From 2011 to 2013, Mari was Strategic Director of the Finnish government’s Cleantech Strategy Programme (within the Ministry of Employment and the Economy) and in 2007–2011 she was Programme Director of Finland’s Cleantech Cluster. Between 2000 and 2007, Mari held the post of Manager of Environmental Affairs at UPM. In addition, she has served on the boards of several cleantech companies.
Mari has a PhD and holds the status of docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology and the University of Helsinki. Mari views ecological sustainability as the very basis of our future, rather than as an optional path.