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Meet the mentors

One of the most rewarding ways to get involved in the Ericsson Innovation Awards is to serve as a mentor to one of the semi-finalists teams, helping them to turn their idea into a viable solution.

Ebru Siki

Ebru Siki

Ebru is one of our trusted Sourcing Category Managers in Turkey. Here is what she says when asked how it is to be part Ericsson Innovation Awards.

“Being part of EIA is truly a highlight of my working career at Ericsson. This is my second time being a mentor, so my experience and leadership skills has now grown globally in different projects. I started out volunteering because I wanted to improve leadership skills. I don’t want to sit back and wait for opportunities to come to me. I believe and trust this EIA mentoring project brings me new perspectives, innovative ideas, and simplification in my working life.”

Sundara Pandian Ravindran

Sundara Pandian Ravindran

Sundar works at our R&D Chennai center in India. He is normally working as a Program Manager within Ericsson Digital Services handling the Roadmap Portfolio and Personalized Notification Solution of Revenue Manager Offering. When asked about his experiences being an Ericsson Innovation Awards mentor he says:

“It’s been a great experience so far with EIA. As a mentor, it’s an absolute delight to relish in the technology and innovation side of the competition. Also, all the interactions with the students so far have just been phenomenal. The energy I get from working with them is just great! It will be an exciting journey for the next few months, where we continue to innovate, iterate and reach outside of our comfort zone to hopefully reach for the finals in Stockholm later this fall.“

Juho Vieruaho 

Juho Vieruaho 

Juho is one of our Service Delivery Managers for Europe and Latin America. When asked about his experiences of being a mentor in the Ericsson Innovation Awards he says:

“Working with EIA is truly the highlight of my working year. This is my third time being a mentor, so my experience has now grown from coaching only locally to globally. I started out volunteering primarily because of my masters degree in innovation management, but now I know that nothing beats the feeling of working with a great bunch of enthusiastic and optimistic students – you could say that this is the fountain of my own innovative spirit!”

Andrei Cepoi

Andrei Cepoi

Andrei works as Head of Category Intelligence for Ericsson Networks, but now he is also one of our mentors for the Ericsson Innovation Awards. Here is what he says when asked about his experience so far:

“I have dedicated the last years of my professional life to improve my leadership skills, including being trained and certified in coaching, mentoring, and public speaking. I have always loved to work with bright minds and the EIA is a great channel to get involved while helping young people grow and perform in the everchanging business environment. Currently, I am working towards my Ph.D. in Leadership thus working with students will help me as much as I contribute towards their development. 

Kati Hakala

Kati Hakala

Kati works as a Service Engineer in Finland where she is also part of our R&D department. She has a strong experience from global services in network management and assurance. Here is what she says when asked how it is to be part Ericsson Innovation Awards:

"My passion is in people, how they behave, what they think, why and how to design and develop better products and services for people who use them. I used to be an athlete so being coached and coaching others is in my blood - it's the way I grew up. The students have an open mind and the potential is endless, it's priceless to be able to guide and mentor them."

Cristina Ana Maria Albani

Cristina Ana Maria Albani

Cristina is part of the Managed Services Marketing and Communications team and drives communications globally for some of the awesome delivery teams across Romania, India, Mexico and China. When asked about her experiences of being a mentor in the Ericsson Innovation Awards she says:

"Working in the Marketing & Communications team I am part of different exciting projects where I get the opportunity to coach leaders and to be an advisor to our teams. But being a mentor and coaching a group of students who want to change the world and improve the quality of life is one of the best experiences so far. This is the second time I had the opportunity to coach some of the younger generations future rockstars and what I learned from them gave me the energy and passion to overcome any of the daily work challenges."