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Board of Directors


Higher management people list

Tarja Tikkanen

Chairperson of the Board


Master of Laws (LL.M)

Tarja Tikkanen serves as the chair on KPY’s and KPY Novapolis’ boards and as a board member at Savon Voima. She is also a partner at board governance and owner-board-management chain development specialists Boardman as well as chair of the Boardman alumni board. Over the course of her diverse career, Tikkanen has, for example, worked in management positions in banking and finance both in Finland and abroad.

Pekka Loikkanen

Member of the Board


M.Sc. (Economy & Business Administration)

Pekka Loikkanen is the vice chair of the KPY Executive Board and board member at OP Cooperative, Voimatel and BLC Turva. He has previously had a long career as a KHT-approved auditor, partner and chair of the board at PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy.

Juha Yrjänheikki

Member of the Board


MA (Biotechnology), PhD (Neurobiology)

Juha Yrjänheikki has a strong background in international business. He is the founder and CEO of Aurealis Therapeutics AG in the medical sector, a serial entrepreneur in biotech and an investor. Yrjänheikki has previously served, for instance, as the CEO of Charles River Finland Oy and Cerebricon Oy and also as a professor of practice at the University of Eastern Finland. He is a board member at KPY and KPY Novapolis.

Anssi Lehikoinen

Observer to the Board of Directors


M.Sc (Technology), PhD (Physics)

Anssi Lehikoinen is CEO of Osuuskunta KPY and acts as Chairman of the Board of Rocsole Oy and VRT Finland Oy. He is also a member of the Board of Nostetta Ventures Oy. Lehikoinen has served as CEO of Numcore Oy, CEO of Rocsole Oy, and part-time Professor of Practice (Innovation management and commercialization) at the University of Eastern Finland. Previously, Lehikoinen has been Member of the Board of Nostetta Oy, Savroc Oy, and Osuuskunta KPY. Member of Enfo Oyj’s Board of Directors since March 30, 2016 and acted as Chairman of the Board 2017-8/2020. Holds no shares in Enfo Oyj. Independent of the company, dependent on a significant shareholder.