schwarz Lausten has created the #nordicfeeling whereby his hotels are more than just Scandinavian styled boutique hotels. He creates experiences with art, music, wine etc. for the hotels’ guests.
Jonas Schwarz Lausten, originally from Denmark, is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and passionate about the the “New Africa". Prior to his first arrival in Nigeria 10 years ago (where he built the first playground in Adamawa State), Jonas developed digital concepts for Danish and Nigerian companies and was the creator of the EU’s Europass’ digital strategy.
Jonas also writes about the rapid development in Nigeria and mentors a line of start-ups in Nigeria.
Jovin enjoys working with decision makers of small and medium enterprises to get them to think through their strategies on business and sustainability, for them to stay competitively relevant in their fragmented landscapes. He shares best sustainability practices across geographies and industries. He specifically helps partners identify the most important issues among many; visualise business model innovations; see patterns and interrelationships; re-frame problems; and finally helps in the execution phase to get things done. Jovin is a member of the International Jury for the SWITCH Africa Green SEED Awards, where SEED is a global partnership for promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development, founded by the UNEP, UNDP and IUCN. Currently as the Deputy Director of GOInternational Finland, he advises on strategic business growth into international markets. Originally from Mauritius, Jovin has also lived and worked in several countries. He writes and speaks about sustainability, strategy and entrepreneurship in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Mikko is the Creator of Health Innovation Village and Energy Village - a startup
ecosystem and open innovation platforms around GE Healthcare and GE Energy
businesses. Previously CFO of GE Healthcare Finland. Prior to GE in various
finance roles around the world at Nokia, Boston Scientific and Dow Chemical.Mikko Kauppinen created Health Innovation Village concept in 2014 to
foster growth of the digital health ecosystem in Finland and make it the
hotspot for digital health startups from allover the world. The purpose was
also to change the culture of GE to be more open and work closer with
startup companies. Idea was to gain mutual trust and work towards a common
goal transformation of healthcare. Health Innovation Village is a
co-working digital health ecosystem hub at GE Healthcare campus in downtown
Helsinki. The Village concept has been a success with over 35 startup companies
currently housed in Health Innovation Village. Recently Mikko helped GE to
open a second Village focused on Energy startups also at the GE campus in
Helsinki which houses already almost 10 energy startups. Mikko¹s vision is to create a sustainable, successful, truly global startup ecosystem around digital health, and centered on health tech domain knowledge and expertise rather than general business coaching.
HundrED seeks and shares 100 inspiring innovations in K12 education worldwide every year.
Lasse has been working with youth education and career planning since 2003. Currently he is focusing on how to help teachers to implement HundrED innovations across the world.
He is leading the innovator support functions and hundred.org platform
development to serve HundrED network of teachers and innovators. As a part of HundrED he has been developing and implementing education innovations such as Triplet News, Campus Seminars, Xprt application and many others.
As a hobby he has been building NGO Mentors of Finland. The non-profit organization mentors unemployed young people free-of-charge to find a job. The organization helps annually 700 young people with the 87% success rate.
Earlier Lasse co-founded at the age of 23 an e-student counseling service whose clientele included everyone in Finland that was interested in university studies, reaching over 100.000 students monthly. After 2012 Lasse has been focusing on working with HundrED related innovations.
Artem is a private equity professional with broad operational experience in emerging and developed markets. Artem spent most of his career with Renaissance Partners – the principal investments arm of Renaissance Group. Prior to that Artem worked as an analyst in the infrastructure joint venture between Renaissance Capital and Macquarie Group. Artem holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Catherine Kimaryo, Director: Nairobi Regional Office & Director: Project and Infrastructure Finance, TDB, Tanzania
Catherine is responsible for of TDB's (formerly trading as PTA Bank), the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank's long term investments team (project, corporate & equity finance), and concurrently serves as Regional Director for Eastern and North Africa. A seasoned professional in principal investing and development finance, she brings almost 20 years’ experience in finance including SME, corporate and project finance, deal structuring, credit risk review and portfolio management. Ms. Kimaryo is also an Executive Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching, United Kingdom).
Ms. Kimaryo’s professional experience outside TDB spans work in various developing and post-conflict economies. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked with the IFC where, over a period of 8 years, she served in various senior investment and portfolio management capacities, with a focus on real-sector investments (manufacturing, agribusiness and services) in Eastern Europe, South Asia, Central America and Africa.
Earlier, she worked with the United Nations as an advisor on fiscal matters and prior to that in commercial banking in Tanzania providing trade finance and other credit facilities to SMEs in Tanzania.
Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in infrastructure and industry, Karim was Managing Director of the Arab Investment Company (ABIC), one of the largest private-equity firms in Egypt. During his tenure, Mr. Sadek returned a substantial part of the firm’s total investments (valued at over EGP 500 million [US$ 90.91 million]) to ABIC’s shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. Mr. Sadek holds a Master’s in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the Business School for Financial Markets at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in corporate banking and credit risk assessment through his work both at the Commercial International Bank (CIB) and Arab Bank.
Kai Mykkänen was appointed Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in June 2016. He is a Member of Parliament since 2015.
Minister Mykkänen is known for his expertise on energy, Russia and the economics. He was the first chairman of the Parliament’s informal and interpartisan working group called "the energy renovation group", which brings together parliamentarians, academics and entrepreneurs to define and lead a new narrative on energy politics.
Prior to his political career, Mr. Mykkänen worked as Director for Russian Affairs at the Confederation of Finnish Industries, as investment banker in St. Petersburg, and as political advisor to the Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment.
Matti joined EY in April 2014 after 6 years with Basware Corporation, a Finnish listed enterprise software company. Served first 3 years as a non-Executive Board Member and the last three years as Senior Vice President, Strategy and M&A and part of the executive management team. Currently, he is part of EY’s Nordic Business Development leadership team and works with strategic growth initiatives.He is also a member of EY’s EMEIA Startup Hotbed initiative leadership and facilitator of EY Growth Navigator (EY’s tool to help clients to get on accelerated growth path).
Matti possesses over 25 years of cross-industry advisory and management experience across the spectrum of M&A, strategy, merger integration, venture capital, corporate and investment banking.
He has also been part of building Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory in Finland as a Partner. Led and supported numerous transactions in the Nordics and Europe. Also served as a Lead Client Service Partner (LCSP) for many Finnish multinationals.
Hanna is Director, Head of Industry, ICT and Digitalization at Finpro. Her business focus has been predominantly in the field of ICT & Digitalization, mainly focusing on creating sustainable business growth for Finnish companies at overseas markets. Her recent leadership roles come with global responsibility for various business projects conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Eastern Asia.
Her business focus has been predominantly in the field of ICT & Digitalization, mainly focusing on creating sustainable business growth for Finnish companies at overseas markets. She strongly believes that co-creation and co-innovation are the way forward in creating successful business cases. She further believes that digitalization and access to information for all in the society is the only path to sustainable prosperity. She also strongly believes in sharing the Finnish know-how and caring about those Finland co-operates with. Digitalization and caring are part of the Finnish DNA.
In January 2013, André Noël Chaker, was voted Speaker of the Year 2012 by the customers of Speakers Forum Finland. Some of the reasons for his election are his exceptional mastery of both English and Finnish (his 5th language) and his unique ability to perform both as a world-class inspirational speaker and a highly versatile moderator and host.
Because of his unique background in both the worlds of business and entertainment, André is perhaps one of the only speakers in the world who can transform challenging discussions around business, finance, politics and technology into inspiring and even entertaining seminar sessions.