First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions

Markku Markkula is the former President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) with the term of office from February 2015 to August 2017. After his Presidency he has served as the First Vice-President of the CoR. On these he has had many influential role in the EU policy, including the CoR Rapporteur on important opinions such as innovation, digitalization, research policy, industrial renaissance, start-ups, single market, and better governance. He is the President of the Helsinki Region (Chair of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council), and the Chair of the Board of the second largest city in Finland Espoo. He is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network. The professional experience of Mr Markkula includes the EU Policy Advisor to the Aalto University Presidents (2010-2018), the Aalto University Transformation Team Member (2008-2009), within the Helsinki University of Technology he served as the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli (1992-1995, 2003-2008) and the Director of the Centre for Continuing Education (1985-1991). He has served the global engineering community as the part-time Secretary General of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education IACEE 1989-2001.