Board of Trustees

The Institute is maintained by the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East established in 1994 and registered in Helsinki, Finland.

The Foundation’s highest power of decision lies with the board of trustees. The board and the managers it appoints are responsible for the administration of the Institute.

The year 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the Foundation, which was celebrated on 19 September by organising a reception in Helsinki.

Image: Ella Kaplas

The board of the Foundation consists of the following experts:

Members of the Board

Professor Hannu Juusola (Chairman of the Board)
Associate Professor Saana Svärd (Vice-Chairman of the Board)
M.Soc.Sc. Tero Norjanen
Secretary General, Dr. Sakari Karjalainen
Director Teija Tiilikainen
Dr. Pekka Lindqvist
Dr. Jyri Komulainen
Ambassador Risto Veltheim
Professor Serafim Seppälä
Ambassador Maria Serenius

Deputy members

Journalist Tom Kankkonen
Professor Jutta Jokiranta
Executive Director Rolf Steffansson
Director Samu Seitsalo
Senior Researcher, Dr. Toni Alaranta
Dr. Lotta Valve
Dr. Elina Hellqvist
M.Soc.Sc. Kari Norkonmaa
Vicar, Dr. Heta Hurskainen
Advocate Patrick Lindgren
Advisor, Dr. Olli Ruohomäki