Santtu von Bruun

Head of Unit,  Competitiveness and international relations, Mayor’s Office, Economic development, City of Helsinki

Age: 44
Education: MSc (architecture and urban planning)

Core responsibilities:

  • Economic development and innovation policy
  • Ecosystem development
  • Development projects related to innovation policy, key economic sectors and clusters and innovation ecosystem
  • Strategic co-operation with universities and institutions of higher education
  • Development of corporate partnerships
  • Development of business environment and business friendly city administration
  • International relations
  • Co-ordination of EU projects in city organization
  • Economic-policy advocacy

Specialties: Economic development and innovation policy, Strategic planning, Ecosystem development, Project management, Urban development and planning, Sustainable development, Public relations, Futures research and foresight


Chairman of the board: Start-up Maria Inc. 2016-
Member: National committee on regional and cohesion policy 2014-
Member: Advisory board for Forum Virium Helsinki 2014-
Member of board: Helsinki enterprice agency 2014-
Chairman of the board: Helsinki Abroad Inc. 2014-
Member: National guidance group on Urban Development Policy 2007-2013
Member: The secretariate for national Urban Development Policy 2007-2013
Member: ‘Government foresight report on climate and energy policy’ task force set by prime minister’s office 2008-2009
Member:  ‘Energy efficient built environment action plan’ task force set by minister of housing 2010-2011