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Finn Petrén

CEO, Form&Funktion

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Finn Petrén has a MA in sociology and philosophy from the University of Stockholm. For almost three decades, 1977 - 2004, he worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers, a governmental collaboration between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. He was the Managing Director of the Nordic Cooperation on Disability 1980 - 2004 and Secretary General for the Nordic Council on Disability Policy 1997 - 2004. Finn was responsible for initiating and developing both of these pan-Nordic programmes amongst a number of others.

Finn has been one of the leaders in the development of the Design for All concept since the 1990s, becoming a member of the EIDD Design for All Europe Board of Directors in 2001, Vice-President in 2003 and President from 2007 - 2013.

He is also a founder member of the Swedish member organisation Design for All Sverige, having been Vice-President since its start in 1996 and President since 2004. Since 2005, he has run his own strategic design consultancy Form&Funktion and has been an international consultant and acclaimed keynote speaker and lecturer in more than 30 countries, on topics including design for social innovation and sustainable urban development.