Timo Voipio is a member of the Advisory Group for the UNRISD project Linking Social Protection and Human Rights. He is the Director for Implementing Strategy and Partnerships for the EU Social Protection Systems (EU-SPS) Programme, which is part of the Government of Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Previously, he served as the Senior Adviser for Social Policy and Decent Work at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is an experienced and renowned expert and mediator in several global networks promoting universal social and economic rights through global and national social policy, social protection, decent work, disability and social development. Dr. Voipio has country-level work experience in participatory rural development, social protection, disability and media work in several countries in Africa and Asia. He is active in practitioner and scholar networks in the United Nations, European Union, African Union, OECD, World Bank, ILO and global CSOs. He has also worked for the ILO in Geneva as research manager of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). He chaired the OECD Poverty Network (POVNET) and its Task Team on Social Protection, and currently he is closely engaged in a new EU programme supporting the building up of national social protection systems with national think tanks and expert institutions of low and lower middle income countries. His academic background is in economic and social history, social policy, environmental economics, adult education and journalism.
Voipio has collaborated with UNRISD on several occasions. In February 2013, he chaired an UNRISD side event on New Directions in Social Policy, held during the 51st session of the Commission for Social Development in New York. Earlier collaborations included participation at a SIDA/SAREC workshop on Social Policy and Equality in 2006.