Teuvo Pulkkinen was born in Varkaus, Finland and received his Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology. He started his professional career at A. Ahlstrom Corporation in Finland and became CEO of Ahlstrom Boilers. He relocated to San Diego in 1992 on assignment for Ahlstrom Pyropower Inc., and his experience includes work with several international power companies.
Teuvo has served on several boards professionally, as well as on the board of FinnFest San Diego in 2010-2011. He founded the Finlandia Foundation San Diego Chapter in 2015. He also established the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego and was its first president (2013-2015). He established the organization’s intern program and has been actively promoting and developing business relations between Finland and San Diego.
Teuvo serves as Finland’s Expatriate Parliament’s Alternate Deputy Speaker for USA and Latin America Regions. He was recently honored with Finland’s Knight of the Order of the Lion medal.
Teuvo and his wife Marjut live in San Diego, and spend their summers at their vacation home in Finland. They have two children and three grandchildren.