Board of Directors and Committees

FVCA’s board of directors is responsible for leading the planning and monitoring of the association’s operations. The board is led by the chair, while the board secretary’s position is held by the association’s managing director.

 

If need be, the board can form committees dedicated to supporting the association’s operational work. The board is responsible for overseeing the committees. The current committees are the Legal Committee, Research Committee, Monitoring Group, Communications Committee, Tax Committee, as well as Venture Capital Committee and Buyout Committee. The board also approves new member applications.

Chairperson of the Board

Janne Holmia

Verdane

Board members

Juha Peltola

Vaaka Partners

Mia Sirkiä

Saari Partners

Pirkka Palomäki

Maki.VC

Juhana Kallio

Intera Partners

Marika af Enehjelm

Norvestor

Jussi Sainiemi

Voima Ventures

Riku Asikainen

Evli Growth Partners

Deputy board members

Aapo Eskelinen

MB Funds

Liisa Harjula

Sentica

Marko Kyyrönen

Sparkmind.vc

Artturi Tarjanne

Nexit Ventures

Kalle Lumio

Nordia Management

Jaakko Lampela

Nordic Option

Juho Frilander

EQT

Board secretary

Pia Santavirta

FVCA

Legal Committee

The purpose of the Legal Committee is to support the association’s board of directors and the managing director as well as the entire venture capital and private equity industry in developing a legally advanced and competitive environment and consolidating the position of venture capital and private equity as ethically high-quality and professional investment class. The Legal Committee is actively monitoring and promoting industry-relevant national and international legislative projects, government regulations and self-regulation guidelines. The committee reports to the association’s board of directors.

Chairperson of the Committee

Juha Surve (eQ)

Secretary of the Committee

Suvi Collin (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Paulus Hidén (Borenius) – Deputy Chairperson

Anna Kilpi (Tesi)
Anne Blomster (S-Pankki)

Eeva Rakkolainen (KPMG)

Ellen Högnäs (Inventure)
Heikki Vesikansa (Hannes Snellman)
Jarno Tanhuanpää (Castrén & Snellman)
Juha Malm (LähiTapiola)

Maarit Hannula (Taaleri)
Marko Hovi (PwC)

Pia Santavirta (FVCA)

Pyry Somervuori (Castrén & Snellman)

Tiina Halmesmäki (CapMan)
Tomi Lähdemäki (Intera Partners)
Tommy Holmström (EY)

Viivu Kilkku (Mandatum Asset Management)
Wilhelm Eklund (Dittmar & Indrenius)

Deputy Members of the Committee

Greete Pönder (Innovestor)
Ida Viitamäki (Hannes Snellman)

Karlo Siirala (Castren & Snellman)
Katariina Pesonen (Lexia)

Kim Ekqvist (Fondia)

Kirsi Karvonen (Eversheds)

Nina Rosenlew (United Bankers)

Pia Tanskanen (Procopé & Hornborg)
Pinja Liikanen (Roschier)
Riitta Jääskeläinen (Tesi)
Vilma Nuutinen (Evli Growth Partners)

Tobias Björkström (EY)

Research Committee

The association is engaged in long-term research activities that produce high-quality and valuable research about the venture capital and private equity industry. The research team guides and coordinates the research work of the association. The committee reports to the association’s board of directors.

Chairperson of the Committee

Henri Grundstén (Tesi)

Secretary of the Committee

Jonne Kuittinen (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Artturi Tarjanne (Nexit Ventures)

Asseri Lehtiniemi (BFVC)

Erkka Niemi (Voland Partners)

Jaakko Isotalo (Korona Invest)

Jarkko Rauhala (CapMan)
Juho Risku (Butterfly Ventures)
Kimmo Vanne (MB Rahastot)
Petri Laine (Innovestor)
Pia Santavirta (FVCA)
Pontus Stråhlman (Voima Ventures)

Deputy members of the Committee

Aki Tusa (GOS Consulting)

Anders Svennas (EY)

Carina Hedberg (Greenstep)
Jan Kovero (BDO)

Jukka Aaltonen (Sitra)
Jussi Lehtinen (PwC)
Riikka Sievänen (KPMG)

Monitoring Group

The mission of the Monitoring Group is to monitor compliance of the Transparency and Disclosure Guidelines, provide interpretations, educate members about the guidelines, and report to the Board on possible negligence. The Monitoring Group consists of four members: representatives from the board, the legal committee and the accounting firm of the association, as well as the association’s managing director.

