Sanna Marin

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  • Former Prime Minister & Head of Government of Finland (2019-2023)

Sanna Marin is the Former Prime Minister of Finland (2019-2023) and the leader of the Finnish Social Democratic Party. Appointed at the age of 34, Marin served as the youngest Prime Minister of the world when taking office in 2019. In 2015, Marin was elected to Parliament on her first run, where she was a member of the Grand Committee, Legal Affairs Committee, and Environment Committee. She has also served as Chair of the Social Democratic Party since 2020. 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. Marin now specializes in topics of geopolitics, strategic autonomy, climate change, and female leadership.

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.”

Marin made history as the longest-serving woman prime minister of Finland, leading a parliamentary coalition entirely headed by women and a majority-women cabinet. She has spoken at Davos AM23, the Lowy Institute, the Munich Security Conference, and for New York University’s 2023 Commencement, among others. In addition to the historical challenges during her leadership, 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.

 



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Past Hosts Include:
  • NHO
  • Centerview Partners
  • Cloudfest
  • Munich Security Conference
  • Lowy Institute
  • United Nation's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
  • Davos AM23
  • New York University - 2023 Commencement
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Talks & Conversations with Sanna Marin
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Author Talk: ‘Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation’

Former Finnish Prime Minister SANNA MARIN provides a unique and intimate window into her experiences as a global leader, as told in her upcoming book, Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation. In this talk, Marin shares both vivid retellings of high-stakes political moments and personal st ...

Former Finnish Prime Minister SANNA MARIN provides a unique and intimate window into her experiences as a global leader, as told in her upcoming book, Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation. In this talk, Marin shares both vivid retellings of high-stakes political moments and personal stories of growing up in the nation she would eventually lead to detail the importance of leading with values and courage.

Geopolitics

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 geopol ...

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 to ...

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.

Female Leadership

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 parliamentar ...

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?

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<p><strong>Sanna Marin redefines leadership in her book ‘Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation’</strong></p>

Sanna Marin redefines leadership in her book ‘Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation’

In her recently announced book, Our Turn: Fearless Leadership for a New Generation, former Finnish Prime Minister SANNA MARIN redefines leadership and invites us to do the same. At the time of her appointment, Marin was the youngest head of state in the world and one of the only women. From the day she stepped into office, Marin broke the traditional molds of leadership, turning heads around the world.

Marin asserts in Our Turn that values are crucial and powerful. Through vivid retellings of high-stakes political moments such as the invasion of Ukraine to intimate stories of growing up the nation she would eventually lead, Marin shows us what leading with value and courage looks like, and how that is the only way to affect change, even within yourself. 

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<p><strong>Sanna Marin announced as Strategic Counselor for the Tony Blair Institute </strong></p>

Sanna Marin announced as Strategic Counselor for the Tony Blair Institute

Former Finnish Prime Minister SANNA MARIN is sparking change on a global scale as a Strategic Counselor at the Tony Blair Institute, where she advises political leaders across a portfolio of countries on reform programs. Marin was chosen for her work as a reform-oriented and pragmatic leader with a continued commitment to public impact. Tony Blair himself said, “Our mission is to help political leaders worldwide deliver change for their people – and Sanna Marin knows exactly how to do that.”

Watch Sanna Marin speak at European Parliament >>

Watch Sanna Marin’s NYU commencement address >>

<p><strong>Former Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin coaches audiences on leadership under pressure</strong></p>

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.”

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Biography

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.