Jyrki Saarinen
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Jyrki Saarinen

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.), MBA, HHJ PJ (CBM CoB)

Entrepreneur in residence with unique experience in business, leadership, and management from startups to SMEs and large corporations. He built from scratch a high-tech company with the valuation of ca. 1000 million USdollars and 1000 employees.
See, e.g., (co-Founder, past President and Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Sales, and Chairman of the Board and Board Member; Heptagon corporation).
Senior Lieutenant with officer training (Best of the Course) in Finnish army

Extended business and R&D networks in Finland, Europe, Northern America, and Asia. 
He lived and worked in, e.g., Finland, Switzerland, France; San Francisco/San Jose (Silicon Valley), Canada; Singapore, Japan, and China.
See, e.g., (Co-Founder and past Chairman; Photonics Finland), (Member of the Board of Stakeholders; Photonics21) and (Representative of the Finnish ICO Territorial Committee; International Commission for Optics ICO). Past positions as Executive Director at European Optical Society (, Chairman at Finnish Physical Society (, and Advisory Board Member at US Market Access Center (

Teacher, lecturer, and speaker
at UEF (Department of Physics and Mathematics, Business School, eMBA program),
ITMO (also past position as Invited Professor), Aalto University (also position as Adjunct Professor), Budapest (Hungary), UC Berkeley, Joensuu Science Park, VTT, entrepreneur societies, IEEE Finland, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Deep Tech Atelier in Riga (Latvia) etc. And columnist

Long-term business and R&D experience in photonics and photonics-enabled markets. High-tech education and training experience.
See, e.g., (Professor on photonics applications and commerzialization; Head of the Center for Photonics Sciences, formerly Institute of Photonics). Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA).
Business mentor and coach. Portfolio entrepreneur. Board professional (certification from Chamber of Commerce: Certified Board Member and Chairman of the Board, CBM CoB; Hyväksytty Hallituksen Jäsen ja Puheenjohtaja, HHJ PJ)
See, e.g., (Advisory Board; DRAFT program), HyacinthLux Oy and Asimos Oy (Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board), (Co-Founder, Member of the Board; Dispelix Oy), (Chairman of the Board; Pixpolar Oy), (Vice Chairman of the Board; Sofica Oy), , , and (Board Member; Arbonaut Oy, Afekta Technologies Oy, Capalo AI Oy, and Sensmet Oy). Past Board (Member or Chair) positions (with experience on exits) at Fastroi (; exit to myneva Group GmbH), Heptagon corporation (; co-Founder; exit to ams AG), Luxexcel B.V. (; pivoting to opthalmic lenses, exit to Meta/Facebook), Nanocomp Oy (; co-Founder), and Spectral Engines Oy (; exit to m-u-t AG)