A journey of continuous learning
“I am excited to be part of the transformation towards 100% renewable energy future. It has been an amazing journey of continuous learning. It started from the Project Development team where I learned to stand in an investor's shoes, to my current role where I am working with a team that has the world's best knowhow of understanding and modelling of future power systems.”
Before, Saara Kujala worked four years for Wärtsilä in Singapore as a Manager, Project Development, regularly visiting nearby markets in all of Southeast Asia. During her time in Singapore, Saara had the opportunity to witness the rapidly changing energy market as a Financial Analyst and later as a Manager in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Project Development function. Currently, her title in Helsinki is General Manager, Business Development.
To Saara, working with people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds is an inspiring experience. During her 10 years as a Wärtsilian, she has seen small things lead to big changes. “Even the smallest of things can bring about big changes, such as giving people access to electricity or enabling an increase in the share of renewable energy sources.”
Saara emphasises that now, more than ever, enabling the production and use of renewable energy is imperative for the well-being of the planet and everybody on it, and this is where Wärtsilä’s vision of the transition to 100% renewable energy future is valuable. Saara is motivated by her drive to create a better future, freedom to learn and the multicultural setting. She sees herself as a catalyst taking great ideas in the company to action.
Saara thinks that Wärtsilä has always been an innovative company, willing to understand business from customers viewpoint. “This willingness to invest in projects alongside our customers attracted me to join Wärtsilä Development and Financial Services team in the first place. From those days, we have grown to be an energy thought leader and a strategic advisor to our customers. This is a truly amazing journey. We have a vision on the transition towards a 100% renewable energy system. In addition, we can also tell how much this shift will cost and provide guidance on the system flexibility and the technologies required on the way. There are few, if any, companies able to do the same.”
10 years after being hired fresh out of school, Saara is happy to have spent all her professional career at Wärtsilä. Her dream of an international job is well delivered: with Wärtsilä having customers in about 180 countries and colleagues from over 130 nationalities, there’s always something new to learn, hear, and see.