Board members of the HUMLOG Institute

The updated HUMLOG Board of Directors 07.12.2018

  • Hannu Kari (chairman of the board)


Professor, research director National Defence University

Hannu received his Doctor of Science (in Technology) degree in 1997 in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology. He has been qualified for a professor positions twice at Helsinki University of Technology and once at Helsinki University. In addition, he holds two titles of Docent on the areas of “Networking technology” and “Wireless Internet” at Aalto University, in Finland. Hannu has been for 10 years professor and research director at National Defence University (NDU), before that he was head of laboratory and director of research institute at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT). He also has various experiences in companies, such as Nokia. His areas of expertise are strategic leadership, cyber security and technology expertise, innovation process and protecting intellectual property rights (he is an inventor in 30+ patents), academic and scientific quality control and management


  • Gyöngyi Kovács (vice chairperson)

gyongyi_kovacs_v2.jpgErkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, Hanken
Gyöngyi is a founder of the HUMLOG Institute, of which she was the director from 2008 to 2014. Her research areas are humanitarian logistics & supply chain management, disaster relief, disaster management, and preparedness, development aid, sustainable supply chain management, industrial ecology, corporate responsibility, research approaches in logistics, and gender mainstreaming. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Graham Heaslip


Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken

Graham is professor and Head of the School of Business in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Prior to entering academia in 2004 he spent fourteen years working in the Irish Defence Forces, as well as spending time seconded to Humanitarian agencies in a logistical capacity. His research interests are broadly in the intersections between global logistics / supply chain management and economic, organisational and management development.
  • Soili Paananen

Researcher, Finnish National Defence University
To be updated
  • Katri Liekkilä

katri_v2.jpgSenior Specialist, National Emergency Supply Agency
Katri's specialties are : resilience and risk management, national security strategies, coping with disruptions, identification and analysis of group and organisational behaviour and organisational development. For almost 2 years at NESA, she is working on the fields of knowledge management development, comprehensive risk management, coping with disruptions, resilience and continuity planning.
  • Ari Mäntyvaara

ari_v2.pngLogistics Coordinator, Finnish Red Cross
Ari has been working for the Red Cross since 2005. He used to work for several years as Regional Logistics Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross / Red Croissant in Dubai. For more than 10 years, he is taking part in short term Red Cross missions in the emergency operations in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Philippines, Jordan, Pakistan, Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lebanon and USA. At Red Cross Finland since 2008, he is among others coordinating Logistics and Relief Emergency Response Units (ERU), managing the Finnish Red Cross warehousing and transportation, and acting as deputy Head of Finnish Red Cross Logistics Centre.