CV

Personal Details

  • Born April 3, 1965 in Helsinki
  • Bilingual (Finnish, Swedish)
  • Parents Master of Laws Panu Vapaavuori and home economics teacher Gun Vapaavuori, née Carlson
  • Married to Mrs. Outi Vapaavuori, Professor of small animal surgery
  • Military Service in Coastal Jaeger Academy 1984–1985, Military rank Captain (2008)

Education

  • Finnish Matriculation Examination 1984 (Pohjois-Helsinki Secondary School)
  • Master of Laws 1989 (University of Helsinki)
  • Postgraduate Studies in Helsinki, Uppsala and the Hague
  • Basic Studies in National Economy and Accountancy in Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki

Honorary titles

  • Honorary Doctor of Economics, Hanken School of Economics, 2019

Working Experience

  • Mayor of Helsinki, 2017-
  • Vice President, European Investment Bank 2015-2017
  • Minister of Economic Affairs 2012–2015
  • National Coalition Parliamentary Group, chairman 2011–2012
  • Minister of Housing 2007–2011
  • Minister for Nordic Cooperation 2007–2011
  • Member of Parliament 2003–
  • Track&Field Finland Ltd., Managing Director 2001–2003
  • Special Advisor to Kimmo Sasi, Minister of Foreign Trade 1999–2001
  • International Affairs Secretary, National Coalition Party 1995–1999
  • Special Advisor to Sauli Niinistö, Minister of Justice 1995
  • Special Advisor to Pertti Salolainen, Minister of Foreign Trade 1993–1995
  • Information Secretary, National Coalition Party Parliament Group 1992–1993
  • Researcher, Institute of International Commercial Law 1991–1992
  • Assistant of Comparative Law, University of Helsinki 1990–1991

Work in Parliament

  • Member of Parliament 2003–2015
  • National Coalition Parliamentary Group, chairman 2011–2012
  • National Coalition Parliamentary Group, vice-chairman 2006-2007
  • Grand Committee, member 2003–2007, 2011–2012
  • Foreign Affairs Committee, deputy member 2011-2012
  • Constitutional Law Committee, member 2005–2007, chairman 2007
  • Legal Affairs Committee, member 2003–2005
  • Commerce Committee, deputy member 2003–2007
  • Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council, member 2003–2006, deputy member 2006–2007, 2011–2012

Other Elected Posts

  • Member of Helsinki City Council 1997–2015, 2017-
  • Chair of the Helsinki City Board 2017-
  • Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation, Chair of the Supervisory Board autumn 2017–
  • Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board 2016-
  • Board of the Finnish Fair Foundation 1 July 2017-
  • The Finnish Fair Corporation, Chair of the Supervisory Board 10 April 2018-
  • Outi and Jan Vapaavuori Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors 29 August 2018-
  • E. Svinhufvud Memorial Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board 2017-
  • World Economic Forum, Global Future Council; Member

Former Elected Posts

  • Vice-chairman of Helsinki City Council 2012
  • Member of Supervisory Council of the Bank of Finland 2011–2012
  • Member of administrative council of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra 2011–2012
  • National Sports Council, chairman 2011–2012
  • Member of Nordea Bank delagation 2012
  • Chairman of the Board of Mankala Ltd 2011–2012
  • Member of Kansallissäätiön isännistö 2012
  • Member of the Board of Ellun Kanat Ltd 2009–2012
  • Chairman of Helsinki City Board 2005–2007
  • Chairman of Helsinki Metropolitan Area Advisory Board 2005–2007
  • Chairman of Assembly of the Helsinki Region 2005–2007
  • Deputy Member of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities board of directors 2005–2007
  • Member of Helsingin Tennisstadion Oy board of directors 1997–2007
  • Member of Finnish Rinkball Union board of directors 2006–2007
  • Chairman of National Coalition Party group of councillors of Helsinki 2003–2005
  • Vice-Chairman of National Coalition Party District of Helsinki 2003–2005
  • Member of Helsinki City Board 2001–2005
  • Chairman of Helsinki Sports Committee 1997–2000, vice-chairman 1995–1997
  • Member of Helsinki Health Committee 1993–1995
  • Member of National Defence Information Planning Committee 2003–2006
  • Chairman of Suomen Turistiauto Ltd. board of directors 2001–2003
  • Member of Vapo Ltd. administrative council 1992–2001
  • Member of Foreign Ministry foreign affairs’ recruitment committee 1997–2001
  • Chairman of National Union of Students in Finland Congress 1990–1995
  • Member of Student Union of the University of Helsinki Representative Council 1987–1991
  • Chairman of Pykälä Law Students’ Association 1988

Hobbies

  • Sports, specifically golf, jogging, rinkball, tennis