Kristina Gabrielii had decided: No more board assignments. But to become chairman of Mistra InfraMaint was an offer she could not resist.
Kristina Gabrielii is self-employed and do also work around 50 percent as a programme manager for the strategic innovation program Smart Built Environment.
– Actually, I had decided not to take more assignments but instead try to work less. But the chairmanship of Mistra InfraMaint felt like an exciting opportunity. I see a number of possible synergies with the Smart Built Environment programme, she says.
Building houses and built environment
Kristina Gabrielii started out as a civil engineer who worked or almost 30 years in two major construction companies, NCC and Peab.
In 2003, she was a bit of a pioneer by participating in formulating the first European strategic research agenda for the community building area.
– Our work then is still the basis for European research in this area. So it is possible to make a difference! I try to keep that in mind, she says.
To make a difference
She feels sure that programmes such as Mistra InfraMaint and Smart Built Environment can make a difference. Major issues are relevant for both programmes: Sustainable development, competence development, industrialisation and digitalisation.
– There are certainly opportunities for synergies and I believe that I can contribute with my networks especially in the field of entrepreneurship, says Kristina Gabrielii.
This is an extract from a longer interview. You can read the full text here (Swedish only).