Tampere Ambassador: Sébastien Simon

Where are you from?
I am from the east of France - close to Switzerland's border. I have been living in Tampere for about 14 years.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I'm a pretty open and easily approachable guy, so don't hesitate to come and have a chat with me to get to know me better...
During my free time, I enjoy practicing sports, traveling, going to sauna and sharing good food & wine with friends.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
From the business point of view, it is a dynamic region with a wide range of different industries. It is also a lovely place to live, as it provides you with all the advantages of a big town without its inconveniences - Here you can live in the city center and be a few minutes walking distance away from lakes and forests.

What are your professional activities?
I have 18 years of experience, mainly in Business Development (and also in other areas like new sites/teams ramp-up, product development, management of projects, strategy, etc.).
I have been helping International companies to find new business opportunities in the Tampere region and also local companies to go International and find potential new business opportunities abroad.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I have been working with International companies, managing teams/organizations, customer and partner relationships in Europe, MEA, Americas and Asia. I have also been advising businesses and organizations in the area of Business Development and Internationalization. In addition, as a native French speaker, I have been also acting as a specialist for businesses from/willing to be involved with French speaking countries.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador? How do you want to help?
My mission is to connect Tampere with international business activities by:
- Helping International companies to find new business opportunities in the Tampere region and/or to establish a business in Tampere;
- Helping local companies to find potential new international business opportunities.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
We have a lot of educated and experienced talents in the Tampere region, the presence of a wide range of industries and business partners and reasonable cost levels. I have no doubt that more and more International companies will recognize these as major opportunities for development. Also, local companies are able to deliver good products/services and by focusing more on internationalization and export they will be able to maximize their potential growth.

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