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An independent policymaker and professional. Working as Senior Advisor for Solved Ltd., and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. I have worked on environmental issues in private consultancy as well as in innovation development for 40 years. I have an extensive career in business management and development, venture capital investments and in green innovation. I am professionally experienced in the fields of clean technologies, climate change, urban energy efficiency, resources management, industrial symbiosis, circular economy and urban and regional development. Currently I am an independent consultant and senior advisor of Solved Ltd. after retiring 1st of March 2016 from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, an independent public foundation which operates directly under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament (www.sitra.fi). I was the founder and the director of the Finnish Innovation Fund's environmental sector and ecological sustainability theme area. I founded the ecological sustainability business area for Sitra in 2005. Under my leadership, Sitra has carried out extensive innovation programmes in the areas of cleantech, energy efficiency, industrial symbiosis, resource efficiency, responsible mining, rural development and circular economy. The programs have included the implementation of experimental development projects, project financing and venture capital investments. After ten years, ecological sustainability covered more than one third of Sitra´s activities. The mission of the work has been to foster conditions for green growth, which, in turn, improves Finland's competitiveness and well-being in this area. I have been responsible for all activities of the area as executive director and member of the management board. Prior to joining Sitra in 2005, I had an extensive career in urban and regional planning and development, as well as carrying out top management positions in environmental consulting since 1979. I worked as the Commercial Director of Pöyry Group (www.poyry.com), a global consulting and engineering firm; before this, I was the President and CEO of Soil and Water Ltd, and worked as head consultant in Geoengineers Ltd (Ramboll). During the extensive consulting work, I have been carrying out mergers and acquisitions of consulting companies, implementing and leading a wide range of projects in the fields of environmental protection, city planning, regional development and infrastructure development. I have also been leading and implementing several national strategic development projects for ministries in different countries. I re-organised and founded the Koli Forum Association for the development of bio-economy, and was also the first Secretary General of the association. In addition, I have had numerous board memberships in companies, and still have positions and board memberships in, amongst others, WWF Finland, RYM Oy – a build environment innovation company, as well as Solved Ltd – a cleantech network company. I have been a member of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development. I was honored to receive the President´s honorary title of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2014.