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Who are we?

ARCTIC EXPERTS

The circular economy is every business’s business. Finnish companies can be at the forefront of seeking new growth from the business models of a circular economy. 

At the Circular Economy Centre, we know how a circular economy can be turned into profitable business – we have done it before with companies large and small. 

Our experts are at your service: we can help you by applying for funding, introducing future partners, and by creating local, national and international networks. 

We know the best practices in the field and can solve any problems that may arise.

We work for better business and a better world. 

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Our team

INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Ella works with local companies and knows business and industry in the Kemi-Tornio region like the back of her hand. She maps out various funding solutions for companies with the underlying idea of making the area more favourable for businesses and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she likes to wander in the forests with her pack of dogs or show them around Europe.

If you are a local entrepreneur, Ella is THE person to contact. Maternity leave.

Ella Saarenpää

Business Advisor

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KIMMO MAKES IT HAPPEN!

The managing director is responsible for the overall operations of the company. Kimmo has successfully navigated the world of development for over twenty years. As the leader of the company’s administration, he creates the prerequisites for the work of our expert team, and regularly rolls up his sleeves himself. Lately, he has been busy with work related to an unexpected structural change. He does not have the problem of having too much free time on his hands.

Kimmo Heikka

CEO

+358 40 555 8020

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SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY PROBLEM

Teemu is a professional in the circular economy, with an artistic twist. Teemu is the one who will help companies large and small to walk the talk and turn ideas into innovations, sometimes with public funding.

He relaxes by partaking in all and every outdoor activity.

Do you have an idea related to the circular economy or a difficult problem? Teemu is your man.

Teemu Saralampi

Project Manager, Circular Economy

+358 40 197 7149

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PASSION FOR FORESTS

When talking to Tytti, you will soon find yourself talking about timber production in managed forests and industrial wood construction as a long-awaited driver for change in the building sector. Tytti is a seasoned expert in forests and forestry, and she is widely renowned in circular economy networks as a leading expert in circular economy solutions for the built environment. After a nice forest-themed chat, Tytti will change into her outdoor gear, grab a clearing saw or bucket and head off. To the forest, obviously.

Tytti – your expert of choice in timber and construction.

Tytti Ahoranta

Project Manager, Circular Economy Solutions for the Built Environment

+358 40 504 2257

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Good customer service at heart

Leena has known the company and its team members for nearly 20 years. She has customer service at heart and everyone around her is embraced by her easy-going nature and her expertise. Leena’s tasks include communication with partners, the internal communications of Digipolis, administration and day-to-day matters of the personnel. Extensive project tasks give an extra boost to workdays. Our energetic customer relationship manager balances hectic work with wandering in the forests, and listening to music and podcasts. Occasionally, she immerses herself in the detail-rich puzzles of Jan van Haasteren – the best way to clear your mind!

If you have any questions related to customer relationships, partners, administration or projects, Leena is your answer.

Leena Enbuske

Customer Relationship Manager

+358 40 831 8486

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THE BEST ROUTES ON THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY MAP

The compass of our jovial leader shows a clear direction for the Circular Economy Centre: we want to be an even stronger, better and more interesting partner in the circular economy. Tuomas is a keen all-year-round orienteer and is sure to guide you safely and swiftly to exactly where you want to go. Tuomas has extensive experience in the industry and he is an efficient networker at a local, national and international level. 

Find the best route to the circular economy for your business with Tuomas!

Tuomas Pussila

Director, Circular Economy Centre

+358 50 461 1236

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ACCELERATING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

An accelerator with the perfect balance of speed and control. Janne’s main task is to visit companies in the region and identify potential business opportunities from a circular economy. He has extensive experience in the plastics industry and business in southern Finland, and now he has moved back to the north, bringing his insight with him. One of his projects was to map out the opportunities from using excess plastics in business. Janne relaxes by exploring the outdoors with his dog and working on his house.

Find out how Janne can help accelerate your business through a circular economy.

Janne Rautio

Business Accelerator, Circular Economy

+358 40 196 1114

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OUR VOICE IN THE WORLD

Soile is a seasoned expert in PR. She helps and inspires us to tell the world about our work at the Circular Economy Centre without beating about the bush or using engineering jargon. She is responsible for our social media, filming, writing articles, updating our website and ensuring that our message is loud and clear. A wintertime city-dweller, Soile spends all her summers on the banks of the Oulujoki, close to nature.

Soile is happy to help you with everything related to PR and communications.

