Roseanna Avento

Roseanna Avento

Global Development Manager at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

I work as Global Development Manager at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and focus on cooperation with developing countries and emerging markets and liaising with international foundations and organisations such as the UN. I also coordinate several food and nutrition intervention and capacity building projects implemented by UEF in developing countries

Earlier, I was responsible for coordinating commissioned education at UEF and from 2010 to 2016, I coordinated international master’s degree programmes in the Faculty of Science and Forestry, focusing on fisheries, aquaculture and processing as well as green biotechnology and food security. 

I earlier worked as a Project Manager of Human Security Finland (HSF), a network that brings together experts and businesses in Finland and developing countries and crisis regions, to create new local sustainable solutions that can be implemented economically and efficiently.

Prior to working at HSF and UEF, I worked for FIC Fish Innovation Centre (2006-2010) as a consultant on various fisheries and aquaculture projects, primarily on food security issues, and was also responsible for international marketing.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Entrepreneurship (Pohjois-Savo Polytechnic) and have worked in various capacities gathering 20 years of experience in marketing management, communication and entrepreneurship in Finland and developing countries.

With an MSc in Environmental Sciences (Kuopio University) and Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering (Mikkeli Polytechnic), I have also worked as a consultant on international projects handling environmental impact assessments and feasibility studies, as well as food safety and security projects. My country experience ranges from East and Southern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South-Africa, Ghana) to Asia (China, Nepal and Vietnam) to Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) to Latin America (Peru) and the Middle-East (Iran and Lebanon).

I am also currently also working on my PhD in UEF’s environmental policy research group in the Faculty of Social Science and Business. My research focuses on how Finnish higher education institutions enhance global food and nutrition security. I am active in wildlife and nature conservation and am a liaison for the East African Wildlife Society in Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as a member of the Kuopio Nature Society (KLYY). I am a certified National Geographic Educator and also a qualified vocational teacher and teach on food and nutrition security as well as food product development.

I am also an entrepreneur and established Raven Sustainability Consulting in 2003-2011, offering environmental consultancy services. In 2014, I established Kobe Global which offers consultancy services in the environmental and conservation field and implements development projects for example in Nepal, Kenya and Tanzania. Further, I have worked on various consultancies for Wageningen University, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.