Regional Activity

Each year the members from particular regions, belonging to the Foundation for Economic Education´s supporters association, select regional committees from among themselves. There are altogether 16 regional committees.

The voluntary work conducted by the regional committees is indispensable, in both acquiring new members and in founding new specialized funds.

The committees also assess grant applications from their respective regions. The regions are mostly based on the regional division of the Finnish chambers of commerce. The association’s board has approved the regional committees’ rules of procedure in autumn 2001.

Chairpersons and secretaries of the regional committees:

South Karelia (Lappeenranta)
chairperson: Segment Director Ari-Pekka Salovaara
vice-chairperson: Professor Jaana Sandström

Southern Ostrobothnia (Seinäjoki)
chairperson: Branch Manager Arto Kalpamaa
secretary: Business College graduate Markus Kurikka

Central Ostrobothnia (Kokkola)
chairperson: CEO Paula Erkkilä
secretary: Executive Assistant Kati Bång

Central Finland (Jyväskylä)
chairperson: CEO Vesa-Pekka Kangaskorpi
vice-chairperson: CEO Ari Hiltunen
secretary: Professor Jukka Pellinen

chairperson: Professor Mervi Niskanen
secretary: Lecturer Kari Kinnunen

Kymenlaakso (Kotka)
chairperson: MScBA Kari Hakkarainen
secretary: CEO Anja Salonsaari

chairperson: CEO Kari Manninen
secretary: CEO Teppo Leinonen

Tavastia (Häme)
chairperson: CEO Jukka Anttonen
vice chairperson: Director Katri Pietilä
secretary: Lic.Sc. Ulla Weijo

North Karelia (Joensuu)
chairperson: CEO Jari Lauronen
secretary: Business Director Ari Mikkonen

Northern Finland (Oulu)
chairperson: CEO Tomi Lantto

chairperson: CEO Jari-Pekka Ekberg
secretary: CEO Matti Ratsula

chairperson: Chairman of the Board Pekka Kuusisto
secretary: CEO Iiro Marva

chairperson: Professor Hannu Saarijärvi
secretary: Executive Assistant Tiina Niemi

chairperson: Chairman of the Board, D.Sc. Juha V. Virtanen
secretary: Information Officer Marja-Leena Hilke

chairperson: Professor Emerita Pirjo Laaksonen
secretary: Professor Arto Rajala

In the Uusimaa area, the tasks of the regional committee are handled by the board´s working committee and the foundation’s Helsinki office.