Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, TEKES Executive Director

Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, M.Sc. (Eng.), is a professional in innovation strategies and funding. She has 25 years work experience both from private and public sector especially in the areas of energy and environment, sustainable use of natural resources, climate change mitigation and energy and climate policy. Teija Lahti-Nuuttila is currently operating as Executive Director at Tekes. She is responsible for the division of Networking Businesses and Research.

In her current position Mrs Lahti-Nuuttila is responsible for networking and funding for large and midcap companies and research institutions.

Mrs Lahti-Nuuttila is a graduate of Åbo Akademi University where she received a Master´s of Science degree in Process Technology. After graduation she worked several years in the pulp and paper industry as a researcher and project engineer. In 1996 she started as senior adviser in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Energy Department working with action plans for implementation of the National Energy strategy and participating the planning and implementation of the National Climate Strategy. Since 2002 Mrs Lahti-Nuuttila started to work at Tekes, first as senior technology advisor and since 2006 as director of the Energy and Environment Industrial Branches. Since 2013 Mrs Lahti-Nuuttila has been responsible for planning and implementation of Tekes strategy in the field of sustainable use of natural resources. Since 2016 has been responsible for networking businesses and research.

Through her career Mrs Lahti-Nuuttila has achieved extensive understanding of the function of the whole innovation chain. She has also international experience and has worked in several committees and steering groups both in Finland and abroad. For the moment she is e.g. a member of the Energy Advisory Group of the European Union Commission. She is an invited member of the Finnish Academy of Technical Sciences and has been awarded with a honour of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

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