Esa Laurinsilta

Director, Strategic Partnerships, UPM Technology

Esa holds M.Sc (Chem. Eng) degree from Helsinki University of Technology and Executive MBA degree from Helsinki School of Economics.

Esa has a strong international business-to-business, innovation development and technology commercialization experience within a wide range of life sciences industries including industrial enzymes, fine chemicals, functional dairy technology, bio-based nanomaterials and novel lignocellulosic fibers.
Esa’s present focus is on bioeconomy and circular economy development, partnership management and EU collaboration projects.

Prior to joining UPM in 2011 he held various positions at Valio Ltd., Kemira Ltd., Genencor International Inc., Planmeca Ltd., and Biocon Ltd. His career includes foreign assignments in USA and Ireland.

Esa is currently also Chairperson of the Finland National Support Group for the European Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) and Chairperson of the Programming Working Group of the Bio-based Industries Consortium BIC, the private partner of BBI JU.