Our Team

Partners

Erkki Pekonen
Founding Partner, Chairman of the Board, Chief Marketing Officer, CMO
LtCol (GS, Finnish army, ret), Post Graduate Studies, Department of War Studies, King's College, London.
  • Erkki, currently working as an independent consultant is a very social person with a very good capability to create and maintain human networks and connections. His very versatile background of assignments in international environments as assessment officer and military mission officer in UN Secretariat (New York), defence attaché in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as senior lecturer in strategy at the Swedish Defence University (Stockholm) gives him an excellent experience and knowledge to build upon. In addition to New York, Baltic States and Sweden Erkki has also lived in London where he conducted post graduate studies at Kings College and in Bukarest.

  • This international experience is well supported by his experiences as Deputy Director Centre of Excellence of the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) Education and Training, Senior Lecturer at Department of Military Strategy, Finnish National Defence University and Chief of Operations, Intelligence, Planning, Regional Defence Command, Southern Finland.

 

Gustav Öller
Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Board member
Captain (GS, Finnish navy, ret), M.Sc. National Defence Strategy, National Defence University, Washington DC
  • In manager position at the, so far biggest EU military crisis management operation, EUFOR Tchad/RCA and as responsible for EU Military Staff Intelligence Production Gustav worked in support of the EU High Representative for External Relations, Permanent and Security Committee and Military Committee decision making on strategic level, mainly concerning crisis management issues.
  • Gustav confronted areas of operational planning for the set-up, reorganization and closure of field operations, analysis related to early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation, lessons learned and best practices as well as operational liaison with other international organizations like United Nations, NATO, OSCE, African Union and the Arab League. When defining needs and setting requirements for intelligence and the organization of information acquisition for operations and missions Gustav worked in co-operation with the EU Satellite Center, the European Defence Agency and the European Commission's Research Institute (JRC) to develop satellite, unmanned airborne and open source intelligence.
  • Gustav has an extraordinary experience of working in a truly multinational context. He is well acquainted with crisis areas, their background and current situation and has a professional experience at a senior management and policy-making level within international organizations and national administration for two decades.
Tapio Koskimies
Founding Partner, Board Member, Chief Analysis Officer, CAO
PhD, Political History,  University of Helsinki
  • Tapio has a strong professional background in strategic analysis due to his service in several positions within the Finnish Military Intelligence Service for almost three decades.

 
  • Tapios work as research officer at Finnish Defence Forces Institute of Military Sciences and finally as Director of Research at Finnish military Intelligence has given him a thorough understanding and extraordinary skills in strategic analysis and assessments as well as in the need and value of a systematic method of operation.
  • Tapio is continuously asked to offer strategic consulting services as an entrepreneur at to several institutions and governmental organisations. 

 

 

 

Kaija Vanonen, Helsinki
Partner, Board Member, EU Foreign & Security Policy, Crisis Management
MSc. Economy
Matias Saloniemi, Espoo
​Partner, Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
MSc. Economy,
Kari Pelkonen, Brussels
​Partner, Board Member, Crisis Management, NATO, EU, UN, WB
MSc. Economy, LtCol (GS, army ret),

Senior Associates

Harry Ollinen, Stockholm
​Senior Associate, Defence materiel procurement issues, Nordic cooperation
LtCol (GS, army ret),
Eero Kilpi, New York
Senior Associate
PhD Business Administration,Marketing,
Aalto University, School of Business, Hki
Pasi Pasivirta,
​Senior Associate, Army issues, International  Defence Capability development and procurement
Colonel (GS, army ret),
Hans de Brouwer, Amsterdam
​Senior Associate, Defence materiel procurement issues, NATO
Cdr (GS, navy ret),
Jarmo  Pennala, Turku
​Senior Associate, Naval issues, EU Crisis Management, NATO
Captain (GS, navy ret),
Martti J. Kari,
​Senior Associate, Cyber issues, Strategic Intelligence
PdD, Jyväskylä University
Colonel (GS, army ret),
Senior Advisor
Stephan Gröndahl
Founding Partner, International Business Development
MSc. International Marketing, Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki
Senior Advisor
Kari Tossavainen
Senior Associate, Legal Advisor, Tossavainen & Metsävainio
Lawyer, LL.M.
  • Kari is currently running his own legal affairs company and specialised in supporting enterprises in business with governmental and international organisations. He has a thorough background in procurement related legal affairs due to his background Commercial Director, Procurement Legal Affairs Director and Defence Procurement Steering group member in the Finnish Defence Forces. In this capacity he has participated in preparing legislation for defence and security public contracts, drafting government and defence administration procurement, partnership and logistics strategies. His international experience relates to his membership and chairmanship in NORDEFCO (Nordic Defence Co-operation, Co-operation Group for Nordic Private Public Partnership), NORDSUP (Nordic Supportive Defence Structures, IPR/Legal Group), EDA ( European Defence Agency), working group of IPR General conditions for R&D project, DCMA, (Defence Contracts Management Agency, Washington) and NAMSA (NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency, Luxembourg)

  • Kari has represented state, municipalities and companies as the attorney and assistant in numerous litigation proceedings concerning public procurement in the Market Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and the European Court of Justice. He has also been trainer of private and public sectors in domestic and international commercial and contract law, Incoterms 2010 delivery term, public procurement for contracting entities, service providers (companies), and staff of organizations tendering, procurement guidance (Rules of Acquisition) and innovative procurement.

 

 

  • Stephan is a business professional with wide experience in international marketing, sales, business development, and account- and project management. He has worked as consultant and advisor in international investment projects, technology transfer and project finance, for numerous companies. As offset director and business development manager at Patria Land Systems Stephan gained an unique insight in business within security sector and with governmental customers. As country manager for Finland at Nordic Project Fund (NOPEF) he was engaged in funding of enterprises entering difficult markets.

  • With his experience as product manager at Datex Instrumentarium (later part of General Electric Healthcare), anaesthesia and intensive care systems Stephan also has an understanding of the needs and circumstances related to companies who delivers solutions and products for special markets.

 

Advisors

Sakari Ahvenainen
Advisor, Hybrid & Post Modern Warfare PhD Candidate, Finnish National Defence University
LtCol (GS, army, ret)
Heikki Lehtimäki
Advisor, Energy related strategic issues

MPolScience (Economics)
University of Helsinki, Finland

Kai Vainio
Advisor, Security Policy & International Miltary Cooperation

Col (GS, Air Force, ret)

Tom Asplund
Senior Advisor, Peacekeeping, Crisis Management, Logistics
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