Advisory Board on Social Assistance 

The task of the Advisory Board is to promote and develop cooperation between the parties that participate in the implementation of social assistance.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the National Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities make suggestions on persons to nominate to the Advisory Board. The municipalities also have representatives on the Advisory Board.

The current term of office is 1 October 2016–31 December 2018.

Chair
Kari-Pekka Mäki-Lohiluoma, Director, Kela

Deputy chair and member
Anne Neimala, Director of Benefits, Kela

Secretary
Kaisa Rainakari, Legal Counsel, Kela

Members Substitute
Heli Kauhanen, Head of the Benefit Systems Unit, Kela  
Petteri Taponen, Director, Central customer service unit, Kela  

Kari Ilmonen, Director,
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Jaakko Ellisaari, Senior Officer,
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Pasi Moisio, Research Professor,
National Institute for Health and Welfare

Pekka Karjalainen, Senior Researcher,
National Institute for Health and Welfare

Ellen Vogt, Senior Adviser, Social Welfare, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Sami Uotinen, Senior Legal Advisor,
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Arja Heikkinen, Head of Social Welfare,
City of Oulu

Marja Salo, Customer Service Manager, social services for special groups, City of Oulu

Tiina Kirmanen, Director of Psychosocial Services and Employment Services, Eksote

Sirkka Pennanen, Customer Service Manager, Eksote

Hans-Erik Lindqvist, Mayor,
Town of Närpes

Yvonne Lindèn, Family Welfare Manager,
Town of Närpes

Juha Piiroinen, Mayor,
Town of Suonenjoki

Sari Karhu, HR Manager,
Town of Suonenjoki
Heidi Rämö, Mayor,
Municipality of Lempäälä
 
Jukka T. Salminen, Deputy Mayor,
City of Vantaa
Anna Cantell-Forsbom, Family Services Director,
City of Vantaa