Association of Professional Futurists

Jaana Tapanainen

Prime Minister's Office, Finland
Espoo / Finland / Europe


Professional Background
Management Consultant
Areas of Expertise
Strategic Foresight, Scenario Planning, New Business Development, Megatrends and Trend Research, Innovation Processes, Identification of New Growth Areas, New Business Models, National Foresight
Short Biography
Ms Tapanainen is an expert in strategic foresight. She has extensive experience in conceptualizing and realizing high stakes strategic foresight projects for both private and public sector.

She has managed and led strategy and scenario projects for blue-chip companies (DAX, MDAX, EURO STOXX 50) e.g. in the banking, chemical, energy, metals and mining sector as well as in the environmental policy sector.

Her special field of expertise is in integration of foresight into strategy processes: participative, co-creative foresight processes for new business development and deriving strategic implications for future positioning. Ms Tapanainen also helps to establish corporate foresight processes and to increase methodological competence.

Ms. Tapanainen is a member of the Finnish Government Foresight Group set by the Prime Minister's Office and chaired by the State Secretary.

Ms Tapanainen has also worked over 12 years as a management consultant improving the growth and competitiveness of Finnish businesses and the Finnish innovation environment (NIS). She has helped businesses in different phases of internationalisation and provided services covering all aspects of the business cycle, from start-up and expansion to improving market position. As Head of Industry for Food Chain she covered over 40 countries.

Ms Tapanainen has an MBA from the triple accredited Executive MBA Programme at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (USA), WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also has a BBA and HEAO-CE double-degree from Finland and the Netherlands. Native of Finland, she lived and studied over 20 years abroad: in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Spain, USA, Hong Kong and Israel.