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.