Dr. Erkki Ormala was born 1950. He graduated in 1974 and received his PhD in 1986 from the Helsinki University of Technology.
He was a Senior Research Engineer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) 1974-1987. He was a visiting scholar at the Stanford University in 1976 and further at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (NASA) in 1982.
1987-1999 he was the Secretary of the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. The Council is chaired by the Prime Minister with the task to give advice to the Government and administration in issues related to science, technology and innovation policies. In 1999 he joined the Nokia Group. At Nokia he is in charge of developing favourable business environment for Nokia globally. He was Nokia representative in a number of industrial organizations such as ICC, GBDe, ERT, UN ICT Task Force, WSIS, Digitaleurope, etc
He has more than 60 scientific publications. In 1992 he led an international evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the Eureka Scheme. 1996-1999 he was the Chairman of the Technology and Innovation Policy Working Group of the OECD. Since 1994 he has been a member of the evaluation and monitoring panels of a number of the EU RT&D programmes. In 2004 he chaired the Five-Year-Assessment of the EU Research Programmes covering 1999-2003. 2008 - 2012 he was a President and Chairman of the Executive Board of Digitaleurope. He is a member of the Board of University of Oulu.
2013 Dr. Ormala joined Aalto University as a professor of practice in Innovation Management at the Aalto Business School Department of Management and International Economy.