President of CONCORD and Bridge 47, CONCORD Europe
Rilli Lappalainen is currently President of CONCORD, European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. His daily job is Director of sustainable development and strategic issues at Fingo, the Finnish national network for development NGOs. Currently he is on work leave to serve the Political Parties of Finland for Democracy – Demo Finland as Executive Director. Demo Finland is a co-operative organisation of all Finnish parliamentary parties which enhances democracy by strengthening the political participation and by supporting dialogue between political parties.
Mr Lappalainen is also the Founder and Chair of Bridge 47 network , global network to bridge different actors to support, promote and implement SDG 4.7. Bridge 47 network also does advocacy, brings different actors together, promotes lifelong learning and raises awareness of the importance of right to active participation in societies.