Janica Ylikarjula is Vice President of International Affairs and Policy at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd since 2023. In her role at VTT, she ensures an ambitious strategic direction of VTT’s policy work and international affairs. Prior to joining VTT, Janica worked at the leading business organization in Finland, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), where she was the Head of EK’s Brussels office and worked on EU, innovation and industrial policy. She has also worked on research and science policy at the Research Council of Finland. Janica holds a Doctor of Science (Technology) in applied mathematics from Aalto University in Finland.