Antti Kivelä leads the Capacity for renewal theme at Sitra. The theme area aims to improve Finland’s and Finnish people’s willingness and capacity for renewal to ensure the competitiveness and resilience of Finnish society. The theme area was previously called “Empowering society”. Before that, Antti was responsible for the municipal programme and the public-sector management programme at Sitra. In Antti’s view, Sitra’s role is as an independent operator that introduces reforms to further the interests of individuals in society.
According to Antti, one of the reasons for the rigid structures in society is that long-established interest groups are able to lobby effectively to protect their interests. While these lobbyists remain entrenched in their own positions there are no spokespeople for new solutions and the new world order. The Capacity for renewal theme strives to challenge the prevailing situation.
Antti’s leisure activities fall into three categories based on the time of year. His downhill skiing season lasts from November to the beginning of May. After that, he enjoys cruising his own boat on the lake near his home at Himos in Jämsä, Central Finland, before the hunting season starting in September takes him through to November when the skis come out again.
Nowadays, Antti’s family consists of his wife and a dog now that all his children have flown the nest.