Steffen Knodt

Steffen Knodt is Director Digital Ventures for Wärtsilä in Helsinki / Finland.

Wärtsilä’s purpose is enabling sustainable societies with smart technology. Wärtsilä is shaping its markets by generating transformative results through collaboration, partnerships, market insight and active engagement in ecosystems. The Wärtsilä Digital Ventures team is fostering the collaboration between the corporate world and the startup ecosystems around the globe within its venturing model, e.g. by SparkUp Challenges and co-creation opportunities in Wärtsilä’s Digital Acceleration Centres in Helsinki and Singapore.

After completing his engineering studies at the RWTH Aachen / Germany Steffen Knodt worked in various managing positions at the Fraunhofer IPT Aachen and gained his PhD in production technology from RWTH. Steffen Knodt held various senior management positions at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth and Maersk in applied research & development and technology & innovation – as well he started his own venture AIXlabs. Steffen Knodt serves also as member of the board of the German Association for Marine Technology GMT / Hamburg, where he is heading the digital initiatives of the GMT in close collaboration across the maritime industry and academia, other associations and federal ministries.


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