Associate professor Pia Sandvik is the CEO of the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) since 2016. Ms Sandvik has a doctorate degree in quality technology from Linköping University and is appointed as associate professor at Luleå University of Technology. Sandvik has been in executive and leading positions in academia, industry and the public sector for nearly 20 years, including President of Luleå University of Technology, and CEO of a financial company in banking and insurance. She has a wide experience as chairman and board member in both public and private sector such as research funding agencies, the financial services industry and the real estate sector. During 2015-2016 Ms Sandvik was one of four members in the Advisory Board to the Minister of Enterprise and Innovation regarding the Swedish strategy for Smart Industry. She is Chairman of the board of KTH Royal Institute of Technology and also a Board member of Prevas and ALMI.