Dear Business Association member,

You are cordially invited to attend the annual pre-Christmas event of the Asia-Pacific region business associations. This year, due to the prevailing circumstances, the event is organized as a webinar.

Date: Thursday 26th of November
Time: 15.00 – 17.00
Venue: Online webinar
A link to webinar will be sent to those registered closer to the event.

We have the honor to hear from two expert speakers who will analyze current global economic and political events, and how they will shape the business landscape in Asia, and how they will affect Finnish companies doing business in Asia in the near future.

Risto Siilasmaa is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of F‐Secure Corporation having served as President and CEO of the company in 1988-2006. He is also an active venture capital investor with over 30 active investments via First Fellow Partners, a fund management company where he is both a general partner and the only limited partner.

Mr Siilasmaa was the Chair of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation in 2012-2020. Prior to that he also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Elisa Corporation in 2008-2012.

Mr Siilasmaa is a Board member of Futurice and Picosun and a member of Komatsu International Advisory Board, a member of the International Advisory Board at IESE Business School and a member of the Global Advisory Board of Yonsei University School of Business (YSB). In addition Mr Siilasmaa is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group. Since 2017 Mr Siilasmaa has served as a Finnish Chairman of the China-Finland Committee for Innovative Business Cooperation.

Piritta Asunmaa has been serving as Director General for the Americas and Asia at the MFA since June 2019. Prior to her current position, Ambassador Asunmaa served as the Head of Mission of Finland to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). From 2011 to 2015 she served as Finland’s representative in the EU’s Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels. Previously, Ambassador Asunmaa has served as Deputy Head of Mission of Finland to NATO from 2005 to 2009. In addition, she has gained experience of Diplomatic Service posts at the Embassies of Finland in Washington and Paris.


15.00 Welcome, Timo Helosuo, Chair, Finland-China Business Association
15.05 Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of F-Secure, former Chairman of Nokia
15.30 Piritta Asunmaa, Director General, Department for the Americas and Asia, MFA

Brief comments on business opportunities in the region from the Chairs of Business Associations

15.45 Salla Auerto, Chair, Finland-Hong Kong Business Association
15.55 Juha Pitkänen, Chair, Suomi-Japani kauppakamari
16.05 Anu Vauhkonen, Chair, Finland-Korea Business Association
16.15 Jani Kaulo, Chair, Finland South East Asia Business Association
16.25 Jukka Nuortio, Chair, Finland-India Business Association
16.35 Majella Clarke, Chair, Finland Australia Business Council

Moderated Q & A
16.55 Timo Helosuo, Chair, Finland-China Business Association
17.00 Event ends

Please register by November 20th.

The event is organized by Finland-China, Finland-Hong Kong, Finland-Japan, Finland-India, Finland-Korea, Finland-Australia, and Finland-South East Asia Business Associations.


More information about the event: jenni.isola ( a )