Erkki Pekonen, Espoo
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.
Hans Adolf Ehrnrooth, Turku
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Board member, French security policy, Crisis management, Peacekeeping
LtCol (GS, Army, ret)
Gustav Öller, Raasepori
Partner, Chief Project Officer, Business Development, Board member
Captain GS, Finnish navy, ret), M.Sc. National Defence Strategy, National Defence University, Washington DC
Hans Adolf, “Andy” has more than 30 years of career in the Finnish Defense Forces. In different locations from Turku in the southwest to Sodankylä in the highest north of Lapland. He has worked as defence attaché in embassies in both Brussels and Paris, as Commander of Finlands Crisis Management Force in EU military crisis management operation in Chad, as a UN military observer in Lebanon and Kosovo. He also served as Finnish liaison officer in US Central Command in Tampa.
Andys encounters in different cultures has given him a unique understanding in African, European, American as well as in the Nordic, Francophone and Anglo-Saxon cultures and ways of doing things. This has been possible due to his diverse language skills, that includes languages spoken in his home like Swedish, Danish and German as well as French and English that has been his working languages for almost 10 years. His rich language skills help to better understand other cultures.
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, Helsinki
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.
Matias Saloniemi, Espoo
Partner, Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Matias is experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail business and heavy industrial business. Skilled in Business Process, Business Planning, International Business, Outsourcing, and CFOs. Strong Finance professional for turn around old business to profitable and effective processes and a sustainable business.
Kari Pelkonen, Brussels
Partner, Board Member, Crisis Management, NATO, EU, UN, WB
MSc. Economy, LtCol (GS, army ret),
Kim Holm, Helsinki
Partner, Africa and technical advisor
Kim Holm, naval architect/machine engineer, has a background of forty years in international sales, specifically within the fields of industrial automation and technical education. He has been active in the EU, Eastern Europe and East Africa, thus qualifying him as a person with excellent intercultural skills. Productivity increase is the driving force in industry, he says. In the public sector funding is the big challenge, therefore he has actively sourced funding from international donors for educational projects. Kim Holm´s experience in East Africa since 2013 gives him a good picture of the social and political development in the region. He possesses a large and strong network.
Kaija Vanonen, Helsinki
Partner, EU Foreign & Security Policy, Crisis Management
Harry Ollinen, Karlholmsbruk, Sweden
Partner, Senior Associate, Defence materiel procurement issues, Nordic cooperation
LtCol (GS, army ret),
Stephan Gröndahl, Sipoo
Partner, Senior Adviser, International Business Development
MSc. International Marketing, Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki
Harry runs a Consulting Company: Harry Ollinen Consulting AB, which focuses mainly on the Defence equipment market.
Harry has a professional background in Swedish Defence Forces (Defence Attache of Sweden in Finland and Estonia, 17 years of succesful military career. The rank LTCOL) and European Defence Industry (Hägglunds Vehicle AB, Patria Hägglunds, Patria Helicopters AB, Patria, BAE Systems Hägglunds, BAE Systems, Milrem Robotics). Harry has extensive experience in defence procurement. His experience includes international procurement, interpretation of specifications and legal expertise, all augmented through a large network of contacts.
People who have worked with Harry say that he has a very human personality. He also has a rare ability to think outside the box. Combined with a somewhat pragmatic ways of solving abstract problems and his excellent skills in keeping multicultural teams together, this means that Harry has a unique ability to close a deal in a way that satisfies all parties.
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.
Eero Kilpi, New York
PhD Business Administration,Marketing,
Aalto University, School of Business, Hki
Senior Associate, Army issues, International Defence Capability development and procurement
Colonel (GS, army ret),
Pekka Varjonen, Helsinki
Captain (GS, Navy, ret)
Hans de Brouwer, Brussels
Senior Associate, Defence materiel procurement issues, NATO
Cdr (GS, navy ret),
Jarmo Pennala, Ilmajoki, Turku
Senior Associate, Naval issues, EU Crisis Management, NATO
Captain (GS, navy ret),
Martti J. Kari,
Senior Associate, Cyber issues, Strategic Intelligence
PhD, Jyväskylä University
Colonel (GS, army ret),
Legal Advisor, Tossavainen & Metsävainio
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.
Advisor, Hybrid & Post Modern Warfare PhD Candidate, Finnish National Defence University
LtCol (GS, army, ret)
Advisor, Energy related strategic issues
University of Helsinki, Finland
Advisor, Security Policy & International Miltary Cooperation
Col (GS, Air Force, ret)