Pekka Viljakainen

Skolkovo Foundation

About speaker

Mr. Pekka A. Viljakainen was born in Finland in 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, which he earned through his reputation and track record for handling very complex governance and political topics inside large international organizations.
During his corporate carrier he acted as a trusted advisor for CEOs and chairmen specializing in transformation related to enterprise digitalization and HR. After 26 years of his active Visual Systems-Tieto career, he left operative roles in 2011 and focused on his non-profit leadership education project, called . He has been a 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 the Skolkovo Foundation. Since then he has acted as a founder and advisor for several nationwide entrepreneurship programs in Russia. Through the Russian Startup Tour 2013-2014 (16 + 28 Russian cities) and Startup Village programs, he has built a strong network of entrepreneurs, local governmental institutions and universities across Russia and abroad.
Mr. Viljakainen is a member of the Strategic Board of the Russian Postal Service and Board of Directors of Soprano Communications. He is also known as an investor, business angel and advisor for several high-tech companies. Those activities are handled through his family investment office, He is also a well-known supporter and philanthropist in several areas related to education, classical and social projects. His hobbies are helicopter flying PPL(H), cross-country skiing, weight lifting and triathlon.

Tony van den Berge leads the Emerging Markets EMEA organisation. This organisation consists of 84 countries in the CIS, Middle East and Africa. In this role he is responsible for driving teams and strategies that help customers and partners to power the digital economy in these countries, through Cloud Computing. Before this role he was responsible for the Enterprise segment of AWS EMEA from 2014 till 2017.
Prior to joining AWS, Van den Berge held many leadership roles at global technology companies, including Cisco, IBM, and Avaya, with a special focus on global accounts and enterprise. He brings more than 20 years of business development and operations experience to his current role at AWS in order to help companies in emerging markets to move to the cloud.

Van den Berge has an MBA from IMD in Lausanne and LL.M from the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam.