Jussi Pajunen (Helsinki, Finland)

Mayor, City of Helsinki

Jussi Pajunen is the Mayor of Helsinki. In Februry 2012, he was re-appointed for a second seven-year term. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Pajunen held numerous municipal positions of trust. He served as a member of the City Council in 1997 – 2005 and became a member of the City Board in 1999. In 2003 he assumed the position of Chairman of the City Board, holding it until his appointment as Mayor.

With 40,000 employees, the City of Helsinki is the biggest employer in Finland. Following the Nordic welfare model, Finnish local authorities have an exceptionally wide range of responsibilities. The prime responsibility of the Mayor is the management of the city’s 4.4 billion euro budget.Under Mr Pajunen’s leadership, Helsinki has been developed as a global business hub and centre of knowledge, basing its attractiveness on being Fun and Functional. Mayor Pajunen was personally involved in Helsinki’s successful bid to become World Design Capital in 2012.

Before assuming his duties as Mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen worked as Managing Director and as Chairman of the Board of the family firm Edvard Pajunen Ltd. Mr Pajunen has a master’s degree from the Helsinki School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France.