Rilli was elected as CONCORD President in November 2020 and is currently the Director of Sustainable development at Fingo, Finnish Development NGOs (CONCORD’s national platform in Finland). Before Fingo´s establishment on 2018, Rilli worked over 15 years as Secretary General of Kehys, national EU platform. During that time Rilli took on several roles in CONCORD, e.g. as a Board Member for 6 yeas and the chair of the DEAR working group.
Rilli Lappalainen is the founder and chair of Bridge 47, which is a global network to bring people together to share and learn with the help of global citizenship education. Bridge 47 works by networking, doing advocacy, building partnerships and creating innovations. Global citizenship education has been the red line of Rilli´s work and life from local scouts to global networking. Rilli has experiences of working in all continents from local projects to UN level policy processes. Rilli also serves as a vice-chair of Forus and has been a regular speaker in international and national events and media.
Rilli’s background in engineering, education and international politics has supported the passion of finding better ways to integrate learning and education in politics and practices and mixing things up to find new solutions for all.