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Managing Director and Management Group

The Employment Fund's Managing Director manages the Fund in accordance with guidelines and orders provided by the Board of Directors. The Managing Director must ensure that the Fund's accounts are in compliance with the law and that its financial affairs have been arranged in a reliable manner. The Managing Director must provide the Board of Directors and its members with the information necessary for the Board to perform its duties.

The Management Group supports the Managing Director in leading the Fund's operations and implementing its strategic and operational targets.

Katja Komulainen (firstname.lastname@tyollisyysrahasto.fi) works as the Management Group's assistant. 

 

Members of the Management Group

Janne Metsämäki

Managing Director
Master of Laws
b. 1960

Current position and positions of trust:
Managing Director, Employment Fund 2019–
Part-Time Conciliator 2017–
European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), Board of Governors 2017–

Earlier working experience:
Managing Director, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2015–2018
Managing Director, Education Fund 2018
Director, Collective Bargaining, Legal and Social Affairs, of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) 2014
State Secretary in Ministry of Employment and the Economy from 2011 to 2013
Various other positions in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Earlier positions of trust:
Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Vice Member of Board of Directors 2014
Finnvera, Member of Board of Directors 2008–2011
European Economic and Social Committee, Member 2006–2010
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 1999–2003, 2008–2011
Varma-Sampo, Vice Member of Board of Directors 1998–2003

In the picture Managing Director Janne Metsämäki

Tapio Oksanen

Director
Ms.c. (econ.) 
b. 1958

Current position and positions of trust:
Chief Financial Officer (Deputy Managing Director), Employment Fund 2019–
Member of the Board in Local Tapiola Real Estate Ltd 2015–
Member of the Board in LocalTapiola Asset Management Ltd 2009–
Member of the Board in Sibelius Academy Support Fund 2012–

Earlier working experience:
Vice Managing Director, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2012–2018
Chief Financial Officer, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2002–2012
Financial Manager, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2001–2002
Expert and management positions in various companies' funding and financial departments, pension insurance company investment department and commercial banks as funding and investment expert.

Earlier positions of trust:
Member of the Finance Committee in Alfred Kordelin Foundation, 1996–2002
Member and Chairman of the Investment committee in Taideyliopisto (Uniarts) 2014–2018

In the picture Director Tapio Oksanen

Virpi Halme

Director
Master of Laws
b. 1976

Current position and positions of trust:
Director, Technology and Development, Employment Fund 2021–

Earlier working experience:
Director, Internal Services and Legal Affairs, Employment Fund 2019–2021
Director, Administration and Legal Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2018
Manager of Legal Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2016–2018
Lawyer, Unemployment Insurance Fund 2005–2016

In the picture Director Virpi Halme

Katja Knaapila

Director
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 
b. 1966

Current positions and positions of trust:
Director, HR and Communication, Employment Fund 2019 -
Entrepreneur, Abolensis Oy 2018 - 

Earlier working experience:
VP, Human Resources, Adven Group Oy 2015 - 2018
HR Director, Travel Services, Finnair Oyj 2010 - 2015
Senior HR Manager, Fujitsu Services Oy 2008–2010
Senior Consultant, HR4 Solutions Oy 2007–2008
Manager, Mergers And Acquisitions Accenture Oy 2006–2007
Professional Development Manager, Nordic and other roles, IBM (Oy International Business Machines Ab) 1995–2006
Noraty Public, Sparbanken i Åboland – Merita 1988–1995

Katja Knaapila, Director, HR and Communicaion, Employment Fund 2019

Tuulikki Saari

Director
Master of Arts
b. 1979

Current position and positions of trust:
Director, Customer Relations, Employment Fund 2021 -

Earlier working experience:
Service Director, health and disability claims, Mutual Insurance Company Fennia 2015-2021
Head of Unit, Claims Customer Service, Mutual Insurance Company Fennia 2012-2015
Sales Manager, FenniaPalvelu, Mutual Insurance Company Fennia 2011-2012
Customer service Team Manager, corporate team, Vattenfall Finland 2005-2011
Project Manager, Call Solutions Ltd. 2003-2005

Tuulikki Saari, Director Customer Relations at Employment Fund.

Representation

Janne Metsämäki acted as member of Kela's advisory board for unemployment benefits, with Tapio Oksanen as deputy member.

Memberships

The Employment Fund is a member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), and the Nordic equivalent, Nordiskt Socialförsäkringsmöten (NSF). The Fund is an observer member of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions.

Board of Directors

The Employment Fund is managed by the Board of Directors, consisting of 14 members. The Supervisory Board nominates the Board of Directors so that 7 members represent the employers and 7 the employees. The Board has a Chair and a Vice Chair, one of whom has to represent the employers and the other the employees. The position of chair is held on alternate years by employers and employees. If a Board member's position is vacated during a term, the Supervisory Board will nominate, with the representation described above, a person until the end of the term.

