Donate
Maarit Palovirta

Maarit Palovirta

Senior Manager, Regional Affairs Europe

‹ Back
Biography

Maarit Palovirta is the Senior Manager, Regional Affairs Europe. She joined the Internet Society in November 2013 where she focuses on promoting Internet Development and access in Europe through stakeholder engagement, advocacy and initiatives.

Maarit is a senior business development and public affairs professional with a great track record in government advocacy. She has extensive experience in strategy and public policy issues with multiple stakeholders in the EU and CIS countries. She worked with CISCO as a Business Development Manager, Public Sector EMEA. She also has worked with well-known Public Affairs consultancies (as eg. Interel)

She obtained a MA in Advanced European Studies with Economics, College of Europe (Poland). She also holds a BA (Hons) European Studies, from the London School of Economics & King's College, London, UK.

Maarit is Finnish and, beyond her mother tongue, she is fluent in English and French. She has very good understanding of Swedish and German, and is a beginner in Russian.

She is based in Brussels (BE).

Image credit: © Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Panos

Latest posts

Digital Development Is the Way Forward: The Suusamyr Community Network Launches at CNX Thumbnail
Community Networks 31 October 2018

Digital Development Is the Way Forward: The Suusamyr Community Network Launches at CNX

Asylbek Sanarbekov, a social worker in the village of Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan, can often be seen standing outside of his...

Learning by Doing: Have You Heard of the Suusamyr Community Network in Kyrgyzstan? Thumbnail
Community Networks 19 September 2018

Learning by Doing: Have You Heard of the Suusamyr Community Network in Kyrgyzstan?

Last week, the Internet Society together with our Kyrgyz chapter and the wider local community held discussions about Internet...

Meeting Europe’s Connectivity Challenge: The Role for Community Networks Thumbnail
Community Networks 3 July 2018

Meeting Europe’s Connectivity Challenge: The Role for Community Networks

While Europe tops many charts in terms of Internet connectivity in global comparison, a number of challenges still persist....

EuroDIG 2018 Gathers the Internet Community: What’s New Thumbnail
Internet Governance 15 June 2018

EuroDIG 2018 Gathers the Internet Community: What’s New

The 12th edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance or the EuroDIG, as it is commonly known, took place...

European Agenda on Digital for Development: Can the Multistakeholder Approach Help? Thumbnail
Internet Governance 4 May 2018

European Agenda on Digital for Development: Can the Multistakeholder Approach Help?

The year 2017 was an important milestone in moving forward the European agenda for Digital for Development (D4D). The...

What will it take? Building a future so the Internet brings opportunity to Europe. Thumbnail
25th Anniversary 3 November 2017

What will it take? Building a future so the Internet brings opportunity to Europe.

Wondering how the Internet will impact your future in Europe? You’re not the only one. We are only beginning...

Load More
Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world