Annika Ojala is an international human rights advocate, public speaker and expert on gender equality, LGBTIQ+ rights and leadership in the digital world.
Ojala currently works as a Rights & Democracy Campaigner for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Prior to working at the European Parliament, Ojala worked for the Green Party in Finland, where she co-created three highly successful electoral campaigns, which contributed to the historical rise of women to leadership positions in Finnish government.
Ojala has contributed to numerous projects to support of women’s* leadership and inclusion globally. She has consulted with the OSCE, European Women’s Lobby, Google, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive and equal communities.
Ojala contributes to national and international political strategies and campaigns, facilitates training sessions, and supports various grassroots activities for social change.
Born in Helsinki, Annika currently lives in Brussels after years lived in Johannesburg and Paris.
Ojala’s leadership roles include serving as a Board Member for Nytkis, is the national umbrella organization for women’s associations in Finland, and for the Finnish National Committee for UN Women. She also represented Finland on the Women in Politics working group of the European Women’s Lobby, and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for KIOS Foundation.
As the Chair of the International Affairs Committee for Seta- LGBTI Rights in Finland, Ojala lead a team of experts assisting Finland’s leading LGBTI rights organization’s board of directors on global LGBTIQ+ rights. She represented the organization in various international conferences from Europe to Oceania.
Ojala graduated from Université Paris VIII in 2011 with a dachelors degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Civic Action and Youth Work from Humak University of Applied Sciences. Her thesis was on promoting diversity and inclusion in political parties.
She has trained in leadership studies with Social Intelligence Associates (2019-2020) and in management at Harvard Business School Online (2021). She is currently enrolled in a leadership and inclusion training with the London School of Economics and Political Science (2022).