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Global consulting firm Pöyry seeks higher engagement with AIT

Pöyry, a leading global consulting and engineering firm focusing on energy, forest industry, infrastructure and environment, wants to enhance its engagement with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). It seeks a greater level of association with AIT experts, and will consider engaging highly qualified students as interns and for longer work placements.

Global consulting firm Pöyry seeks higher engagement with AIT

Anja Silvennoinen

At AIT on 2 February 2016, a four-member delegation led by Anja Silvennoinen, Pöyry Executive Vice President identified energy and water as potential fields of collaboration. They welcomed the suggestion of working together in the field of hydropower, smart grids, pulp and paper.

Introducing Pöyry, Mr. Knut Sierotzki, Director, Hydropower and Renewable Asia, stated that with 6000 experts, their company implements 10,000 projects annually resulting in a revenue of 571 million Euros in 2015. “Nearly 100,000 MW of installed capacity in the hydropower sector has gone through our desk since 1950, and is almost 10 per cent of the global capacity,” he added. He mentioned that Pöyry and AIT have been cooperating since the past three decades, and the hydraulic laboratory at AIT has been the scene of many modelling studies. The two have also cooperated in the field of telecom and pulp and paper technologies.

AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai remarked that AIT is moving towards greater partnerships with the private sector. Citing the Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC 2015) hosted by AIT in July 2016, Prof. Worsak said that this forum served as a platform for various partners to prepare a joint ASEAN position paper for COP21. “We have helped policy makers and practitioners to come together, and we are now working closely with the private sector,” the AIT President added. Prof. Worsak also explored a possible revival of partnership with Pöyry in Pulp and Paper Technologies.

Anja Silvennoinen appreciated AIT’s endeavor to bridge the gap between policy makers and practitioners, stating that she would like to know more about the Institute. Also interacting with AIT were Dr. Markku Oksanen, Vice President, Hydropower; and Mr. Petteri Harkki, Managing Director, Thailand.

Dr. Abdul Salam of Energy Field of Study from AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas of Water Engineering and Management Program from the School of Engineering and Technology (SET) identified potential areas of collaboration with Pöyry. Arturo Gementiza Roa of WEM highlighted the work done at AIT’s Hydraulic Lab, stating that AIT has already executed projects worth 31 million Baht for Pöyry.

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Resource Development; Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut, Vice President for Research; Prof. Prof. Ioan D Marinescu, Senior Advisor to AIT President; Prof. Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, SERD; Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe, Director, Fundraising; Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary; Ms. Izel Ann M Dante, Head, Administration; and Mr. Shawn Kelly, Acting Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO) also joined the deliberations.

More details are available at this link: http://www.poyry.com/