As a vice-president of RDI in Laurea, Dr. Kyösti Väkeväinen is responsible for research, development and innovation. He is responsible for Laurea’s international co-operation as well as for Laurea’s research funding development. In addition Kyösti is responsible for business development of university and board member of EduExcellece Ltd. providing education solutions. Kyösti is member of the Laurea management team.
Kyösti Väkeväinen has 15 year experience from international corporations like Metso and Nokia. When working for Nokia, Kyösti was running projects in Nokia Research Center and later he had a responsibility to lead the global network of technical experts to support mobile phone programs. In Metso, Kyösti has led business development programs, business process development activities, operational excellence as well as strategy execution development.
In addition he was responsible for requirements creation and management process and global implementation of process Kyösti Väkeväinen is and has been member and chairman in different business related networks and organizations nationally and internationally. Kyösti has given several presentations in international business conferences and he has 25 peer reviewed, conference and other publications. He holds Ph.D. from University of Helsinki. Kyösti is also certified Lean Six Sigma black belt and he has participated in IMD business school trainings.