Dr. Pilvi Torsti is an MP of the national parliament in Finland and serves the education committee of the parliament. Torsti has also been an elected member of the City Council of the capital city of Finland, Helsinki since 2012. During 2012-2017 she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the city. Before joining parliament Pilvi founded and served as the CEO of a start-up company, Helsinki International Schools (HEI Schools). HEI Schools offer an international preschool concept based on Finnish educational expertise and a Nordic approach to design in architecture, interior, learning materials and service. The University of Helsinki is an HEI Schools founding partner. From 2013-2015 she was appointed as the State Secretary for Minister of Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture, and 2011-2013 she served as the Special Advisor to Finland's Minister of Employment at the Ministry of Economy and Employment. Torsti has overseen pioneering research projects at the University of Helsinki and holds the title of Adjunct Professor. She was one of the founders of an international educational initiative in Bosnia, which resulted in the establishment of the first multi-national high school in Bosnia, the United World College of Mostar (UWCiM) in 2006. Torsti currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the school. Torsti has published books and articles covering research, politics and education. She is also a UWC graduate.


Parliament of Finland



Areas of Interest

Education, Politics and Government, Research and Development
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Multi-Nation Program

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United States