Silva Mertsola

Senior Expert

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Silva is a public governance expert in the Transformative Governance team.


Public administrations have the daunting task of finding creative, effective and efficacious solutions to complex societal challenges. Simultaneously, they must ensure that their processes are democratic and legitimate. Silva supports governments in aligning their policymaking practices with these demands.


At Demos Helsinki, Silva has developed governance frameworks for various public sector clients and facilitated multiple co-creative processes that bring together stakeholders from various backgrounds. In her work, she aims to bridge theory and research with the daily realities of governments. Prior to her time at Demos Helsinki, Silva has worked with statistics at the Nordic Council of Ministers and with rights-based development at an international NGO.


Silva holds a master’s degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.