Kyösti Oikarinen is the Chair of Oulu City Executive Board and a member of the City Council. Hence Mr. Oikarinen acts as a Political Mayor of City of Oulu, Finland – the fastest growing City in the Arctic Europe.
Kyösti Oikarinen has a long career as an elected politician in the City of Oulu and Oulu Region. Between 2005 and 2012, he was a member of the City Council during which years he held several positions of trust e.g. the Chairman of the City Council and Chairman of the Merger Board of Oulu as well as the Chairman of the Board of Oulu Region. He was re-elected into the City Council in April 2017 and was appointed as the Chairman of the Oulu City Executive Board.
Mr. Oikarinen is a trained dentist and professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His career includes altogether 25 years of professorships in Finland and Kuwait and in addition shorter working periods in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. He was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Oulu University in 2013 and he retired from that position in 2017 to pursue his political career. During the time he was the Dean, a unique, integrated health test and development environment OuluHealth Labs (http://ouluhealth.fi/labs/) was established as well as the Oulu 5G Hospital of the Future construction started. Simultaneously University of Oulu Medical faculty raised ICTHealth as one of its most important focus areas and has since received national duties such as digitalization and harmonization of medical and dental undergraduate teaching in whole of Finland. Mr. Oikarinen has played a key role in making City of Oulu into an internationally recognized HUB on Health and Wellbeing Technology andalso home to the innovative OuluHealth ecosystem (http://ouluhealth.fi/)