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), UC Berkeley, Joensuu Science Park, VTT, entrepreneur societies, IEEE Finland 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)
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, Chairman of the Board; Dispelix Oy), (Chairman of the Board; Pixpolar Oy), (Vice Chairman of the Board; Sofica Oy), , , and (Board Member; FastROI Oy, Arbonaut Oy, Afekta Technologies Oy, and Sensmet Oy), (Member of the Advisory Board; Ladimo Oy). Past Board and Supervisory Board positions (with experience on exits) at Heptagon corporation (; co-Founder; exit to ams AG), Luxexcel B.V. (; pivoting to opthalmic lenses), Nanocomp Oy (; co-Founder), and Spectral Engines Oy (; exit to m-u-t AG)