Three trainees join the Climate Fund

Claudia Kovács and Laura Luukkonen joined the Climate Fund’s Investments team as trainee analysts in early August. They will be joined by Alma Tuunainen, starting as a trainee in the Communications and Sustainability team at the beginning of September. 

Claudia Kovács, BBA (Business Administration), took up the position of Trainee Analyst in the Investments unit on 1 August. Kovács is in her second year in the Aalto University’s Creative Sustainability Master’s degree programme, building on her international studies in accounting and finance. Claudia has several years of experience in financial administration, auditing and assurance positions, most recently in publicly funded project auditing and sustainability reporting assurance.

“Being able to promote the Climate Fund’s societal objectives and Finnish solutions, which mitigate climate change is a fantastic opportunity. The Climate Fund provides a unique perspective on impact investment and innovations that enable emissions reductions in a variety of sectors”, Kovács says.

Laura Luukkonen, BSc (Economics and Business Administration), also started as a Trainee Analyst in the Investments unit on 1 August. Luukkonen is enrolled in the Aalto University’s Master’s Programme in Finance. She is a Bachelor of Science and has worked in accounting positions in the real estate industry.

A trainee position at the Climate Fund gives a great vantage point on green finance, which I hope to continue working with after graduation. I cannot wait to get to know my team and tackle projects from all sectors. I am sure that I can learn a lot from start-up phase companies and the daily work of an analyst motivates me in my internship. The Climate Fund is a unique employer, whose values and goals I share. It is a privilege to be joining a company genuinely committed to mitigating climate change,” Luukkonen says.

Both trainees will work in the Investments team until the end of January 2023. The Climate Fund’s Senior Lead, Investments, Jari Matero gives Kovács and Luukkonen a warm welcome to the Investments team: “It is great that the Climate Fund has started a trainee programme which provides students with internships. We hope that Claudia and Laura will have interesting internships working with innovative Finnish companies as part of the Climate Fund’s project teams.”

Student of political science Alma Tuunainen will join the Climate Fund as Communications and Sustainability Trainee on 1 September. The internship lasts until the end of March 2023. Tuunainen studies political science and communications at the University of Helsinki, with multi-disciplinary environmental studies as a secondary subject. She has communications and climate advocacy experience from the students’ union, her student organisation, as well as at the EU level from Generation Climate Europe.

“The things that intrigue me the most about working at the Climate Fund are the concrete impact of green investments on resolving the climate crisis and having a chance to do meaningful work with a real impact on society. My internship allows me to link my interest in climate issues with my studies, and I am eager to start in the Climate Fund’s Communications and Sustainability team”, says Tuunainen.

The Climate Fund’s Director, Communications and Sustainability, Saara Mattero, welcomes Tuunainen to the company: ”We are excited to have Alma join our Communications and Sustainability team. Out of the nearly fifty candidates, Alma convinced us with her solid communications expertise and active participation in climate work. Welcome to the Climate Fund!”

More information:

Saara Mattero, Communications and Sustainability Director, tel. +358 400 114 777,

The Climate Fund is a state-owned special-assignment company. Its operations focus on combating climate change, boosting low-carbon industry and promoting digitalisation. The Climate Fund invests in large-scale projects in which the company’s investment is crucial for the project’s success or will enable it to be realised sooner or on a larger scale.

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