Management

The Institute’s management group consists of the director, vice-director and head of administration. The director heads the unit in Seinäjoki and the vice-director the unit in Mikkeli. 

The Institute has a board with eleven members, each of whom has a deputy. The board’s term is four years.

Both of the Institute’s units have an advisory board, whose members are appointed from the key interest groups in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki. The advisory boards monitor the units’ operations, participate in the evaluation of operations and propose development measures.

Members

Professor
Marketta Sipi (The chair of the board)
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Professor
Sami Moisio 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Science

Professor
Janne I. Hukkinen 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Professor
Pekka Mäkinen 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Lecturer
Kari Vesala 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Social Sciences

Senior Planning Officer
Marjo Särkkä-Tirkkonen 
University of Helsinki / Ruralia Institute, Mikkeli

Project Manager
Leena Viitaharju 
University of Helsinki / Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki

Development Manager
Jarkko Huovinen 
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Ministerial Adviser 
Sanna Sihvola 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry / Rural Development

Mayor
Timo Halonen 
City of Mikkeli

Mayor
Jorma Rasinmäki 
City of Seinäjoki

Student
Marttaleena Ruohomaa
University of Helsinki  / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Substitutes

University lecturer
Janna Pietikäinen
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Professor
Hanna Snellman 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Arts

Professor
Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Professor
Helena Korpelainen 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Professor
Lasse Lipponen 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Educational Sciences

E-Learning Coordinator
Pekka Hytinkoski
University of Helsinki / Ruralia Institute, Mikkeli

Project Manager
Timo Suutari 
University of Helsinki / Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki

The Head of Change
Asko Peltola 
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia

Regional Director
Antti Heikkilä 
Forest Centre

Strategy and Development Manager
Aki Kauranen
City of Mikkeli

Development Director
Erkki Välimäki 
City of Seinäjoki

BA, Student
Laura Sumari 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Social Sciences

Advisory board, Mikkeli

Village Representative of Southern Savonia
Tuula Eloranta 
Järvi-Suomen kylät ry

Regional Director
Antti Heikkilä (The chair of the board)
Forest Centre

Professor
Timo Honkela 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Arts

Strategy and Development Manager
Aki Kauranen
City of Mikkeli

Docent
Teppo Korhonen

Regional Development Director
Riitta Koskinen 
Etelä-Savon maakuntaliitto

Executive Producer
Petri Kosonen 
YLE Mikkeli

CEO
Soile Kuitunen 
The Rehabilitation Foundation

Director
Hannu Linturi 
Metodix Oy

Editor in Chief
Tiina Ojutkangas 
Itä-Savo

Special Planner
Anni Panula-Ontto-Suuronen 
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment / South Savo

Economist
Hannu Ranki (vice-chair)
Mikkelin seudun vapaa-ajan asukkaat

Development Director
Petteri Portaankorva
City of Kouvola

CEO
Jenni Wahteristo 
Kakkaramäki Oy / Rock and Lake

Professor
Jari Valkonen 
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Advisory board, Seinäjoki

Managing Editor
Pia Hunnakko 
Ilkka

CEO
Hannu Kantonen
Into Seinäjoki Oy

HRD Manager
Kaija Ketola-Annala
Atria Finland

Managing Director
Pertti Kinnunen 
South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce

CEO
Karri Kunnas
Foodwest Oy

Head of Group
Jyrki Latvala
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment / South Ostrobothnia

Executive Manager
Mervi Niemi-Huhdanpää 
Aisapari ry

Executive Manager
Yrjö Ojaniemi 
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners / South Ostrobothnia

The Head of Change
Asko Peltola 
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia

Executive Manager
Helena Tiilikainen 
Etelä-Pohjanmaan korkeakouluyhdistys ry

CEO, Vice-chancellor
Tapio Varmola 
Seinäjoen ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Regional Director
Jorma Vierula 
Forest Centre

Development Director
Erkki Välimäki
City of Seinäjoki