Professors of practice always work part time (typically 20–50%) in addition to their regular duties. The goal is for professors of practice to strengthen the University’s community relations and visibility.
The position of professor of practice is filled by invitation. Since the position is not based on academic merit, no assessment procedure will be used in the appointment process. Professors of practice are not considered to be professorial staff.
Docent Jouni Keronen, DSc (Tech), has had a long and distinguished career in leading positions in the energy sector. His previous employers have included Fortum and Imatran Voima. From 2014 to 2021, Keronen was CEO of the Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), which has grown into Europe’s largest climate–business network. Since 2022, he has served on a part-time basis as chair of the CLC’s Advisory Board and as an advisor to the CLC. During his career, Keronen has served as an expert member in a number of prominent Finnish organisations, and is currently vice-chair of the Finnish government’s Climate Policy Round Table. He has established significant international networks. In addition, he has been granted the title of docent by LUT University.
The Faculty of Science has invited Jouni Keronen to a part-time (25%) professorship of practice in the field of atmospheric research and climate change for a fixed term of five years from 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2027.
During his long career at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Teemu Siiskonen, PhD, has served in several positions, including as head of laboratory and senior scientist. Since 2019, Siiskonen has also held the position of deputy director at STUK’s Department of Environmental Radiation Surveillance. He is also a visiting scientist and project leader at the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP). During his professional and research career, Siiskonen has served in a number of significant national and international positions as an expert member.
The Faculty of Science has invited Teemu Siiskonen to a part-time (20%) professorship of practice in the field of radiation dosimetry and interaction mechanisms for a fixed term of five years from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2027.
Dr. Michael Burnard is an internationally distinguished researcher who is originally for US but moved to Slovenia to earn his PhD. Dr. Burnard has an excellent experience from positions in academic organizations, business management, and science-to-policy interface institutions in Europe and USA. In Europe, he has pioneered the development of wood-based construction through a Living Lab with his active role in its design and operations the InnoRenew CoE (Slovenia). He is a leader in academic networks, and is currently the Vice-President of InnovaWood and also a board member the Society for Wood Science and Technology among other duties.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry has invited Dr. Michael Burnard to serve as a part-time professor of practice in Sustainable Wood Construction and Healthy Living Environments for a fixed term of two years.
Mikko Kuusela, PhD, has worked in a variety of actuarial positions of high responsibility for more than 15 years in both the private and public sectors. As of 2021, Kuusela has been the director of pensions and a member of the management team at Finance Finland. Kuusela completed his doctoral thesis in applied mathematics at the University of Helsinki in 2004. In addition, he completed the actuary qualification approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (‘SHV’) in 2007 and the CBM (Certified Board Member) training programme of the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland in 2020. Kuusela has participated actively in insurance-sector training and its development. He also has significant international expertise and experience, having served, for example, on the OECD Working Party on Private Pensions and worked in a development project focused on the Zambian pension scheme.
The Faculty of Science has invited Mikko Kuusela to serve as a part-time (35%) professor of practice in actuarial mathematics for a fixed term of three years from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024.
Jukka Jokinen, Docent, PhD, has had a long career at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and its predecessor, the National Public Health Institute (KTL), particularly in scholarly and managerial positions related to vaccine research. As of the beginning of 2021, Jokinen has worked in a strategic role as the leading researcher at THL’s Department of Information Services directly under the director of information services, with responsibility for the Finnish coronavirus vaccination certificate project commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The Faculty of Science has invited Jukka Jokinen to serve as professor of practice in statistics for a fixed term of five years from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2026.
Lauri Hetemäki, DSocSci, is a nationally and internationally distinguished top researcher, who also helps shape science policy through his involvement in high-level administration and through public engagement. Hetemäki is Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI), the first professor in forest sector future studies and foresight (University of Eastern Finland) and a leading researcher in his field.
Hetemäki completed his doctorate at the University of Helsinki and is docent at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Throughout most of his career and in his positions as elected official, Hetemäki has successfully coordinated broad-based research projects in science policy both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Since 2015, he has also led ThinkForest, a pan-European science-policy forum. Hetemäki has long been active in international institutes and positions that are of key importance to the Faculty’s operations. His merits and accomplishments, especially related to science policy and research, are very valuable to the Faculty. Hetemäki is extremely well networked both nationally and internationally.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry has invited Lauri Hetemäki to the position of professor of practice in sustainable natural resource use and foresight for a term of three years from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.
Hannele Pokka, LLD, is a nationally and internationally distinguished, top-tier government official in environmental matters, a former Member of Finnish Parliament, Governor of the Province of Lapland and a high-level Finnish politician. In her position as permanent secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, Pokka has, over several decades, participated in high-level policy- and decision-making and public administration in Finland.
Hannele Pokka completed her doctorate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki. She is also docent in environmental law at the University of Lapland and honorary doctor in environmental and forest sciences at the former University of Jyväskylä (currently the University of Eastern Finland).
Throughout most of her career and in her positions as elected official, Hannele Pokka has been active, both thematically and regionally, in fields of key importance to the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences has invited Hannele Pokka to the position of professor of practice in environmental responsibility for a term of three years, from 1 September 2020 onward.
