Pekka Soini

Pekka Soini

Director General, CEO, Tekes
Mr Pekka Soini is Director General, CEO of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Prior to his current position at Tekes, Pekka headed Corporate Development Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was Country Director for Finland and a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to his position as Head of Corporate Development he headed NSN Strategy and Business Development.

Prior the merger, in Nokia Networks, he was the Head for Strategy & Technology unit. Pekka joined Nokia in 1987 and held several global business management position within Nokia Networks, such as the Head of Radio Networks Business Unit, and prior to that the Head of Broadband Wireless business alongside System & Business Development activities. Pekka has been stationed five years in the US where he was VP of M&S of Nokia Telecommunications, and two years in Paris, France where he was heading the Nokia Telecommunications team in the European Cellular Consortium Program.
Mr Soini is a member in several governmental and business councils and boards. He is a permanent expert to the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland.
Pekka Soini was born in Finland in 1960. He holds a M.Sc. in Control Engineering from the University of Oulu.

Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation ( is the most important publicly funded expert organization for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. Besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasizes the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovations.

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