Ari Makkonen
Experienced Cleantech, Management, Strategy and Civil Engineering Professional
at Picus Advisors Ltd, Griffin Refineries Ltd, Eera Ltd, Jermu Bobber Ltd

Picus Advisors Ltd, Griffin Refineries Ltd, Eera Ltd, Jermu Bobber Ltd
Private company


Expert in:

General Technology Environment Energy Water Air Materials Processes Construction

More about this expert:

Ari’s field of expertise covers business development, strategy setting and implementation, quality and management systems, international operations, export promotion and financing, project and contract management, management of strategic partnerships and networks. During his career in the environment (Cleantech) and civil engineering related businesses Ari has successfully occupied the positions of a Managing Director, Head of Department and Area Manager in consulting and contracting companies (Lahmeyer, Poyry, YIT Corporation). Ari has been the Project Director of several large and challenging international water and environmental projects in Asia, Europe and Africa. Ari’s international oriented part of career – over 30 years - has focused on S-E Asia including China (2 months annually 2008 – 2012), Vietnam (5 years as resident), Philippines and Indonesia. He has a long resident experience in Hungary (2 years) and Kenya (2 years). He has established and managed of three representative offices abroad. He has lectured International Project Business and Project Management issues at several forums and participated in the EU-level strategy setting (e.g. EU’s China R & D strategy, Internationalization of eco-innovative SMEs). Recently he has advised Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in their water related cooperation with China. The success in international business heavily relies on cultural sensitivity and understanding of local habits. It also calls for mastering of partner and supplier networks.These and different financing instruments and procurement practices of IFIs and bilateral financiers as well as their contract forms (including Fidic) are familiar to him. Ari has been a member of executive boards in companies and consortia (e.g. Poyry, YIT, YME Group/HWSP). He has been a member in several working groups (committees) including those of Finnish Federation of Technology Industries (MENA), Finnish Association of Consulting Firms and member of board of the Finnish – Arabic Trade Association. In 2008 – 2012 he was actively involved in the Sino-Finnish official working groups. Currently he chairs the board of directors at Picus Advisors Ltd and Jermu Bobber Ltd.