Dr. Kaisa Kononen, Ph.D.Kaisa has worked since 2007 as the first Executive Director of the BONUS. Her duty is the overall management, coordination and monitoring of the BONUS activities and the BONUS Secretariat.
Kaisa received her PhD in hydrobiology in 1992 from the University of Helsinki. She worked ca. 20 years as a research scientist in the Finnish Institute of Marine Research focusing on studies of cyanobacterial blooms' dynamics in the Baltic Sea. During 1997-2002 she worked as the Head of Research of the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation. In 2002 she started working at the Academy of Finland first as the Programme Manager of the Finnish Baltic Sea Research Programme BIREME, and later until 2008 as the coordinator of the ERA-NET project BONUS for the Baltic Sea Science – Network of Funding Agencies.
Kaisa has been active in many international organisations e.g. ICES, SCOR-IOC research programme GEOHAB (Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms), HELCOM, Marine Board of the European Science Foundation and in many other national European and international committees.