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Heli Koukkula-Teixeira
Chief Operating Officer

Heli Koukkula-Teixeira acts as a Chief Operating Officer of SeaFocus®.


Heli has over 20 years of experience in international project co-ordination and event management. She has worked several years for the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland as an important member of the coordinating groups of international development programmes.

She also works as an Executive Director of the Finnish Waterway Association at the moment.


Furthermore, she has many years experience in organizing several international as well as national events, seminars and conferences from the idea to the implementation and co-operation with corporate and institutional bodies. Heli is a specialist in marketing and communication.


Heli works closely with companies active in Russia or Russian business and her wide area of skills, including the language skills are used in different fairly challenging but rewarding projects too.



  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, 1993, B.A. (Russian language and literature)


  • EU Project Manager training, Helsinki School of Economics, 2004

  • «На восток», Changing Russian Business Environment, Helsinki School of Economics, 2001-2002

  • Vocational Certification of Foreign Trade, Adulta - Centre for Adult Education, 2000



Finnish, English, Russian, Spanish (basics) Portuguese (basics)



  • WISTA, Womens’ International Shipping and Trade Association, member

  • Finnish-Russian Association, member

  • Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, member

  • Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics LOGY, member

  • Boardman Alumnus, Secretary of the Board




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