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Office manager Europe Direct Nivala-Haapajärvi Subregion Association
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Managing director Nivala-Haapajärvi Subregion Association NIHAK
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Research director University OuluKerttu Saalasti Institute / MicroENTRE
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Acting Director University of OuluKerttu Saalasti Institute

Biographical Info

Ms Eija-Riitta Niinikoski is Acting Director and Development Manager of international research institute Kerttu Saalasti Institute (KSI), University of Oulu. She has an international and cross-functional experience on the projects in the micro-entrepreneurship research, and carrying the responsibility for new international and regional development projects and the overall development of operations.

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Project manager ProcessSME, Head of R&D Lapland University of Applied SciencesIndustry and natural resources
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Postdoctoral Researcher, D.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Tech.), Industrial Management University of OuluKerttu Saalasti Institute, MicroENTRE

Biographical Info

Kyllikki is specialized in competencies enabling business survival in SMEs in changing business environments. Her dissertation ‘Survival competencies in SMEs in changing business environments, (2015) focuses on Finnish and Russian SMEs in a field of forest and metal industries, or related industries.

Kyllikki’s former jobs have been related to research and training, as well as supervising, planning and consulting in fields of energy and HPAC technologies. Kyllikki is also experienced in entrepreneurship acting as a part-time professional worker in a field of tourism since 2001. Doctor of Science (Tech) and Master of Science (Tech) are completed in major of Industrial Management. Bachelor of Science (Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering, specialized in Energy and HPAC technology.

Kyllikki’s articles and further information can be found at LinkedIN. (

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Development manager Technology Park in Nivala