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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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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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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

Manager, 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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BRINGING NOVEL EXPERTISE TO THE TEAM

Eveliina, who recently graduated with a master of science degree in engineering, brings new expertise to the team. For Eveliina, promoting the circular economy by means of new industrial solutions is natural, and it helps to preserve natural resources and combat climate change. She can easily spend a day at the office examining carbon dioxide emissions and industrial side streams, but outside working hours she is hygge and hype.

Any questions related to the circular economy? Contact Eveliina!

Eveliina Nousiainen

Project Specialist, 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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OUR DIGITALIZATION SPECIALIST

Timo sees the various aspects of business as processes, which can be digitized. In addition to

knowing about bits, he also knows about debit and credit, and about ROI and EBITDA. Timo speaks clear and understandable Finnish without the cultivation of fashionable terms. However, he does cultivate his garden in the summer.

Timo can help you to increase your productivity and realise your digital innovations.

Timo Tolvanen

Specialist, digitalization

+358 40 198 0567

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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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AN EXPERT IN TECHNOLOGY WHO CASTS HIS NETS WIDE FOR YOU

Born and bred in Kemi, Juha knows the city’s industrial companies like the back of his hand. As a seasoned professional in process and industrial engineering, he has extensive experience of a number of tasks in the forest and metal industries, and in printing and technical services. As a project specialist in our circular economy team, Juha casts his nets wide in business.

Juha and his family live in the centre of Kemi.  Juha is a keen autumn hunter and their dog keeps him on the move all year round.
He is very approachable, so do not hesitate to call him with your questions related to entrepreneurship or the circular economy.

Juha Juntunen

Project Specialist, Circular Economy

+358 40 539 1073

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