Markku Markkula was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office. Since joining the CoR in 2010 he has held several influential positions such as the first Vice-Chair of the CoR’s EPP Group and Chair of the CoR’s EPP Task Force on Europe 2020.
He is a member of the National Coalition Party in Finland having held numerous political chairmanships throughout his career starting with the local and national Student Unions in Espoo City and the Uusimaa region and is a long standing member of the Board of the Party. A member of Espoo City Council since 1980, he held its presidency in 1990-92 and 2010. He is currently a member of the Board of Helsinki Regional Council and Chairman of Espoo City Planning Board.
President Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). During this time he served as a member of two permanent parliamentary committees: the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, and the Committee for the Future. As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network.
Markku Markkula works at Aalto University as the Advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus is on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs. He has previously worked as the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli and the Secretary-General of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE).
In Finland his roles have included memberships of the boards of several companies and organisations such as Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and Technology. He has served as the chairman of the Board of the Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers TEK (1993-2005) and of the Finnish Information Society Development Centre TIEKE (2000-2011).
As a tribute to his achievements he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.
Markku Markkula was born in Kolari (Finland) north of the Arctic Circle on 15 July 1950. He is married with one son and two daughters.