Kimmo Kääriä


Patana was a wonderful and safe environment to spend my teenage years in. A hotpot of different cultures and backgrounds that further broadened my horizons and awakened my curiosity for the many wonders of the world. It was a school full of extremely compassionate teachers that truly wanted us to prosper.

Nationality: Finnish

Years in Patana: Sept 95-June 99

Current Job: Partner at Salivirta & Partners

Role: Providing value to top healthcare providers and governmental agencies whilst strengthening our company’s sales functions and driving growth

What are your favourite memories of Bangkok Patana?

Patana was a wonderful and safe environment to spend my teenage years in. A hotpot of different cultures and backgrounds that further broadened my horizons and awakened my curiosity for the many wonders of the world. It was a school full of extremely compassionate teachers that truly wanted us to prosper. They sparked an eternal interest within me to learn and develop. Finland has long been known for its world renowned educational system so I’m quite confident in claiming that Patana is top-class. To top it all off, classmates that supported each other growing up and enjoyed creating wonderful memories for life.

What have you been doing since leaving Bangkok Patana School?

Having spent most of my childhood abroad I wanted to return to Finland upon graduating. I studied at the Helsinki School of Economics and got a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration. I worked part time at Nokia (which was at that time, amongst other things, the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer) around concepts of how to support mobile working. Since then I have been in several development, management and leadership roles, mostly in the healthcare sector. Now for the past four years I have been a partner at a management consultancy in healthcare amidst the largest healthcare reform in the history of Finland. I enjoy a good work-life-balance and get to spend time with my brilliant entrepreneur wife and two wonderful daughters aged 5 and 7. We love to travel and are planning on spend some years abroad soon.