The Finnish Business School Graduates has a large and comprehensive organisation. The highest decision-making body is the Union Conference of The Finnish Business School Graduates. The graduates’ local associations and student associations have the right to vote in the Union Conference. The Conference elects the Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates, with a mandate for three years. A large number of committees, working groups and networks report to the Board.
The Union Conference of The Finnish Business School Graduates
The highest decision-making body of The Finnish Business School Graduates is its Union Conference. The graduates’ local associations and student associations have the right to vote in it.
The Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates
The Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates is responsible for planning and following up on the activities of the union, its financial management and investment capital and for taking major decisions.
Board members are elected every three years in an election meeting for a mandate of three calendar years.
Composition of the Board
The Board consists of a chairperson, who is called the chairperson of the union, two vice-chairpersons, who are called the I and II vice-chairpersons of the union and a minimum of six and a maximum of nine Board members of whom at least one represents business school students. Within these limits, a III vice-chairperson is elected to represent the student members in the Board. All members of the Board have to be affiliatedto member associations.
The Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates 2018–2020:
Chairperson: Timo Saranpää, Helsingin Ekonomit, sijoitustoiminnan johtoryhmän jäsen
I vice-chairperson: Christel Tjeder, Ekonomföreningen Niord
II vice-chairperson: Anette Vaini-Antila, Pirkanmaan Ekonomit
III vice-chairperson: Riku Hietarinta, Turun kauppatieteiden ylioppilaat ry (TuKY), opiskelijaedustaja
Liisa-Johanna Pesonen, Helsingin Ekonomit, työelämätmk:n puh.joht.
Eero Kiiski (Boomi), koulutuspoliittisen tmk:n puh.joht.
Nina Ingves (Ekonomföreningen Niord), yrittäjätyöryhmän puh.joht.
Kaisa Kokkonen (Riihimäen-Hyvinkään Ekonomit)
Kari Leppilahti (Vaasan Ekonomit)
Jussi Nieminen (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
Heli Törrönen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Esa Vilhonen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
The Union Council of The Finnish Business School Graduates
Union Council is the union’s advisory body, consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson and a minimum of six (6) members. Its members represent expertise in different fields and the union’s member associations.
The chairperson, vice-chairperson and a minimum of three (3) members of the Union Council are elected in the Union Autumn Meeting. The chairperson of the union and all the vice-chairmen are self-legitimate members of the Union Council.
The Union Council is elected for one year at a time.
Duties of the Union Council include:
1. support the union and its bodies in order to accomplish its targets
2. discuss matters of principle related to the activities of the union and issue statements on them
The composition of the Union Council 2020:
Ekonomi Harri Tilli, chairperson
Kauppat. maist. Sirpa Widomski, vice-chairperson
Ekonomi Jukka Ant-Wuorinen
Kauppat. maist. Maria Bäck
Kauppat. maist. Anders Dahlbäck
Kauppat. maist. Jerker Hedman
Ekonomi Markku von Hertzen
Kauppat. maist. Jarmo Hietanen
Vuorineuvos Jukka Härmälä
Ekonomi Markku Koski
Kauppat. maist. Kasperi Launis
Kauppat. maist. Leea Lehtinen
Kanslianeuvos Mikko Leppänen
Dipl.ekon. Kathe Ramm-Schmidt
Kauppat. maist. Jarmo Raulo
Ekonomi Veli-Matti Töyrylä
Kauppat. maist. Anja Uljas
Kauppat. maist. Esa Vilhonen
Statutory members: The chairperson and vice-chairpersons of the union
Committees and Working Groups of The Finnish Business School Graduates
Education Policy Working Group
The Education Policy Working Group of The Finnish Business School Graduates prepares policy-specific actions and functions as an expert group in the field of education policy.
