Sanna Marin joins Tony Blair-led political consultancy

27 September 2023 2 min. read
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Former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has joined the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a London-based policy think tank and consultancy, as a strategic advisor. The eponymous leader of the organisation, the former Labour leader, is delighted with the high-profile addition.

The former leader of Finland – and the youngest to ever hold the position of prime minister – announced her decision to join the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) after resigning from her position as a member of parliament.

“I am extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me in the election. The decision to resign was not easy, but I believe it is the right one,” Marin said.

Sanna Marin joins British think tank and consultancy

Former UK Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair heads the London-based think tank and consultancy, which has over staff in more than 30 countries. Established in 2016, the organisation focuses on political strategy, public policy, and technology expertise, according to the firm’s website.

Marin had previously resigned as leader of Finland’s Social Democratic Party, a left-wing party, until stepping down in April. She enjoyed both domestic and international popularity as one of the youngest world leaders and a champion of leftist causes.

“Our mission is to help political leaders worldwide deliver change for their people – and Sanna knows exactly how to do that. She is bold and practical, understands the role that technology can play as the enabler of a more efficient and citizen-centred state, and will lend her experience to our mission in more countries throughout the world,” said Executive Chairman Tony Blair.

The TBI declined to specify exactly what projects Marin may get involved with in her new role, but a press release mentioned her valuable experience in setting “the world’s most ambitious climate targets” and experience with “a programme of digitalisation and deployment of technology.”

Blair’s organisation focuses on digital-led change, with more than 60 experts working on policy issues dealing with digital governance, digital infrastructure, and artificial intelligence, according to Politico.

In the firm’s own words, the TBI’s main goals are “helping governments and leaders turn bold ideas into reality” and “advising on strategy, policy and delivery.” The main objective, largely in line with Marin’s progressive ideals, is to help develop “open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere.”

A strong supporter of Ukraine, Marin spearheaded Finland’s bid to join NATO with an avalanche of public support, much to the chagrin of Russia, with whom Finland has long maintained icy relations going back to the Soviet-era Winter War.