Two trainees recruited for the Climate Fund’s Investments unit

Aida Heikkinen and Taru Mustalahti started as trainee analysts in the Climate Fund’s Investments unit in January. Heikkinen and Mustalahti are looking forward to their internship doing meaningful work for the climate and learning how to take emissions reductions into account in the assessment of investment targets. 

Aida Heikkinen, BSc (Tech.), joined the investments unit as a trainee analyst at the end of January. Aida is a first-year Master’s student at Aalto University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Aida spent the last two summers at Neste, most recently in their Commercial Operations team working with fuel deliveries for large retail customers. 

Climate issues have always been close to my heart. That is also why I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis on renewable aviation fuels and ended up working with renewable fuel solutions at Neste. I am very excited about the opportunity to intern at the Climate Fund, where investment targets are evaluated from the perspective of emissions reductions and not just profits. Most of all, I am looking forward to gaining new insight into innovative Finnish companies and projects. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to enabling the operations of Finnish companies that are solving the most significant climate challenges of our day and having an impact on the lives of every one of us”, Heikkinen says. 

Taru Mustalahti, MSc (Econ.), also joined the Investments unit as a trainee analyst at the end of January. Taru is a recently graduated Master of Economic Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä, where she majored in Banking and International Finance. Before her Master’s studies, she graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration specialising in finance from Jamk University of Applied Sciences. For the past few years, Taru has been working in customer service in the banking sector. 

The Climate Fund’s mission as a funder of innovative companies and new technologies contributes significantly to the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. That is why working here is so meaningful. My goals for the internship include getting to know more about the different sectors of Finnish industry and learning as much as I can about emissions-reduction potential assessment. I believe that my time at the Climate Fund will point my career in a fascinating direction, working for the green transition”, Mustalahti says.  

Both trainees will work in the Investments unit until the end of June. The Climate Fund’s Senior Lead, Investments, Jari Matero gives Heikkinen and Mustalahti a warm welcome to the Investments team: ”Our internship programme has gotten off to a great start and will continue in the spring of 2023. We hope that Aida and Taru will have interesting internships working with innovative Finnish companies in the Climate Fund’s project teams. 

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