Risto Tornivaara

Senior Advisor, IHAN - Human-driven data economy, Sitra
Sitra. Kuva: Miikka Pirinen / SITRA
Sitra. Kuva: Miikka Pirinen / SITRA


Risto Tornivaara keeps the communication flowing between the IHAN® project and decision-makers and developers in the financial sector in Finland and Europe. His task is to bring together banks, insurance companies and asset management companies and help them understand the opportunities that IHAN® opens up in the human-driven data economy. This approach will allow financial institutions to offer more relevant new services to the customers.


Risto has worked in the financial sector for nearly four decades with roles ranging from business development to direct executive leadership. While building his career from a currency broker to CEO, he also witnessed first hand the dramatic rise of the financial sector from the depths of a crisis into a forerunner in the use of technology applications.

In recent years, he has refocused his interest in the development of the customer experience in a genuine dialogue with customers and the utilisation of new technologies in new, easy-access services.

What else?

During his recently increased free time, Risto enjoys a wide range of sports both indoors and outdoors, depending on the season. He and his wife are also regular visitors of opera festivals.

Risto is passionate about continuous personal development and learning, which will keep him busy as a senior advisor and a board member for a long time to come. Jowls in the wind, towards new adventures and new discoveries.