Company Advisors

The iProtoxi Board of Advisors is composed of experts in their specific fields of business.

Kari Vierimaa

Kari Vierimaa

Systems Architect at Mentor Graphics


I’m a former CTO, co-founder, and member of the board of Sarokal Test Systems Oy. Siemens acquired Sarokal Test System in 2018, and I continued as Systems Architect on Mentor a Siemens Business. Our success rise continuing.

Nothing is impossible. Some tasks are harder than others, and some need to fail as soon as possible that we have time for success.

I have over 20-year experience working with hardware and software designing. Starting from 3G and looking now to 6G horizon. All my career time, I have been working with FPGAs, Lattice, Altera, and Xilinx. Hard- and Soft-core processors, ARM, NIOS, and MicroBlaze, bare or with Linux. Seen product rise and falls, learn the magic of interest, and the importance of customers.

Nowadays, I deal with 5G testing, especially the fronthaul, and 5G PHY level. OBSAI, CPRI, eCPRI, RoE, O-RAN are a familiar fronthaul protocol to me. Some of those are also running top of other protocols like Ethernet. That for also Time-Sensitive Networking protocols like IEEE-1588 and SyncE is known.

The attraction of continuous learning and self-development keeps me up to date and bring new inventions. I follow news and trends on-field and academy. You can find me also from IEEE, JEDEC, and other standardizations comities.

Sayed Jawed

Sayed Jawed

Sales Director & Board Advisor, MEA & South Asia


Current Positions:

  • CEO, Vendor Junction
  • Board Member, iSTOC Oy
  • Board Advisor, Kipuwex Oy
  • Global Alliances & Collaboration Partner, Allied ICT Finland and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Previous Positions:

  • Regional Manager, Extreme Networks Inc.
  • Division Head, Converged Technologies. Westcon Group
  • Regional Manager, Cisco Systems
  • Country Manager, Tech Data Inc.


Sayed is a Business development, channel sales, marketing, and management professional with 19 years’ experience working with leading Fortune 50 international IT vendors and distribution companies in MEA & South Asia IT sector. He is industry-recognized for excellent work performed in the fields of brand management, distribution, enterprise, and SME and consumer IT sales development, corporate solutions sales, and brand/localized marketing.
Sayed has demonstrated expertise in establishing and managing the enterprise, SME and consumer IT business in key GCC, Levant, Africa, and South Asia growth markets consistently exceeding revenue and profitability goals, earning continuous promotions and corporate recognition. He has been successful in gaining market share by utilizing local market dynamics, devising market route strategies, brand positioning, channel/partners set-up and localized marketing to gain mindshare & business growth. Well adept as a business head, negotiator, and public speaker with well-developed skills in team leadership, strategy planning, decision-making, resource management, cost control, budgeting, quality system implementation-process-procedures, operational analysis, maintain compliance and management at a regional level.

Jouko Junkkari

Jouko Junkkari

Co-founder and Advisor, iProtoxi Oy, Independent ICT Professional and investor

Co-founder and Advisor, iProtoxi Oy. Independent ICT Professional and Investor.

Previously at Nokia 1987 – 2009 in various positions, from Program management to VP positions in R&D and Technology and Architecture management.

    Ari Takanen

    Ari Takanen

    Startup advisor. Technologies, Strategies, Global Growth, Sales and Marketing


    Interest areas: investor, Oulu/Finland region, specialist in startup growth, advisor for startups and growth businesses in sales and marketing, finance, channel strategies, M&A, growth hacking for startup, cybersecurity, mobile device management (MDM/EMM), security auditing, testing, fuzzing, situational awareness, C2, medical security, embedded devices, remote sensors, unmanned autonomous systems and aerial vehicles (UAV) and weird materials. Way too much stuff.

    Author of:

    Fuzzing for Software Security Testing and Quality Assurance (Artech House, 2008, 2nd ed. 2018)

    Securing VoIP Networks: Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Countermeasures (Pearson, 2007)


    Ari Takanen, business incubator, investor and advisor for startups. In the past he was co-founder of Codenomicon, which was acquired by Synopsys in 2015. Ari has since 1998 been studying information security issues in next generation networks and security critical environments. Street-smart in business, i.e. done most of the possible mistakes. =)

    Specialties: Entrepreneurship, startups, international marketing, sales; oh and too many conference talks on robustness testing, security testing tools, risk analysis tools, communication protocols, automated testing, fuzzing, fuzz testing

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