Management Team

A group of people greater than the sum total of the parts. We are passionate, focused and not afriad to innovate. We have raised a total of approximately €200 million in funding, exited investments and our own companies, but most importantly - we work hard to get things done and are intent on leaving our mark.

 

Lassi Noponen

Partner, CEO

Lassi Noponen is the CEO of Loudspring since May 2018. He was a member of the Board since February 2010 and Executive Chairman from November 2010 until May 2018. In addition, Mr. Noponen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Incap Oyj since 2009 and its chairman since 2013. Earlier he was Managing Director of Proventia Group Oy 2000–2006 and one of Proventia Group Oy’s founders. His previous posts include partner and director responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Evli Corporate Finance Oy 1999–2000, and before that, several management posts at Neste Corporation 1992–1999, most recently as Corporate Controller. By education, Mr. Noponen is a Master of Law and M.Sc. (Mgmt) from London Business School.

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Timo Linnainmaa

Partner

Timo Linnainmaa is the co-founder of Loudspring and has worked in the cleantech area since 2002, both as an advisor and investor. Timo was Cleantech Invest’s President and CEO 2005–2010. Prior to that, he was a Director of the Environmental Management unit of the Helsinki University of Technology 2002–2005. By education, Timo is a M.Sc. (Technology).

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Joshua B. Kirkman

Communications Director

Joshua Burguete-Kirkman is Loudspring’s Communications Director. Previously with a large recycling social enterprise in Australia, he has also dabbled in entrepreneurship himself, winning the prestigious Venture Cup (South, Environment Business) award in 2014. Joshua has been driving Loudspring’s aggressive increase in communications over the past year and a half. Joshua is originally from Australia, but now resides in Lund, Sweden. By education, Joshua has a Graduate Certificate in Commerce and a Bachelors in International Relations and French.

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Antonio Gallizio

Chief Investment Officer

Antonio Gallizio is Loudspring’s Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he was working with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) as a startup advisor, as well as an investment advisor for family offices in Los Angeles. He has an M&A background with GEREJE Corporate Finance in Singapore, and Impact Investing with Heart Capital in Cape Town, South Africa. By education, Antonio is a BSBA from Northeastern University in Boston, and is also a trained chef, having worked in South America for Chef Francis Mallmann.

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Alf-Oskar Witting

Junior Controller

Alf-Oskar Witting is Loudspring’s Junior Controller. With a background in Accounting from Hanken School of Economics, Alf-Oskar has previously worked in versatile positions mainly in the financial sector in Finland.

Management Team

A group of people greater than the sum total of the parts. We are passionate, focused and not afriad to innovate. We have raised a total of approximately €200 million in funding, exited investments and our own companies, but most importantly - we work hard to get things done and are intent on leaving our mark.

 
  • Lassi Noponen

    Lassi Noponen is the CEO of Loudspring since May 2018. He was a member of the Board since February 2010 and Executive Chairman from November 2010 until May 2018. In addition, Mr. Noponen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Incap Oyj since 2009 and its chairman since 2013. Earlier he was Managing Director of Proventia Group Oy 2000–2006 and one of Proventia Group Oy’s founders. His previous posts include partner and director responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Evli Corporate Finance Oy 1999–2000, and before that, several management posts at Neste Corporation 1992–1999, most recently as Corporate Controller. By education, Mr. Noponen is a Master of Law and M.Sc. (Mgmt) from London Business School.

    +358 40 501 5127
  • Timo Linnainmaa

    Timo Linnainmaa is the co-founder of Loudspring and has worked in the cleantech area since 2002, both as an advisor and investor. Timo was Cleantech Invest’s President and CEO 2005–2010. Prior to that, he was a Director of the Environmental Management unit of the Helsinki University of Technology 2002–2005. By education, Timo is a M.Sc. (Technology).

    +358 50 581 0583
  • Joshua B. Kirkman

    Joshua Burguete-Kirkman is Loudspring’s Communications Director. Previously with a large recycling social enterprise in Australia, he has also dabbled in entrepreneurship himself, winning the prestigious Venture Cup (South, Environment Business) award in 2014. Joshua has been driving Loudspring’s aggressive increase in communications over the past year and a half. Joshua is originally from Australia, but now resides in Lund, Sweden. By education, Joshua has a Graduate Certificate in Commerce and a Bachelors in International Relations and French.

    +46709685584
  • Antonio Gallizio

    Antonio Gallizio is Loudspring’s Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he was working with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) as a startup advisor, as well as an investment advisor for family offices in Los Angeles. He has an M&A background with GEREJE Corporate Finance in Singapore, and Impact Investing with Heart Capital in Cape Town, South Africa. By education, Antonio is a BSBA from Northeastern University in Boston, and is also a trained chef, having worked in South America for Chef Francis Mallmann.

