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Olli-Pekka Heinonen appointed director of the new organisation formed of CIMO and National Board of Education

The Finnish Government has appointed Olli-Pekka Heinonen director of the new organisation that will continue the work of the National Board of Education and the Centre for International Mobility CIMO. The appointment covers the period from 15 October 2016 to 14 October 2021.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen was born in Eurajoki, Finland, in 1964 and graduated as Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki in 1990. He has been a government minister in Finland on several occasions: Minister of Education 1994-1995 and 1995-1999, Minister of Transport 1999-2000 and Minister of Communications 2000-2002.

In 2002, Heinonen moved from politics to become the director of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle where he worked until 2012. Since then he has held the position of State Secretary first in the Prime Minister’s Office and from 2015 in the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland.

One of the main strengths of Olli-Pekka Heinonen considered in the selection was his experience in managing change. He has led several large-scale reforms successfully. At Yle, he was responsible for managing the move from the analogue to the digital world in TV broadcasting and he has led some big change processes in the Prime Minister’s Office, too.

The current National Board of Education and the Centre for International Mobility CIMO will be merged to form a new organisation at the beginning of 2017.

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