Tampere Ambassador: Jussi Kahtava

Where are you from?
I am from south-west of Finland, a small countryside town near Loimaa.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I have been living abroad ever since I graduated from Tampere University of Technology in 1995. My work experience spans the United States, Japan and United Kingdom. I have particularly good network in telecoms and regulatory area, and lots of contacts in Japan, China and Korea. In the UK I am involved in various fields of ICT research where I could help establish links between Tampere region and the activity here.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
Tampere combines the benefits of large enough city of good services and the beautiful location between lakes to bring also nature near it.

Tell about your professional activities?
I am currently an independent consultant focusing on Internet of Things, in particular, Industrial Internet and ITS solutions. Radio spectrum and wireless connectivity are where I am particularly strong at but I do address also business models and ecosystem issues. I am well connected with the regulatory bodies in Europe and internationally due to my long background in telecoms regulation and technology policy.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I have background in both international standards development and regulatory activities. I engage regularly the European Commission directorates in Brussels, and have a membership both at ETSI and IEEE-SA.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
Every now and then I come across opportunities where industry in the UK is looking for academic partners outside the UK. They generally do not think of Finland when considering who to partner with. My extensive contact network here could help Tampere region get better access to such partnering opportunities in the ICT field.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
It is very important to have a combination of academic and industry presence in a region in order it to be internationally competitive. This is supported by the public infrastructure and services which in Finland in general tend to be good.

Tampere has the scale of being able to benefit from the diversity of its industrial and academic base whilst being able to manage the infra side due to its modest size as a city. I believe this gives the flexibility and agility for the Tampere region to be very competitive in international markets.

Jussi Kahtava Tampere all bright ambassador

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