The Supervisory Board elects a Chair and Vice Chair for a one-year calendar term at a time. In 2021, the Board's Chair will be Vesa Rantahalvari (EK), with Saana Siekkinen (SAK) as the Vice Chair.

The Employment Fund Board members in 2021 as follows:

Vesa Rantahalvari

Board Chair
Master of Administrative Sciences (HTM)
b. 1967

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Current position and positions of trust:
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), Senior expert 2001–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Kela, Board Member 2016–
Finnish Work Environment Fund, Council Member 2013–
Accident Appeal Board, Member 2013–
Employer Pension Appeal Board, Member 2001–
Finnish Workers' Compensation Center, Board Member 2001–

Earlier working experience:
Finnish Insurance Institute, Agent 1996–2000
Ministry of Labour, Designer 1993–1995

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2012–2018
Education Fund, Board Member 2018
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2005–2010
Education Fund, Supervisory Board Member 2015–2017

Saana Siekkinen

Vice Chair
Master of Social Sciences
b. 1972

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Current position and positions of trust:
SAK, Director 2018–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Kela, Board Member 2016–
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Deputy Board Member 2016–
Varma, Deputy Chair of Supervisory Board 2017–
Finnish Work Environment Fund, Council Member 2018–

Earlier working experience:
Kaleva Insurance Company, Supervisory Board Member 2017–2020
SAK, Director 2015–2017
Service Union United, Development Director 2013–2014
SAK, Development Director 2011–2013
SAK, Head of Training and Labour Issues 2009–2011

Earlier positions of trust:
Education Fund, Deputy Board Member 2016–2018
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2015–2018
Centre for Occupational Safety, Chair of the Board 2015–2017
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Deputy Board Member 2012–2017
Palkansaajien hyvinvointi ja terveys PHT ry, Chair of the Board 2016–2017
Education Fund, Board Member 2011–2013, 2015
Education Fund, Chair of the Board 2013
Education Fund, Deputy Chair of the Board 2012
Centre for Occupational Safety, Deputy Chair of the Board 2013–2015
Council for Lifelong Learning, Chair 2012–2015

Tuomas Aarto

Master of Laws trained on the bench
b. 1973

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Current position and positions of trust:
Service Sector Employers Palta, Director General 2018–
Labour Court, Member 2016–
Employment Fund, Member of the Board of Directors 2019–
Teollisuuskeskus Oy, Member of the Board of Directors 2018–
Paltalex Oy, Chair of the Board of Directors 2018–
Central Archives for Finnish Business Records, Member of the Supervisory Board 2019– 
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Member of the Representative Council 2020–

Earlier working experience:
Service Sector Employers Palta, Deputy Director General 2013–2018
Service Sector Employers Palta, Director of Labour Market Relations 2012
Empower Group, Administrative Director 2011–2012
Empower Oy, Director 2008–2010
Finnish Energy, Director 2005–2008
Energy Industry Federation, Labour Market Legal Counsel 2001–2004
Federation of Finnish Painter Employers, Representative 2000–2001
Toijala District Court, Notary 1999–2000
Asianajotoimisto Heikki Salo Oy, Assistant Legal Counsel 1998–1999

Earlier positions of trust:
Insurance Court, Deputy Member 2015–2019 
Labour Court, Deputy Member, 2013–2016
Education Fund, Member of the Supervisory Board, 2017–2018
Education Fund, Deputy Member of the Supervisory Board, 2013–2017
Paltalex Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2013–2018
Empower Oy, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2012
Empower Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2011

Minna Etu-Seppälä

LL.M with court training
b. 1972

Current position and positions of trust:
The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, Director, Labour Market 2019– 
Employment Fund, Board Member 2020–
The Accident Appeal Board, Deputy Member 2014–

Earlier working experience:
Service Sector Employers Palta, Director, Labour Market 2017–2019
Confederation of Finnish Industries, Specialist 2013–2017
Neste Shipping Oy, Marine Human Resources Manager 2012–2013 

Earlier positions of trust:
The Pension Appeal Board, Member 2017–2018
The Social Security Appeal Board, Member 2014–2016
Labour Court, Deputy Member 2007–2009

Sture Fjäder

Master of Science (Economics), (KTM)
b. 1958

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Current position and positions of trust:
Akava, Chair 2011–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Member of Supervisory Board of the Working Life 2020 project 2016–
Association for Finnish Work, Member of Supervisory Board 2015–
Pension insurance company Ilmarinen, Board Member 2011–
ETUC, Board Member 2011–

Earlier working experience:
Finnish Association of Business School Graduates, incl. Director of Lobbying 1989–2011
Swedish Speaking Teachers in Finland, Organisation secretary 1987–1989
Swedish People's Party, incl. Educational and Municipal issues 1981–1987
Swedish People's Party, Youth Organisation, Head of Uusimaa Discrict 1980–1981
Ministry of the Interior, Member of the Steering Group Creating an Internal Security Strategy 2016–2017

