Ernesto Hartikainen

Project Director, Sitra


Ernesto Hartikainen is the project manager of the Climate Solutions focus area. A Finnish-Cuban expert with master’s degrees in technology and in economics and business administration, Ernesto speaks several languages and always has a smile on his face. He is confident that the extremely distinguished climate experts in his team will be able to effectively contribute to solving the greatest challenge facing our society: global warming. Ernesto is responsible for the management and implementation of the project entity as part of Sitra’s Carbon-neutral circular economy theme.


Ernesto is the person to contact if you need to speak with an expert on circular economy and climate issues or want to discuss the strategy and new initiatives of Sitra’s Carbon-neutral circular economy theme.

At Sitra, Ernesto has previously worked in specialist areas including the global circular economy, the EU, the bioeconomy and strategic foresight. In his earlier career he worked in the forest and energy industries and as a business management consultant.

Ernesto has master’s degrees in chemical forest products technology and in economics in the field of management and international business.

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In his free time Ernesto likes to dance. His signature move used to be shifting from scorpion to hollow-back. Today, he settles with machete.

Ernesto believes that future generations will laugh when they remember how people today carry their personal computers in their pockets or purses, when it is so much more convenient to wear a streaming microchip projector on one’s forehead.

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