Pekka Laurila, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) & Co-founder of
“Pekka Laurila is the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE aims to launch and operate a constellation of micro-SAR satellites providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data.
ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturized a SAR satellite, creating a unit that is 100x more cost- efficient than the closest counterpart. With the 18 satellite constellation, ICEYE will offer its partners a set of unprecedented surveillance capabilities, accessing an area or interest faster, more frequently and at lower cost.
As CFO, Laurila has been instrumental in establishing company-wide financial procedures and raising funds for ICEYE, which has now received over $15M in recent capital infusions. As a nordic native from Finland watching the Arctic ice caps melt, Laurila joined forces with Rafal Modrzewski to create synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) microsatellites in hopes of ensuring the sustainability of global warming research.
Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Laurila played an instrumental role in Finland’s Aalto University Nanosatellite Program, where he studied as a student of the Engineering and Geoinformation Systems program. Using this engineering and entrepreneurial experience, Laurila helped to co-found a spin-out company of Aalto University, which would later become ICEYE.”