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Pekka Viljakainen

Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skolkovo Foundation

Mr. Pekka A. Viljakainen was born in Finland 1972. He studied engineering at the University of Technology in Lappeenranta. Thanks to his technical background, Mr. Viljakainen has for 25 years worked as an ambassador between business executives and technology teams. He started as an entrepreneur in 1986, by establishing Oy Visual Systems Ltd. (1986-2004). His company was merged with TietoEnator in 2000. Mr. Viljakainen is widely known by his nickname, Bulldozer. The nickname was earned by his reputation and track record for handling very complex governance and political topics inside large international organizations. During his corporate carrier he acted as trusted advisor for CEO’s and chairman’s specializing for the transformation related to enterprise digitalization and HR.

After 26 years of his active Visual Systems-Tieto carrier, he left from operative roles on 2011 and focused to his non-profit leadership education project called Because of this he has been visiting speaker and advisor for several international corporations and faculties (like IMD Business School).

In 2012 Mr. Viljakainen was invited to act as senior advisor for the president of Skolkovo Foundation. Since that he has been acted as a founder and advisor for several nationwide entrepreneurship programs in Russian Federation. Russian Startup Tour 2013-2021 (more than 100 cities of Russia and CIS) and Startup Village concepts has key elements of those actions. During those programs he has build a strong network of entrepreneurs, local governmental institutions as well as universities across Russia and abroad. In the course of his active work in Skolkovo, Mr. Villakainen was included on the Board of Trustees of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in 2016, and in 2017 he became one of the founders of Skolkovo Ventures – an investment platform for attracting external financing, managing venture funds, developing and bringing to market new financial products for fast-growing technology companies.

In addition, in 2016, Mr. Vilkainen joined the Board of Directors of FSUE “Russian Post”, and also actively participated in the establishment and development of Post Bank, where at the moment is a member of the Advisory Board.

Mr. Viljakainen is also known as investor, business angel and advisor for several high-tech companies. Those activities are handled thru his family investment office called He is also well known supporter and philanthropic for several areas related to education, classical music as well as several social projects. His hobbies are helicopter flying PPL(H), cross country skiing, weight lifting and triathlon. In 2016, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his great contribution to the development of trade, economic and investment cooperation of the Russian Federation and foreign countries and fruitful activities in the field of science and education.