Olli Pekkah Heinonen

Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education


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, and over the years he has had a number of positions of trust serving the society in a wide scale. Previously Heinonen acted as a State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and was responsible for organizing and leading the office. Additionally, he was 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 joining the Prime Minister’s Office in March 2012, he worked for 10 years as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Before that he had already had an active career in politics between 1994 and 2002, serving as Minister of Transport and Communications 1999-2002, Minister of Education 1994-1999, as well as a Member of the Parliament of Finland 1995-2002.