Article published on Sept. 26, 2008
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Article published on Sept. 26, 2008
Ari RUSILA’s Resume Ari Rusila is a development project management expert and freelancer from Finland with a special interest in the Balkan region. His other interests include Caucasus, Russia, middle East, civil crisis management issues and capacity building in societies in transition.


Name: Ari RUSILA Address: Polttolinja 17 B 10, FIN-40520 Jyväskylä, FINLAND, EU E-mail: Blogs: and


Home: Jyväskylä, FINLAND Nationality: FIN Communities: and (Peace and Collaborative Development Network)

Work history:

2004-2007 Project manager, Jyväskylä university of Applied Sciences/INR/NorWat project. Total progress and financial responsibility of NorWat funded by EU Intrerreg IIIB NPP. Locations in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Scotland. Budget > 1.2 MEUR 2000-2002 EU Municipal Expert, European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR). Seconded to UNMIK in Leposavic, Mitrovica Region, Kosovo, SCG. Capacity building of local administration, project management/ coordination, business registration; youth, culture and sport sectors 1998-1999 Project co-ordinator, Municipality of Salla. Project Coordinator (Lead) of Tacis CBC TSP 55/97 project. Creating the project plan and application before start. Managing the project from start to end. Location Kovdor, Murmansk Region, Russia 1983-1998 Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Salla. SME developing, strategy and sectoral planning at local and regional levels, project management (EU programmes and Interreg), cross border cooperation with Russia, Barents cooperation.


Master of Arts Social Science,University of Jyväskylä, Finland Secondary upper education in Jyväskylä Lyceé, Finland


Mother tongue: Finnish Other: English (C1), German (B1), Swedish (B2), Russia (A2)

Skills and competences

Team work experience also with multicultural teams LogFrame Approach and experience of Project Cycle management at all it’s levels Implementing experience with Participatory Planning Methods and Goal Orientated

Project Planning methods

Ability to survive and solve problems in crisis-/post-crisis societies Capacity building and SME developing at local and regional level is familiar to me with nearly 20 years experience


Field experience 1: My work in Kosovo gave me clear picture of problems in Balkans Field experience 2: My work in Russia trained me to make practical solutions between anarchical field work and western regulations Field experience 3: My work in Lapland (FIN) trained me all aspects of project management from ideas and strategies through action plans to implementation of individual projects