Pasi Vainikka

Co-Founder & CEO, Solar Foods

Pasi Vainikka is chief executive officer at Solar Foods. Prior to that he led a strategic initiative, Neo-Carbon Energy, the single largest renewable energy research in Finland so far. Vainikka is the Mission Innovation Champion for Finland. Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission working to accelerate global clean energy innovation. He has held positions as a principal scientist in the strategic research management at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as well as in the management of VTT’s contract research in energy. Previously he was deputy technology manager of VTT’s bioenergy knowledge centre, research team leader and a researcher. Vainikka holds MSc in energy systems form Cranfield University UK, MSc in energy economics from LUT Finland, and DSc in process chemistry from Åbo Akademi, Finland. He is also an adjunct professor at Lappeenranta university of technology (LUT).