Speakers 2019

Circ day seminar 14.5.

Organized by JHY, the Waste Management association (Finland).

Language of this track is Finnish and English.



Annukka Lagerstam

Manager and a Legal Counsel

Annukka Lagerstam is a Manager and a Legal Counsel at KPMG. She also heads KPMG Finland’s environmental law team. She has worked with environmental law since 2003. Prior joining KPMG she was an Attorney-at-Law. Her special fields are environmental-, administrative- and employment law. She also advises clients in corporate law, contract law and other business law matters and represents clients in dispute resolution. She has a long experience also from public sector where she worked as a Head of the Environmental Protection Unit in Centre for Development, Transport and the Environment of Pirkanmaa and prior that as a Head of Legal Services and as a lawyer. Furthermore, she has been one of the secretaries redrafting the general reform of the Waste Act. She has also been a member of the Environmental Law expert group as well as the Administrative Law expert group of the Finnish Bar Association.


Giorgio Bressi

Technical Director
ANPAR (The Italian Association of Recycled Aggregates Producers)

Giorgio Bressi holds a degree in Sanitary Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (both at the Politecnico of Milan). He is Technical Director of ANPAR (The Italian Association of Recycled Aggregates Producers) in Rome, member of UNICIRCULAR (The Italian Industrial Association of recyclers). He is also Member of the Board of FIR (Fédération Internationale du Recyclage that represents the European recycling industry of Construction & Demolition Waste) and member of the Scientific Committee of Ecomondo (Fiera di Rimini) and Fare i conti con l’ambiente (Ravenna). Speech topic is Circular Economy in the Italian building sector


Jaakko Pellinen

Owatec Oy

Jaakko Pellinen is the founder and CEO of Owatec. He has a chemist background but has also experience on international business development and leading scientific research and development projects. Pellinen is also a founding partner of Sangen Oy where he is in charge of product development. Pellinen is an expert on water and waste treatment and has been an entrepreneur over ten years. His company Owatec Group Oy is growing fast by offering technology and service for the industrial water, waste, and side stream treatments.





Henri Laine

Redono Oy

Henri Laine is specialized in future farming technologies including water treatment, microalgae cultivation and hydroponic farming. He is the founder and CEO of Redono Oy. He holds a strong passion for developing new technologies for creating a more sustainable food production and new business models for industrial circular applications. Henri Laine is experienced in biotech-, cleantech- and greentech solutions, with over ten years of experience in the field of developing industrial processes as well as project management. He has held positions in Econet Group, St1 Biofuels, Neste Jacobs Abu Dhabi and Borouge developing industrial processes and working as a project manager in several international projects related to water treatment plants, biofuels and petrochemicals.




Lauri Törrö



Lauri Törrö is M.Sc. in Economy and Business Administration. Working as CEO he is investing in properties and growth companies through his own company Flexo Nordic Oy and trading house Finnkarelco Oy.  Lauri Törrö has over 20 years of experience in international B2B business. His main project today as Partner and Development Manager is to create an upcycling entity EkoUp by combining Ekovilla Oy, Eko-Expert Oy and Eko Asennuspalvelut Oy all and to develop an international stock listed company. He is a founding partner and active member in the Board of Directors at Craftman Oy,  Sensapex Oy and Owatec Oy – typically being in charge of funding, new business models and partnerships. He is a member of the Board of Directors also at Suomen Keräystuote Oy.




Minna Pirilä

Environmental specialist
Ramboll Finland

Minna Pirilä works as an environmental specialist in Ramboll Finland. Her expertise belongs to environmental engineering and applied chemistry specializing in circular economy and secondary materials. She has started her career over 10 years ago as a research scientist at Kemira Oyj. She has also worked as a researcher and postgraduate researcher in the Environmental and Chemical Engineering Research Unit at the University of Oulu. Her background includes a wide variety of different responsibilities in the field of project management, research work as well as industrial and international collaboration. In her current position as a consultant she is enthusiastic for being able to utilize all the knowhow gained during ten years research career for the benefit of the clients and for the wellbeing of our society by supporting the sustainable use of natural resources. Minna has accomplished a Doctor of Technology degree in Environmental Engineering after her Master of Science degree in Chemistry.



Tero Fordell

Co-founder and sales director

Tero Fordell is a passionate entrepreneur who wants to create something new and permanent. He is running the business to offer funding for companies and investment possibilities for private and institutional investors. Fundu is a leading funding platform which co-operates with banks to offer funding for companies.



Katri Luoma-aho

Department manager
Pöyry Finland

Katri Luoma-aho, M.Sc. (Tech.),has been working in versatile planning, development and management tasks in environmental sector throughout her career. She has been a CEO in Water Management company and Deputy CEO and Environmental Manager in Waste Management company. In Pöyry she has been working since 2018. Päivärinta is specialized in circular economy and waste management, especially strategic issues. She knows well national and EU legislation  and future trends in waste, water and waste water industries. She has been involved in several national and international working groups in those sectors.




Kimmo Niskanen

Eneferm Oy

Kimmo Niskanen is the managing director and co-founder of Eneferm Oy. Even a circular economy is a hot topic today, the story of Eneferm has started already a decade ago. The company signed a global licensing agreement with Ireland based company Alchemy Holdings Ltd. This highly innovative product will be launched onto the market in 2019 association with international partners. Eneferm’s product is a revolutionary biogas plant using a next generation dry digestion process. The system is a modular and scalable solution for efficient conversion of organic waste into biogas and high-quality fertilisers. The product can provide substantially more benefits than traditional wet anaerobic digestion and have already demonstrated far reaching engineering processes which have led to reducing the running costs of biogas generating technologies.