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Annika Hedberg
Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme

Annika Hedberg is Head of the Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme and Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC). She joined the EPC in 2010 and over the years has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including climate, energy, environment, health, and industrial transformation. In her role as Head of Programme, she aims to promote discussion on the drivers and foundations for a more sustainable and competitive European economy. This entails heading numerous activities (from projects to events and publications) that make the necessary linkages across sectors and policy areas required for achieving the transition to a more sustainable economy. In this context, she specialises in climate action, circular economy, smarter use of resources, the internal dimension of the EU Energy Union, and industrial transformation. She regularly writes, moderates events and speaks on these topics.
Prior to joining the EPC, she worked at the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, a policy think tank in Helsinki, and at the Finnish Foreign Ministry. She has a LL.M. in Public International Law from the Helsinki University and a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics.


Sustainable Prosperity for Europe


Digital roadmap for a circular economy, An Industry Action Plan for the EU, Climate and Energy Platform, The Multiannual Financial Framework and National Energy and Climate Plans - A co-creation agenda, Building a climate-resilient Europe

Areas of expertise

Climate, energy, environment, EU budget, sustainable EU, circular economy, smarter use of resources, agriculture, Industrial transformation,  transport

Current positions

Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme


LL.M. in Public International Law, Helsinki University, Finland
BSc in International Relations and History, London School of Economics, UK


English, Finnish



Circular economy / BOOK
The circular economy: Going digital
By Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka - 17/03/2020
Adapting to change: Time for climate resilience and a new adaptation strategy
By Marco Giuli , Annika Hedberg , Sofia López Piqueres - 05/03/2020
Circular economy / DISCUSSION PAPER
Creating a digital roadmap for a circular economy
By Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Johan Bjerkem - 05/07/2019
Finland in the European Union: Frontrunner or follower?
By Marco Giuli , Annika Hedberg , Paul Ivan - 13/11/2018


Climate & energy targets / CONTRIBUTION

Annika Hedberg contributed to the policy analysis of the Norwegian foundation -Norsk klimastiftelse on the challenges of the European Commission's green deal in the coronavirus crisis, here 

25 March 2020 - ,
Digitalisation / CONFERENCE
Digitalisation for circular economy
Annika Hedberg spoke at the Conference Board webcast ‘How can digitalization unlock the circular economy's potential?’ about the role of digitalization in accelerating the transition to a circular economy. The webcast coincided with the publication of ‘Digitalization: An Enabler for a Circular Economy’, which was authored by Annika and Stefan Šipka and build on the EPC’s own ‘Creating a digital roadmap for a circular economy’ publication.

20 February 2020 - ,
Sustainable EU / SPEECH
EU’s state of play
Annika Hedberg spoke at the Tampere Region EU Office about the current EU developments, with a focus on the implications of the European Green Deal on regions.

19 February 2020 - ,

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