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Camilla Naatus
Executive Director

Camilla is the Executive Director of Phoenix Association and Startup Refugees. ”We live in a world where one day you are the CEO and the next, unemployed. We need to find ways to support people to move fast forward from a vulnerable place."

Camilla is curious about everyone and easy to connect with. She genuinely wants good things for everyone and enjoys adventures, the sea, laughter and play, a glass of good wine and thinking together.
 

Camilla Naatus
Anni Pätilä
Head of Communications, Phoenix

Anni is the Head of Communications at Phoenix and spars the non-profits under Phoenix’s wings with things related to communications.

She believes in an inclusive, multicultural Finland where everyone gets a chance to succeed. What Anni loves about Phoenix is that everyone is fiercely passionate about what they do. To keep things interesting, she moonlights as a dance enthusiast and a sexual health counsellor. 

Anni Pätilä
Elisa Vepsäläinen
Director of Startup Refugees

Elisa, the Director of Startup Refugees, is the iron woman of the social impact world. She has over a decade of experience from Finnish and international aid agencies. She enjoys doing what it takes and sailing against the wind with passionate people. Elisa believes that change becomes possible when people are given real opportunities to do hands-on work together. In her free time she enjoys the Helsinki archipelago and decorates the Startup Refugees office with her flea market finds.

Elisa Vepsäläinen
Mustafa Abdulameer
Head of Business Program, Startup Refugees

Mustafa believes that people can change the course of their life, no matter the circumstances. Change starts from within and from believing in yourself. In his work with the Startup Refugees Business Program, Mustafa spars the skills and boosts the confidence of talented newcomers.

Mustafa loves challenges and creating new solutions. He enjoys video games, discovering new places and watching Godfather movies. 

Mustafa Abdulameer
Kati Lappeteläinen
Business Program Manager, Startup Refugees

Kati is the Business Program Manager and responsible for scaling Startup Refugees to three new European cities. She enjoys being able to work both in organisational development and hands-on work in training and supporting migrants. Did you know Kati has skydived -  but never tried slalom skiing? 

Kati Lappeteläinen
Arkan Aal-Owayef
Employment Program Manager, Startup Refugees

Arkan is the Employment Program Manager at Startup Refugees. His job is to match talented newcomers with potential employers, thus creating more opportunities for everyone. This is done through the Futurice Chilicorn Fund supported match.startuprefugees.com tool and the extensive Startup Refugees network. 

As Arkan puts it: “I am a Batman for job seekers, just lacking the luxury car and the uniform. For the employers in search of skilled workforce, I am the genie of the lamp!”

Arkan  Aal-Owayef
Matleena Aarikallio
Area Manager, Startup Refugees, Northern Finland

Matleena is the Commander-in-chief of the Startup Refugees Northern Finland office. Her power team is located in Oulu in the Northern Ostrobothnia but the area also stretches up to Lapland. Matleena is an action-based doer who gets a big kick out of ventures that make a difference in the society. Her slogan is “Don’t worry, everything is going to be AMAZING.”

Matleena Aarikallio
Armi Ahvenainen
CEO, Howtomo network

Armi is an innovator by heart. One creation of hers is the women’s career network Howtomo which she co-founded in 2016 and now leads as an executive director.  “The best part of my job is the amazing “let’s do it” attitude. I really feel that we can do anything and everything together.”

Armi Ahvenainen
Mikko Haapalainen
Producer, Mummodisko

Mikko is the producer-DJ for Mummodisko (Disco Grannies) and an elderly care professional. His mission in life is to set the disco goers’ feet on fire with rock’n’roll tunes. The strangest LP he owns is Karatist Preacher by Mike Crain, a spoken word LP which combines preaching and karate. What more is there to add? 

Mikko Haapalainen
Joni Tammisalo
Producer, Mummodisko

Joni is an elderly care professional and a Mummodisko (Senior Disco) event producer. He wants to make volunteering a mass phenomenon and senior care a thing that is celebrated in the Olympic Stadiums of the world. In his work his aim is to connect and have a meaningful conversation with each disco goer. He has promised that if he ever gets a tattoo, the picture will be a Mummodisko logo. Talk about dedication here!

Joni Tammisalo

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