Chairperson of the Committee

Juhana Kallio (Intera Partners)

Secretary of the Committee

Pia Santavirta (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Liisa Harjula (Sentica)
Ulla Nykky (EY)

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is working on the association’s communication strategy and tactics and follows the development of the public image of the industry. An important part of the content of the communication is the factual information produced by the Research Committee about the industry and its impacts. Issues related to lobbying are also covered by the Committee.

Chairperson of the Committee

Mia Sirkiä (Saari Partners)

Secretary of the Committee

Saara Vettenranta (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Antti-Matti Olkoniemi (Hill + Knowlton)

Heli Mehtätalo-Takala (Innovestor)

Janiina Kauppinen (Vendep)

Kristiina Kurkilahti (Tekir)
Lilja Kettunen (Pontos Group)
Linda Tierala (CapMan)
Minna Heimonen (MB Rahastot)
Susanna Aaltonen (Tesi)
Tanu-Matti Tuominen (IPR.VC)
Visa Manninen (Miltton Markets)

Tax Committee

The mission of the Tax Committee is to prepare the industry’s statements on tax regulation and regulatory guidance for authorities. For the industry, the basic characteristics of the tax system should include legal certainty and predictability of taxation. The Committee has a rotating chairmanship.

Chairperson of the Committee

Pasi Erlin (CapMan)

Secretary of the Committee

Suvi Collin (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Mikko Alakare (Castrén & Snellman)
– Deputy Chairperson

Andreas Bussman (Roschier)

Anne Riekki (MB Rahastot)
Antti Lehtimaja (Krogerus)
Antti Salmela (Vaaka Partners)
Heikki Vesikansa (Hannes Snellman)
Heikki Wahlroos (Borenius)
Jani Karjalainen (KPMG)
Kai Holkeri (Dittmar & Indrenius)

Laura Halmela (Mandatum)
Markku Hakkarainen (PwC)

Patrik Louko (Courage Ventures Management)

Pia Santavirta (FVCA)
Suvi Vänskä (Alder & Sound)
Tomi Lähdemäki (Intera Partners)
Tomi Viitala (Deloitte)

Deputy members of the Committee

Harri Vehviläinen (Hannes Snellman)

Kalle Koskinen (EY)

Nina Jalo (eQ)

Sami Tuominen (Bird & Bird)
Tiina Halmesmäki (CapMan)

Ville Alahuhta (Bird & Bird)

Venture Capital Committee

Topical issues and policy questions related to the venture capital scene are covered by the Venture Capital Committee.

Chairperson of the Committee

Jussi Sainiemi (Voima Ventures)

Secretary of the Committee

Jonne Kuittinen (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Artturi Tarjanne (Nexit Ventures)

Elina Holkko (Lifeline Ventures)
Juha Lehtola (Tesi)
Matti Vänskä (NGP Capital)

Milla Koistinaho (Innovestor Ventures)

Patrik Louko (Courage Ventures Management)
Pauliina Martikainen (Maki.vc)
Pia Santavirta (Pääomasijoittajat)

Riku Asikainen (Evli Growth Partners)
Sami Lampinen (Inventure)
Terhi Vapola (Helen Ventures)
Tom Henriksson (OpenOcean)

Deputy members of the Committee

Aleksi Partanen (icebreaker.vc)

Elina Lae (Pontos)

Hannu Jungman (Innovestor Ventures)
Heidi Ahonen (Nostetta Ventures)
Ilkka Kivimäki (Maki.vc)
Inka Mero (Voima Ventures)
Jari Mieskonen (Conor Venture Partners)

Kaj Hagros (Redstone)
Lasse Lehtinen (icebreaker.vc)
Marko Berg (HYR)

Matti Kanninen (Butterfly Ventures)
Pirkka Palomäki (Maki.vc)

Rami Salonen (Mandatum Asset Management)

Reima Linnanvirta (Trind.vc)
Riku Seppälä (icebreaker.vc)

Sami Ahvenniemi (Vendet Capital)
Timo Ahopelto (Lifeline Ventures)
Timo Argillander (IPR.VC)
Timo Ylikangas (Nordic Game Funds)

Buyout Committee

The Buyout Committee discusses topics and plans policy recommendations regarding their private equity sector.

