Dr Leena Wahlfors

Executive Director, Universities Finland UNIFI

Dr. Leena Wahlfors (née Rajakoski; previously Treuthardt) was born August 6, 1965 in Helsinki. Wahlfors did her master´s degree at the University of Helsinki in 1990. She completed her licentiate degree in 2000 and PhD in 2004 at the University of Jyväskylä, both in the field of political science.

Wahlfors serves as Executive Director of Universities Finland UNIFI which is the former Finnish Council of University Rectors. Prior to his current position Wahlfors has worked as Executive Director of FUAS – Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences and as Director of Strategy at the Academy of Finland. She has also served e.g. as Senior Officer at the Ministry of Foreign affairs and as Head of Planning at the University of Jyväskylä.

Her areas of academic expertise include Higher Education Management, Evaluation, Assessment, and Cultural perspectives to Higher Education. In 2012 Dr. Wahlfors acted as General Secretary in the Evaluation State of Scientific Research in Finland conducted by the Academy of Finland.  Dr. Wahlfors has acted as visiting lecturer at the University of Tampere since 2004.