Dr. Pekka Antero Kess is a Professor of industrial engineering and management at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his Dr of Science degree at the University of Oulu and Dr of Engineering at Kasetsart University.
Professor Kess has an extensive managerial experience from both universities and industrial enterprises. He has worked in managerial positions in chemical, steel and electronics industries, as well as in the software business.
He has been an active project evaluator for the European Commission, as well as a manager of international research and development projects. His research areas cover smart cities, business ecosystems, strategic management, production organizations, and knowledge management with the specialization in knowledge transfer and e-learning. New is of interest is the business opportunities based on natural forest-based resources.
He has supervised more than 300 graduate and close to 30 doctoral students in the area of Industrial Engineering and Management. Professor Kess has collaborated with Asian universities closely in the areas of research and education and services to the society.