Martti Hetemäki, DSocSci, state secretary and permanent secretary, has had a distinguished career in the service of the Ministry of Finance. Before being appointed as permanent secretary, he served as an under-secretary and, prior to that, as director general of the Economics Department, among other positions. Hetemäki also chairs the board of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, in addition to being the vice chair of the board of the Financial Supervisory Authority and member of the Security Committee.
Martti Hetemäki has a doctoral degree in social sciences from the University of Helsinki. His publications deal with fiscal policy, the economics of work, the international economy and the monetary union.
The Faculty of Social Sciences has invited Martti Hetemäki to the position of professor of practice in economics for a fixed term of five years. He took up the position in autumn 2020. The position of professor of practice is located at the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (Helsinki GSE).
Reetta Kivelä, Doctor of Food Sciences, has unique experience in both research and the food industry, the integration of the two fields, as well as the innovation chain. Kivelä has made a name especially as the developer of pulled oats, a food innovation in whose creation she has participated all the way from research and company establishment to commercialisation and market consolidation. Overall, Kivelä has broad experience of the Finnish food industry and related positions, ranging from product development to management and marketing, as well as the research sector. Kivelä’s fields of speciality include the innovation process as well as the development and management of innovations in sustainable food chains.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry has invited Reetta Kivelä to the position of professor of practice in innovation management and sustainable food chains for a fixed term of three years from 1 September 2020 onward.
Vesa Vihriälä, DSocSci, is one of the leading figures and experts in Finnish economics. Vihriälä is the managing director of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy and the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA. Earlier in his career, he also served in distinguished positions associated with economic policy, among others as advisor to Olli Rehn, vice-president of the European Commission, as secretary general of the Secretariat of the Economic Council and state under-secretary for economic affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as managing director of the Pellervo Economic Research institute and head of office at the economics department of the Bank of Finland.
Vesa Vihriälä completed his doctorate in social sciences at the University of Helsinki. His scientific output is focused on economic and financial policy as well as financial markets.
The Faculty of Social Sciences has invited Vesa Vihriälä to the position of professor of practice in economics until 30 September 2023.
Dr. Anneli Pauli has a long career in science, innovation and university policy leadership. At the European Commission she was Deputy Director General of the DG Research and Innovation as well as of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and Senior Advisor to the Director General in research, innovation and competitiveness issues at the DG Climate Action. Pauli was at the Academy of Finland first as Secretary General and then as Vice-President. She was Rector at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Director at the Heureka Science Centre.
Anneli Pauli earned her PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Helsinki. She holds the title of Doctor of Science in Technology, h. c. and Adjunct Professorship at Aalto University.
The Faculty of Science invited Anneli Pauli to the position of Professor of Practice in Global Grand Challenges commencing on 1 March 2019 (four years, 40 %).
Pasi Pöllänen, research and education manager at Carea – Kymenlaakso Social and Health Services and chief physician, has a long career in academia, having gained a doctoral degree in both medicine and history. Pöllänen is a docent at the University of Helsinki and the University of Turku. It is the intention of the Faculty of Medicine to further increase Pöllänen’s commitment to promoting the development and implementation of medical education in his field of expertise.
The Faculty of Medicine has invited Pasi Pöllänen to the position of professor of practice in medical education commencing on 1 March 2019 (five years, 35%).
The position is funded with a donation received from Carea – Kymenlaakso Social and Health Services.
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Kaarlo Simojoki, DMed, is the CEO and medical director of A-Clinic Ltd with special qualifications in addiction medicine. In 2013, Simojoki completed his doctoral degree in medicine at the University of Helsinki. Simojoki is a well-known expert of the field and an active social contributor with extensive domestic and international networks in the field of addiction medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine has invited Kaarlo Simojoki to the position of professor of practice in addiction medicine commencing on 1 July 2018 (five years, 35%).
The position of professor of practice in addiction medicine is funded by a donation from Alko Oy.
Docent Timo Kaisanlahti, LLD, M.Sc. (Econ), works as the chief legal counsel of the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company. He holds a doctorate in law and works as a docent of law and economics at the University of Eastern Finland.
The Faculty of Law has invited Timo Kaisanlahti to the position of professor of practice in financial statements law commencing on 1 January 2018 (five years, 20%).
Tuomas Lehtinen, LLD, is a partner at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd. Holding a doctorate in law, Lehtinen has been appointed to a docentship in contract law and international trade law at the University of Turku. He has extensive experience in dispute proceedings both in the courts and in arbitration institutes.
The Faculty of Law has invited him to the position of professor of practice in legal practice law commencing on 1 January 2018 (five years, 50%).
The position of professor of practice in legal practice law is funded partly by the Finnish Bar Association Foundation and the Finnish Bar Association.
Docent Petri Peltonen, DPhil, is an expert in economic geology and mineralogy. Peltonen works as the managing director of Aurora Exploration, a Finnish company specialised in ore exploration. He has extensive experience in both research in geology and mineralogy, as well as in the industry.
The Faculty of Science has invited Petri Peltonen to the position of professor of practice in economic geology commencing until 31.12.2025.