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Kaisu Leppänen

Senior Project Manager, M.Sc. (Chem.)

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Kaisu is a Senior Project Manager at Spinverse. She helps companies and consortia with their R&D&I needs, including for example growth strategy and innovation consulting, building collaborative projects, and preparing public funding applications.

Kaisu has wide experience from planning and managing different types of R&D&I activities, ranging from single company projects to large scale multi-party innovation programs and ecosystems. She works with both growth-seeking SMEs and large corporations in the fields of e.g. bioeconomy, materials, renewable energy, cleantech, and ICT. She is also an experienced facilitator of public-private-partnership activities.

At Spinverse, Kaisu’s projects include for example the Digital Fiber Initiative, an ecosystem aiming to boost the renewal and growth of the forest industry with the help of digitalization. Kaisu has also facilitated the preparation of three large innovation programs worth  ~90 M€ in total, acted as the Program Manager for CLIC Innovation’s Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow (BEST) program (2013-2016), helped customers acquire EU and national funding, and sparred numerous companies on their path to new sustainable business.

She holds a M.Sc. degree in analytical chemistry from University of Helsinki and has also studied Organizations and Management at Aalto University School of Economics. From her previous work as a researcher at the Finnish Forest Research Institute she has hands-on experience in the research and development of new biorefinery processes and bio-based products.

In her free time Kaisu enjoys social dancing (especially salsa and other Afro-Latin dances), cycling, traveling, gym, as well as good food and wine.

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Building key enablers for a Digital Smart City

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Health & Electronics

Electronics packaging ecosystem

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