Our team

Henrikki Palva

+358 40 514 9946

Since establishing VALOR, Henrikki has been the managing partner responsible for the daily management of the firm and actively participating in advisory work. He  has been in the advisory business since 1996: at Carta Corporate Advisors (currently part of Booz) 1996-1998 and founding partner at Nordic Adviser Group 1998-2011. Prior to the consulting career, Henrikki was responsible for corporate planning at Amer Sports and especially the entry into winter sports business.

Henrikki has extensive experience across industries and strategic issues related to growth, operational improvement and M&A. Geographically the assignments have stretched from Far-East Asia to North America. Henrikki has special interest in corporate strategy, ownership issues and M&A.

He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Management from Helsinki University of Technology.

Henrikki is the father of four children. Combining the intensive consulting work with family life does not often leave much spare time. However, skiing, boating, travelling and enjoying the atmosphere at the country house are excellent opportunities to relax and spending time with the family.

Matti Saarikoski

+358 50 649 10

Matti has worked in management consulting since 1996 and was a co-founder of Nordic Adviser Group in 1998, a predecessor to VALOR. Matti has worked in wide range of assignments typically relating to strategy, m&a, and ownership issues.  He holds a master’s degree in Finance from Helsinki School of Economics (currently part of Aalto University).

Outside office Matti enjoys outdoor activities and trains his bracco, an Italian pointing dog.

Antti Halonen

+358 50 577 3180

Antti has worked as management consultant since 2005 and been a Partner at VALOR since 2011. Before VALOR he worked as software developer in financial sector. Antti has extensive experience from strategy, M&A, market research and business development assignments. He is a highly respected expert in ICT and media industries. Antti holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work Antti enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Sports, such as biking, floorball and skiing are among Antti’s favorite free time hobbies. If there is enough snow, you can even find Antti making commute by skiing.

Harri Rauhala

+358 400 818 070

Whilst Harri started in management consulting in 1998, he joined VALOR in 2013 and is currently Partner. Prior to VALOR, Harri spent 12 years abroad in London and Johannesburg, out of which 6 years as a Chief Strategy Officer for a 1 bn EUR turnover mobile operator. Harri’s areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, with deep content knowledge on telecom. He holds a masters degree from Helsinki School of Economics and MBA from the U.S.

Harri is a keen cyclist, and judged by the amount of bikes about to start a bike shop. For winter cycling helmet is replaced by ski helmet, as Harri enjoys skiing and outdoor life with the family.

Raine Vammelvirta

+358 44 289 2294

Raine has worked as management consultant since 2007 and been a Partner at VALOR since 2011. Before VALOR he worked as equity analyst in financial sector. Raine’s areas of expertise include operational improvement, growth related items and implementation. Outside Finland, Raine has been working intensively in Sweden. He has extensive experience in ICT, energy and manufacturing industries.

Raine holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work, Raine enjoys vast variety of sports from telemark to kitesurfing. When not with the family nor sports, you can find him sailing or even fishing.

Jussi Ailisto

+358 40 687 0743

Jussi joined VALOR Partners in 2015. Prior joining VALOR Partners Jussi worked for international management consulting for 4 years where he was responsible of key clients and acted as project leader. Jussi has worked  for number of industries especially for finance, healthcare and FMCG sectors. Jussi’s fields of expertise lay in strategy implementation processes such as performance management and PMO activities. He has also experience from strategy formulation projects and market analysis. Jussi  has an MBA degree from UNCG (NC, USA) with honors and Masters of Science in economics from University of Oulu. Focus of his studies were on management and finance.

Outside office hours Jussi enjoys spending a lot of time with sports, either playing football and floorball himself or following professional sports on TV. In addition, Jussi has passion for guitar playing  – unfortunately with zero talent.

Harri Wahlberg

+358 40 722 5484

Harri has worked for over 20 years in management, business development and consulting positions.
He has responded projects related particularly to business strategies, operating models, services and new business and innovation development. Harri’s special area of interest is the customer perspective in business development. Before Valor he has most recently worked as a management consultant at Eera and CEO of the advertising agency Creator Grey. Harri has a master’s degree in accounting from Helsinki School of Economics.

