Speaker Details

Jyrki Katainen

Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

Jyrki Katainen is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.
Prior to this term, he was European Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro from July to October 2014. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland (2011 – 2014) and Minister of Finance (2007 – 2011). He was Member of Finnish Parliament (1999 – 2014) for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).
Jyrki Katainen is Vice-President of the European People's Party (since 2015 and from 2006 to 2011) and he was Chairman of the National Coalition Party of Finland between 2004 and 2014.

He was Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003 – 2007, Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company 2003 – 2005, Member of the Finish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly 2004 - 2005 and the Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council 2001 – 2003. Jyrki Katainen has MSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland (1998) and he did an Erasmus exchange year at the University of Leicester, UK.

His hobbies are running, cycling, cooking and tennis.