H.E. Ville Skinnari

H.E. Ville Skinnari
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Date of birth: 21 February 1974
Place of residence: Lahti, Finland
Education: LLM (Master of Laws), BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) and BA Hons

Political career
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Member of Parliament, Social Democratic Party
3rd Deputy Party Leader Member of Lahti City Council, 2012 to present

Before devoting his work to politics full time, Ville Skinnari has worked in various positions in the field of international trade, including developing Nokia’s service business for the Asian and European markets and serving as the Business Development Director for the Koillismaa region. He has also run a small company of his own and worked as a specialist in international law. Sports have always played a major role in Ville Skinnari’s life. He has played ice hockey as a junior and in the men’s team until 1995 and continued to play while studying in the Netherlands and the UK. In his free time, he enjoys sports and culture in many forms, as well as fishing. His wife is a Physical Education Instructor and they have three children.


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