Ilkka Aura
Managing Partner

Ilkka has twenty two years of international business experience in both publicly traded multinationals and small start-ups. He has proven track record in repositioning companies on the value chain to strengthen their position in competition and to create superior shareholder value. Ilkka is a visionary in spotting discontinuities in technologies and business models and he is most at home in careful strategic planning combined with high intensity execution.

Most recently Ilkka headed the Business Support System vendor Qvantel as CEO and Member of the Board from 2002 to 2011. Under Ilkka’s leadership Qvantel introduced the concept Business Support System in the Cloud and delivered the platform for the leading Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera in Finland and in Spain purely as a Cloud Service. The new business model helped Qvantel grow from 15 to 150 people andfrom 2m€ to 10m€ revenue during Ilkka tenure from 2002 to 2011.

Ilkka experienced the Internet boom and the bust years of 1999 to 2002 in Silicon Valley managing the launch of mobile portal zed to the US market with operators AT&T and Powertel.

From 1997 to 1999 Ilkka was the head of leading Finnish operator Sonera’s online businesses. Sonera Plaza was introduced in 1998 and became the most visited site in Finland within 6 months.

During the early days of e-commerce between 1995 and 1997 as CEO Ilkka headed a software company Infosto ETC designing and producing online publishing and commerce platforms. As a member of the board Ilkka also helped a printing publishing company Infosto transform from traditional print publishing to online publishing and to become one of the leading online publishers in Finland.

Early in his career Ilkka worked in a publically traded multinational Tampella Group as as Group Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations.

Ilkka has a Master's degree in Accounting at University of Tampere, Finland.