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Talent Tampere Tampere Ambassador Kauko Tanninen
Country of Origin


Country of Residence


Where are you from?
I was born in Rovaniemi, Finland.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I have been worked in different countries, cultures and businesses, so that makes my background very special. Long times with growing Nokia in big areas as Russia & CIS and Middle East & Africa. After my mobile period I started to work in mining industry which still fascinates me very much.

What makes Tampere special for you?
When I was in a moment to change form mobile business to something else, on that time I joined Tampere Polytechnic and started to study eMBA there. Without that very intensive and useful study, the change to new business would not been so easy.

Tell about your professional activities?
Nowadays I run two companies owned by myself, one is concentrated for consulting business in Russia & CIS and the other one is for exporting grinding media to mining companies in Scandinavia, as well studying the best possible methods and materials in grinding. I´m also keeping my doors open for new possible challenges.

What is your involvement in international activities?
Almost all of my work life have been international. Briefly 5 years in Middle East & Africa and 20 years in Russia & CIS.

What is your mission as a Tampere – All Bright! Ambassador?
Promote Tampere as a place for study and work as well to visit. It is a very special city indeed.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
As mentioned, the place, nature, activities, people – all this affect together and makes the place grow and keep people happy.

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