D.Sc. (Econ.) Ira Haavisto has an academic background in humanitarian supply chain management. She is a former director of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute) at Hanken School of Economics and has worked in international research projects within humanitarian supply chain management and healthcare for the last 10 years, the last three years at Nordic Healthcare Group as a senior research manager. She has several peer-reviewed publications on performance management and innovations in non-profit organisations.