Professor Vesa Taatila works as the rector and president of Turku University of Applied Sciences in Turku, Finland. He is also an adjunct professor of innovation pedagogy in the University of Turku. Previously, he has worked both in industry and academia, latest positions being the vice-rector of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the principal lecturer of innovation management in Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
In industry, Professor Vesa Taatila has held executive positions in project management, HR and competence management in multinational corporations Metso Oyj and Sonera Oyj.
In addition, he has worked as a member of the board, investor and a mentor in several start-up companies. His main area of interest is creation of world-class practical excellence and putting new innovations into action, either through changes in existing organizations or by establishing start-up companies.