Pia Kinhult holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a background in Political Science at Lund University. Pia Kinhult has an extensive background in international collaboration and strategic governance across diverse sectors. She is currently serving as the Head of Host States Relations and Senior Negotiator In-Kind at the European Spallation Source ERIC, a collaboration of thirteen European nations to build and operate one of the world’s most powerful neutron sources for groundbreaking scientific research. Her responsibilities have evolved to encompass maintaining crucial governmental relationships, offering vital support to the Director General, representing ESS in various influential groups and committees, and fostering new collaborations on both national and local scales. Moreover, Pia Kinhult is actively involved in crafting Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with national and local stakeholders. In addition, she has successfully led four European Union structural fund projects within the Swedish national program. From January 2021 she was also part of the In-kind team and working with partners and the subprojects, involved in solving different legal and practical problems when sending staff or components to ESS.
Furthermore, she has taken on the role of Chair of the Board at Medicon Village Innovation AB, where she leads the board responsible for overseeing the content within the life science park. In this capacity, she provides support to member companies and stakeholders, fostering their growth, expanding their networks, and facilitating international impact. As Chair of the Faculty for Engineering at Lund University, she presides over one of Sweden’s foremost engineering schools, comprised of 19 esteemed institutions from technical and engineering education to remarkable research. She also serves as the Chair of the Board for SmiLe Incubator AB, a non-profit business incubator that fuels the growth of life science startups.
Finally, as her role as Vice Chair of the Board at the Öresundsinstitutet, an independent Danish-Swedish institute focused on Öresund, she actively engages in driving activities that include conducting analyses, gathering critical data, and organizing network meetings.