Mikko Myrskylä is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Helsinki. He joined the MPIDR from the London School of Economics where he served as Professor of Demography, and where he continues to work as Research Professor and lead a research group funded by the European Research Council. Professor Myrskylä holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Helsinki. His work focuses on population health, analysis of contemporary fertility trends, and demographic forecasting. more

Emilio Zagheni took over from MPIDR Founding Director James W. Vaupel on February 1, 2018. He had studied Economics, Statistics, and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, followed by an  MA in Statistics and a PhD in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was a research scientist at the MPIDR and assistant professor at City University of New York before being appointed professor at University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He continues to hold this professorship.