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Ilkka Herlin

Ilkka Heikki Herlin
Born January 25th, 1959, Helsinki

Master of Arts 1990 and PhD 1993 ( Finnish and Scandinavian History), University of Helsinki

Chairman of the board and principal owner 2005–, Cargotec
Founder and chairman of the board 2008–, Baltic Sea Action Group
Founder and chairman of the board 2015–, Soilfood

Researcher 1993–2000, University of Helsinki and the Academy of Finland
CEO 1987-200, Security Trading

Chairman of the funding and donations committee 2014–, University of Helsinki
Vice-chairman of the advisory board 2011–, Aleksanteri Institute
Chairman 2009–, Finland-China Trade Association
Chairman of the board 2005–, Wipunen varainhallinta oy
Board member 2005–, D-sijoitus Oy
Board member 2005, Mariatorp Oy
Board Member 2005–2011, Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion
Board Member 2005–2008, John Nurminen Foundation
Board Member 2005, chairman 2000–2005, WIP Asset Management
Board Member 1990–2000, Kone Corporation

Awards and honours:
Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, third class, 2010
Honorary PhD 2012, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Honorary PhD 2012, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki

Photo: Vesa Brandt
Written by Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta
Translated by Matthew Billington

My Best Memory from the University of Helsinki

The best feeling I had during my years at the University was when I comprehensively delved into contemporary history. Finnish independence and Finland’s development as an independent nation was a very eventful time from a multidisciplinary perspective. While writing my doctoral dissertation, I quickly learned that when doing biographical research on that era it was fruitful to place ethnological research, political theory and the global situation as a whole side by side. You had to follow several historical plots: there were wars, crises and the overcoming of those same crises, and a period of reconstruction. All this taught me to look at things from different perspectives in general—a skill that has truly served me well in my life after finishing my studies.

Photo credit: University of Helsinki, Linda Tammisto.


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