Markku Markkula is the First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) having served as President February 2015-July 2017. A member of Espoo City Council since 1980, he held its Presidency 1990-92 and 2010 and is the Chair of the city's board 2017-2021. Markku was member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003) where he served among others the Committee for the Future. He works at Aalto University specialising in EU research, innovation and education policy. He previously worked as the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli and was Secretary-General of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE). In Finland he has been on boards of companies and associations, such as Tekes the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and Technology. As a tribute to his achievements he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008. Markku Markkula was born in Kolari Lapland (Finland) on 15 July 1950. He is married with one son and two daughters.