This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Salla Saastamoinen is the Director for Equality in the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers, European Commission since 2014. The Equality Directorate contributes to the development and consolidation of an area of freedom, justice and equality, ensuring that citizens benefit from progress made at the European level. To this end, the Directorate develops and implements policies to combat discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, promotes awareness on gender equality and non-discrimination and coordinates policy developments in respect of the Roma. The Directorate is also responsible for relations with the European Institute for Gender Equality.
She headed the Fundamental rights and rights of the child Unit and the Civil Justice Policy Unit in Directorate-General Justice before taking over her current post. She is a lawyer from the University of Helsinki, Finland and has worked in the Commission for 20 years.