Meet Our Team

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Heikki Leskinen
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 FOUNDER & CEO 

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Ira Sood

RESEARCH CONSULTANT

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Rémy Bertoli

 GROWTH & DIGITAL CONSULTANT 

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Noemi Poget

 COMMUNITY MANAGER 

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Rita Kerola

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Heikki Leskinen
Founder and CEO 

Prior to The NextGen Project, I have over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting, change management, and workshop facilitation. I have worked with senior executives and management teams around growth and transformation initiatives in various industries, such as telecommunications, banking, insurance, media, entertainment, manufacturing, travel, and retail.
While facilitating match-making sessions between startup founders and management teams, I realised the power of cross-generational and cross-disciplinary dialogue. That is how the idea of The NextGen Project was born: I wanted to build a community where senior executives can connect with exceptional young talent from various industries to come up with thought-provoking insights and perspectives for their businesses.
 
I am proud to say The NextGen Project has grown into an increasingly global network that embodies the values of diversity, inclusion and sustainable growth. 
 
Outside of work? I am a loving husband, a proud father, and a passionate instrument-rated pilot flying a Cirrus SR20 airplane.
 
 
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Remy Bertoli 
Growth & Digital Consultant 

Pastry-loving traveler, sauna fan and a brutally honest marketer, Rémy is a Growth Marketing enthusiast, serial intra- and entrepreneur, and Digital Consultant, but above all a Social Architect – he builds up his energy through meeting and exchanging with people.

Currently working as a Growth Marketing Manager at Leadoo Marketing Technologies, the fastest growing MarTech company in the Nordics, he is also the Founder

of Bertoli Digital, his own digital agency specialised in no-code solutions for freelancers, startups & SMEs.

With more than 5 years of experience in the digital industry, he has had the opportunity to experience and learn how to grow brands online.


Highly active and involved in local startups and entrepreneurs communities in Helsinki, he often takes part in workshops and panel discussions while striving to stay connected to nature and living a sustainable lifestyle.

 
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Noemi Poget

Community Manager

Noemi Poget wears different hats all connected by one red thread, her passion for people. After an academic career as a Papyrologist at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Noemi became a Paramedic to see what she was worth outside of a library. 

Her interest in a holistic approach to any situation has then led her to open her yoga school before taking one more career turn and entering the startup world in Helsinki, Finland where she worked as the Community Manager of the Nordics’ leading startup campus Maria 01.

 

Beside taking care of The NextGen Project’s community members, Noemi now puts her rich background to the service of others as a Life Coach while being on the advisory board of Lincoln Academy, Utah, in the role of International Internships.