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Founders and Board of the Foundation

Centrum Balticum Foundation was founded by five Finnish south-western coastal cities (Turku, Pori, Uusikaupunki, Rauma and Vaasa), the support foundations for three universities in Turku and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. In 2017 the foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

The Board of Directors is the highest authority of the foundation. The members of Board are selected for periods of two years.

Chairman of the Board: Director General Aleksi Randell, Finnish Construction Industries RT

Vice-chairman: Vice-rector Riitta Pyykkö, University of Turku


Other members:

Markus Granlund, Dean, Turku School of Economics
Marko Joas, Professor, Åbo Akademi
Kari Häkämies, Regional Mayor, Regional Council of Southwest Finland
Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor, City of Pori
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of Parliament, European Parliament
Taneli Lahti, Director, EK Bryssel
Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Interior
Ville Niinistö, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland

Vice-members:

Anne Paasi, Communications Director, University of Turku
Lauri Ojala, Professor, Turku School of Economics
Henrik Saxén, Professor, Åbo Akademi
Tarja Nuotio, Regional Development Director, Regional Council of Southwest Finland