Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith

Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith

PhD (Political Science)

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Kaisa’s an experinced political scientist, who is passionate about evidence- informed policy making, and constructive dialogue between policy-makers, politicians, researchers and citizens. She has worked as researcher and consultant on regional development and innovation policies, governance issues and evaluation since finishing her PhD in 1999, Kaisa also gained experience as civil servant and practitioner, working at the Prime Minister's office in Helsinki, Finland between 2014-2018 and at Finnish Innovation Fund from Fenruary 2018 to February 2019. In February 2019 she joined MDI.fi, and returned to her roots, working with R&D and evaluation that seeks to make Finnish society and gvernnment (including Finnish regions and local communities) the best environment to live and work in the world. In September 2023 she started as Principal Scientist at VTT, working at the "Future-proof societies" team, where sustainable transition is supported by working together with research, business and society, and innovation is nurtured with the help of close dialogue and interaction between technology, society and human-centred anticipatory governance.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Political science, Doctorate, Globalization and Regionalization as Concurrent Phenomena in the European Governance Structure: Sub-National Regional Actors in the European Union: Four Scenarios, University of Turku

31 Aug 000130 Apr 2021

Award Date: 21 Apr 1999

Political science, Master, University of Turku

15 Aug 198826 Jan 1994

Award Date: 26 Jan 1994

Political science, Other, Certificat d'études politiques, Aix-Marseille Université

1 Sept 199119 Jun 1992

Award Date: 19 Jun 1992

External positions

Senior Lead, MDI Public Oy

1 Feb 201931 Aug 2023

Senior Lead, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

1 Feb 201830 Jan 2019

Science Specialist, Prime Minister's Office Finland

1 Nov 201331 Jan 2018

Director, Ramboll Finland Oy

1 Mar 201131 Oct 2013

Development Director, Net Effect Oy

1 Nov 200728 Feb 2011

Visiting Research Fellow, VTT Expert Services

1 Aug 200431 Oct 2007

Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio

1 Aug 200031 Oct 2007

Senior Officer, Ministry of Interior of Finland

1 Feb 199931 Jul 2000

PhD Student / Researcher, University of Turku

1 Aug 199531 Jan 1999

Skills and expertise

  • innovation policy
  • RDI policy
  • inclusive innovation
  • regional development
  • Impact Leadership
  • Impact evaluation
  • societal interaction


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