Timo Lankinen, 2010
Director General, Finnish National Board of Education

Timo Lankinen is director general at the Finnish National Board of Education. He joined the Finnish Ministry of Education in 1984, where he worked on major development projects in the fields of education, training and science policies. In 2008 he was appointed director general for the Finnish National Board of Education, the national agency responsible for the development of pre-primary education, basic education, general upper secondary education, vocational education and training, formal adult education and training, liberal adult education and extracurricular basic education in arts. He has actively taken part in education and training policy-making, chaired national committees and reform projects, acted as DGVT for European VET policies, written articles and books (especially about educational law in Finland, financing education and educational administration) and lectured widely.