Pilvi Torsti appointed as new Director of the European Training Foundation

March 14, 2023
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The European Parliament has endorsed the appointment of Pilvi Torsti as the new Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), an EU agency based in Turin, Italy, that supports human capital development in the EU’s neighbouring countries. Torsti is an expert in education policy with extensive experience in the public sector, academia, and civil society.


Prior to her nomination, Torsti served as a State Secretary in three ministries: the Ministry of Education and Culture 2013-2015 and Ministry of Employment and Economic Affairs & Ministry of Transport and Communications 2019-2023. From 2017 to 2019, Pilvi Torsti was an MP and a member of the education and future committees of the Finnish parliament. She holds a PhD in social sciences from the University of Helsinki, and is also the co-founder of United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, she founded HEI Schools, an education company co-owned by the University of Helsinki where she has been an adjunct professor since 2012 and was nominated as the adjunct professor of the year in 2020. She has published broadly, most recently co-authoring a series of articles on a Global Education Vision. She has been a member of the Eisenhower Fellowship program since 2013, granting her access to a diverse and influential global leadership network.


Pilvi Torsti will commence her duties on 16 April, 2023.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia