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Axel Aerden


Axel Aerden is senior international policy advisor at the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). In this capacity, he contributes to NVAO’s international policy-making and assessment procedures with an international (cross-border) perspective. Within NVAO, he manages the development of the Flemish quality assurance and accreditation system. In addition, he coordinates the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation, a European-wide approach to assess and reward internationalisation in higher education.
Before joining NVAO in 2004, Axel Aerden was higher education advisor to the minister of education. In this capacity, he was charged with the legal implementation of the Bologna Declaration.


Anders Ahlstrand

UHR, Universitets- och Högskolerådet, SE.

Anders Ahlstrand, Analyst, The Swedish Council for Higher Education. He has been working with internationalization of higher education since 1998, the last 14 years in the Swedish National Agency. He has previously been working with European as well as National programmes, been the Coordinator of the Swedish Bologna Expert group and is now involved in analysis and promotion of Internationalisation of Higher Education.


Anne Brunila

Professor of Practice, Hanken Svenska Handelshögskolan.

Anne Brunila, PhD (Econ) works as Professor of Practice in the Department of Economics at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. She is also member of the Board of several listed companies and Aalto University Foundation. She has previously worked as Executive Vice President at Fortum, Director General at the Ministry of Finance, in the European Commission and the Bank of Finland.


Mads Flyvholm

Special advisor, Center for Educational Policy, DK.

Mads Flyvholm is Special Adviser in The Danish Agency for Higher Education, The Ministry of Higher Education and Science. He has an MA in Political Science from Aarhus University, Denmark.
Mads has worked with Higher Education and globalisation in different ministries in Denmark. From 2010 he has worked in the Ministry of Higher Education and Science with different aspect on internationalisation of Higher Education, e.g the Erasmus Mundus Programme, Nordplus, studyindenmark and employability for students with an international experience.


Mary Gestrin

Senior Adviser/Communication, Pohjoismaiden Ministerineuvosto, DK.

Mary Gestrin works as Senior Adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen.
Previously she worked at The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle as Head of Media and Head of Internet services.
She is a member of the board at KSF Media and Svenska Social och kommunalhögskolan.


Peter Grønnegård

Center for Educational, DK.

Peter Grønnegård is Head of Division for International Education Programmes in the Danish Agency for Higher Education.
His main responsibility is the management of the Erasmus+ Programme and Peter Grønnegård is director of the Danish Erasmus+ National Agency.
The Division for International Education Programmes is also the coordinator of the Nordic Programme ”Nordplus” and responsible for the management of several national programmes and schedules.


Pekka Haavisto

Member of Parliament, former Minister for International Development.

Pekka Haavisto is a Member of Finnish Parliament (1987-1995, 2007-). He has twice served as a minister. Haavisto was the first green minister in Europe, as a Minister for Environment and Development in Lipponen’s first government (1995-1999). He has also recently served as a Minister for Development and State Ownership in Katainen-Stubb government (2013-2014). In autumn 2014 he was appointed as Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for African Crises. Before he has worked as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in Sudan and Darfur (2005-2007), and as a Special Advisor for the UN (ASG) in Darfur peace process (2007). He has also led several missions to conflict areas as the Chairman of UNEP’s post-conflict work in 1999-2005.


Arne Haugen

University of Bergen, NO.

Ph.D, History at the University of Bergen (2002) Working at SIU since 2005, currently at SIUs Dept. of Development and Analysis Last years: Particular focus on BRICS-countries and on international student mobility.


Tiina Junkkari


Tiina Junkkari is Development Manager at Haaga-Helia UAS. By training she is M.Sc in Applied Mathematics. She is responsible for Corporate Planning Services meaning an internal service activity formed to support management. In practice this means analyses of information, both external and internal implementation data from Haaga-Helia’s own databases.


Anita Lehikoinen

Kansliapäällikkö, Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö

Anita Lehikoinen M.A. is Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education. Prior to her present position she worked in the field of higher education and her responsibilities included, for example, implementing the Bologna process in Finland and internationalization strategy for higher education. She has also worked for the reform of the steering system of Finnish universities.
She has served in many national and European committees on higher education, research and internationalization.


Arja Majakulma

Laurea University of Applied Science

Arja Majakulma has acted as the Director of international affairs at Laurea University of Applied Sciences since 2002 and before that in other positions related to international education. The responsibilities of the international team at Laurea include coordination of international student and staff mobility and development of international contents of the degree programmes. The team is also involved in the development of English taught programmes at Laurea.


Lars Beer Nielsen

Director, Center for Educational Policy, DK.

Lars Beer Nielsen is head of division in The Danish Ministry of Higher education and Science. The ministry’s obligation is to create the best possible conditions for research, study and innovation in Denmark. He has in addition been head of division in The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalization, which was responsible for a number of educational programs funded either by the European Union, bilateral agreements or at national level. As part of Lars’ work in The Ministry for Higher Education and Science, he has furthermore been Denmark’s Science and Technology Attaché in Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley in California.

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Fredrik Piro

Senior researcher, NIFU

Fredrik Niclas Piro works as senior researcher in the bibliometric section at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo, Norway. He is a political scientist with a PhD in community medicine, and has previously worked in the Ministry of Health and Pöyry. Piro was project leader for NIFU’s project about international university rankings in 2014.


Riitta Pyykkö

University of Turku

Riitta Pyykkö is Vice Rector of the University of Turku. She has had a long career teaching at the university level and conducting research as a professor of Russian Studies. She has also been active in the development of higher education at national and international levels, and participated in several European evaluations and reviews as a member or chairperson of the evaluation panel. In the CeQuint pilot project she was chairing two evaluation panels.


Kiruthika Srinivasan


Kit Srinivasan coordinates the externally funded international educational collaboration projects in Aalto. She is in the Learning Services team. She has Master’s degrees in Food sciences (India) and in Service Design (Finland). Her work experience includes managing international projects, mentoring entrepreneurship educational projects, teaching social media skills, and lecturing & researching in nutritional sciences.


Richard Stenelo

International Director & Deputy Executive Director, Lund University, SE.

Richard Stenelo has over 20 years of experience within international education at Lund University and he is currently the International Director and his responsibilities in this capacity are Lund University¹s international partnerships and mobility, international student services and international marketing and recruitment. Previously Richard has worked as the director for commissioned education at LU. Richard is also an alumni of Lund University where he studies International Relations and Political Science.


Gro Tjore


Gro Tjore is the deputy director general at the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), where she has held various positions since 2006. Before joining SIU, she was working for the UN World Food Programme, in several African countries, but also in Italy and USA. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Bergen.


Juhana Vartiainen


Juhana Vartiainen, PhD (Economics), is Member of Parliament in Finland from the National Coalition Party. Before being elected to the parliament, Vartiainen was the director of the VATT Institute for Economic Research. Together with former Swedish minister of Finance Anders Borg, Vartiainen authored the “Strategy for Finland” -report, which pressed for measures to improve competitiveness as well as strong reforms for boosting labour supply. Before VATT, Vartiainen has worked in the Swedish National Institute for Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet), Stockholm, and led the Swedish Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.


Tiina Vihma-Purovaara

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö

Tiina Vihma-Purovaara a Counsellor of Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Finland. Before working at the Ministry she was a manager of EU-affairs at the Academy of Finland (Research Councils). At the Ministry her main duties consist of the coordination of international cooperation activities of the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy, initiatives concerning the external dimension of European Research Area (such as EU-CELAC, Strategic Forum for International STI Forum SFIC) and bilateral collaboration with countries outside Europe (specially China and Brazil). She is a member of the Strategic Forum for International STI Cooperation SFIC and at the moment chairing the SFIC Brazil group.


Thomas Wilhelmsson

Chancellor of the University of Helsinki

Thomas Wilhelmsson (born in 1949), Doctor of Legal Science, is since 1982 Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He was 1998-2008 Vice-rector of the University, in charge of international affairs, 2008-2013 Rector, and since 2013 Chancellor of the University. As rector he has led a thorough university reform, converting the University from a state office into an independent public law legal person. He was Vice Chair of the Finnish university association UNIFI 2010 – 2013 and President of the Scandinavian university association NUS 2012 – 2013. He is the Chairman of the Board of YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.