Eero Jalava is an expert in Sitra’s circular economy team. He works especially on issues related to a fair transition to a circular economy and on EU affairs.
Eero believes that the circular economy should be promoted not only in Finland but also at the level of the EU, and he ensures that the international and European dimensions are taken into account in Sitra’s circular economy work.
In the past, Eero has worked in central government and for NGOs. In his previous positions, he has focused especially on the circular economy and international policy processes. He has experience of duties in the Ministry of the Environment during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and of promoting the recycling of nutrients at EU level with the Baltic Sea Action Group foundation.
Eero familiarised himself with the circular economy when the EU’s circular economy package was published towards the end of 2015 and became convinced of the potential of the circular economy as part of the solution to the sustainability crisis. He has a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Turku.
Eero is curious by nature. He spends his free time reading and jogging. Eero is also a casual fan of football. Having spent his youth in the Turku archipelago, he dreams about a sailing boat of his own.
Eero believes that the circular economy will provide many new solutions for tackling the sustainability crisis. Signs of this can already be seen.