Timo Pesonen

Timo Pesonen

Academic qualifications :

  • 9/1984 - 5/1989: Master of Social Sciences/International Politics (MA) Economics; Communication and Publication; EU and Politics (general)
  • External Relations, University of Tampere - Tampere, Finland
  • 9/1992 - 7/1993: Training course on External Relations of the EU Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/2008: Course "Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage" Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government - Cambridge, United States of America

Professional experience in the European Institutions :

  • As from 1 March 2019: Director-General – DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
  • 07/2015 – 02/2019: Director-General – DG Communication (COMM)
  • 7/2014 – 6/2015: Deputy Director-General – DG Communication (COMM)
  • 2/2010 - 6/2014: Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Olli Rehn responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro
  • 1/2010 - 2/2010: Principal Adviser – DG RELEX
  • 11/2004 - 12/2009: Head of Cabinet of the Member of the European Commission, Mr Olli Rehn reponsible for the Enlargement
  • 10/2003 - 10/2004: Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Helsinki
  • 1/2003 - 9/2003: Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Helsinki
  • 1/1996 - 4/1997: Spokesman to Mr Erkki Liikanen, the Member of the European Commission in charge of Budget and Administration and Deputy Spokesman to Mr Hans Van Den Broek, External Relations Commissioner
  • 1/1995 - 12/1995: National Expert (END) - DG RELEX, Unit of the European Correspondent

Professional experience before joining the European Institutions :

  • 5/1997 - 12/2002: Special Adviser on EU Affairs to the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Paavo Lipponen
  • 5/1997 - 12/2002: Permanent Adviser of the Committee of the EU Affairs of the Government of Finland
  • 4/1999 - 6/1999: Adviser in Kosovo peace negotiations to the President of Finland, Mr Martti Ahtisaari
  • 8/1991 - 12/1994: Second Secretary at the Embassy of Finland in Brussels
  • 1/1990 - 7/1991: Attaché at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Political Department and Trade Policy Department, Helsinki, Finland
  • 8/1989 - 1/1990: Finnish Defence Forces, Helsinki, Finland