Olli-Pekka Heinonen

Director General

Olli-Pekka Heinonen is Director General at the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Before his current position he worked as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland. He was also responsible as a State Secretary of the portfolios of Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development.

Before that he acted as a State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and was responsible for organising and leading the Prime Minister’s Office. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in March 2012, Mr Heinonen worked for 10 years as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Mr Heinonen has been Minister of Transport and Communications (1999-2002) and Minister of Education (1994-1999). Mr Heinonen has also been a Member of the Parliament of Finland (1995-2002). Mr Heinonen has had a number of positions of trust serving the society in a wide scale. Mr Heinonen holds a Master’s degree in Laws.



GESS Talks Arena

26 February 2019 | 11:15 - 11:35 | English | Keynote: Education system as an innovation platform for life-long learning in Finland

Digitalization challenges us to learn through the whole life time. Thus, also the education system needs to be renewed continuously. In this key note the development of education system is approached on three levels: individual learner, schools and society and the experiences from Finland are shared with the audience. For example, many schools in Finland innovate together with start-ups and educational technology experts and create solutions to support the learning for the 21st century skills.