Jari Pasanen serves as vice president, Business Development of the Finnish Innovation Fund, SITRA.  Through SITRA, he is responsible for promoting stable and balanced development in Finland with an eye toward their goal of sustainable wellbeing for all of Finnish Society.  Prior to SITRA, Mr. Pasanen spent almost 16 years with Nokia and held a variety of roles, including research & development, technology management, quality, strategy and business development in Nokia’s former Mobile Phones and Multimedia business groups.  He has also been responsible for driving the innovation process for Nokia, based on consumer and business needs and overseeing Nokia’s research strategy and portfolio.  Before joining Nokia in 1993, Mr. Pasanen was with Tampere University of Technology (TUT), where he was a research scientist in the Signal Processing Laboratory.  In addition to his responsibilities at SITRA, Mr. Pasnanen acts as a business angel and makes investments to help several start-ups to prosper and develop their business.