Key Persons

Jonne Pöyhtäri
Business Development, Partner

Jonne has a M.Sc. degree in Technology (Industrial Management) and has a long-term professional experience in international business in Russia. He has worked as a General Director at ZAO Betset in St. Petersburg and in several other business development projects before that. He has also launched and run one of the largest recent Finnish greenfield projects in St. Petersburg. Jonne’s competence areas are e.g. investments, greenfield projects, internationalization, corporate strategy, sales and management of change.

Tuomas Uusi-Hakala

Tuomas has a M.Sc. degree in Business and Economics from University of Jyväskylä. He made his final thesis about consolidation of Russian and Finnish financial statements as well as group´s internal reporting standards. Tuomas also holds a Master´s degree in Arts from European University at St. Petersburg, majoring in Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has worked as a Business Controller at ZAO Betset and as a Country Manager at OOO Nordic Green Air Technologies in St. Petersburg. Tuomas’s competence areas are e.g. business activation and development, start-ups and financial management processes.

Suvi Metsola
Managing Director, Partner

Suvi holds a Master´s degree in Arts from University of Jyväskylä, majoring in Russian Language and Culture. In Russia Suvi has studied at St. Petersburg State University as well as at Jaroslavl State University. Over the years, she has also educated herself in business and economics. As a specialist of Russian market, Suvi has worked 8,5 years at Jyväskylä´s Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd and helped companies of Central Finland to start business in Russia. Suvi’s areas of expertise include e.g. starting business in Russian market and its development, practices of trade, knowledge of specific features of Russian market as well as Russian business culture.

Houra Saghafifar
Project Manager, Iran

Houra holds a Master degree in Arts from University of Jyvaskyla. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Isfahan University of Technology, one of the highest ranked universities in Iran. Working in different fields and industries for almost a decade in Iran and then getting involved in Neuroscience research in Finland makes her a diverse background from quality and project management to technology and research. Her job experiences in Iran finalized with ‘Standard Expert’s Permit’, license issued by Iranian national standards organization, which authorized her for supervision over the implementation of specialized quality management and environmental systems. After moving to Finland and in order to synchronize her managerial skills to the new multicultural society, besides her studies, she has been participating in various business courses in university and Jyvaskyla region’s start-up programs.

Henri Karhu
Project Manager, Sweden

Henri Karhu works in Export Maker as a project manager in Sweden. He has lived in Sweden for 23 years and holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology. He has worked several years with export trade and has been in charge of export products as a product manager to over 60 countries. His competence areas are e.g. technological solutions, market surveys and representation tasks.

Elena Baidakova
Director, Russia

Elena holds a Master´s degree in International Business from one of the highest ranked business schools in Russia, Graduate School of Management of Saint Petersburg State University. She was majoring in strategic management. Elena’s first diploma is from Ural State University, where she graduated from the faculty in international relations, specializing on regional studies and integration processes. Besides, she also holds a diploma of interpreter in the sphere of professional communication (English language). Elena has a broad multicultural experience, having studied in the USA and Switzerland. She has worked in international companies in the airline business (Lufthansa, Star Alliance, LOT Polish Airlines) and proved to be a successful sales person, as well as business-development specialist.

Ilkka Lehto
Senior Advisor, Baltic countries and Poland

Ilkka graduated from Tallinn University of Technology and has a Master degree in Economics. Ilkka is an expert on staff recruitment and management already in second generation. He has extensive experience in recruiting of staff, specialists and leaders, as well as in building networks and business processes. His strong sectors are IT and various sectors of industry. For example, Ilkka has led an international recruitment agency Glasford International to Poland and the Baltic markets and in 2005 to Estonia. The company’s business has grown and expanded considerably over the years. Now it has 30 offices around the world. Most of the customers are international business conglomerates, importers and franchise businesses. Ilkka has a good vision of human resources leadership and management in general. Extensive knowledge of the business helps Ilkka to find the right strategic solutions for customers’ needs. Ilkka’s work consists of a customer consulting, creation of networks as well as the recruitment process management. In addition to Finnish language, he speaks English, Estonian and Swedish.