Outside work Harri enjoys fishing, hunting and bodyweight training.

Aappo Kontu

+358 44 425 2210

Aappo has a wide experience in industrial services mainly in energy, telecom and process industries. Aappo acted as  a founder and CEO and also a minority owner of Empower Group Oy from 1999 to 2012. Previously he acted as CTO in power company Pohjolan Voima Oy and in grid company Teollisuuden Voimansiirto Oy and a head of engineering (electric) in Teollisuuden Voima Oy. Aappo has a master´s degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology. He has also post graduate studies in Power Systems (Westinghouse USA), and many management schools in  Finland (JOKO, LIFIM, SLA) Today Aappo has also many board memberships in engineering, telecom and food industry companies.

As a long term goal, Aappo aims to complete marathons, 42,195 m, and is well on his way with 20+ completed runs. He also enjoys indoor cross-country skiing as well as outdoor farming, forestry and lazy summer cottage living by the see.

Seppo Ruohonen

+358 50 363 5040

Seppo is an energy sector specialist of a very high standing. He was given the Finnish honorary title of energianeuvos by the president of the republic in 2011. Before joining VALOR in 2012, as Senior Advisor, he was CEO of Helsingin Energia for 12 years. Previously, he acted as executive vice president of Fingrid Oyj and CEO of Teollisuuden Voimansiirto Oy, industrial energy company. He has also held multiple board memberships in major energy companies in Finland. Seppo has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work Seppo enjoys golfing, hunting and music.

Jenni Mattila

+358 40 722 4947

Jenni joined VALOR in 2014, and has engaged in several projects related to identifying business opportunities and operational improvement in business areas such as lighting, security and maintenance. Prior to VALOR, Jenni gathered working experience in various ministries both abroad and in Finland. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Helsinki. Alongside the studies in University of Helsinki Jenni minored in Finance at Aalto University School of Business.

Outside working hours, Jenni can either be found on a tennis court practicing forehand drives or reading books reflecting perspectives on economics and psychology. She also has a passion in organic food, and as a vegetarian always trying to find the next trendy recipe.

Jonas Seemer

+358 50 564 9846

Jonas joined the firm in the summer of 2015.  Prior to joining VALOR Jonas worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a founder of a social buying and a sports analysis startup. As a consultant Jonas has garnered particular experience in strategy- and M&A engagements within the media, transportation and telecom sectors. Jonas also serves a number of clients within the public sector. Jonas holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University School of Economics.

While orange fields and green sneakers have largely had to yield to black loafers and pin-striped suits, Jonas’ passion for sports has persisted: he is still an avid tennis player, enthusiastic runner and burgeoning golfer. On his holidays Jonas can most commonly be spotted on transit airports or transatlantic flights, which comprise the most enjoyable parts of a trip for Jonas.

Olli Kaijalainen

+358 50 3482093

Olli joined the firm in early 2015 first as a trainee and continued as a consultant thereafter. Prior to joining VALOR Olli worked among investment banking at Access Partners and digital consulting at Magenta Advisory. He has worked for number of industries – especially for energy, healthcare and consumer products sectors. Olli’s fields of expertise lay in M&A, organic growth and digitalization engagements. He has also garnered experience in projects related to strategy implementation, investment decision and market analysis. Olli holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University School of Business. Focus of his studies were on finance, accounting and strategic marketing.

 Outside office hours Olli follows his passion in music through acting as a singer-songwriter-producer in a music project. Olli can also be found on a tennis court – beating Jonas.

Timo Luukkainen

Timo has worked in international general management positions at UPM, ABB, General Motors and Hyster, most recently as CEO of Ensto Group. Fourteen years of that time he worked in France. He is a board member in a number of Finnish and French companies. Timo holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland), a B.Sc. from Helsinki School of Economics and an M.Sc.  from Helsinki University of Technology. He is fluent in French, English, Swedish and Finnish, and conversant in German.

In addition to his strong general management track record, his experience covers M&A, reorganization and profit improvement and growth strategy implementation in several countries. He has solid experience in modern energy efficiency of buildings and has worked as Chairman of the Board in Electrical Vehicle Charging company.

