Advisors and management

Nordic Institute of Dental Education brings together the brightest minds from both dental and business worlds. In addition to our lecturers, advisors and management, we are also supported by the organizations of Planmeca and University of Turku.



NIDE's advisors are leading experts in the field of dentistry, bringing their knowhow and insight into our course program. Our current advisors include:

Dr. Pekka Vallittu
DDS, PhD, FADM, Professor at the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku


Dr. Juha Varrela
DDS, PhD, Dean of the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku


Dr. Kari Pihlman
Dr. Licenciate in Dental Surgery, Private Practice


Dr. Jukka Meurman
M.D, PhD, DOdont., FDSRCSEd, Professor, Head Physician, Institute of Dentistry, University of Helsinki


Dr. Marika Doepel
DDS, PhD Associate Professor, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku


Board of directors

NIDE's board is responsible for NIDE's strategic guidelines and oversight. Our current board members are:

Mikko Pohjola (Chair)
Collaboration Manager, Innovation Services, University of Turku

Satu Lahti
Professor of Community Dentistry, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku

Tuomas Lokki
Senior Vice President, Planmeca

Helianna Puhlin – Nurminen
Vice President, Digital Imaging and Applications Division, Planmeca

Maarit Vannas
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Planmeca

Eeva Ryödi (Secretary)
Legal Counsel, University of Turku