Received Sylff fellowship in 2003.
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
PhD from Development Studies received in 2015. Currently working as a senior researcher at the UniResearch-project led by Unicef Finland. The project explores the change in development cooperation towards stronger private sector engagement and value-based partnerships between development civil society organisations and private sector companies. Member (past and present) of several NGOs, e.g. chair of the Finnish Society for Development Reseach in 2/2016-2/2018. Long-term member of the Finnish committee for AEPF.
Current affiliation: Unicef Finland
Born in Eastern Finland to a poor family of which I was the first to complete upper secondary school and access university, I have lived through a social transformation facilitated by my education. A notion of good life, also and perhaps mostly in other terms than economic success are central to the development of my interest to issues of global development. Have a non-linear educational background diversing from business studies to humanities (Russian language and literature and East-Asian Studies) to the doctoral degree in Social Sciences. Have keen interest in education and development among many other issues that keep me busy and engaging with the society.
Worked as a volunteer, non-resident leader of a development project offering micro-credits for the black Thai women in Son La province, Vietnam in 2000-2008. Supervised the Vietnamese staff and had the overall responsibility of the project. Reported the progress of the activities to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the main donor of the project.