M.Sc. (Econ. & Tech.) Tuomas Riski is a serial entrepreneur who has had a successful career as partner and Vice President in Innofactor Plc, the largest Finnish IT service provider focusing on Microsoft technology. He was actively involved in developing the business from 5 persons to a publicly listed company of more than 200 employees. Tuomas has studied physics at Helsinki University of Technology and economics at Helsinki School of Economics.
M.Sc. (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) & eMBA Jukka Kuuskoski has worked with ABB's marine business unit for 15 years in management positions of electric propulsion project delivery, sales and marketing, and service operations. Before joining Norsepower Jukka worked for 7 years in the wind power industry.
M.Sc. (Tech.) Jarkko Väinämö is an expert in the wind power industry. He has previously worked as Director of Engineering at Winwind, the first Finnish multi-megawatt wind turbine manufacturer. Before that he has held various R&D- and R&D-management positions within the wind power industry.
M.Sc. (Industrial Management) Kaius Nevaste is a senior Finance & Operations leader with over 15 years of experience varying from global stock-listed corporations to high-growth startup companies with constant change. Kaius has studied Industrial Economics and Finance at Helsinki University of Technology.
Board of directors
M.Sc. (Tech.) Timo Ahopelto has a unique track record of product creation, sales, marketing, and fund raising in the health and digital media industries. He was the founding CEO of CRF Health, the global leader in eDiaries for clinical trials. As Blyk's Head of Strategy, Timo was responsible for its ad business, country expansion, and funding. Timo is currently one of the key people and a co-founder of Lifeline Ventures.
Authorized public accountant, M.Sc. (Econ.) Christer Antson has an extensive network of connections within the Finnish shipping industry. He has, among other tasks, been the CEO of Finnlines and the Chairman of the Finnish Shipowners' Association. Christer Antson is currently working as a partner and accountant at Nexia Oy.
B.Sc. (Econ) Erik Floman is Senior Advisor at Korkia Oy, a Finnish company focusing on investments, financing and development. He has more than twenty-five years of management experience and has since 2007 worked as a management consultant focusing on growth concepts, concept creation, network building, startup companies, and M&A.
Now resident in UK after spending 17 years living and working in Asia, Mr Moray Martin has extensive leadership and top management experience acquired during a 30-year career in the international insurance and reinsurance sectors. During that period he worked in the UK, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions for a number of major global organisations including Allianz, Axa and Lloyd’s of London.
Mr Vesa Sadeharju is a Partner of VNT Management Oy since 2008. Vesa has 20 years of experience in the VC business and 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to VNT he was a partner of 3i Group plc and a co-founder of SFK Finance Oy. Throughout his career he has had a wide selection of board memberships. Before his VC career Vesa worked with ABB in different business line managerial positions.
Mr Jorma Eloranta is one of the most experienced Finnish international business leaders. In his career he has been CEO of Metso, Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Patria Industries, and Finvest. Today he is on the board of directors for several companies (chair of Stora Enso and a board member for the Cargotec Corporation). He has also invested in several industrial start-up companies.
Professor, Dr. H.C. Kai Levander is probably the most famous Finnish naval architect. He was responsible for R&D, concept development, and feasibility studies in the Cruise and Ferries Business Area of STX Finland. He has been an innovator in many ship building projects such as the Finnjet gas turbine ferry, the Silja Serenade cruise ferry, the Windstar sailing cruise ship, and many cruise ships for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruises. He works for Norsepower as senior technical advisor.
Norsepower was founded in late 2012 with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of shipping by providing efficient, easy to use, and reliable auxiliary wind propulsion for ships through its Rotor Sail Solution technology. The concept of Rotor Sails was first devised by Finnish inventor and architect Sigurd Savonius in the 1920s, concurrently with German engineer Anton Flettner. Our vision is to set the standard in bringing sails back to ocean transportation, and empower shipping towards reaching the goal of zero carbon emissions.