Ara Hopia
Ara HopiaChairman of the board, partner

Ara Hopia

Ara Hopia has over 30 years’ experience in management and leadership. He has worked, for example, in a bank as a marketing and customer relationship manager and as a sales director. Ara has established and led many expert businesses over his long entrepreneurial career. He has solid experience in developing executive team operations, building growth programs, recruitment and onboarding processes and recruiting key personnel. Through his banking career he obtained versatile and personal experience on executive team work.

Finance, telecommunications, retail and food industries are very familiar for Ara. He knows broadly the challenges and factors in sales, marketing, customer relations, human resources and general management.

Ara has Master’s Degree in Administrative Sciences from University of Tampere. He has completed several trainings in leadership, organisational development and coaching. He is also working in the boards of several expert organisations. Ara has also completed CBM-training (Certified Board Member).

Laura Santasalo
Laura Santasalo CEO, partner

Laura Santasalo

Laura Santasalo has extensive experience in leading expert organizations and people. He has worked in the field of human resources and consulting for more than 15 years in organizational development, research and recruitment. In addition, she has a background in the telecom and travel industries.

Laura’s core competencies are operations management, development and renewal, sales, customer relations and marketing management, culture and people management, service and concept development, and partnerships.

”My dream is to see organizations and people succeed and develop – this is what we work for at Kulmia every day!”

Matti Sipilä
Matti SipiläSenior advisor

Matti Sipilä

Matti Sipilä is known for his strong expertise in reforming the company management and culture that supports growth. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing businesses and working with the company’s Board of Directors and with international and Finnish owners. Matti has held management positions in companies of various sizes in a multicultural matrix organization.

Matti’s core competencies are strategy building, board and management team work, recruitment and competence development, management models and culture, supply chain and production management, leadership mentoring and coaching. He is also an expert in business turnaround.

Matti holds a degree in engineering and in supply chain management, MTD. He has completed CBM-training (Certified Board Member and Certified Chairman of the Board).

Julia Rautamaa

Julia Rautamaa is an expert in human understanding and it´s research. She is a social psychologist by training, so the human mind as well as society are her interests.

In addition to researching the habits and interactions of individuals, Julia also has experience in researching the brand and consumer understanding.

Julia graduated from the University of Helsinki with a master’s degree in social sciences and studied humanities and cultural anthropology in addition to social psychology.

Julia’s purpose in recruiting is to conduct careful candidate surveys and find more experts in the right places.