Janna Salokangas

International host & entrepreneur

Janna is a global host and entrepreneur hosting high level events around the world bringing the right people together to the right place at the right time.

As a people person Janna understands the power of human connection. She has a dynamic, empathic and natural sensibility that makes her a fascinating presenter.

Merja Kyllönen

Politician, Member of the Finnish parliament

Merja Kyllönen is also known as:
Member of the Grand Committee, 2nd Vice-Chairman
Member of the Committee on Finance
Member of the Committee on Social Affairs and Health
former transport minister
former member of the European parliament

Pata Degerman


Patrick “Pata” Degerman is Finland’s only professional explorer. Pata has planned and led several expeditions, which have taken him from the extremely cold polar areas to the deepest jungles of our world. Nine of these expeditions have been to unexplored areas. In addition to this Pata have climbed over 200 mountains which 22 have been first ascents (Mt. Sisu, Mt. Finland, Mount Suomi on Antarctica)

There are many parallels between how companies perform and how things are done on these kind of expeditions. Both are faced with unknown things, and to reach your goals, you need to be creative, trust in your team and even sometimes step outside your comfort zone. During the lectures Pata Degerman provides ideas and concrete tools for getting complete trust inside the team, setting the goals and how to achieve them. Through stories, pictures and videos from different expeditions, Pata will illustrated a variety of opportunities for new models of thought and action.

Kaisu Halonen

Commercial Advisor, Loimu Consulting

Kaisu Halonen is a growth strategist with a strong track-record from both leading herself and developing customer organization’s marketing & communications operations: in recent years, she has specialized in creating insight driving green industries & digitalization. She’s a M.A. of intercultural communications specialized in Finnish, German, English & the EU communications (Tampere University), European politics (Kent University) as well as in market research & target group behavior (Helsinki School of Economics, now Aalto University).

Kaisu supports organizations, municipalities and central organizations looking for new markets / customers / investors / supporters. As the former Head of Business Development of the German Chamber of Commerce & of the German-Finnish Digitalization Partnership Program, she also knows which German and/or European political initiatives to consider. In addition, Kaisu is a certified agile leader as well as one of the earliest digital marketers & social media users – and thus able to recommend tangible actions, target groups, tools and KPIs needed to reach the objectives.

Amanda Peterson Corio

Head of EMEA & APAC Data Center Energy

Google LLC

Amanda has over 15 years of experience in energy project finance, development, and the procurement of renewable and traditional energy generation. In her current role, Amanda manages power procurement and energy infrastructure development for Google’s global data centers.  As part of her role, Amanda leads the execution of renewable energy power purchase agreements for Google, which has secured over 5 gigawatts of renewable energy, making Google the largest annual corporate offtaker of renewables in the world.  

Prior to joining Google, Amanda was the director of investment structuring at Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC)’s Renewable Energy subsidiary, where she was responsible for sourcing, diligencing, and structuring utility and distributed renewable energy. Earlier in her career, Amanda placed over $140 million of solar tax equity investments at Chevron Energy Solutions, and developed utility scale solar projects at Agile Energy. She was a senior investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co., and began her career at General Electric Energy Financial Services where she managed energy project financings and portfolio divestitures. 

Amanda holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BA in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University’s School of Management.  

Karoliina Auvinen

Leading energy expert, City of Helsinki

Karoliina is an expert on smart & clean energy systems, climate policies, and transition processes. Active speaker and promoter of societal change towards a carbon-free future. M.Sc. (Tech.) in Environmental Engineering and Doctoral Candidate of Strategic Design. Currently works for the City of Helsinki in a Carbon Neutral Heating Roadmap project.

Juha Saunavaara

Assistant Professor at the Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center, Japan

Juha Saunavaara is Assistant Professor at the Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center (Social Science and Humanities Research Group). He has earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu and holds a title of Docent at the University of Turku. Juha has published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes representing various fields reaching from Arctic and Japanese studies to history, geography and international relations. His current research focuses on infrastructure and connectivity in and through the Arctic, the development of northern and Arctic data center industry, regional development and non-state actors’ international cooperation.

Juha has initiated and participates in various projects based on the industry-academia-government cooperation and he is actively looking new ways of contributing to the Finnish-Japanese relations and cooperation. These endeavors will come together at the ‘Finnish-Japanese Data Center Seminar: Connectivity, Sustainability and Regional Development’ that is to be hold on February 8-9, 2021.

Bernd Kremer

Dipl. Ing., Head of Business Unit ONCITE Industrial, Rittal

2016 – 2020 Dürr Systems AG Global machine and plant manufacturer responsible for the distribution of the digital portfolio of MES and IIoT. Involved in the founding of the ADAMOS IIoT platform.

2010 – 2015: Setex Schermuly Manufacturer of automation solutions from MES and machine controls for textile production – technical director

2001 – 2009: iTAC Software AG Manufacturer and supplier of MES solutions. As Head of Professional Services, responsible for project implementation

1991 – 2000: Bosch Telecom U.a. Head of technical data networks

Cristin Flynn Goodwin

General Manager and Associate General Counsel, Customer Security and Trust organization, Microsoft

Cristin Flynn Goodwin is the Assistant General Counsel of the Digital Security Unit in Microsoft’s Customer Security and Trust organization. The Digital Security Unit includes Microsoft’s Threat Context & Analysis team, and the Cybersecurity Legal team.

