Profile of Malla Paajanen

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Malla Paajanen is the founder and director of Malla Paajanen Consulting (MPC).  She has 20 years' experience as a spatial planner and project developer and has an enviable record in securing EU project funding in the Baltic Sea Region over many years.  From 2010 – 2013 Malla was the project manager of the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor Project (in cooperation with the City of Helsinki) which coordinated spatial and regional planning along the rail transport corridor from Helsinki/Tallinn to Berlin, including the proposed new higher speed rail connection between Warsaw and Tallinn (Rail Baltic).  In 2013 MPC was part of the winning consortium "Proximare" which is tasked by the European Commission with designing the work plan for the new EU Core Network Corridor "North Sea – Baltic" - one of the 9 multi-modal international transport corridors which form the basis of the new EU Trans European Transport Policy.  Before setting up MPC, Malla worked for Aalto University's CEMAT research centre and Small Business Centre and was earlier Director of International Relations for the Helsinki School of Economics.  Malla graduated from Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University) with master's and licentiate’s degrees in economic geography.  Her interests include opera, horse riding, skiing and keeping fit.  She has one daughter and lives in Helsinki.

List of EU funded projects involving Malla Paajanen:

Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (Baltic Sea Region Programme)

Rail Baltic Branding (EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Seed Money Facility)

RBGC Russia (EU Delegation to Russia)

BaltMet Promo (Baltic Sea Region Programme)

EQUAL (SOCRATES-ERASMUS Thematic network project)