Team

Our Team

The Apollonian team combines more than 100 years of private and public sector knowledge and experience from the worlds of investments, banking, innovation and commercialisation.

The team has extensive know-how in international fund and asset management as well as venture capital and private equity advisory across multiple EU jurisdictions. Our team has also comprehensive knowledge in European long-term investment vehicles and cross-border pension funds.

In addition to wide-ranging knowledge of various private financing and investment vehicles, Apollonian has widespread experience on European innovation policy, regulation and public financing instruments. The team also embodies know-how on technology transfer and commercialisation activities in the current open innovation environment.

Managing Partners

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TUOMAS SAARINEN 

Chairman, Advisory and Investment Director

Over 10 years of experience in wealth advisory, private banking and international asset management from a top-tier Nordic bank.

In-depth knowledge about investment structuring, investor relationship management, venture capital and private equity advisory across multiple EU jurisdictions.

Tuomas has been involved with several larger scale (50-100M+ EUR) mergers and acquisitions of privately owned companies during his career in banking.

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ANDREAS DAHLEN 

Advisory and Institutional Investment Director

Over 10 years of experience of policymaking from public institutions including the European Commission and the European Parliament.

In-depth knowledge about European public administration, long-term investment vehicles and extensive operational experience of cross border pension funds. Andreas has been responsible for the establishment of RESAVER - the first European multi-country and multi-employer pension fund.

TUOMAS NOUSIAINEN 

Investment Research and Advisory Director

Over 10 years of experience in EU, research and innovation policy.

In-depth knowledge about policy making, innovation regulation and financing, as well as technology transfer and commercialization.

Tuomas has been involved with several EU flag ship projects, including the Europe 2020 Innovation Union and the development of the Open Innovation policy priority.

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Research and Advisory

MARIA WEIR

Senior Advisor

Maria Weir is our IC expert in the field and the team leader of Insight & Growth delivery team. She is also the author of a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of managing IC in KIBS firms and in the area of public policy in the management of IC.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and IC Management. She studies how businesses use IC to create innovation approaches both in production and service delivery and also in business model changes that adopt to new market conditions by leveraging their IC. She explores how small firms manage the process of rapid change, and how large organizations manage their Innovation and IC as a combination to gain competitive advantage.

DR FRANK ALLISON

Advisor

Frank Allison is highly experienced in commercialising early stage technologies across a range of industry sectors.

Frank spent over 10 years as a commercialisation manager at the University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP) with responsibility for management and delivery for a portfolio of early stage spin-out and licensing opportunities and implementing industry-led funding initiatives. He has also held various roles at board level, held positions on steering and energy foresight committees, and worked in the space, aerospace and steel industries in the UK and USA.

BRAD MEYER 

Advisor

Brad Meyer is an executive coach with core strengths in personal/professional transformation,  organisational change management, developing organisational capabilities and global knowledge sharing. Brad has more than 20 years of experience developing micro entities into sustainable businesses servicing the private, public and voluntary sectors in both national and international markets.

Navigation Board

The navigation board provides guidance and direction in accomplishing the vision of Apollonian.

LEIF EDVINSSON

Leif Edvinsson is a key pioneering contributor to both the theory and practice of Intellectual Capital and IC metrics.

Leif is serving on the Board of Directors of several knowledge intensive enterprises among others earlier the Swedish Brain Research Foundation as well as for many years the Center for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2000 he has been the Honorary Chairman of the UK based Henley College, KM Forum. Since 2000, he has been Professor, adjunct at Lund University on Intellectual Capital. In January 2006, he was also appointed professor adj. at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and later promoted to Chair Professor in 2007. He is also special advisor on Societal Entrepreneurship to the Swedish Governmental Foundation for Competence Development.

Leif was listed as one of The 50 Most influential Thinkers in the World in 2006 by London Business Press. Also associate member of The Club of Rome. He is also Cofounder and Chairman of The New Club of Paris, focused on the Knowledge Economy initiatives.

TIMO HELLES

Timo Helles is a pioneer in IC management, process costing and performance measurements in the world of multinational enterprises.

Timo worked for Kone for 33 years where he held numerous managerial positions including finance director. During his tenure he transformed Kone into a leader in knowledge management by implementing series of  IC related measures.

Since 2007 he has focused solely on IC management acting as an advisor for numerous organisations focusing on knowledge management.