Former Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin made history as the youngest Prime Minister of the world, leading Finland through the global pandemic, a historically swift accession process to NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the climate crisis. In this talk, Ms. Marin unpacks key geopolitical issues and events, from the Russian attach on Ukraine, to the Finnish accession to NATO, to European and Western strategic autonomy. Marin emphasizes the power of democratic powers joining together against major threats, how to avoid dependencies on authoritarian regimes, and strengthening partnerships, resilience, and trust.
Climate Change and the Green & Digital Transition
In this talk, Former Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin discusses the challenges and opportunities of creating sustainable growth with investment in the green & digital transition. Ms. Marin leverages a case example, sharing how Finland created the world's most ambitious climate policy and took action to become climate neutral by 2035 under her leadership. With a global perspective, Ms. Marin unpacks how the geopolitical choices of the West are linked to success in combatting climate change.
In this talk, Former Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin shares personal stories on female leadership. The world's youngest head of government at the time, Ms. Marin has been celebrated for her groundbreaking leadership as the longest-serving woman prime minister of Finland, leading a parliamentary coalition entirely headed by women and a majority-women cabinet. Marin answers the question: What political, structural, and cultural changes are needed for more female leadership & gender equality?
Former Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin coaches audiences on leadership under pressure
Former Prime Minister of Finland SANNA MARIN provided insights into smart, precise decision-making as a headliner at CloudFest in Nürburgring. Notable for leading Finland to the fastest-ever NATO accession, leading one of the world’s most effective COVID-19 responses, and being the youngest Prime Minister in the world when taking office, Marin understands the pressure when the stakes are high and all eyes are on you. She is uniquely positioned to provide insight into leading in high-pressure conditions and provides candid insight into how to stay cool. CloudFest’s event planner said, “Sanna Marin was a wise and good decision. Full house, great content, amazing feedback, lot of selfies with attendees after her slot... 100% recommended.”
Sanna Marin was born in Helsinki on 16 November 1985. She lives in Finland with her daughter.
Having completed her general upper secondary education in 2004, Marin took a Master’s degree in Administration Sciences at the University of Tampere in 2017. Her Master’s thesis, entitled ‘Finland, a country of Mayors’, looked into the professionalisation process of political leadership in Finnish cities.
In 2015, Marin was elected to Parliament for her first run. There she has been member of the Grand Committee, Legal Affairs Committee and Environment Committee. She is member of Tampere city council, which she chaired in 2013–2017.
In 2014, Marin was elected as a second deputy party leader of the Social Democratic Party, and since 2017 she has served as the First Deputy Party Leader. In August 2020, Marin was elected as Chair of the Social Democratic Party.
Marin has been actively engaged in politics since 2006. “Being involved and making a difference represent civil rights for me. Changing things takes commitment. The welfare state or the ground rules for working life should not be taken for granted; they are the result of hard work and determined efforts.” Environmental values are also close to Sanna Marin’s heart: “Climate change and loss of biodiversity are some of the biggest problems of our times. Addressing them takes strong political will and determination.”
During the government formation talks in spring 2019, Marin chaired the negotiating table that addressed the theme ‘Carbon neutral Finland that protects biodiversity’. She served as Minister of Transport and Communications in the Rinne Government.
Marin’s government has been considered one of the most successful in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in terms of lost lives and economical damage caused by the pandemic. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Marin led her country through the most swift NATO accession process in the whole history of the alliance.
In addition to the two historical challenges, Marin’s government passed many progressive reforms in Finland, including world's most ambitious climate laws aiming for carbon neutrality by 2035, family leave reform sharing paid leave with both parents equally as well as major reforms improving healthcare, education and human rights.