Päivi Tahkokallio is the President-elect of BEDA, The Bureau of European Design Associations with 50 member organizations in 26 European countries, and Founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+, a design thinking and strategic design agency from Lapland, Finland. Her two year term as President begins in May 2019. As well, Päivi is Vice President of Ornamo Art and Design Finland, an association of some 2 600 Finnish designers, the Chair of Design Committee of Lapland Chamber of Commerce, and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts in UK.
With her track record on strategic and social design Paivi has been called the mother of Arctic Design, a design approach to support sustainable development of the Arctic region. She has extensive experience in the inclusive approach to design through her earlier career at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto ARTS) and The National R&D Centre for Healthcare and Wealth, and through leading European Design for All network.