Tampere Ambassador: Juha Ristolainen

Where are you from?
Seinäjoki, Finland.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I’m a techie, a software guy who loves building new things in software and services with great people and teams. It’s been my career for 17 years and it’s taken me all over the world. It’s not just a job, it’s my passion.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
It’s the right size with all the services, great universities, clean air and nature and it’s in a central location in Finland. If I ever move back to Finland it will definitely be the place I go.

Tell about your professional activities?
In my role as the CTO of InMotion at Jaguar Land Rover my job consists of helping venture builders refine their ideas in our innovation lab process to pitch for funding and then if successful guide them in everything technical during the accelerator part. Our vision is to transform the experience of personal travel; to deliver greater freedom, choice and wellbeing in movement. To allow you to move when you want, where you want and how you want.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I took part in the Unipoli international mentoring program a few times as a mentor and it was a great experience. Really loved guiding talented young people from around the world in what Tampere has to offer.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I want to bring more awareness of what Tampere has to offer especially in higher education and technology sectors to people in London and hopefully do some good.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Tampere (and Finland) have a chance to be at the forefront on future mobility solutions that we are very interested in at JLR. Tampere just needs to be bold and decisive in making decisions for the future.

Juha Ristolainen Tampere All Bright Ambassador

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