Former Prime Minister of Finland
Alexander Stubb has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, and Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and in the national government from 2008 to 2016. He was the Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014 to 2016 and is currently a Member of the Finnish Parliament.
Stubb’s background in civil service gives him insight into the inner workings of European politics. He has published 16 books, 11 of which discuss various aspects of the European Union. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked as an expert adviser at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and in Brussels, and in President Romano Prodi’s team at the European Commission.
His expertise includes European and International Affairs, Foreign and Security Policy, and the Euro and Global Economy. He is currently focusing on global affairs, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (digitalization, robotization, and artificial intelligence), and health. He chaired the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development which is responsible for promoting national and international sustainable development goals and works to encourage society’s commitment to and involvement in sustainable development.
Aside from politics, Stubb is passionate about “Mind, Body, and Empathy” as the keys to happiness. He believes that the inextricable link between the three should impact our lifestyle. As an avid athlete and Ironman competitor himself, Stubb advocates the view that a healthy body is essential to a healthy mind, with happiness and the success of all of our other endeavors stemming from this bond.
Stubb sits on the 12-member World Happiness Council, convened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The other council members are Unesco director-general Irina Bukova; Professor Lord Layard, director of the Wellbeing Programme of the London School of Economic’s Centre for Economic Performance; Professor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia, Professor Martin Seligman, director of the Penn Positive Psychology Centre; and Dr. Aisha bin Bishr, director-general of the Smart Dubai Office.