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2011–2018
Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff (YTN), Chair 2007–2010, Deputy Chair 2005–2007 and 2010–2011

Riikka Heikinheimo

Doctor of Philosophy
b. 1963

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Current position and positions of trust:
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), Director 2015–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Finnish National Agency for Education, Deputy Member of the Board 2015–
Labour Force, Education and Business Council 2015–2017, 2018–2020
AEL, Member of Supervisory Board 2017–
ATK Instituutti, Board Member 2017–
Technology Academy Finland (TAF), Member 2014–

Earlier working experience:
Academy of Finland, Director 2014–2015
Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Director 2006–2014

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2018
Education Fund, Board Chair 2016 and 2018
Board Vice Chair of the Education Fund  2017
Finnish Medical Foundation, Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board 2013–2017
Arctic Advisory Board Member 2014
International Board of Directors (ARIA), Alberta, Canada 2009–2015
European Forum of Forward Looking Activities (EFFLA/RISE), Expert Member of Expert Group 2011–2015
Member of National Innovation Strategy Group 2008

Minna Helle

Master of Laws
b. 1971

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Current position and positions of trust:
Technology Industries of Finland, Deputy CEO 2021–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Työsuhdejuristit Oy, Board Member 1 July 2018 –
Association for National Defence Courses, Board Member 2017–

Earlier working experience:
Technology Industries of Finland, Executive Director, Industrial Relations 2018–2021
National Conciliator 2015–2018
STTK, Director of Lobbying 2013–2014
TELA, Director 2011–2013
Akava, Director of Lobbying 2009–2011
Tehy, Director 2006–2009
Akava, Lawyer 2000–2006
Union of Journalists in Finland, Labour Market Officer 1997–1999

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2018
Unemployment Security Appeal Board, Chair 2015–2017
Social Welfare Appeal Committee, Head of Department 1-5/2018
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Board Member 2013–2015
Employment Pension Insurance Company Ilmarinen, Board Member 2014
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2013–2014 and 2009–2011

Markku Jalonen

Licentiate in Social Sciences
b. 1960

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Current position and positions of trust:
KT Local Government Employers, Director General 2021–
Keva, Board Member 2020–

Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Board Member 2017–
FCG Talent Oy, Board Member 2017–
Member of Honorary Title Committee 2011– , Vice Chair 2017–

Earlier working experience:
Local Government Employers, Labour Market Director 2007–2021
Local Government Employers, Deputy Director 2006–2007
Federation of Public and Private Sector Employees, Chair 2001–2006

Earlier positions of trust:
Education Fund, Supervisory Board Member 2007–2018
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2007–2018
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Deputy Board Member 2014–2016
Kaleva insurance company, Supervisory Board member 2001–2005

Ilkka Kaukoranta

Master of Social Sciences
b. 1986

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Current position and positions of trust:
Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Chief Economist 2017–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Labour Institute for Economic Research, Board Member 2017–
Unemployment Funds' Support Foundation, Chair of the Board 2015–
Advisory Board on Rehabilitation in Kela, Deputy Member 2014–

Earlier working experience:
Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Economist 2010–2017

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2018
Health Insurance in Kela, Advisory Board 2010–2017
Employee Pension Appeal Board 2016–2017
Accident Insurance Compensation Board 2016–2017
Employment Accidents Appeal Board 2015
Accident Insurance Compensation Board 2012–2014
Advisory Board of the Insurance Rehabilitation Association 2013–2015
Unemployment Security Appeal Board 2011–2015

Patrizio Lainà

Doctor of Social Sciences & Ms.c. (econ.) 
b. 1985

Current position and positions of trust:
STTK, Chief Economist 2019–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2021–
Parliamentary Committee on Social Security Reform, Member 2020–
Ministerial Working Group on Promoting Employment
(Service structure of labour market policy sub-group), Member 2019–

Earlier working experience:
SAK, Economist 2017–2019
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Candidate 2013–2017
Bank of Finland, Economist 2012–2013

Antti Palola

Sea Captain
b. 1959

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Current position and positions of trust:
STTK ry, Chair 2013–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Representative 2014–
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Board Member 2014–
Kaleva Insurance Company, Supervisory Board Member 2006–

Earlier working experience:
Federation of Salaried Employees Pardia, Chair 2005–2013
Finnish Ship’s Officers’ Union, Deputy Managing Director 1998–2005
Åbo Navigationsinstitut / Yrkeshögskolan Sydväst, Principal and Head of Degree Programme 1996–1998

Earlier positions of trust:
Education Fund, Supervisory Board Member 2014–2018
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2015–2018
Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, Board Member 2005–2013
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Deputy Representative 2008–2013

