Kristiina Erkkila

Director of Development

The City of Espoo


Dr. Kristiina Erkkilä is currently Director of Development for the Education and Cultural Services in Espoo, the second largest city in Finland. Before working for the City of Espoo she was Director of the International Centre in Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences. Kristiina Erkkilä holds a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, United States. Her own research interest is entrepreneurial education. Other themes for her research and development work are learning ecosystems and sustainable development, particularly in connection with lifelong learning.


Dr. Erkkilä has visited educational institutions around the world and been an invited speaker in many international conferences. Espoo is an awarded pioneering member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities for cities actively developing their sustainable lifelong learning opportunities. Kristiina Erkkilä has been member of the expert group for the network from its beginning 2013.

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