People

CORE TEAM OF EERA WASTE REFINING

HANNU LEPOMÄKI

HANNU LEPOMÄKI

CEO

Hannu Lepomäki joined EWR from the position as VP Technology and Business Development at BMH Technology.

Hannu Lepomäki has held board position in numerous Finnish technology companies. He has also experience from academia and is well known and globally connected in the waste refining and energy industry.

AAPO NIKUNEN

AAPO NIKUNEN

CFO

Aapo Nikunen is one of the most experienced professionals in financing arrangements for corporates in Finland and has versatile experience in international capital markets. He has led several equity and debt financing transactions in international equity, bank and bond markets.

Before joining EWR, he was the Managing Director of Wega Financial Services Oy, a subsidiary of Espoo-based energy service group Wega.

MIKKO KANTERO

MIKKO KANTERO

PARTNER

Mikko Kantero is a waste and energy solutions expert. He has more than 13 years of experience in waste to energy solution development both in Finland and abroad. He has worked as an advisor for both technology providers and investors.

Mikko Kantero is one of the partners of Eera and Eera Industrial Development.

SAMI KIVISALO

SAMI KIVISALO

CEO, ARAFIN

Sami Kivisalo has over 15 years of experience in management, marketing and projects within industrial companies and waste management industry serving municipalities as well as large scale construction projects in Europe, India and the Middle East.

Before joining ARAFIN, Sami was in charge of sales and projects of MariMatic Ltd. in the GCC market.

SUPPORTING TEAM OF EERA WASTE REFINING

MARTTI MALMIVIRTA

MARTTI MALMIVIRTA

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Martti Malmivirta is a trusted advisor to the Finnish government and several blue chip companies. Martti also has extensive experience in the oil and petrochemicals industry. During the last years he has focused on cleantech industries.

Martti is also the Executive Chairman of Eera and Eera Industrial Development.

HARRI BUCHT

HARRI BUCHT

SENIOR ADVISOR

Harri Bucht has a broad experience in living and working in several different cultural environments both inside and outside Europe.

He has made a successful, over 35 years’ international career including senior positions in general management, finance, HR, sales and marketing.  His work experience comes from both service and manufacturing industries.

TARJA PITKÄNEN

TARJA PITKÄNEN

ADVISOR, FINANCIAL STRUCTURE

Tarja Pitkänen has over 25 years of background in business management and international finance, both in corporates and banks.

The international business environment has always been present in Tarja’s working life and she has lived abroad on two occasions.

ARI MAKKONEN

ARI MAKKONEN

SENIOR ADVISOR

During his long career in the environment (cleantech) and civil engineering related businesses, Ari Makkonen has successfully occupied the positions of a Managing Director, Head of Department and Area Manager in international and Finnish contracting and consulting companies (Lahmeyer, Pöyry, YIT Corporation). Ari has also been the Project Director of several large environmental consultancy and construction projects in Asia, Europe and Africa.

EXTERNAL TECHNICAL TEAM

MATTI VATTULAINEN

EXTERNAL TECHNICAL EXPERT

Matti Vattulainen has carried out an extensive career in waste management, primarily through working in different roles at the Finnish environmental and waste management company Ekokem. Since 1980 Matti has actively been managing the construction and development of Ekokem’s facilities in Finland. Already prior to his role at Ekokem, Matti was actively involved in waste treatment related topics in several companies and since his role at Ekokem he has participated in various waste management projects as a technical consultant.

PENTTI JARKKO

PROJECT MANAGER, SALALAH PROJECT

Pentti Jarkko has extensive experience in waste management and waste refining technologies. Pentti was employed by BMH Technology for almost 20 years, acting e.g. as Project Manager, Technology Director and Senior Advisor. He had an essential role in the development of TYRANNOSAURUS technology.

MATTI NIEMINEN

VTT, Key account manager

TECHNICAL ENGINEERING

PETER KLING

ÅF, Head of Renewable and Environment

TECHNICAL ENGINEERING