Ulla Tapaninen, Adjunct Professor PhD, works as a senior advisor at the City of Helsinki, Finland. She is currently preparing a feasilibility study for a world's longest railway tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn. In particular, she is in charge of estimation of cargo and passenger volumes, social and economic benefits of the project and geopolitical and demographic considerations.

Dr. Tapaninen has over 25 years' experience in logistics and transport research and development work. She received her PhD in 1997 in logistics modelling. She has worked for ten years as a development manager and environmental manager in a large Finnish roro-shipping company. Between 2006 – 2012 she worked as a professor of maritime logistics in the University of Turku specializing in maritime and port operations and their IT; and maritime safety.

Dr. Tapaninen has published dozens of academic and professional publications and she is a frequent speaker in seminars. 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 that nominates every year the most distinguished persons and academic works in the area of logistics in Finland. In 2013 Dr. Tapaninen published a Finnish textbook Maritime Logistics presenting the fundamentals of maritime business.