First Vice-President of the European Committee of Regions, Markku Markkula is the President of the Helsinki Region. He is Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), having been the President in 2015-2017.
His professional experience focuses on knowledge creation, lifelong learning, societal innovations, and change management. On these, he has worked for years as the Advisor to the Aalto University Presidents and as the Director of Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli at the Helsinki University of Technology.
He has been a Member of Parliament of Finland 1995-2003. As an MP, his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network.
Mr. Markkula has many influential roles in EU policy, including the CoR Rapporteur on important opinions such as innovation, digitalization, research policy, industrial renaissance, start-ups, and climate. Just recently, he was appointed the CoR Rapporteur on European Missions.