Laura Höijer

Managing Director

Laura Höijer is BSAG’s Managing Director and a solutions-oriented idealist. During her twenty-plus years in the environmental field she has worked as a researcher, research funder, in business and in administration. Laura is used to managing large projects and she is not afraid to think big and outside the box.

“My passion lies in concrete environmental work and the practical implementation of scientific knowledge. The most important thing about my work has always been its significance and the opportunity to make a difference.”

As Managing Director Laura is in charge of the operational activities of BSAG, alongside Strategy Director Pieta Jarva. Laura also is responsible for BSAG’s projects, overall development and administration.

Laura holds a PhD in soil microbiology and is a docent in microbial ecology. Currently, BSAG is “loaning” Laura as she is on temporary leave from her position as Research Director at the Ministry of the Environment.

In her spare time, Laura prefers to spend her time in nature and with her family. All kinds of sports are important to Laura and her favorite ways to recharge are walks with the dog and yoga with her daughters.

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

2022– (on leave of absence from the Ministry of the Environment until 2023) Baltic Sea Action Group (Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea), Managing Director

2018–2022 Baltic Sea Action Group (Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea), Content Director

2010–2018  Ministry of the Environment, Research Director

2008–2009  MTT Agrifood Research Finland (now part of Natural Resources Institute Finland), Director of Environmental Research

2002–2008  Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Head of Research

2001–2002  Soil and Water Oy, Jaakko Pöyry Infra (now Pöyry Environment Oy), environmental expert, environmental consulting

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

1994–2000 First trainee and later research assistant and researcher, Finnish Forest Research Institute (now part of Natural Resources Institute Finland)

Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry, 1997, University of Helsinki.

Ph.D. in Agriculture and Forestry, 1999, University of Helsinki

Docent (Microbial Ecology), 2001, University of Helsinki

National Defence Courses (MPK 213), 2015

Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, 2014

 

Positions of trust

2010 – Forum for Environmental Information, member of the Steering Group

2014 – Future Earth Finland, National Committee for Global Change Research, member of the Steering Group

2021 – Climate smart carbon cycle research programme (Luke programme), member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board

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