Spring Seminar Speakers:

Christian Ludwig, CEO of WEEE Europe AG

After several years in the industry in various positions at German Lamp Manufacturer OSRAM Christian Ludwig started his activities in WEEE in 2007 as Board Member in several European Take Back Organisations for end of life lamps.

In October 2009he took the position as CEO of Lightcycle, the largest lamp Take Back Organisation in Germany. Three years later Christian created his own Consulting Company and took the initiative with some partners to explore the setup of a pan- European cooperation network of WEEE Compliance Schemes which lead to the founding of WEEE Europe in October 2013, where he took the position as CEO.

WEEE Europe AG is a network of leading European Take-Back Systems. With currently 19 Partners in 18 countries WEEE Europe supports its customers with consultancy and efficient processes to ensure compliance with legal obligations under the EU WEEE & Battery Directives and their relevant different national implementations for all EU 28 Member States plus Norway and Switzerland.

Aki Uljas, Business Development Director, Cinia Group Ltd.     

Aki Uljas is a Business Development Director at Cinia Group Ltd. and a CEO of NetHub Finland Ltd. Aki Uljas is helping telecom and data center companies in their business with his large international industry network and expertise.

From late 90’s to mid 2000, Aki was developing, building and selling a large domestic and international network for a Finnish MVNO and network provider, Saunlahti Group Plc, which then sold to Elisa Plc.

After Saunalahti, Aki was responsible for sales in Finland, Baltic’s and Russia for a global network provider Global Crossing Plc., Increasing the business strongly in those areas. From 2008 to 2009, Aki was responsible for international carrier relations in RETN Ltd., helping RETN to succeed expanding its network from Russia to Europe. 

Prior to joining Cinia Group in September 2014, Aki was a Sales Director in a Finnish data center company, Tenue Ltd. Tenue was sold to Telecity Group Plc. in 2012, where Aki continued in sales leadership position with international focus.

In Cinia, Aki has been responsible for international business development, including design and implementation of the new Baltic Sea submarine cable system, Sea Lion, connecting Finland and Germany, and building the next generation high-capacity networks to serve the new digital economy. Currently Aki is responsible for both commercial and technical development of the Arctic Connect, planned to connect Europe, Asia and North America with high-capacity subsea network, which Cinia is developing with its partners.

Kimmo Koski, Managing Director, CSC - the Finnish IT Center for Science

Dr. Kimmo Koski started in his current position at CSC in August 2004 with a mission to support Finnish research through providing world-class e-infrastructure and related services. This has included investments in national resources and active participation in European initiatives. One example of the recent projects is the eco-efficient datacenter in a former paper-mill in Kajaani, which has been running in production since 2012.

Koski’s earlier working experience includes 4.5 years in Nokia Research Center and Technology Platforms, 10 years at CSC in various positions and a one-year in CERN as a scientific associate. His dissertation work about Metacomputing Technology Koski completed in 1996 in Helsinki University of Technology (today called Aalto University).


Joonas Terhivuo, Data Center Operations Manager, Hetzner Finland Oy

When Joonas Terhivuo started at Hetzner Finland in August 2017, the first units of the new Data Center Park Helsinki were still very much under construction. During his first year the park’s two first data centers became operational, and today Joonas and his team take care of tens of thousands of dedicated and cloud servers serving Hetzner Online’s global customers. In addition he hosts a brand new colocation data center, and prepares introduction of further data center units in coming years.

Joonas’ data center path started in 2012 at Enkom Active, where his areas of responsibilities covered sales, consulting and project management. He got familiar with e.g. data center optimization and implementation of DCIM software, and also successfully completed the course in eco-efficient data center in Kajaani.

Starting from a very young age Joonas has been interested in computers. He has been assembling and taking them down into smallest pieces, and always learning by doing – even through mistakes. After finishing his information technology engineering studies at Metropolia in 2009 he worked at Maxisat and Appelsiini in various IT tasks before joining Enkom Active. Now at Hetzner Finland he can fully take use of his prior experience in both data center business and computer technology.

The companies within the Hetzner Group provide private and business clients with high-performance hosting products as well as the necessary infrastructure for the efficient operation of websites. Hetzner Finland Oy employs in its operations the expertise of Hetzner Online GmbH in Germany. The Hetzner Data Center Park Helsinki and its data solutions serve Hetzner clients worldwide.

Mattias Ganslandt, President and CEO, Multigrid

Mattias Ganslandt, PhD (Lund University) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Multigrid Data Centers. Dr Ganslandt has worked with innovative and sustainable energy solutions for data centers for the last six years. He has published research in leading peer-review journals and frequently speaks at international meetings and conferences. Prior to his current role as CEO of Multigrid Data Centers, Ganslandt was Chief Business Developer of Fortum Varme.


Mikko Sarkkinen, Product Manager, Nokia

Mikko Sarkkinen (MSc, Tech., MSc. Organizational Leadership) works as a Product Manager at Nokia.  Mikko is responsible for profitability and business development of the Nokia's Data Center portfolio.  As a curious person he is constantly exploring and learning more.  Mikko and Nokia is part of Open Compute Project (OCP) to learn about and develop future products.  Most of Nokia's Data Center products are based on an open architecture, utilizing OCP ecosystem. Given approach brings innovative development resources together across the industry, and as a result TCO optimized compute design.