EnergyAcademy: Back to the Future

Do you want to know what the future talents really think and need when it comes to the area’s appeal and connections between studies, working life and RDI?

Register for Energy week’s networking & roasting event for students, Energy Academy companies and universities:

  • Friday, 24 March at 9.30-12.00 local time
  • Vaasa City Hall, Art Hall​

The roastmasters, future talents from STHEC, Mentoring program and International talents, will roast the representatives of University of Vaasa, VAMK, Novia, Hanken, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi as well as Wärtsilä, Hitachi Energy, ABB and Danfoss.

Want to see who gets roasted?

Please find the program below and register for the event!​

PS. There’s also time to mingle/network both at the beginning and at end of the event.

Energy Academy is a cooperation model between universities and leading companies in the Vaasa region.

It is designed to increase the appeal of the area to students and graduates as well as to create better connections between working life, RDI and young talents.

We bring together all six universities in Vaasa: University of Vaasa, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Hanken School of Economics, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University.

Companies and hubs involved are ABB Oy, Danfoss, EnergyVaasa, Hitachi Energy, Merinova, City of Vaasa, Vaasan Sähkö, VASEK and Wärtsilä Finland.

The model is tightly connected to the Nordic Battery Belt, making Vaasa area an essential link in the sustainable value chain in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Energy Academy insists on healing the planet for future generations – and making Vaasa a better place to live, study and work.


Art Hall (Vaasa City Hall)
Senaatinkatu 1, behind Vaasa City Hall
Wednesday 13 March
09:30 - 12:00

Register to attend EnergyWeek

9.30 Late Breakfast + Energy Academy Booths & Mingle

10.00 ​Presenting Energy Academy & Showcases: Mentoring, STHEC & Vaasa International Talents​

Presenting Energy Academy: Anna Hakkari & Pia Jünger, Showcase Mentoring: Emil Gulyk, Showcase STHEC: Kasper Kalpamaa, Vaasa International Talents: Yeasin Arafat & Yue Zhang

10.30 Roast the Energy Future

A facilitated panel where students have the opportunity to roast the Energy Academy professionals with the trickiest questions. Roastmasters: Yeasin Arafat, Robin Hagqvist, Melina Hermann, Trajce Ivanov, Heidi Perälä and Yue Zhang. 

Minna Martikainen
Rector, University of Vaasa
Juha Päivike
Director, Sustainable Technology Hub, Wärtsilä
Jari Marjo
Head of Product Management and Development Finland, Danfoss Drives
Marja-Riitta Vest
Head of RDI, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences VAMK
Kristian Blomqvist
Dean, Faculty of Technology and Seafaring, Novia University of Applied Sciences
Marcus Norrgård
Professor of Law, University of Helsinki: Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies.
Lisbeth Fagerström
Professor in Health Sciences, Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi
Salla Rundgren
HR Project Manager, ABB
Olav Lundström
Operating Unit Manager, Hitachi Energy
Petri Mäntysaari
Professor in Commercial Law
Hanken School of Economics

about 11.00-12.00 Energy Academy Booths & Mingle

Anna Hakkari

Vaasa Region Development Company VASEK

Pia Jünger

Novia University of Applied Sciences / Vaasa International Talents

Päivi Korpi-Halkola

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

Marika Kuusisto

Hitachi Energy