Betolar brings together a dynamic team of individuals, each providing their particular expertise and integral role in the company:

Core team. 

Urpo Löytönen


Urpo has 30 years of management experience in the construction industry. He has built extensive knowledge in the field having for example served as a technical director at a leading concrete element producer in Finland.

Juha Leppänen

CTO & Founder

As the founder of Betolar, Juha has deep expertise in industrial production processes and over 18 years of entrepreneurial experience in multiple fields.

Maria Korppi

Scientific Director

Maria has a broad international background in experimental physics both in academia and within the industry. She has also experience in commercializing technological innovations and scaling-up businesses. At Betolar, she is our expert in materials research and technological application development.

Mirja Piispanen

Chief Scientist

Completed a PhD in inorganic chemistry and having an extensive research background regarding geopolymers, Mirja is the key contributor to Betolar’s R&D in recipe formulation to seek out the highest quality solutions for our partners and customers.

Pete Ahonen

Product Manager

Pete has 15 years of experience in management and engineering projects both in Finland and abroad. At Betolar, Pete is our project management expert and makes sure that projects are managed with a lean and customer-oriented approach.

Matias Heinänen


Matias has a deep understanding of managerial accounting and long comprehensive background working with numbers. He is a passionate business developer with a strong capability to lead operations at Betolar.

Tarja Niemelin

Product Development Manager

Tarja has a strong expertise in circular economy and she is experienced in waste and industrial by-product utilisation in infra construction projects, as well as CO2 and LCA calculations. At Betolar, Tarja works in our R&D projects.

Board of directors.

Timo Mäkelä

Timo has extensive knowledge and experience related to the transition to carbon-neutral societies and circular economy. He has served in senior management positions in the EU and other international and national institutions on environmental and sustainable development policies and finance.

Juha Pinomaa

As an executive chairman, Juha actively supports the team in expanding the business and building partnerships internationally. Juha has over 25 years of experience in international business, for instance leading Nokia’s expansion in Asia and working as the CEO of Suunto.

Raif Nisametdin

Being an entrepreneur and investor, Raif’s expertise in scaling companies in various industries, including clean tech, is a strong asset for Betolar.


Ajanta oy


Betolar is backed up by strong investors such as Ajanta. Ajanta is one of Finland’s leading family-owned investment companies and an active developer of unlisted companies including clean tech such as Scandinavian biogas.

Betolar has also angel investors that understand the field and provide strategic advice.