Anne-Christine Ritschkoff

Senior Advisor, Bioeconomy and Circular economy, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff obtained her PhD in Biosciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1996. She has been at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, a globally networked, multi technological not-for-profit research organization, since 1987 in various research and management positions. She has more 100 scientific publications from the fields of biotechnology, materials science and natural resources.

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff holds currently the position of Senior Advisor, bioeconomy and circular economy.  Her special task is to foster technologies, knowledge and practical solutions in the area of natural resources, environmental and clean technologies and resource efficiency. Her previous position as VTT´s Scientific Director & CTO gave her an excellent background and insight of different technologies and scientific disciplines. She promotes enthusiastically new, sustainable solutions and radical innovations for the benefit of the society and economy by integration of different competences and disciplines. She is also actively building strategic networks between Research & Development & Innovation, industry and commerce and government.

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff contributes to Finnish and international science and innovation systems through various position of trust. She has been a member in the High-Level Groups, composed of the opinion leaders from the industry, ministries, Finnish Parliament and research institutions, responsible for the establishment of the National Natural Resource Strategy and National Strategy on Bioeconomy. She has also possessed several member- and chairs of international committees and board of directors. Her experience from influential legal entities includes following position of trust:  president of board of directors of VTT/MSI (VTT/molecular Science Institute, USA), president of board of directors of University of Jyväskylä, and vice chair of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” (LEIT-NMP).