Dr. Jari Kuusisto is a science and innovation policy expert with over 20 years of experience in providing in-depth strategic consulting to high-level government agencies, businesses and international organisations in more than 15 countries, EU, OECD and UN. His expertise focused on Science and innovation policy, university organisational development, strategic change management and research profile development and upgrading. His research has been published in high-level scientific journals such as Research Policy and has authored several policy programmes with government agencies, ministries, OECD and the European Commission. Kuusisto has demonstrable skills in orchestrating large-scale R&D projects, leveraging international resources and personnel across international boundaries and a proven history of forging key partnerships with private and public sector partners throughout Europe to secure continued funding for research endeavours.