On 16 April 2023, Pilvi Torsti took up her duties as Director of the European Training Foundation.
I believe education is the most efficient way to change the world.
A Finnish expert in education policy with a PhD in social sciences, Torsti brings to the ETF Director's position her extensive experience in the public sector, academia, and civil society.
Prior to her appointment, Torsti served as State Secretary in three ministries: Education and Culture 2013–15, Employment and Economic Affairs, and Transport and Communications 2019–23. From 2017 to 2019, she served as a member of the Finnish Parliament.
An adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki since 2012, she was nominated Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2020.
She founded HEI Schools (Helsinki International Schools), an early education company (2015), and co-founded the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (opened in 2006).
She has recently co-authored a series of articles on a global vision for education (see more information below).