Professor Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance as of 1 May 2020. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland (2008-2016). He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament (2011-2017). He was the Chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020.
Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi’s team at the European Commission (1995-2004). He was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.
Stubb’s background is in academia, civil service and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree in EU administration from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a B.A. in political science from Furman University in South Carolina. He also studied French language, culture and civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Between 2000 and 2007, he was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Stubb has written numerous books and academic articles on European affairs and publishes columns for several newspapers, including the Financial Times, on a regular basis.
Stubb is also a self-professed sports-nut and avid amateur triathlete.
"Europe has all the potential to resolve problems that have been paralysing the EU for far too long. It is high time to tackle the root causes of conflicts rather than symptoms and build a union that is closer to all Europeans. We need forward-thinking leaders, who strive to see the bigger picture and have courage to pursue even controversial reforms. Alexander Stubb has in-depth understanding of mediating conflicts and appreciating peace. He represents the European future at its best."
Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland, Nobel Peace Laureate
"Alexander Stubb has been a leading force for modernising Finland, the Nordic Region and Europe. His leadership and energy will bring strength to Europe."
Anders Borg, Former Finance Minister of Sweden
"Alexander Stubb doesn’t just know the EU better than most, but also has solid national experience with both finance and foreign affairs. Add to that he’s a good communicator. That’s what EU needs."
Carl Bildt, Former Prime and Foreign Minister of Sweden
"Alex is unique in that he knows Europe from more or less all sides: Academia, the European Parliament, the European Commission, a national parliament and several important ministerial portfolios including prime minister. He served in the Finnish government at a time of unprecedented challenges to the EU, and always remained a calm voice of reason. We need European solutions to our common European challenges. Alex will be an advocate for European solutions and responsible, transparent government. The EPP and the European debate need Alex and his vision and energy."
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
"Whether as Europe-, Trade-, Foreign-, Ginance- or Prime Minister of Finland, Alex Stubb has inspired us with his professionalism, vision and honour. Europe needs the kind of dynamic leadership he could provide."
Radek Sikorski, Former Foreign- and Defence Minister of Poland
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