Tiina Nakari-Setälä

Vice President, Strategy and business intelligence


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Personal profile

Short bio

I have worked 20+ years at VTT, which is in one of the leading comprehensive research and technology organizations in Europe. Through leadership positions in research, business development, sales and strategy, I have acquired a broad knowledge on research and innovation cycles, innovation management, speeding up commercialization and technology transfer as well as strategic frameworks to facilitate company’s impact delivery.

I hold a PhD in biochemistry, and have carried out and led research in the field of industrial biotechnology developing technologies for bio-refineries. My long-standing areas of interest focus broadly on sustainable and smart solutions within bio and circular economy. Recently, my emphasis has focused on long-term success and transformation of VTT.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 19 Jan 1996

Master, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 6 Apr 1989

External positions

Delegation member, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion (TES)

Feb 2020 → …

Research Committee chairman, Tutkimuslaitosten yhteenliittymä Tulanet

2020 → …

Advisory Board member, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

2019 → …

Research Committee member, Tutkimuslaitosten yhteenliittymä Tulanet


Research Committee member, Finnish Partnership for Research on Natural Resources and the Environment (LYNET)

Aug 2016Dec 2017

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Research Output

Engineering Aspergillus nidulans for heterologous ent-kaurene and gamma-terpinene production

Bromann, K., Toivari, M., Viljanen, K., Ruohonen, L. & Nakari-Setälä, T., 1 Jul 2016, In : Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100, 14, p. 6345-6359 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Cloning and characterization of a novel acidic cutinase from Sirococcus conigenus

    Nyyssölä, A., Pihlajaniemi, V., Häkkinen, M., Kontkanen, H., Saloheimo, M. & Nakari-Setälä, T., 1 Jan 2014, In : Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 98, 8, p. 3639-3650 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 13 Citations (Scopus)

    Isolation and purification of ent-pimara-8(14),15-diene from engineered Aspergillus nidulans by accelerated solvent extraction combined with HPLC

    Bromann, K., Viljanen, K., Moreira, V. M., Yli-Kauhaluoma, J., Ruohonen, L. & Nakari-Setälä, T., 21 Feb 2014, In : Analytical Methods. 6, 4, p. 1227-1234 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Molecular engineering of avidin and hydrophobin for functional self-assembling interfaces

    Kurppa, K., Hytönen, V. P., Nakari-Setälä, T., Kulomaa, M. S. & Linder, M. B., 1 Aug 2014, In : Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 120, p. 102-109 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Spruce bark biorefinery

    Kemppainen, K., Niemelä, T., Inkinen, J., Uusitalo, J., Kaijaluoto, S., Sorsamäki, L., Aaltonen, O., Suurnäkki, A., Peltonen, S., Mikkonen, H., Grönberg, V., Kruus, K., Nakari-Setälä, T. & Siika-aho, M., 2013, Proceedings of the 21st European Biomass Conference. p. 540-543

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific

  • Prizes

    Knight, Order of the White Rose of Finland

    Nakari-Setälä, Tiina (Recipient), 6 Dec 2015

    Prize: Honorary award


    • 1 Examination

    Supervisor of the PhD dissertation of Sanna Askolin

    Tiina Nakari-Setälä (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesExamination