Anna Valtonen, Professor, is the Rector of UMEÅ INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, Umeå University, since 2009. Before this position she worked 12 years for Nokia, lately as Head of Design Research & Foresight.
Anna Valtonen’s research interests are in design&society, its history, and on the role of designers within. Her PhD, from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland (currently Aalto University) was on the professional development of industrial design practice. She has previously been active as a researcher at the Department of Strategic and Industrial Design at the same university and as visiting professor in the Department of Management at ESSEC Business School Paris, France. Valtonen also holds many positions of trust within universities, organisations and corporations.