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Jyrki Katainen has been appointed as President of Sitra

Commissioner Jyrki Katainen, MSc in Political Sciences, appointed as President of Sitra. He was appointed by the supervisory board of Sitra. The position is fixed-term for five years.


Jyrki Katainen (b. 1971) has been European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness since 2014. Katainen has previously worked as Prime Minister of Finland (2011–2014), Finance Minister (2007–2011) and Member of the Finnish Parliament (1999–2014), as well as Chair of the Parliament’s Committee for the Future (2003–2007).

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Sitra’s Board of Directors and supervisory board for their trust in appointing me as President. Facilitating Finland’s pioneer position amidst societal changes and finding solutions for sustainable well-being are dear to my heart. I have the Sitra spirit in me,” Jyrki Katainen says.

Katainen will continue in his position as European Commission Vice-President until the end of the current Commission term.

“I will immediately submit a formal notification of being appointed as President of Sitra in accordance with the code of conduct for members of the European Commission, after which the Commission will make a decision concerning accepting the position with Sitra. Unfortunately, I am not able to comment on the matter publicly before the Commission’s process is complete,” Katainen explains.

The second term of Sitra’s sitting President Mikko Kosonen will expire at the end of 2019.

Sitra’s previous Presidents are Esko Aho (2004–2008), Aatto Prihti (1997–2004), Matts Andersson (1996), Jorma Routti (1986–1996), C.E. Carlson (1974–1986), Kaarlo Larna (1972–1973) and Klaus Waris (1968–1972).

Further information

Antti Lindtman, Chair of Sitra’s Supervisory Board, +358 (0)40 577 6255
Martti Hetemäki, Chair of Sitra’s Board of Directors (via Sitra’s communications +358 (0)40 548 0794

Information about Sitra:

Veera Heinonen, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Sitra, +358 (0)50 372 5244

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