On the Threat Context side, Cristin’s team leads Microsoft’s efforts to understand nation state attacks against our customers and the computing ecosystem and disrupt nation state attacks. The Threat Context & Analysis team track activity in Russia, China, Iran, and other areas, working closely with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC).

On the legal side, Cristin’s team provides a focal point for addressing complex cybersecurity legal problems across Microsoft, including legal support for MSTIC and advanced incidents with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), cybersecurity law and compliance; election law and legal support for Microsoft’s Defending Democracy initiatives; national security law, and support for the Government Security Program for information sharing and assurance with governments around the world.

Cristin joined Microsoft in 2006, where she initially served as policy counsel in Microsoft’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cristin worked for several telecommunications companies. She began her career as a trial lawyer in New York City, and worked in the World Trade Center – which cemented her commitment to security for the rest of her career.

Kevin Brown

Senior Vice President, EcoStruxure Solutions, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric

Kevin is responsible for the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and IT infrastructure management software business, which provides customers insight into the resiliency and availability of their infrastructure. He also serves as head of the Energy Management Technology Research Center, which researches market trends and creates content that helps customers make smart and pragmatic business and technology decisions.

Formerly CTO and CMO of Secure Power, Kevin has held senior management roles in product development, marketing, and software development in the power electronics and HVAC industries. He’s passionate about harnessing technology to address the challenges of resiliency, availability, and sustainability. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

IoT World named Kevin its inaugural CxO of the Year in 2019 for outstanding leadership in IoT success, and Data Economy selected him as one of the World’s Top 50 Edge Computing Influencers in 2018.

Timo Ruohomäki

Program Director, IoT and Data, Forum Virium

Timo Ruohomäki is acting as Program Director on IoT and Data at Forum Virium Helsinki, the innovation company of the City of Helsinki.

Niklas Paasalo

Project Manager, Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College

Niklas works as a project manager at Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College and is responsible for technology development projects. He has developed the Green Data Center study module in international cooperation and was involved in building with teacher colleagues a unique DC learning environment.

Russell Lake

Senior Scientist, Bluefors Oy

Dr. Russell Lake leads the research and development of quantum applications at Bluefors Oy in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Lake has worked with cryogenic nano-electronics since 2012 and has previously held research appointments at the National Institute of Standards of Technology (Boulder, CO, USA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA, USA), and Aalto University (Finland). His team focuses on improving the cryogenic hardware of quantum computing through innovative measurements. Dr. Lake also oversees the technical direction of the Bluefors R&D hub at Quantum Delft on the TU-Delft Campus in the Netherlands.

Antti Vilpponen

CEO, Upcloud Ltd

Antti Vilpponen is the CEO of UpCloud. UpCloud is an infrastructure-as-a-service provider from Finland with data centres in 12 locations around the world. UpCloud aims to provide the best bang for the buck performance for SMEs around the world looking for the highest quality production environment for their online service needs.

Antti Ansas

CEO, Fiber Highway Finland Oy

Antti Ansas is the CEO and founder of Fiber Highway. Fiber Highway is an ICT company offering comprehensive network construction and project management services in the data center environment. Fiber Highway has hired and trained a large amount of young talents to serve the increasing workloads in the data center maintenance and construction industry.

Ilja Summala

CTO, Nordcloud

Ilja Summala joined leading European cloud consultancy and managed services specialist Nordcloud in 2012 where he helps customers with cloud strategy, cloud migration and deployment automation in Amazon Web Services, Azure and other public clouds. Ilja has nearly 20 years of experience in various IT roles. Most recently he was, as a head of infrastructure architecture, designing private cloud infrastructure and systems management at HERE, Nokia’s mapping unit. Ilja Summala holds masters degree in Economics from University of Helsinki.

Terhi Pettersson

CEO, Nohewa Finland Oy

Terhi Pettersson has a long experience in change management in both the startup world and corporate environments. Terhi is a professional rebel and an expert in making things happen. She is determined to bring the energy sector to the 21st century.

Terhi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Finnish energy startup Nohewa. Nohewa believes in producing energy without burning, and that no heat should be wasted. Nohewa’s core business is in scalable and modular energy production solutions with heat pump technologies.

Ilkka Toijala

Head of Heating and Cooling,  Fortum Oyj

Ilkka Toijala leads the development of large scale waste heat utilization in district heat production in Fortum Power and Heat Oy. Fortum intends to replace the current coal and gas fired production and provide carbon neutral district heating to its customers by the end of 2020’s.

Ilkka has more than 30 years of experience in the energy business, including leading the Finnish district heating business of Fortum. Most of his career Ilkka has worked in international business assignments abroad

Mikko Aho

Sales Director IT-Solutions, Rittal Oy

Mikko Aho is a data center enthusiastic who is one of the founding members of FDCF and been on the board since the beginning. He is also the chairman in the SFS ISO working group: resource efficient data centers. Mikko has recently been concentrating to promote the possibilities of green revolution in the data centers, which can be achieved by utilizing the heat recovery.

Veijo Terho

Director, Sales Engineering and Customer Success, Ficolo Ltd

Veijo Terho has long career in datacenter business sector and now working in Ficolo Ltd as Customer Success Director. Experiences in Public Sector and private owned companies like Telia, Tieto and Nokia have contained multiple data center projects around Scandinavia to either build or renovate existing data centers in service owner, customer and technical specialist roles. Energy saving and recycling has been close to heart when looking this business sector services.

Veijo has been a member of FDCF Board for four years and has been working second years as the chairman of the FDCF board.

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