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This is Soletair Power’s Core Team

Driven by Science and Impact

The leadership team at Soletair Power has a history of being involved in startups. They have also been educated at some of the top engineering and business schools. This experience and knowledge have helped the team create several successful startups in the past, and they are now working together to deploy Soletair Power’s technology at scale and make the vision succeed.

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Petri Laakso

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

Petri Laakso has been the CEO of Soletair Power since 2019. Prior to joining the company, Petri worked in the photovoltaic industry as Vice-President of Projects at Valoe Oyj. Before getting involved in cleantech, Petri worked at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where he focused on developing advanced manufacturing methods such as laser processing and 3D printing.

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Ari Piispanen

Co-Founder, Sales Director

Ari Piispanen is one of the co-founders of Soletair Power. Ari holds over 100 patents and founded more than 10 companies over the last 30 years. Among them are Saimaa Panimo, The Switch, UniqAir, Axco Motors and Visedo, which have since been sold to Danfoss. Ari was honored with the title of the Holder of Lappeenranta Fortress in 2021.

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DSc. (Tech) Kimmo Rauma

Chairman of the Board, Partner

Dr. Kimmo Rauma serves as Chairman of the Board & Partner at Soletair Power. He founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at Visedo. He was a Senior Researcher at the Lappeenranta University of Technology and holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Electrical Engineering from the same institution. He is now the Vice President at Danfoss Editron; Partner & Chairman of the Board at Soletair Power.

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Jarno Kaakkunen, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Jarno is a highly experienced professional in the field of laser materials processing applications. He has several publications in the fields of Physics, Optics, Laser Processing and Solar technology.

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Antti Paajanen

Vice President, Technology

Antti Paajanen has a postgraduate degree from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. With a focus on Control Engineering, Embedded systems, and Electrical Drives, Mr. Antti has acquired a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise that he expertly applies to his work. He is a true magician with Raspberry Pi, and he has honed his skills in Python, C, and SolidWorks to a level of exceptional proficiency.

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Niklas Vartiainen

Mechanical Design Engineer

Niklas Vartiainen has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Niklas brings to the table a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise in a variety of essential software tools. He is highly skilled in Python, Matlab, Autodesk Fusion 360, Cura, and SolidWorks. Niklas is a highly talented and experienced mechanical engineer with a deep understanding of essential software tools that are critical to the success of our projects.

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Rabius Sunny

Communications Lead

Rabius Sunny plans and develops growth strategies for Soletair Power. He holds an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka and has over 10 years of experience in leadership roles in various organizations. He possesses a strong strategic mindset and is skilled in automation and strategic brand development.

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Anja Frada

Member of the Board

Anja Frada is the Chief Operating Officer, Energy Business at Wärtsilä; and a member of the board at Soletair Power.

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Kimmo Rauma

Chair of the Board

Kimmo Rauma is the Vice President at Danfoss Power Solutions, United States; and the Chair of the Board and Partner at Soletair Power. Kimmo founded several startups and made a successful exit from Visedo Oy to Danfoss Editron.

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