Mikael Hannus has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. He is Vice President of Group Innovation, Research and Development at Stora Enso, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Board of Directors of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation has appointed Mikael Hannus as the Executive Secretary, responsible for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, based in Sweden.
​Professor Annika Nordin has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the foundation. She is Professor in forest science at the Swedish University of Agricultural sciences, SLU.

– The recruitments of Mikael Hannus and Annika Nordin will help the Marcus Wallenberg Prize to continue to reward exceptional accomplishments in forest and biomaterial sciences and lead the way to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, says Chairman Marcus Wallenberg.

Mikael Hannus succeeds Professor Kaj Rosén who retires after seven years as the Executive Secretary.

– Kaj Rosén has developed a structure to assure the highest possible scientific quality of the nominations to the Marcus Wallenberg Prize and paved the way for a more international process for selecting prize winners. He also developed a young researchers’ program as a meeting place, where junior scientists can find new insights and contacts, says Marcus Wallenberg.

Encouraging research in forestry
The Marcus Wallenberg Prize is an annual international award of SEK 2 million. It is presented by HM the King of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
​The purpose of the Marcus Wallenberg Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate scientific achievements contributing to a broadening of knowledge and technical development of importance to forestry and forest industries.