Ulla Tapaninen, Adjunct Professor PhD, works as a senior advisor at the City of Helsinki, Finland. She has over 25 years of experience in logistics and transport research and development work with dozens of academic and professional publications to her name. She has worked for ten years as a development manager and environmental manager in a large Finnish roro-shipping company. Between 2006 and 2012 she worked as a professor of maritime logistics in the University of Turku specializing in maritime and port operations, safety and IT. She has worked as a researcher, project director and board member in dozens of national and EU-funded projects in the areas of maritime and land transportation, logistics information handling and transportation safety and environment. She is a board member of ESL Shipping since 2012 and a chairman of the board of Finnish Logistics Forum which nominates the most distinguished persons and academic works in the area of logistics in Finland.