FACES THAT MAKE PÖYRY GREAT - Terhi Renko

'I am motivated to help our clients and solve their problems in modern and new ways'

Terhi Renko, Head of Department for Water Services in Finland

Our goal is to deliver sustainable, environmentally preferable, low-cost and digital solutions whenever possible. 

I am the Head of Department for Water Services in Finland. The work includes consulting for Water Utilities, network flow modelling, GIS and stormwater management.

I have a doctoral degree in engineering (ecohydraulics and water resources). I did my Masters’ in 1998 and did hydraulics research and teaching in Helsinki University of Technology in 1998-2004. I also worked for the National Agency for Medicines as a senior specialist in statistical research of socio-economic equality of the medicine use in Finland. I joined Pöyry in May 2008 by coincidence, applying to work for an architect company that was bought by Pöyry.

I am motivated to help our clients and solve their problems in modern and new ways. The goal is to deliver sustainable, environmentally preferable, low-cost and digital solutions whenever possible. Many projects involve considering environmental and economic issues, clients’ customer relations and safety.

My favorite project is still the first I did at Pöyry as a project coordinator, a six-month project kicking off the merging of water utilities in the Helsinki region in 2008. I got to follow the work of the directors of five Water Utilities and learnt ways of decision-making, as well as interaction and influence in the planning phase. It has been the biggest learning experience in my ten-year consulting career, showing that work can be very versatile and it is possible to use everything you have ever learnt.