Biography beta

Matti Tiirakari joined EMBL as COO on the 15th January 2020.

2016-2019 Matti worked as Senior Advisor at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, where he has held various management positions since 1996. First as Head of Supply and Logistics for the LHC-project (Large Hadron Collider), the world biggest accelerator machine to date and then as Head of Site Management and Engineering.

2010-2015 Matti was Deputy Director General/Director of Project Management and Administration at ESS (European Spallation Source) in Lund, Sweden. ESS is a new big science organization building world’s most powerful neutron accelerator in Scania County – Sweden.

Before joining the research field, Matti worked in Italy, Benelux countries and Far East in international shipping industry as Director, before that he was Diplomate and Trade Commissioner employed at Finnish Foreign Ministry.

Matti Tiirakari studied economics and international trade in Helsinki, Finland. He has been advisor and member in various boards and committees, both in business and big science organizations, like IATA, UN and DOE (Department of Energy in Washington DC USA).

Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for maintaining close working relationships with national and local authorities in the host countries of the EMBL sites.