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Lassi Noponen

chairman, partner
Lassi (LL.M., MBA) is one of the first professionals active as an investor in the cleantech space in the turn of the millenium. He is the co-founder and CEO (2000-2006) of clean tech investment company Proventia Group Oy. Proventia has been active in wind power, electronics recycling, waste management, water and exhaust gas purification as well as sustainability management information systems.

Through Proventia Lassi was also the first external investors to Winwind Oy Ltd, a supplier of multi megawatt class wind turbines operating in Finland and in India. During 2000 - 2009 Mr Noponen served as a board member, deputy chairman and as the chairman of the board of Winwind Ltd. As the chairman he managed the original investors exit to an Indian buyer and subsequently a 120m€ equity fund raising from Abu Dhabi. In 2009 this was the largest clean tech deal in Scandinavia and Mr. Noponen was recognized by Cleantech Scandinavia Award and appointed to the Cleantech Scandinavia Hall of Fame.

Lassi is a steering group member in the Green Growth program of TEKES – The Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation and was a steering group member in the SITRA - The Finnish Innovation Fund clean tech project, crafting a national cleantech strategy for Finland. All together Lassi Noponen has gathered 10 years' experience in the business connected with renewable energy and environmental technology. Lassi has exceptional experience on venture life cycle management in clean tech industry as well as international business experience. He has previously acted also as M&A partner at Evli Corporate Finance and held different management positions at Neste Corporation, at that time Finlands largest company.