    +13108008891
  • Alf-Oskar Witting

    Alf-Oskar Witting is Loudspring’s Junior Controller. With a background in Accounting from Hanken School of Economics, Alf-Oskar has previously worked in versatile positions mainly in the financial sector in Finland.


Board of directors

Thomas Bengtsson

Chairman of the Board

Thomas Bengtsson has been a member of the board since 2015 and Executive Chairman since May 2018. Thomas has a strong belief in the transition to a low carbon and more sustainable economy through technological development. His own company AB Pelarsalen produces electricity from wind-power. Thomas has a broad venture-capital knowledge and has as a senior advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise established several investment-companies and programmes to support early stage investments. Thomas was until 2015, for four years, the vice chairman of the board of Industrifonden and has also served as a member of the board of Almi and been chairman of the board of Inlandsinnovation AB. Previously Thomas has worked internationally as an expert for the European Commission in Brussels. M.Sc Economics from University of Lund, executive education in Corporate finance from IFL, Stockholm School of Economics.

Lassi Noponen

Partner, Board Member

Lassi Noponen has been a member of the Board since February 2010 and its chairman since November 2010. In addition, Mr. Noponen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Incap Oyj since 2009 and its chairman since 2013. Earlier he was Managing Director of Proventia Group Oy 2000–2006 and one of Proventia Group Oy’s founders. His previous posts include partner and director responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Evli Corporate Finance Oy 1999–2000, and before that, several management posts at Neste Corporation 1992–1999, most recently as Corporate Controller. By education, Mr. Noponen is a Master of Law and M.Sc. (Mgmt) from London Business School.

Matti Vuoria

Board Member

After a decade of service as the CEO of VARMA Mutual Pension Insurance Company Matti Vuoria retired in 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Board at YIT Oyj. His previous board positions include Stora Enso Oyj, Wartsilä Oyj, Sampo Oyj, Orion Oyj and Danisco (Denmark) as well as Nordic Investment Bank. He was the full-time Chairman of Fortum Oyj for five years during 1998-2003. Matti Vuoria is a member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

James Penney

Board Member

James Penney is the Chairman of London based Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and chairs the Investment Committee. In 2015 Darwin Property Investment Management Limited was named ‘Alternative Investment Manager of the Year’ at European Pension Awards and ‘Alternatives Manager of the Year’ by LAPF Investment Awards. James Penney is also the owner and MD of Darwin Consulting. Prior to founding Darwin Consulting, James Penney had an academic career including undergraduate and doctoral studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, as Principal Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford and as a Sloan Fellow at London Business School from which he has a M.Sc. in Management Studies.

Board of directors

Thomas Bengtsson

Chairman of the Board

Thomas Bengtsson has been a member of the board since 2015 and Executive Chairman since May 2018. Thomas has a strong belief in the transition to a low carbon and more sustainable economy through technological development. His own company AB Pelarsalen produces electricity from wind-power. Thomas has a broad venture-capital knowledge and has as a senior advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise established several investment-companies and programmes to support early stage investments. Thomas was until 2015, for four years, the vice chairman of the board of Industrifonden and has also served as a member of the board of Almi and been chairman of the board of Inlandsinnovation AB. Previously Thomas has worked internationally as an expert for the European Commission in Brussels. M.Sc Economics from University of Lund, executive education in Corporate finance from IFL, Stockholm School of Economics.

Lassi Noponen

Partner, Board Member

Lassi Noponen has been a member of the Board since February 2010 and its chairman since November 2010. In addition, Mr. Noponen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Incap Oyj since 2009 and its chairman since 2013. Earlier he was Managing Director of Proventia Group Oy 2000–2006 and one of Proventia Group Oy’s founders. His previous posts include partner and director responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Evli Corporate Finance Oy 1999–2000, and before that, several management posts at Neste Corporation 1992–1999, most recently as Corporate Controller. By education, Mr. Noponen is a Master of Law and M.Sc. (Mgmt) from London Business School.

Matti Vuoria

Board Member

After a decade of service as the CEO of VARMA Mutual Pension Insurance Company Matti Vuoria retired in 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Board at YIT Oyj. His previous board positions include Stora Enso Oyj, Wartsilä Oyj, Sampo Oyj, Orion Oyj and Danisco (Denmark) as well as Nordic Investment Bank. He was the full-time Chairman of Fortum Oyj for five years during 1998-2003. Matti Vuoria is a member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

James Penney

Board Member

James Penney is the Chairman of London based Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and chairs the Investment Committee. In 2015 Darwin Property Investment Management Limited was named ‘Alternative Investment Manager of the Year’ at European Pension Awards and ‘Alternatives Manager of the Year’ by LAPF Investment Awards. James Penney is also the owner and MD of Darwin Consulting. Prior to founding Darwin Consulting, James Penney had an academic career including undergraduate and doctoral studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, as Principal Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford and as a Sloan Fellow at London Business School from which he has a M.Sc. in Management Studies.