Petra Fagerholm is Head of the Executive Director’s Office at the European Environment Agency (EEA) since 2007 where she coordinates strategic activities on sustainable development and corporate affairs. She has contributed to several projects and strategic communications on sustainable development, international relations, sustainable business models, consumer behaviour, health and well-being and change management. She was instrumental in setting up the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies in 2004. Before joining the EEA Petra was responsible for client relations at Merrill Lynch Investment Bank. She has in-depth experience in European Union research policies given her service as scientific officer in Neurosciences at the European Commission’s Research Directorate. Prior to this Petra worked as policy advisor at the European Parliament involved in foreign affairs and EU enlargement processes.
Petra holds a Diploma in Advanced Studies (D.E.A) in Neurosciences from Louis Pasteur University, France and an MSc in Biosciences from Helsinki University, Finland. She is co-author of articles on the visual system and contrast sensibility which was the focus of her research.
Petra reconciles her interests for anthropology, environment and scuba diving by participating in voluntary research and restoration projects on coral reefs.