Our team

People behind the project and the stories.

Here are the awesome people who are behind the project. Contact us today, we are eager to create your story.

Tina Karme

CEO of Sustory, MS.c. (Econ.) / M.Sc. candidate in Responsible Management & Climate Change, Dr Candidate on Leadership in Peace and Balance

Tina is a storyteller, connector, and influencer. She has many roles as an expert and has strong knowledge in leadership, strategy, team building, sustainable development, and climate action. Her extensive Global Ecosystems pulls on action and knowledge from a broad variety of influencers for action accelerating sustainable development and opportunities. She is also been globally invited as a Key Note speaker and educator at international conferences. Tina is still involved in several global initiatives related to sustainability. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the UNITAR MSIM Program mentoring students on their path of specialization in Climate Action and Responsible Management. She is also doing her DBA at European Business University on Alternative Leadership Models that promote an Inspirational Future. She acts as Chair of the 2022 Initiative Foundation accelerating sustainability through inspiration. She supports finding solutions, not only identifying problems. Tina is a solution and action-orientated individual.

You usually hear and recogize Tina through her flowing laughter and positivity. 

Contact Tina

+358 50 520 8880
[email protected].  

Niklas Green

M.Sc candidate in finance, B.Sc in finance, Bachelor in Business Administration 

Niklas is finalising his MSc in  Finance and holds both a BSc in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has also studied at both the Fudan University in Shanghai and the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Coming from a family with generations of entrepreneurs, Niklas has been discussing business decisions and the economy in general at breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past 28 years. Besides working as a Business Consultant at Sustory he is a Contributor at Ambitious Africa, Finance Manager at Academic Business Consulting, Co-owner and member of the board at a wholesale and investment company and has more than 12 years’ experience from working in retail.  Niklas passions include behavioral finance, exploring new cultures and places as well as boating in the Finnish archipelago with his family. Niklas is always up for new challenges and enjoys long conversations and brainstorming.  

Contact Niklas

+358 40 835 1145
[email protected] 

Helena Sarcone

Sustory Project Manager / M.Sc. International Management / B.S. Anthropology

Helena is a life-long Alaskan who believes in a more sustainable world facilitated by connectivity, collaboration, and co-creation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and recently graduated from Franklin University Switzerland with a M.Sc. in International Management with an emphasis on Climate Action. In her early career, Helena worked and collaborated with rural Alaskan communities to document sanitation infrastructure needs where she learned the value of a trans-disciplinary and integrated approach to challenges. In her work, Helena is team-oriented, adaptive, and value driven. Her most recent projects were with UNITAR and acting as co-founder/Vice President of oikos Lugano. Helena is motivated to pursue a career working with communities and organizations to respond to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

In her free time, Helena loves to make people laugh and explore new places in her penguin print socks.

Contact Helena

[email protected]

Michael Garlid

Youth Board Advisory / M.Sc. International Management / B.A. Global Studies

Born in Costa Rica but raised in the United States, Michael began considering the impacts of national and subnational borders at a young age. His curiosity and interest in learning about the other side of these divisions has taken him all over the world. From student exchange trips to Sweden and Germany to medical volunteer trips to rural India and Bangladesh, his travels have continued to provide valuable lessons in human connection and resilience. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies at Arizona State University where he had the opportunity to study foreign policy design in Washington, D.C., before moving to Switzerland to pursue a master’s degree in International Management. Michael has worked on projects with the U.S. Department of State, UN Habitat, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and co-founded a chapter of oikos International in Lugano, Switzerland. He has a passion for international exchange opportunities, believing that understanding different cultural perspectives is key to forming new ideas to old problems. More broadly, he hopes to pursue opportunities that support international diplomacy through exchanges.


In his free time, when he isn’t watching travel shows, Michael finds time to browse AirBnBs for trips he hasn’t planned.

Contact Michael

[email protected]

Erin Nickels

Sustainable Healthcare Driver / M.Sc. International Management emphasis on Climate Action / B.A. in Biology

Erin is passionate about holistic healing patterns and practices, taking consideration of all factors and sides to each story before drawing out the root cause, underlying issue, and bigger picture. Fascinated by the study of life sciences, she pursued her undergraduate degree in Biology with a strong affinity for topics surrounding Genetics, Local Flora, and Ecology. With nine years of experience in the medical field, she ventures to protect public health by promoting climate action that heals the planet from unsustainable practices. A few examples of her passions put into practice include; focusing on responsible leadership by promoting the health of shift workers, encouraging innovations in the healthcare industry as part of a woman-led healthcare coalition, and seeking to persuade leaders within the healthcare industry to support national carbon tax legislation in the United States through the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Having practical experiences with the United Nations and various international teams, she values a diversity of voices and perspectives through all endeavors. Her goal is to incorporate these points of view into innovative solutions on an international scale.

She takes pride in her holistic and empathic approach to others as well as our planet. However, recognizing these traits in the next generation through her nieces and nephew in California is what truly makes her heart sing.

