Aura Salla is Head of EU Affairs for Facebook, based in Brussels, Belgium. In her role Aura oversees Facebook’s engagement on EU policies with the European Institutions and Member States.
Before joining Facebook, Aura was working in the European Commission as a Foreign Policy and Communications Adviser in the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), in-house think tank to President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Previously she served as a Member of Cabinet of Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Before joining the Commission, she worked in consultancy company Recommended Finland as a Project Manager specialising in Public Affairs and EU Communications and before that as a speechwriter and political adviser in the Finnish Parliament. She also served from 2018-2020 for two years as a Chairwoman of the Party Council of the Coalition Party Finland / the EPP.
Aura holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Turku Finland where she continued her PhD studies in 2017. She has also studied Economics of the European Union at the University of Leipzig, Germany and has been a visiting lecturer on European economics at Harvard University. Since 2017 Aura has been a research fellow in the Circular Economy Research Center at École des Ponts Business School Paris. She is also a member of the board of the European Movement International.