Heikki Taulu

Master of Social Sciences
b. 1973

Current position and positions of trust:
Akava, Economist 2012–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2021–
The Social Security Appeal Board, Member 2018–

Earlier working experience:
Akava, Labor Policy Agent 2006–2011
Local Government Pensions Institution, Statistical Planner 2003–2006
Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK), Researcher/Information Specialist 2003–2006
Statistics Finland, Senior Statistician 2002–2003

Pirjo Väänänen

Master of Social Services
b. 1971

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Current position and positions of trust:
SAK, Head of Social Affairs 2018–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2019–
Group Life Insurance Advisory Board, Member 2018–
Vates Foundation, Board Member 2014–2017
Unemployment Security Appeal Board, Member 2010–2017
Ilmarinen, Pension Issues Advisory Board 2012–

Earlier working experience:
SAK, Head of Employment Issues 2012–2017
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland, Special Adviser 2009–2010
SAK, Social Police Expert 2006–2008, 2011
Finnish Construction Trade Union, Social Affairs Secretary 2000–2005
National Union of Vocational Students SAKKI ry, Chair 1998–2000

Earlier positions of trust:
Unemployment Security Appeal Board, Board Member 2017–2018
Unemployment Security Appeal Board, Member 2010–2017
Unemployment Insurance Fund, Board Member 2011
Group Life Insurance Advisory Board, Member 2007–2008, 2010–2011
Accident Insurance Compensation Board, Member 2008, 2010–2011
Finnish Centre for Pensions, Board Member 2006–2007

Henrika Nybondas-Kangas

Master of Laws with court training
b. 1974

Current position and positions of trust:
KT Local Government Employers, Negotiation Manager 2011–
Employment Fund, Board Member 2021–
The Insurance Court, Expert member 2010–

Earlier working experience:
Local Government Employers, Head of Labour Market Lawyer 2009–2011
Local Government Employers Labour Market Lawyer 1999–2009
Svenska handelshögskolan, projectmember 1998–1999

Supervisory Board

The highest decision-making body in the Employment Fund is the Supervisory Board, consisting of 18 members. 9 of the members represent the employers and 9 the employees. The Supervisory Board selects from among its members a Chair and a Vice Chair for one calendar year at a time, one of whom has to represent the employers and the other the employees. The position of chair is held on alternate years by employers and employees.

The Government appoints the Employment Fund's Supervisory Board members so that six members are chosen from representatives set by the Confederation of Finnish Industries, three by the Local Government Employers, three by the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, three by STTK and three by Akava. The Employment Fund's Supervisory Board members' term of office is three calendar years.

The Supervisory Board elects its Chair and Vice Chair for a one-year calendar term at a time.

On 22 October 2020, the Government appointed, following a proposal by the labour market parties, the Employment Fund's Supervisory Board for a term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023. 

In 2021, the Supervisory Board's Chair will be Jari Jokinen (Akava) , with Antti Zitting (EK) as the Vice Chair.

The Supervisory Board members are:

Name Current position
Riku Aalto, Master of Administrative Sciences, b. 1965 Chair, Industrial Union
Teija Asara-Laaksonen, upper secondary school graduate, b. 1957 Chief Executive Officer, Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors
Jorma Haapanen, Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), b. 1964 Director of Services, Kymsote
Jari Jokinen, Master of Science (Technology), b. 1967 Chief Executive Officer, Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers TEK
Teemu Kokko, Doctor of Science, Economics and Business Administration President, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Antti Korpiniemi, Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), b. 1961 CEO, Berner Oy
Tomi Lantto, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), b. 1970 CEO, Antell
Kirsi-Marja Lievonen, Licentiate of Law, Master of Laws with court training, b. 1962 Director of Human Resources, City of Vantaa
Petri Lindroos, Master of Arts (Education), b. 1965 Negotiations Director, Trade Union of Education in Finland
Salla Luomanmäki, Master of Arts, b. 1963 Executive Director, Akava Special Branches
Jorma Malinen, Automation designer, b. 1959 President, Trade Union Pro
Matti Mettälä, Master of Laws with court training, b. 1963 Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation
Taina Niiranen, Master of Administrative Sciences, b. 1966 Director of Health and Welfare, City of Parkano
Olli Nikula, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), b. 1967 CEO, Saint-Gobain Finland Ltd
Silja Paavola, assistant nurse, b. 1956 Chairperson, The Finnish Union of Practical Nurses SuPer
Millariikka Rytkönen, midwife and nurse, b. 1975 Chairperson, Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland Tehy
Annika Rönni-Sällinen, Master of Laws, b. 1976 President, Service Union United PAM
Antti Zitting, Master of Science (Technology), b. 1956 Board Chair, Sacotec Oy
Page updated: 17/8/2021