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Johanna Buchert, the new Chair of the Board.

University Board was organized – Johanna Buchert is the new Chair


The new Board of the University of Lapland met on January 24. Johanna Buchert, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Institute Finland, was elected Chair of the Board and Olli Väyrynen, Director of Business Development at Finavia, was elected Vice Chair of the Board.

Johanna Buchert, the new Chair of the Board, has worked as president and CEO of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) since 2018. Prior to her position as president and CEO, she worked as Director General for Research at Luke and in research and management positions at VTT. Buchert holds a doctorate in chemical engineering. Olli Väyrynen, M.Sc. (Eng.), Finavia's Business Development Director, will continue as the Vice Chair from the previous term of the Board.

– I am excited about the opportunity to chair the Board. I believe that a strategically active board will be able to support the university's operative management and strengthen the university's impact scientifically, educationally and nationally, not to mention its regional impact, says Johanna Buchert.

Composition of the Board of the University of Lapland for the period 1.1.2024–31.12.2026:

Members outside the university
Johanna Buchert, President and CEO, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Markku Ollikainen, Chairperson of The Finnish Climate Change Panel
Eeva-Liisa Rasmus-Moilanen, Principal, Sámi Education Institute
Kari Salmela, CEO, LocalTapiola Lapland
Olli Väyrynen, VP Business Development, Finavia

University members
Professor Jonna Häkkilä, Faculty of Art and Design
Professor Jarno Valkonen, Faculty of Social Sciences
University Lecturer Heikki Huilaja, Faculty of Social Sciences
System Analyst Katariina Soudunsaari, Lapland University Consortium Library
Student Jesse Häyhä, Faculty of Social Sciences (1.1.–31.12.2024)
Student Krista Perälä, Faculty of Social Sciences (1.1.–31.12.2024)

Additional information:
Johanna Buchert, Chair of the Board of the University of Lapland
tel. +358 29 532 6663