Juha Mäkikalli – Honorary Consul of Finland
Appointed to serve as the Honorary Consul of Finland for the State of Colorado in 2010, Juha Mäkikalli assists Finnish citizens and supports Finland’s interests in promoting business, cultural, economic, educational, and research relations in Colorado.
A native of Finland, Juha received a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland. Juha worked in sales and account management at Finnish companies operating internationally before relocating to Colorado in 2000 to establish a U.S. subsidiary for Novo Group, a Finnish information technology company. Following Novo’s merger with WM-Data of Sweden, he decided to stay in Colorado.
Juha joined Jeppesen (a subsidiary of Boeing) in 2006 as a Business Development Executive. Since 2010, he has been working as a Project/Program Manager on a number of strategic initiatives typically involving a cross-organizational and cross-cultural team with participation from multiple organizational levels. Juha’s decade of Jeppesen and Boeing experience includes a variety of projects and programs in the areas of business development, M&A integration, divestitures, organizational changes, and internal process improvement.
Music has been a major interest for Juha since early childhood. He is a classically trained amateur pianist and a former member of the YL Male Voice Choir (Finland), Tokai Male Choir (Japan), and the Sound of the Rockies (Colorado). More recently, Juha has focused on supporting his three sons in their music endeavors including the Colorado Children’s Chorale and other choirs. Additionally, he frequently enjoys the performances of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and various other local ensembles.