Malena Sell



Malena Sell has a passion for the circular economy and particularly for advancing the transition globally – based on the experiences and know-how of Finland.


Having studied and worked on sustainability issues in the US and in Geneva for over 15 years – from her time at Brown University to the World Bank to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) – Malena returned home and joined the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Through the lenses of trade policy and Finnish climate diplomacy, Malena saw that if done right, trade can underpin international cooperation to further the carbon-neutral circular economy – and joined the team at Sitra to work towards that goal.

What else?

Malena enjoys family life, preteen and teenage kids, and spending time in nature. She’s studying to become a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher.