Kenneth Ruud is professor of theoretical chemistry at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and one of the principal investigators at the Hylleraas Centre, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence established in 2017. He is also one of the principal investigators of the Digibiotics project. He is deputy vice chancellor of research at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in the period 2013-2021. He got his PhD from the University of Oslo in 1998 with Trygve Helgaker as a supervisor. After 2 years as a postdoc at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego Supercomputer Centre, he came to the University of Tromsø in 2001, and became full professor in 2002. His scientific interests iarethe development and application of ab initio methods for the calculation of molecular properties in complex system, with a particular focus directed at vibrational spectroscopy, chiroptical spectroscopy and multiphoton absorption processes. Relativistic effects on molecular properties is also a key research area. In his spare time, he enjoys telemark skiing, kayaking, hiking and playing the viola.