Dr Antti Asikainen appointed Executive Vice President for Research at Natural Resources Institute Finland

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has assigned Antti Asikainen, Research professor and Professor in Forest Technology, to Executive Vice President for Research as of 14 January 2019. Asikainen will develop Luke’s research and customer processes and is responsible for promoting the effectiveness of research. The assignment is for five years.

Professor Asikainen has broad experience in leading international and interdisciplinary research consortiums and programs. Asikainen has previously worked for Finnish Forest Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Technical Research Centre of Finland and Joensuu Science Park. From 2016 Asikainen has worked as Head of Boreal Green Bioeconomy Programme at Luke. He is also a member of The Finnish Climate Change Panel.

As Executive Vice President of Research, Asikainen wants to ensure that Luke provides scientifically convincing research for decision making.

“Luke is a young organization which has over a short period of time succeeded in taking its place in the front row of European research on natural resources. Both national and international challenges increase the need for multidisciplinary research and new openings when striving towards a sustainable, competitive and climate wise society. Luke’s interdisciplinary and versatile knowledge in bioeconomy, from genomics to bio products and solutions in circular economy, is a key in solving the diverse problems of both companies and the society.”

As Executive Vice President for Research, Asikainen is in charge of Luke’s research strategic policies and financial goals. In addition, he builds an internationally competitive and ambitious project portfolio.

”Antti Asikainen is well connected with research partners and other stakeholders both in national and international contexts. Asikainen has successfully led big interdisciplinary research consortiums and programs especially in forest bioeconomy, bio energy and forest technology. In addition, Antti’s understanding in new technologies and digitalization is a key asset”, says Dr. Johanna Buchert, President and CEO at Luke.