Markku Markkula is the President of the European Committee of the Regions.
Mr. Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003) with the membership roles in the Committee for Education, Science and Culture and the Committee for the Future. As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network.
He works within Aalto University as the Advisor to Aalto Presidents, focusing on issues of European strategic development. Aalto University, being the forerunner of the European university reform, is the new foundation-based university built through the merger of: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and University of Art and Design Helsinki.
In Finland his role has included memberships in the boards of several companies and other organizations, among others Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and Technology. He has also served Finnish society as the Chairman of the Espoo City Council (1990-1992, 2010) and the Espoo City Planning Board (2004-2012), as well as the Chairman of the boards of the Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers TEK (1993-2005) and the Finnish Information Society Development Centre TIEKE (2000-2011).