Alexander Stubb is Director and Professor at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence. He has a solid background in academia, civil service and politics. Mr Stubb is an avid pro-European with experience across all EU institutions from the European Council to the European Parliament, from the Commission to the Council of Ministers.

In the field of politics, Alexander Stubb has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland from 2008 to 2016. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and member of the national parliament from 2011 to 2017. He was the Chairman of the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020. He worked as an adviser at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and in Brussels, and in President Romano Prodi’s team at the European Commission (1995-2004).

In the field of academia, he currently is the Director and Professor at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute, and he was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges from 2000 to 2007. He has written a number of books and academic articles on European affairs in addition to being a columnist in many newspapers, including the Financial Times.

Mr Stubb 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 civilization at the Sorbonne in Paris.