Chairperson of the Committee

Juhana Kallio (Intera Partners)

Secretary of the Committee

Jonne Kuittinen (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Anne Riekki (MB Rahastot)
Aitor de la Torre (Sentica Partners)
Juha Peltola (Vaaka Partners)
Jussi Seppälä (Sponsor Capital)
Anita Ojala (Juuri Partners)

Marika af Enehjelm (Norvestor)
Mikael Lönnroth (Saari Partners)

Niklas Wickström (Korona Invest)
Pia Santavirta (Pääomasijoittajat)

Tommi Asmala (Juuri Partners)

ESG Committee

The ESG Committee focuses on the themes of corporate social responsibility, impact, and diversity in the venture capital and private equity industry. In addition, the ESG Committee, which established the principles of responsible investment in the Finnish VC & PE industry, monitors the implementation of those principles and the need to update them.

Chairperson of the Committee

Sanna Pietiläinen (eQ)

Secretary of the Committee

Suvi Collin (FVCA)

Members of the Committee

Petra Hakamo (Evli Growth Partners)
– Deputy Chairperson

Antti Antikainen (Juuri Partners)
Heli Kerminen (Tesi)

Jaakko Isotalo (Korona Invest)

Jani Alenius (Nordea)
Johannes Piha (Borenius)
Jussi Nokkala (PwC)
Katariina Helaniemi (Illusian)

Kristiina Lunnas (Inventure)
Minna Heimonen (MB Rahastot)

Nathalie Clement (EY)
Noora Haraholma (Hartwall Capital)

Pekka Simula (Innovestor)
Pia Santavirta (Pääomasijoittajat)

Saara Mattero (Ilmastorahasto)
Taija Heittola (Vaaka Partners)

Veera Sylvius (Voland Partners)

Deputy Members of the Committee

Amal Molin (Sentica)

Antto Piirainen (Helen Ventures)
Elina Holkko (Lifeline Ventures)

Elina Lae (Pontos)

Essi Orenius (CapMan)

Essi Rantanen (Taaleri)

Maiju Aspegren (Evli)

Michaela Ramm-Schmidt (WhyCo)

Niko Elers (Voima Ventures)

Petra Koivuvaara (Maki.vc)
Pia Erkinheimo (Ilmastorahasto)

Pii Raulo (Intera Partners)
Pirjo Virtanen (Greenstep)
Saara Mattero (Ilmastorahasto)

Sami Karppinen (Nexit Ventures)

Sari Rajakangas (Mandatum Asset Management)

Seela Sinisalo (United Bankers)

Selja Ryöppy (Tesi)

Toni Laitila (Upright)

Sustainable Finance -sääntelytyöryhmä (ad hoc)

The Sustainable Finance Committee monitors the development of the EU’s sustainable finance regulatory package and prepares summaries of the impact of the regulation on the private equity sector for the association’s members. The committee is also preparing the association’s training offering on the regulatory package.

Chairperson of the Committee

Sanna Pietiläinen (eQ)

Secretary of the Committee

Suvi Collin (Pääomasijoittajat)

Members of the Committee

Elina Kirvelä (Mandatum)

Essi Rantanen (Taaleri)

Heli Kerminen (Tesi)
Johannes Piha (Borenius)
Karoliina Laine (Taaleri)

Katariina Pesonen (Lexia)
Maarit Hannula (Taaleri)

Pia Santavirta (FVCA)

Seela Sinisalo (United Bankers)
Tommy Holmström (EY)

Toni Laitila (Upright)

Veera Sylvius (Voland Partners)

Aino Nuotio (Tesi)

Heidi Ahonen (Nostetta Ventures)

Kia Aejmelaeus (EAB Group)

Laura Tiainen (Taaleri)

Marko Hovi (PwC)

Monika Vihakara (Greenstep)

Sari Rajakangas (Mandatum Asset Management)

Taneli Nissi (OpenOcean)

VC Benchmark Sessions

The VC Benchmark Sessions are private roundtable discussions that gather professionals working in venture capital funds to share everyday best practices related to working in a VC fund. The goal of these sessions is to discuss and compare fund-related tasks and activities, such as pipeline management, LP reporting, and communication. The discussions are confidential and constructive, and each participant is expected to share their fund-related activity.

 

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