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Lea Kauppi

Director General

Lea Kauppi
Lea Kauppi © Kai Widell

Docent on limnology and land use impacts, University of Helsinki

E-mail: firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki

Building a better environment

‘I have been incredibly lucky, as I have always been able to work with something I consider important. Today, people have almost unlimited opportunities of changing their environment. That is why information on, and understanding of, nature – and the interaction between humans and nature – is more important than ever before. SYKE plays an important role in determining the conditions and pathways of sustainable development and in communicating these to the general public.’

‘Now that everyone swears by the carbon neutral circular economy, it is important to identify solutions that provide genuine economic, social, and environmental sustainability. I hope my input helps to ensure that SYKE personnel will be optimally equipped to work toward these goals now and far into the future.’ 


Director General of Finnish Environment Institute since 1995. Strategic management of a multidisciplinary institute (700 employees); management of diverse national and international teams and working groups.

Selected memberships

  • Co-Chair of the Working Group on IWRM (The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes) (07/2014–)
  • Member of the UNEP International Resource Panel (2008–2016)
  • Finnish representative and vice-chair of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Council (06/2015–)
  • Member of the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (09/2014–06/2019)
  • Member of the Strategic Working Group for Environment of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (2017–)
  • Member of the Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters for the Horizon Europe (2019–)
  • Evaluator of various research programmes and projects in many different countries

Lea Kauppi CV (pdf) 

Publications of Lea Kauppi in SYKE library archive

Lea Kauppi in Google Scholar

Lea Kauppi in SYKEs personnel search

Lea Kauppi kunniatohtoriksi, Lea Kauppi kunniatohtoriksi
SYKE's Director General Lea Kauppi was conferred as honorary doctor of Aalto-university 15.6.2018. © Heli Sorjonen/ Aalto-university.


Published 2013-04-22 at 9:41, updated 2019-11-05 at 8:48

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