Soile Suvanto

Specialist, PR & Communications

+358 400 405 290

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EVELIINA INTRODUCES HYDROGEN TO THE NORTH

For Eveliina, promoting the circular economy and contemplating new industrial solutions is all in a day’s work. Natural resources can be saved and climate change mitigated by means of new innovations, which is important for Eveliina. Her working hours are mainly taken up by the hottest topic in the energy business: hydrogen. Her task is to promote the hydrogen project in the Kemi region. Outside working hours she is all hygge and hype.

Any questions related to hydrogen? Contact Eveliina.

Eveliina Nousiainen

Project Manager, Circular Economy

+358 40 544 0151

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A LINGUIST WITH THE RIGHT WORDS

Language skills are a must in the international circular economy, and Hannu’s got plenty. An expert in English, he is our knight in shining armour whenever we find ourselves in linguistic distress. Hannu is calm, flexible and versatile.

He enjoys exercise, preferably in nature, in his free time. 
Contact Hannu for matters related to translations and international innovations in the circular economy.

Hannu Salmela

Project Specialist, Circular Economy

+358 50 377 4423

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JUKKA’S EXPERIENCE AT YOUR DISPOSAL

Jukka has first-hand experience of start-ups and growth companies operating in various fields of industry. If you are looking for a team-mate to throw ideas around in terms of growth, internationalisation or financing, for example, Jukka is there for you.

Outside office hours, Jukka enjoys spending time with his family watching football and fishing at their summer cottage.

Jukka will help you to take your business through changes and to reach your goal!

Jukka Auraneva

Project Specialist

+358 50 366 0881

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TUULA ROLLS UP HER SLEEVES WITH YOU

Tuula knows the Sea-Lappi area, its people and its businesses really well. If you don’t know her yet, becoming friends with our cheerful business advisor takes no time at all! Tuula has extensive experience in finance, and she sees the circular economy as hobby: she has rescued three old barns in her yard for reuse.

Tuula is handy with drills, saws and hammers, but she also enjoys swimming and walking in the forest with her dogs.

If you need help establishing a company, someone to spar with about your business ideas or financing solutions, or work supervisory services, Tuula is happy to help!

Tuula Saarela

Business Advisor

+358 40 128 7272

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LIISA HELPS YOUR COMPANY IN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Liisa is not only an IT professional, but also an entrepreneur in various fields. With her diverse and long-term entrepreneurial experience, she understands entrepreneurs and wants to help companies grow, especially through digitalization.

Liisa lives on the farm with her family and lots of animals and this is a good counterbalance to her work.

If you need help with digital transformation, contact Liisa!

Liisa Koivisto

Project Manager, digitalization

+ 358 40 1980 567

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PIRKKA BELIEVES IN CO-OPERATION

Although Pirkka Junes navigates smoothly in international waters, the man from the north has never forgotten the daily life of a regular Finnish SME entrepreneur. Quite the contrary – Pirkka is happy to place his expertise and networks at your disposal. He has extensive expertise in entrepreneurship, both in fair winds and rough seas. He has also worked for several years at a bank in the private business segment. Pirkka spends his free time outdoors or with a tennis racket. He enjoys cooking, and his barbecue season lasts for an impressive 12 months a year!
If you need new networks or help related to your international projects, Pirkka is the one to contact.

Pirkka Junes

Project Specialist

+ 358 40 525 0178

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JANI FORWARDS YOUR IDEAS

Project Specialist Jani Mäläskä works in our AURORAL projects that exploit digitalisation in making logistics more efficient. Jani has 20 years of experience in various tasks in logistics field: as a production and supervision expert, and in recent years also as an entrepreneur.
Jani is innovative and inspired by new opportunities. He spends his free time playing ball games, especially football, and chilling with his family.

When you want to put the wheels in motion, get in touch with Jani.

Jani Mäläskä

Project Specialist

+358 40 1875720

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TOMMI TURNS GOALS INTO ACTION

Tommi’s 20-plus years of experience of product, quality and development projects are at the service of new businesses moving to the area. According to Tommi, only the sky is the limit for the future Veitsiluoto Business Park and the development of the business environment in the area.
Tommi likes to work in a goal-oriented manner with his team, and he understands the power of networks. In his free time, he likes to be out and about in nature and is also a frequent visitor to the gym.
Contact Tommi if you are planning to move your business to the booming Kemi area and you want to benefit from the most attractive business location on the Bothnian Bay.

Tommi Sirviö

Project Manager

+358 40 1288 945

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