Our Experts

With the help of Karelia UAS experts you will be able to make the most of our services. We will be happy to provide you with the best possible solutions for your needs.

Quality Management Experts

Mr Jyri Roihuvuo

M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering). Lecturer. Responsible for master’s programme of technological competence management. Areas of expertise: industrial quality systems, LEAN, SixSigma; ICT management, ITIL, COBIT. Experience in industrial R&D, project management, education management and as a university professor.

Mr Harri Mikkonen

MA. Areas of expertise: quality management (LEAN) in higher education institutions, international cooperation of higher education institutions, export of education, adult education and training, working life cooperation.

Mr Pekka Auvinen

Vice President

Mr Mikko Penttinen

Quality Coordinator

Pedagogical Experts

Ms Liisa Timonen

Dr. (Education), M.Sc (Social Sciences). Head of International Affairs. Special expertise in internationalisation of education, diversity and inclusion management, participatory teaching and learning and multicultural pedagogy. Active and enthusiastic initiator in research, development and innovations; designs and runs varied international and national development projects as well as participates in academic discussion in her field. Very interested in teacher training and agile pedagogical practises. Team player and partnership builder.

Mr Kari Tiainen

M. Soc. Sc., Head of Library and Information Services. Areas of expertise: library and information services in academic libraries, library management, planning of library facilities, cooperation between Finnish libraries.

Ms Marjo Nenonen

M. Sc., Head of Student and Academic Affairs. Expert in planning education. Knows what quality in education means and how to develop it. Specialist in student services and student counselling services. Enthusiastically developing education in cooperation. Inspirer and inspired.

Mr Kim Wrange

Lic. Sc. (Econ.) Principal Lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: customer relationship marketing, personal selling, marketing research, futures studies, strategic foresight and scenario planning, management of cooperatives.

Ms Heidi Vartiainen

M.A. Lecturer (English), International Departmental Coordinator. Areas of expertise and interests: ESL teaching, intercultural communication, student and staff mobility, intercultural collaboration and development.

Ms Kirsi-Marja Toivanen

Ph. Lic. Principal Lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: curriculum and syllabus design, intercultural communication, diversity and multilingualism in education, teaching through foreign languages.

Mr Adam Lerch

M.Sc. Native English lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: writing, academic writing, proofreading and editing, sustainable development, and intercultural communication.

Mr Harri Mikkonen

MA. Areas of expertise: quality management (LEAN) in higher education institutions, international cooperation of higher education institutions, export of education, adult education and training, working life cooperation.

Mr Pekka Auvinen

Vice President

Mr Jarmo Mäkelä

Head of Education

Ms Sanna Jeskanen

International Relations Coordinator

Social Services and Health Care Experts

Ms Tuula Kukkonen

PhD (social policy). Principal Lecturer. Responsible for multiprofessional master´s programme of active ageing. Areas of expertise and interest: Ageing society, ageing-friendly business, diversity management and ageing workforce, corporate social responsibility, new pedagogical solutions in multiprofessional learning environments. Also interested in strengthening user-centred orientation in service development.

Ms Pirjo Vesa

PhD (Health Care). Principal Lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: curriculum of nursing education, teaching nursing and mutual dialogue in higher education, international cooperation in the projects, work well-being, humor research, coaching at various work environments. Having an enthusiasm to develop nursing up todays’ needs: EBN, digitalization and ICT.

Ms Liisa Suhonen

PhD (Education), Lic Sc (Health), MSc (physiotherapy). Principal Lecturer. Major expertise area: adult education on the field of multidisciplinary rehabilitation especially for older people. Is active in both domestic and international research and development projects. Has a long history of supervising bachelor and master thesis and teaching in under-and postgraduate education as well as in many further education courses.

Ms Arja-Irene Tiainen

Lic.Ed. (Councelling and Pedagogy) M.Sc. (Disabilities) M.Sc. (Nursing), RN. Principal Lecturer. Responsible for Master´s Programme in Development and Management of Health Care and Social Services. Areas of expertise and interest: management and leadership in social services and health care, HR, Diversity management, project management. Expert in planning education and curriculum. Expert in international project coordinating. Inspirer and inspired.

Ms Marjut Arola

Lic.Soc.Sc. (Social Work). Principal Lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: social work, in particular community social work, development of social and health care services, organizational citizenship behavior, competence in ageing in international cooperation.

Ms Henna Myller

M.Sc. (Nursing), RN, Lecturer. Areas of expertise: palliative and end-of-life care, cancer care and development of health services.

Ms Jaana Pantsari

M.Sc.N., Lecturer. Areas of expertise and interest: emergency care, first aid (legal first aid trainer of Finland`s Red Cross), basic and advanced resuscitation, clinical skills of nurse education and simulation pedagogy.

Mr Mikko Häkkinen

PhD (Public Health), M.Sc. (Nursing), RN., registered psychotherapist. Lecturer. Areas of expertise: psychosocial coping in conflict and emergency settings, health promotion, development of health services, pedagogy of health education, diversity and multiculturalism in communities.

Bioeconomy Experts

Mr Asko Puhakka

M.Sc.(Admin.) Environmental Law. Forestry Engineer, Forestry College. Lecturer, Environmental Technology. Areas of expertise and interest: energy, business models on energy entrepreneurship and environmental fields, training, programming, project planning and management, education & curriculum development.

Mr Jarmo Mäkelä

Head of Education

Entrepreneurship Experts

Mr Ari Stenroos

Lecturer

Mr Iouri Kotorov

Lecturer

Mr Heikki Immonen

Innovation Coordinator