Mr. Skantsi works as the education and science counsellor for the Finnish government to support international cooperation of Finnish education and science with partners in the Gulf region. Skantsi is part of the Team Finland Knowledge -network jointly established by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the effort to increase the international connections, impact and quality of Finnish education, higher education and research. Based in Abu Dhabi embassy, working also in wider Gulf region, especially in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman, Skantsi works to raise awareness of joint challenges and collaboration opportunities among Finnish and Gulf region as well as with the international partners. In addition to facilitating academic and research cooperation, he also supports Finnish efforts in education exports.
Mr. Skantsi has previously worked as a lead expert for Education management and service company. He successfully managed and coordinated a number of client projects, built new client relations, managed projects in both public and private sector, mostly in Asia and the Gulf Region. He worked in collaboration with the parent universities and institutes and was part of the development team in charge of the QA framework and curriculum development for international context. Mr. Skantsi has also worked as a teacher trainer and a principal in Finland.