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Thursday, October 27, 2022 (5:45 PM - 8:30 PM) (GMT+8)

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KONE Office

30A Kallang Pl, #14-01, Singapore 339213

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Kaija Bridger (HR Director of Kone South East Asia, Middle East and Africa)

Kaija Bridger

HR Director of Kone South East Asia, Middle East and Africa

Kaija Bridger leads People operations for KONE in South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa (APM). She is responsible for driving the People strategy across the region and partnering with the business to enable business results, and strengthen KONE as a Great Place to Work. She has recently started in this role but has worked at KONE for more than 7 years. Prior to relocating to Singapore, Kaija worked as the Head of Talent and Culture in global operations. She was globally responsible for providing strategic direction on talent, career and leadership development across KONE to attract, develop and engage talent. In addition to Talent Acquisition and Management, she was leading the Cultural development of KONE including change management and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

Prior to KONE, Kaija worked in HR consulting building and implementing talent strategies, including talent assessment and development practices across industries. She held several sales and business development roles and worked as a Managing Director. Kaija holds a Master of Science in Psychology and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is passionate about people and nurturing a culture of collaboration, creativity and inclusion. When she is not working, you can find her at the gym or having fun with friends. With her Finnish-Australian family, she enjoys boating, skiing and travelling.

Erica De Wit (Service Offering Manager at KONE)

Erica De Wit

Service Offering Manager at KONE

At KONE Erica is in charge of Digitalization and Service offering development in Southeast Asia, Australia, Middle-East, and African countries. Erica has been working at KONE for 5 years in business controller & development roles and has been based in Finland, UAE, and Singapore. Before KONE Erica was a CEO of a fast-growing start-up in Finland. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

Since Erica’s relocation to Singapore, she has been a board member of the Finnish Business Council Singapore and has been closely collaborating with Team Finland members, Business Finland and Finnish Embassy.

Sree Menon (Director - Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific of Kone Pte Ltd)

Sree Menon

Director - Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific of Kone Pte Ltd

A passionate marketing & communication professional with a vast experience in strategic brand & reputation management, buying behaviors & segment understanding, customer & market analysis, media & publicity . Sreelakshmi has 20 + years of diverse experience across FMCG, automotive, telecom, entertainment and engineering industries.

Her current position – Based in Singapore as Director - Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific at KONE Elevators & Escalators, world leaders in people flow solutions, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

Sreelakshmi is strong to craft memorable experiences for internal & external customers and create sustainable marketing models and using emotion in communication. She is the creator of the KONE’s model to connect an end user with KONE using design and safety as key features in India.

Jukka Salmikuukka (Partnership Director of KONE Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa)

Jukka Salmikuukka

Partnership Director of KONE Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa

Jukka has a 15+ year career in KONE including various positions in global business development, innovation, R&D and new services development. He has a strong background in IoT, API economy, digital services and business ecosystems, especially in the context of smart buildings. Past few years he has been focusing into establishing and building KONE’s partner ecosystem together with different types of smart building solution providers, mainly in Europe and Asia. Currently he works for KONE in Singapore, developing and managing partnerships especially for KONE Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa region.

Olli-Pekka Varis (Area Modernization Director of Kone Asia Pacific)

Olli-Pekka Varis

Area Modernization Director of Kone Asia Pacific

Olli-Pekka is responsible for the KONE elevator and escalator modernization business in the Asia Pacific, Middle-East, and Africa region. He believes sustainability is an increasingly important driver for elevator modernization. Maintaining, refurbishing, or repurposing existing infrastructure in cities is critical for reaching the tightening sustainability targets as for example at least 60% of the building’s whole life carbon comes from embodied carbon.

Olli-Pekka has been with KONE since 2006 holding various business development and management positions at global, area, and frontline level. Olli-Pekka holds an MSc. degree in Networking technology and Industrial Management from Helsinki University of Technology.