Alae is a project management professional with a strong background in the energy/mining industries and with more than 15 years of vigorous international business experience. PMP certified since 2010, he has successfully driven several complex large capital projects located all over the world. 

Originally from Morocco, Alae has been permanently living in Finland since 2005. He obtained a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering in France and a Business Diploma in Belgium. Alae speaks several languages and has been gaining his experience in multicultural, multidisciplinary teams that has provided him with a unique intellectual, professional and cultural perception. 


Mari Ventus

Director of Finance / Treasurer

I am a PMP certified project management professional. I am currently working as a Director at KPMG IT Advisory. I have over 20 years of experience in leading projects/programs as enablers of business transformations and strategies. I hold a master’s degree in accounting, and I have wide sector experience.



Satish Kumar

Director of Administration / Secretary

I hold Master’s in finance from University of Economics Wroclaw and an MBA in Business Informatics from Metropolia University of Applied Science, Finland, I bring in both technical and management skills to the table. I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2008 and Six Sigma Black Belt Certified.
I have 20+ proven hands on experience in Operation with focus in Program, Sales and Service Management. In my current role as a General Manager for LNGTainer Oy/Northern Tanker Company. I handle projects and New Business Development for Energy Sector with focus on B2B. I have hands on experience in Vendor Management have led, supervised and influenced a team of over 400 as senior manager operations in my previously held capacity and have managed profit center generating revenue over 40 Million USD per annum. I also have 10 + years of volunteer experience, have worked in various roles such as member, PM and Chairperson at various geographical locations.
I have been associated with PMI Finland Chapter since 2016. I was the project manager for the PMI Finland Annual conference 2016 Diversity and Knowledge Management, I have also worked in various supporting roles for 2017 and 2018 PMI conference in sourcing speakers and handling other tasks.


Director of Volunteers & Membership

I am electrical engineer, and I started my career working in the Telecom industry. First in Ericsson, R&D, where I was software developer, and then in IBM, for the next four years , as consultant in software testing. In 2007 I joined Halliburton to work as field service engineer in offshore platforms in Brazil, for 6 years, including few hitches in Argentina and Abu Dhabi. In the beginning of 2013, I started my career as technical project manager in Halliburton Norway. This opportunity showed me how interesting project management is and therefore I started to learn more about it. I first became CAPM, by PMI, and few years later, after learning about Agile, I took my second certification as Agile Project Manager/Servant Leader. Although we use waterfall framework, I put few agile practices to enhance my productivity, as well as my team’s. I am PMI member since 2017 and became member of the Finnish Chapter in 2019. 

I am part of PMI because I believe we have a lot to share and learn with each other. Sometimes we can apply new things in our jobs, but it is also nice to hear good stories. I hope to help our local chapter and colleagues to share knowledge, increase networking, and create opportunities for PM aspirants to have more visibility and contact with this fascinating career.



Donna Roberts

Director of Special Events, GDPR, European Chapter Collaboration

I moved to Finland in 2004 and became a dual citizen, Finland and Canada. I have 25+ years working experience in Telecommunications and wireless data industry including 10 years in management with Motorola on the product development (R&D) side of the business including integration and customer network support followed by 10 years in project management mostly on the services side of the business. The most recent years I have been based in Finland as a Program and Project Manager for multi-country projects. I worked in global programs for Ericsson global service business including change management, managed services and other transformations and also Huawei managed services delivery. Diversity and inclusion are more than familiar concepts for me from my many years working outside Finland and seem to be popular hot topics recently for our local community where we are all looking for ways to move from good to even better and further develop an environment and community where innovation thrives.

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Sami Tervola

Director of Professional Development

Sami is Lead Agile Coach & Project Manager at Finnair. Previously Sami did set up KPMG Finland agility business practice from level zero. He built connections to KPMG Europe countries to share information and opportunities between different KPMG countries related to agility. Sami had a big role as SPC and lead to get Scaled Agile Inc.’s Gold Partnership for KPMG.

He has specialized in delivery leadership e.g in projects, services, testing and mobilization. Sami has acted as project manager since 2009 and is also PMP certified project manager. In systems and business interface Sami has worked full time since 2005. Sami started his career as java/sql developer, but has now progressed to delivery leadership and sales. Sami wants to achieve things and make work that are significant. Developing both himself and his team members continuously is important to Sami. Sami has worked with several clients and IT vendors, done near and offshoring (BPO/IO/AO) and participated in sales, recruiting, innovation and marketing activities.

Roumiana Atanassova

Director of University Academic Outreach

I work as Lead origination manager at Grannenfelt Finance Oy. With a career spanning 25 years, five countries and several industries, my experience truly defines both my character and purpose. I have a strong background in organisational management, change management and also a flair for people management.

I have more than 20 years’ project management experience, most recently in digital transformation, but also in areas of energy efficiency, e-governance, technology transfer, education, including e-learning, media and marketing. 

I hold a PhD in International Business from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, an MA in European Studies from the University of Birmingham, the UK and an MA in Communications from Sofia University. 

I am passionate about working with young people in shaping their future, and in their personal and professional development. I proudly define myself as a leading advocate for bridging the gap between education and the labour market. Mentorship is an opportunity both for business and for young people, perhaps especially today with the new experience we have of hybrid and remote settings beginning to influence our working environment. For young graduates who may have no prior professional experience and with limited opportunities for internships, mentoring can be extremely valuable.

bernhard mair

Vice President / Director of Governance & Policy

I am Bernhard Mair, Project Manager at Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe in Järvenpää.I am originally from Austria, living in Finland since 1998. My current job is all about customer project implementation from right after the sales phase until final hand-over to the customer.

The nature of the project is to implement logistical solutions at customer sites. The main focus of my work is automatic guided vehicles (AGV). My projects are located all over the world, currently focused on Asia and Europe. In the past I managed my own small construction company with 10-20 employees. In Finland I worked in consulting for many years, also providing project management training and PMP certification training.

I have been using the PMI (PMBOK) methodology since its very beginning and I combine it with Agile and Lean approaches whenever appropriate. I have been a PMP and PMI Finland Chapter member since 2005. I was on the Chapter Board from 2007 to 2018.

During my decade on the Board I was Secretary, Financial Director, PMI Liaison and Outreach, and Chapter President. In the past few years I got slightly detached from the Finland Chapter and I’d like to reconnect and help shape the future of the Chapter.

sina ghazi

Director of Technology

Sina began his project management career in 2002 and obtained his first PMP certification back in February 2009. He has been primarily managing innovative technology projects within the banking and payment industry and has extensively worked with diverse project teams across continents.

He is a strong team builder and agile coach with strong communication skills. He holds DAD (disciplined agile) and PSM (professional scrum master) certifications. He did coaching and mentoring for other project managers, provided workshops and did regularly speak at IPM Day events for sharing his experiences.

As an entrepreneur, Sina moved to Finland in 2019 and began providing project management consulting services to its clientele both in Finland and around the world. His company name is INNOVATEGY and he lives in Lahti.