Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Ilona Lundstrom, D.Sc. (admin) is head of Innovation and Enterprise Financing Department at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. In this capacity, she is responsible for Finland’s national innovation and industry policy and its implementation.

Dr. Lundström holds over 15 years of experience in innovation and research gained through funding, evaluating and performing R&D and innovation projects. Her areas of expertise are digitalization, leadership and strategies for growth and renewal.

Lundström received her Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences at Tampere University School of Management. Prior to her current position, she worked at Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (now Business Finland), most recently as Executive Director responsible for all Tekes’ services for large companies and research organisations. Before joining Tekes 2007 she worked in various positions at the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.