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Secretary general

Cumulus Association


Eija Salmi FRSA Vietnam Design Competition 24

A global connector and advocate since 1990 for international education and research in art, design and media working as Secretary General of Cumulus Association being among the founders of Cumulus, the only global for art and design education and research having today 370 members from 69 countries with a portfolio of diverse institutional partners. 

She loves creating new and break barriers with business, industry, government and other institutions for education and research. Education- and research-led innovation has the power to cater the development and ensure the betterment of quality of life on the planet. She is responsible to empower the next generation of the youth by encouraging their alma maters and themselves to play an impactful role to place the needs of the earth first and to create right balance between people, planet and profit. 

Prior to her role with Cumulus, Eija worked in international finance, studied business, languages, and art history.

Among some recognitions, in 2020, she was awarded by the Royal Society for Arts in London with their prestigious FRSA fellowship, a tribute to her advocacy of internationalization in the arts and design higher education fields. The Indian GCPIT Global Council for Promotion of International Trade chose her among 100 global female leaders in 2021. A recent recognition was awarded by Anilla Culture, an Uruguyan Arts and Culture network.



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