Tuulamari Helaja graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki in 2000. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Münster in 2000-2001, she joined Borealis Polymers to work with olefin polymerization catalyst technologies. In 2006, she obtained an eMBA from Aalto University and joined VTT, where she has held various positions. Since 2016 she has been the Vice President for the Sustainable Energy and Chemical Technologies research area covering thermochemical conversions and chemical process technologies incl. scale-up, industrial synthesis and catalysis, polymer and plastic processing, metals and materials recovery, and computational chemistry incl. process concepts and models.