Administration and contact



Fredrikinkatu 20 B 16, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
toimisto (at), +358 9 4342 550

Administrative Secretary, MA Kristiina Takkinen

Email: kristiina.takkinen (at)
Tel: +358 50 502 7537

Office Manager, MSc Paula Eriksson (on parental leave)


Inquiries concerning financial administration:

Administrative Director, LL.M. with court training Jarmo Hirvonen

Email: jarmo.hirvonen (at)
Tel: +358 500 811 521


Inquiries concerning research and activities:

Research Director, PhD Minttu Jaakkola

Email: minttu.jaakkola (at)
Tel: +358 40 169 6325
Twitter: @MinttuJaakkola


Inquiries concerning media relations and communications:
Johanna Osvath

Communications Coordinator, MSSc Johanna Osváth

Email: johanna.osvath (at)
Tel: +358 50 311 0051



Twitter: @NesslingSaatio


The foundation is administered by a governing board. The Administrative Director, employed on a part-time basis, prepares and presents proposals to the board regarding the financial administration. The Research Director, employed on a full-time basis, prepares and presents the overall plans for the distribution of research grants and other activities of the Foundation.

Proposals for projects to be granted are drawn up by a committee of experts, each appointed for a three-year term. The members of the committee represent universities and research institutes, and all are specialists in environmental issues.

The governing board of the Foundation

  • Chairman of the Board, MSc (Econ.) Simo Honkanen
  • MSc (Econ.) Niina Bergring, Asset Management Director, Aktia
  • PhD Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, Director, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
  • MSc (Econ.) Pertti Lassila, Keva, Investment Strategist
  • Rector Jari Niemelä, University of Helsinki
  • L.Soc.Sc. Tuula Varis, Principal Performance Auditor, National Audit Office of Finland
  • Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi, University of Turku


Our foundation is a member of the Association of Finnish Foundations, and we follow the code of conduct Best Practice for Foundations.