Johanna Juselius is a senior advisor for EU Affairs and is in charge of managing the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Helsinki-Uusimaa region in Finland. The smart specialisation strategy (RIS3) is the innovation and research strategy of smart initiatives for the region. The region includes the capital Helsinki and 26 cities and towns in the economically prosperous region in the country. All in all, 120 European regions implement the RIS3 strategy, which is an initiative by the European Commission.
With her keynote address titled “The Case of Helsinki Region: Creating a Smart Community”, Johanna is set to travel to Johannesburg to deliver some valuable insight into what they are doing to make the entire Helsinki Region smart, as well as how to improve service delivery with the use of technology.
She has worked widely in the sectors of science and innovation in communication, strategy and policy positions in Finland and the UK.