Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Tampere but live in New York today.
What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am a professor at Columbia Law School, teaching international trade law and EU law. I have lived in several countries but return home to Tampere every summer. My husband is American and we have three children.
What makes Tampere special for you?
It is a place for beautiful nature, fresh air, peace, and authentic connections with friends and family. Tampere is also a dynamic city with vibrant cultural life. But most importantly, it is a haven for my children who escape New York city to have a “perfect summer” enjoying the lakes and the woods and the freedom to structure their social lives and build friendships. My American husband enjoys long bike rides as much as he appreciates the ease of life in a city where everything works.
Tell about your professional activities?
I teach law at Columbia University in New York City. Before that, I taught at the University of Chicago and studied at Harvard University. In addition to my academic career, I have worked in the European Parliament and Finnish parliament in addition to having practiced law in a US law firm in Brussels.
What is your involvement in international activities?
I have built my career in the United States. I have also studied, worked and lived in Australia, Belgium, Germany and France. I was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010 and frequently speak in international conferences. And what do I do on my free time? I travel with my family! However, there is no other place in the world my kids love as much as Tampere.
What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
I want to make people curious and excited about life in Tampere, promoting all the features that make the city so special to me and my family.
What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
In the future, what matters most to people is happy, healthy and meaningful life. We will not just want to maximize earning potential but lead lives in cities and communities that are safe and conducive to fulfilling life. Tampere offers wonderful economic opportunities, which one can combine with an ideal life for individuals and families.