Contact Erin

[email protected]

Laura Kukkonen

MSc in conservation biology, BSc in zoology

Laura recently graduated from university with international education in the life sciences. She has had a strong interest in nature from an early age, which has led her to work in field research and community engagement. Her other interests include equality, sustainability, and writing. In her volunteer work at UN Women Finland, she utilizes her translation and language competence to bring the issues of equality to a larger audience. In all of her work, Laura aims to utilize her interdisciplinary interests and empathy to improve the well-being of humans and nature.

In her free time, Laura is a voracious reader. If she is not reading books, you will likely find her on a long walk or playing boardgames with friends.

Contact Laura

Pauliina Sievänen

Responsible Sales Development Made by Heart, Bachelor of Business Administration

This is what my colleagues think of me: ”Pauliina does her job with expertise and a big smile on her face.” I listen to my customers wishes to better understand their difficulties and always try to find the best solutions for them. Working for my own values ​​is important to me, and I want to help companies identify and act on their values aswell. On my free time I spend time with my dog ​​Pablo, as well as working with the children. I work with a nonprofit organization that teaches children traditional games.

I am also a sports advisor and a personal trainer, which means that i’m always ready to do some sports activities with you!

Contact Pauliina

+358 40 750 5223
[email protected]

Ilkka Laine

Business development at Sustory, eMBA in Service Excellence / Specialist Qualification in Management / BBA Environmental Management

Ilkka is a keen listener and great at solving problems with profitable solutions. I have worked in sales for over 10 years in different service companies. I have a very particular set of skills understanding daily life in managerial role. Over the years I have been active citizen in volunteering activity such as JCI and Round Table. I have been in several board member roles in the local chapters. I was among one of the first ever graduates in Environmental management programs. I know that sustainability and corporate responsibility is a truly profitable business and I love to share some ideas how these can be easily adapted to different organizations.

I am also an amateur stand up comedian so I am always looking for a good time while working.

Contact Ilkka

+358 45 324 3456
[email protected]

Nina Lepistö

Fluency and Collaboration Enabler at Sustory, Bachelor of Business Administration

Nina has a passion for working on systemic change and innovative solutions for the future. Nina is a thinker, who enjoys long deep philosophical discussions on what could be, rather on what currently is. During her career, Nina has been recruiting young people for their first job (e.g. as a manager at McDonalds) and mentored them into their first real job. Nina also has a lot of experience in retail.  

Nina is a patient person orientated individual with good team working skills and abilities to get the job done. Nina has excellent verbal skills and is fascinated by texts and stories. Often you find Nina reading a book. She always has a book in progress, as once she finishes one, she quickly moves on to the next one.

Contact Nina

+358 45 105 1996
[email protected]

Kim Karme

M.SC. (ECON), CMC, Honorary chair of finnish management consultant institute, certified iso 20700 trainer, educator

Kim has been working as  a business advisor since 1991. He has a strong reputation especially in design thinking, productivity improvement, and supply chain management. He has at several occasions advised multi-national companies on direct investments and cross-border trade. Kim is giving several international presentations and lectures in different universities and institutes about management consulting. He has received a honorary mention in consulting competition and a reward as the consulting project of the year. Kim has been 5 years the Chair of the Finnish Management Consultants Association and is a past member of the Board at the UN NGO International Council of Management Consultants. Kim is also a certified trainer of the ISO 20700 standard of Management Consulting Services. Kim has pleasant and extrovert personality. 

Contact Kim

+358 50 411 5458
[email protected]

Tarek Fahmy

Innovation Consultant, Service Designer and a Motivational Speaker, MBA candidate in Service Innovation and Design 

Tarek is a passionate service designer with a Mediterranean twist. He is a born and bred utopian. He is at his best when creating innovative ideas that bypass the brain’s scanner and reach straight to the heart. He has designed several global co-creative development projects and solutions for different sectors in multiple countries like South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Egypt, Jordan, United States, Germany and Finland.  Tarek enjoys designing for sustainability and executing circular economy solutions. He believes that patience and humility are very essential in our temporary human experience. Tarek also believes that extraordinary things are built with laughter.

Contact Tarek

+358 41 583 8790
[email protected]

Venla Välimaa

Media-Assistant, Bachelor canditate in digital design & communication

Venla has great skills in different kind of softwares. She is a student at the University of Applied Sciences Metropolia. She has five years of experience on different types of digital media works. Her passion is graphic design, ui- & ux-designing and web services. She has exceptional multitasking skills and you usually have her working on more than two different projects at the same time.

Venla enjoys her free time with her friends and family.  She is also a very passionate ice cream lover.

Venla is the mastermind behind all the cool visual stuff & website for the project while handling all communications of the project development phases.

Contact Venla

+358 44 364 5000
[email protected]

Marjut Rautiainen

M.Sc. (Eng), Professional Teacher, SSBB

Marjut has a strong, global reputation in energy efficiency, business and production improvements. She has over 20 years of experience as a management consultant. Her portfolio includes a broad variety of improvement projects for large global and local companies. Marjut is an expert in communication and support functions. Her key competences include change management and project management among many other things. Her passion is in storytelling and making sense of global challenges in order to support sustainable long-term development in organisations.

Marjut enjoys long bikerides in the forests, innovative developments of the city and a good cup of coffee.

Contact Marjut

+358 44 366 9001
[email protected]


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