Our consultants

We are consultants with strong background and expertise in the field of personnel assessment and recruitment. After working also in HR and other occupational psychology positions, we have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of different clients as well as employees.

Inka Malmberg-Rajaniemi

Co-Founder, psychologist consultant
inka@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 40 9352601

I am a psychologist with a strong occupational psychology focus. My core competence is psychological personnel assessment, which I have worked with for several years. In addition, I have gained work experience as an occupational health psychologist and HR specialist. Through these positions, I have had the privilege to been able to consider recruitments and their successes from a variety of different viewpoints.

The most motivating thing in my work as an assessment consultant is the opportunity to use my expertise to support the client in making fitting hiring decisions. I am also motivated by helping candidates in strengthening their self-reflection, as well as hearing different career stories. I find my work as an assessment consultant versatile and inspiring, and I get to use my strengths in it.

Elina Suutarinen

Elina Suutarinen

Co-Founder, psychologist consultant
elina@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 40 0784091

I am a psychologist with a strong talent acquisition and personnel selection background. My core competence is in psychological personnel assessment which I have worked with for several years. I have also worked in one of the leading organizations in the field as an talent acquisition and employer branding specialist, focusing especially on management level recruitments and developing quality assessment methods and candidate oriented recruitment practices.

In my work as an assessment consultant, I am most motivated by applying psychological knowledge to business and acting as the client’s partner. Learning from different industries and organization cultures and hearing unique career stories inspires me daily. Our way of conducting assessments is aligned with my own values as I get to support both the employer and the candidate and provide quality information to help essential decision making.


lilli@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 50 5110822

I am an experienced occupational psychologist and entrepreneur. I have written my doctoral thesis about the factors that affect the objectivity in performance evaluation. My core competence is personnel assessment for C-level recruitments, and helping clients in transformations by mapping out the potential of personnel.

Earlier I worked as an entrepreneur at Psychologist agency Cresco Oy for 20 years. After selling the company, I operated as the Director of the company first at Opteam Oy and later as a part of Barona Group. 

My passion is the success of client´s key personnel choices and transformation. My own leadership and management experience and deep psychological expertise help me in my work.

Lilli Sundvik Advisor at IKIGAI Assessments.
Susanne Simelius.


Psychologist consultant
susanne@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 50 5566790

I am a psychologist consultant with strong interest in the psychological phenomena of working life. My core competence is work and organizational psychology, in which I have focused on both in my studies and in my previous work experience in personnel assessment and occupational health care.

My work is driven by client orientation, and I am committed to providing high quality service and delivering added value to both clients and candidates. In personnel assessment, I am most motivated by being a partner for the client and providing valuable information to support successful candidate selections. In addition, I am inspired by the opportunity to contribute to the building of meaningful careers for candidates.


Senior consultant
sanni@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 40 7388031

I am recruitment, talent acquisition and headhunting specialist experienced in various industries. I really enjoy being a part of developing meaningful work and my mission is to help our clients to find the best experts and people to succeed in their careers. My core competences are; recruiting, talent acquisition, headhunting, talent attraction, executive search, candidate experience, employer branding and experience, career coaching, project management and development.

I am driven by a genuine interest towards people and organizations. I dedicate myself to every assignment and every client and candidate are equally important to me. I am positive, efficient and solution-oriented partner for clients in all themes related to recruitment. I want to enable important encounters between people and organizations.

Sanni Kröger Senior consultant IKIGAI Assessments..
Mayling Laihosola Coordinator at IKIGAI Assessments.


mayling@ikigai-assessments.fi +358 50 5519766

I am a generalist, oriented in educational sciences. As a coordinator, I am responsible for the smooth process of personnel assessments. In addition, I am the contact person for candidates. Academic studies in General and Adult Education have deepened my understanding of people. To me, providing high quality and individual service is important and my strong customer service experience in large organizations has laid a good foundation for it. My kind and energetic way of working ensures fluent cooperation.

As a bilingual, I have always been interested in different cultures. Half of my relatives are from China, so I consider both Helsinki and Shanghai close to my heart. In Shanghai I enjoy the company of my relatives and the bustle of the big city and in Helsinki I enjoy the beautiful nature and the tranquility of everyday life.


saara@ikigai-assessments.fi | +358 50 3372333

I am a student of business administration and a future marketing professional. Through my studies I have learned about an individual’s ability to influence the development of an organization in its entirety. Accordingly, I am intrigued by the well-being of individuals in their work lives as well as the ability to influence it through successful recruitment processes.

I work as a coordinator and alike Mayling, I am responsible for the fluency of personnel assessments and the successfulness of candidate experiences. I am characterized by an active and considerate way of working. Throughout my extended history of customer service positions, I have been inspired especially through meaningful interactions with clients and colleagues. As someone having lived abroad, I am intrigued of how employees cultural diversity can further enrich a company’s operations.

Saara Loponen.

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