Emma Sairanen

Project Coordinator, Global collaboration, Sustainability solutions


Emma is the Project coordinator for the Global collaboration team of the Sustainability solutions theme. Emma’s work focuses on biodiversity, the negotiations of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and youth involvement.

For Emma, thriving nature is the basis for all well-being and the circular economy is a means to transition towards a society in which nature is not depleted but becomes stronger.


Emma graduated from Aalto University with an M.Sc. in biotechnology. Before joining Sitra, she worked on sustainability issues in the Aalto Sustainability Hub, the Finnish Nature League and as a youth climate delegate.

Alongside her work, Emma promotes the sustainability transition through the network of young biodiversity influencers, which she established in the international Youth Biodiversity Network, and as a youth delegate to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations.

What else?

Emma recharges by hiking, making shorter trips to forage for wild herbs and visiting vegetable gardens. She draws inspiration from homespun vegan challenges, zero waste groups and book club discussions.

Emma believes that we all have the power – and the responsibility – to build a safer and better future for everyone, or as Gandhi put it: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”