Valoa is a Finnish technology company with a global social ambition: to facilitate a good understanding of the impact of interventions — be they public initiatives or private industrial investments.
We rely on a strong core competence in monitoring and evaluation of social performance, and the front and back-end competences required for a digital platform to assess social impact, and to produce dashboards which are understood and liked by our clients.
We are proud of our social analytics and digital know-how, but our strongest claim is to be able to blend in and understand our clients and the environments in which they operate.
Chief Executive Officer
For thirty years Emery has worked in fragile countries, on fast moving initiatives worldwide. His focus is on mapping and reporting on the effects and consequences of these initiatives, a body of knowledge called social impact assessment. He became acutely aware of the possibilities of harnessing digital technology to improve the ways in which such information is produced and shared with all stakeholders. Working for UN peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, mining and energy companies, he applies tested analytical frameworks to the right technology at Solsten.
Emery is a graduate of Yale University and London School of Economics.
A seasoned management consultant, a financier, and investor in SMEs, Phillip’s skills focus on risk analysis and project management. More recently he has specialised in supporting social enterprises, including work in fragile states. He has structured and executed a range of transactions, in a variety of sectors and businesses, from early stage to mature; and helped establish a number of start-ups. At Valoa Phillip specialises in due diligence, risk tracking, and efficiency evaluation.
Phillip attended Royal Holloway, University of London 1985/8, earned a BA, Economics & Public Administration, and City & East London College, 1984/5, passed the Institute of Bankers exams.
Chief Technical Officer
An expert in research, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning, George has worked for two decades directing monitoring and evaluation for programs in humanitarian relief, political transitions, migration, and the energy transition.
George’s extensive experience includes gathering data in insecure and inaccessible environments, using rapid data collection, discreet on-the-ground observation, satellite photography, social media monitoring, and other techniques. He has worked in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa for humanitarian organizations, governments, the private sector, and the UN.
George has an MS degree from American University and a BA from The Evergreen State College. He is based in the United States.
Kristiina Rintakoski is Director for Peace and Reconciliation at the Felm. She has over 20 years of experience in policy analysis and programme planning in conflict resolution, mediation support and peacebuilding. Before joining Felm she worked at Crisis Management Initiative for 10 years, leading the development of CMI’s crisis management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects and activities.