A Medical Doctor by training, Jaakko Yrjö-Koskinen is Senior Specialist at the Department for Wellbeing and Services of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. He has acted as a public health and health management advisor in bilateral development projects in Mozambique, Angola and Rwanda. He also has extensive experience working in the clinical setting in hospitals in Finland. At the Ministry he is the Vice-Chair of the genome center working group and the national focal point for cancer.