He lives in France but visits Finland on a regular basis, usually spending the summers in Finland. Timo’s spare time activities include hunting and outdoor life with dogs, swimming, skiing, golf and tending to his farm. He is a keen reader and together with his wife organises an annual art exhibition at their gallery.

Elli Taimela

+358 40 5034268

Elli joined VALOR in 2015 as trainee, and continued as consultant in 2016. Elli has engaged in several projects related to public sector development and to strategy, market research and operational improvement in business areas such as transportation, media, and food industries. Prior to VALOR, Elli worked in the areas of finance, IT and digitalization in international technology corporations. She holds a Master’s degree in Technology from the interdisciplinary Information Networks degree program of Aalto University.

Outside working hours, Elli fills her days with art, sports, and economics. Elli enjoys visual art in all forms and uses her free time drawing, painting, and analog photographing and developing photos in her darkroom. She can also be found at a yoga class or wandering around university hallways, since she is now finalizing her Master of Social Sciences studies in Economics in University of Helsinki.

Klaus Castrén


Klaus joined VALOR as a consultant in 2016. Prior to that, he worked at the strategy and M&A consultancy NAG and in the supply chain and operations advisory team of EY. Klaus’ field of expertise lies in performance improvement, and he also has experience in e.g. market analysis and strategy development and project portfolio management. Klaus has project experience in varied industries such as transportation and logistics, the food industry, mining and minerals, and the energy sector. Klaus holds a MSc degree from Aalto University’s Industrial Engineering and Management, in which his major was Operations and Service Management and minor Operations Research.

Once a promising junior golfer, his interests have since moved on to all kinds of mountain-related activities. You might see him either hitting the powder or climbing a via ferrata in the Austrian alps – or perhaps more likely just planning his next trip.

Ville Karttunen

+358 50 4534205

Ville has eight years energy industry experience in Nordic energy incumbent Fortum in various positions varying from power generation to electricity markets to distribution and power plant project development in Ireland based Prime Energy Power. Ville has over 5 years experience in management consulting.

He has been responsible for projects related to energy and utility companies’ strategy development, M&A commercial due diligence and business case evaluations. Ville has a master’s degree in engineering (International Business and Business Strategy) from Helsinki University of Technology.

Valtteri Itäranta

040 867 5444

Valtteri joined VALOR in 2015 and has since attained consulting experience especially in M&A and business development. Prior to VALOR Valtteri was engaged with strategy creation and digital service productization at Outotec. Valtteri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Aalto University School of Business.

Outside the office Valtteri finds himself home in rough seas and tries to grasp every opportunity to go sailing.

Vertti Ikonen

+358 50 3727 933

Vertti joined VALOR’s team in 2017 as a consultant. Prior to joining VALOR Vertti has worked in investment banking at Aventum Partners and in management consulting at Capgemini Consulting. Vertti has familiarized with various industries through different projects in Finland and abroad. His fields of expertise lay in M&A, enterprise architecture, digital transformation and strategy. Vertti holds a Master’s degree from Aalto University School of Business. The focus of his studies was on finance, accounting and entrepreneurship.

During his free time Vertti enjoys various sports from hiking to golf as well as travelling to remote destinations. Cooking and eating are also dear hobbies for Vertti.

Teemu Sirén

+358 40 8417 021

Teemu joined VALOR in early 2018. Prior joining VALOR he worked as a Senior Consultant at Korn Ferry Hay Group. Korn Ferry Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that focuses on people and organization development. Teemu have gathered experience from complex reward development projects, organization design projects as well as internal development initiatives. Teemu worked for the company’s Helsinki and London offices. His greatest strengths as a consultant are analytical thinking, business acumen and a drive to innovate new ways and solutions to clients’ problems/challenges. Teemu holds a Master of Science degree from Tampere University of Technology’s industrial engineering and management.

On his free time Teemu often finds himself doing some sports or traveling. Teemu likes to participate in all kind of sport events where he can challenge himself. Lately, Teemu has focused on gym, running, football and different endurance sports.