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Sami Syrjälä

Project coordinator, Global collaboration, Sustainability solution, Sitra

Who?

Sami works in the circular economy and climate fields and, in his role as a project coordinator, supports the global collaboration team in the development and production of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF). He also helps with the implementation of European Green Deal solutions. Sami believes that global co-operation enables even small countries to get their big ideas across.

What?

Sami has been sensitive to social injustice ever since he was a child, when he decided to become a vegetarian while still in day care, a decision he has stuck to for over 20 years. Sustainability and responsibility have also played a key role in his work and study choices later in life.

Sami has previous work experience of promoting the circular economy from the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi where he participated in the conferences of the United Nations Environment Programme and the European Green Deal. He has also worked for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Department for Africa and the Middle East.

Sami graduated from the University of Helsinki with a master’s degree in social sciences, majoring in global sustainability. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Turku, majoring in economic sociology. He has also complemented his education with a study module in corporate responsibility at Hanken School of Economics.

What else?

Sami enjoys leisurely morning walks and believes that it is important to take time to enjoy “boring” moments with little stimuli.

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