Dr. Harri Kulmala has PhD in industrial management from Tampere University of Technology. In 2005, Dr. Kulmala started as an Associated professor in Lappeenranta University of Technology. The career as a scientist ended in 2008 as a Research Professor at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. Dr. Kulmala has published more than 100 papers on industrial leadership, management, and innovations.

In 2008, Dr. Kulmala started as the CEO of FIMECC Ltd. FIMECC was the 1st high-volume industry-driven PPP implemented in EU countries. In 2016, digitalization led to the merger of DIGILE Ltd. (ICT, media, and telecom) into FIMECC (manufacturing). Dr. Kulmala continues as the CEO of the new DIMECC Ltd. Dr. Kulmala has contributed to the European innovation system renewal and development of PPPs by creating and implementing novel co-creation methods.

Dr. Kulmala is a nominated Fellow of The Technology Academy of Finland (Helsinki) and The Royal Society of Arts (London). In 2017, he worked for the European Commission in the Moedas/Lamy high-level group for maximizing the impact of EU’s R&I programmes.