Oras in English
I am Oras Tynkkynen, a 39-year-old senior advisor, consultant, city councillor and deputy MEP. I have an MSSc from Tampere University and I live in Tampere and Brussels.
I represented the Greens in the Finnish Parliament from 2004 until 2015. Within the Green parliamentary group, I was in charge of climate and energy policy and also served as the the group leader. From 2007 until April 2011, I was appointed climate policy specialist in the Prime Minister’s Office, and was in charge of writing the government foresight report on climate and energy policy. In 2014 I became a deputy Member of the European Parliament.
I first got involved with politics in local elections in 1996 as an 18-year-old high school student. Parliamentary elections I contested for the first time when I was 21. I became the youngest and first openly gay member of the Finnish parliament in 2004.
I have been involved in non-governmental organisations since I was about 14. In 1996 I was one of the founding members of Friends of the Earth Finland and served as a vice-chairperson for two years.
Apart from the parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office, I have worked for media, academia, NGOs and companies, for instance as a publications editor in the Service Centre for Development Cooperation and as a journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company radio news department. Currently I work as a Senior Advisor at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and in my own climate and sustainability consultancy Tyrsky.
When I have time, I like to hang out with friends, travel, listen to music, watch movies, cook and read. To balance the long hours sitting at the computer or in meetings, I walk a lot, ride a bike and go jogging.
Some things I enjoy: Iceland, David Lynch movies, wind power, beans and lentils, Barbapapa comics, Björk, Japanese language, fast trains, science fiction, the Netherlands and Aphex Twin.
phone +358 50 512 1584