Professor Himanen is one of the internationally best-known researchers of the information age, and has been published in 20 languages He obtained his PhD in Philosophy aged 20 from the University of Helsinki 1994. Himanen subsequently conducted research in England and California (Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley). The best-known publication of this research is The Hacker Ethic (Random House 2001). Himanen also co-authored the influential, leading academic and political book “The Information Society and the Welfare State” (Oxford University Press 2002), with Prof. Manuel Castells. Today he is a professor at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, a Visiting Professor at the Oxford University, a Visiting Professor at the IN3 Institute in Barcelona, and a Principal Scientist at the HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology). He also influences policy making through his work advising leading global organizations and corporations. In Finland, Pekka recently finished the preparation of a new information society strategy for the Finnish Parliament's Committee for the Future and a national innovation strategy for the Finnish Technology Industry. Pekka has received several awards for his work including the World Economic Forum's respected Global Leader for Tomorrow Award in 2003, and his inclusion amongst 200 Young Global Leaders in 2005. In 2006, he established Global Dignity with Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway and John Hope Bryant. Global Dignity is an independent, non-political organization that promotes the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life.
Pekka Himanen was a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London and 2011 in Zurich.