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Kirsi Haavisto is currently Deputy Head of the 'Innovation Policy' Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission.

The Unit is driving the policy agenda of the Innovation Union Flagship initiative into specific actions and steering the innovation dimension of the relevant EU policies and funding programmes.

Kirsi's tasks include the promotion of the innovation activities in FP7 and fostering knowledge transfer actions in support of European Research Area.

Before joining the 'Innovation Policy' Unit in 2011, she also worked as Deputy Head of the Coordination Unit of the Environment Research Directorate in DG Research and Innovation.