Members of the Education Policy Working Group of The Finnish Business School Graduates 2018-2020:
Chairperson: Eero Kiiski, hallitus (Boomi)
Fanni Hollström (Pörssi)
Nina Kivinen (Ekonomföreningen Merkur)
Tuulia Kuusinen (Turun KY)
Olli Manninen (Pirkanmaan Ekonomit)
Jari Niemelä (Pohjois-Savon Ekonomit)
Eva Maria Raudasoja (Oulun Ekonomit)
Johannes Sippola (Boomi/Enklaavi)
Laura Sivula (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Olli Tehikari (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
The Appointment Committee selects candidates for the Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates and puts forward, to the Union Conference of The Finnish Business School Graduates, a proposal for the Board of the next mandate.
Members of the Appointment Committee 2020:
Chairperson: Päivi Vuorimaa (Helsingin Ekonomit
Vice-chairperson: Hanna-Maija Kiviranta (Keski-Suomen Ekonomit)
Ingalill Aspholm (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
Juuso Enala (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
Juuso Heinilä (Oulun Ekonomit)
Nelly Kivinen (Boomi)
Arto Käyhkö (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Working Life Committee
Experts in the field of socio-political questions and contracting between the public and the private sector are represented in the Working Life Committee of The Finnish Business School Students.
Members of the Working Life Committee 2018-2020:
Chairperson: Liisa-Johanna Pesonen, hallitus (Helsingin Ekonomit), yksityinen sektori (tietotekniikan palveluala)
Annukka Erkheikki (Helsingin Ekonomit), yksityinen sektori (teknologiateollisuus)
Riitta Hairisto (Turun Seudun Ekonomit), yksityinen sektori (teknologiateollisuus)
Jussi Heikkonen (Pirkanmaan Ekonomit), yksityinen sektori (tietotekniikan palveluala)
Virve Kivi (Helsingin Ekonomit), yksityinen/järjestösektori (kauppa)
Ulla Knifsund (Ekonomföreningen Merkur), yliopisto sektori
Jussi Kulmala (Helsingin Ekonomit), yksityinen sektori (rahoitusala)
Meri Lindström (Merkantila Klubben), opiskelija
Vesa Putula (Helsingin Ekonomit), valtio/puolustusvoimat
Eyüp Yilmaz (Pörssi), opiskelija
State Negotiating Team
The State Negotiating Team works under the Working Life Committee. Its duties include, among others, protecting the interests of our members in the public sector and planning these activities, following the statements and proposals of the state employer, issuing statements on proposed reforms and putting forward proposals to develop the role of the state employer.
The Entrepreneur Working Group
The Entrepreneur Working Group of The Finnish Business School Graduates brings the views of our entrepreneur members to the activities of the union, prepares entrepreneurship-related matters of the union, promotes our members’ entrepreneurial attitudes and networking of our entrepreneur members, and develops pro-entrepreneurship policies.
The working group builds up entrepreneur networks, participates in debates and promotes pro-entrepreneurship attitudes and policies. The objective is to raise the union membership rate of business entrepreneurs and develop a better entrepreneurial life.
Members of the Entrepreneur Working Group 2018–2020:
Chairperson: Nina Ingves, hallitus (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
Juuso Enala (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
Mikko Järveläinen (Finanssi, vastavalmistunut)
Samuel Latvanen (Pörssi)
Mikko Lehto (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Arto Pelander (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Markus Rytkölä (Pörssi)
Ville Sonkamuotka (Pirkanmaan Ekonomit)
Taina Wikberg (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
Investments Steering Group
The Investment Activities Steering Group consists of investment experts and it reports to the Board. The Steering Group manages the investment capital of the union as mandated by the Board, on the basis of the investing principles approved by the Union Conference.
Members of the Investments Steering Group 2018–2020:
Chairperson: Veli-Matti Töyrylä
Ira van der Pals
Anniina Isomäki (asiantuntijajäsen)
Kaisa Kokkonen (hallitusedustaja)
Timo Saranpää (hallitusedustaja)
Networks of The Finnish Business School Graduates
Local Associations’ Chairpersons’ Network
The Chairpersons’ Network of The Finnish Business School Graduates consists of the chairpersons of the boards of local associations. The union’s Board establishes the compositition of the network in the beginning of each calendar year.
The network elects a chairperson and two vice-chairpersons among its members. The chairpersons act as the contact persons between the Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates and the Chairpersons’ Network.
The task of the network is to bring the local associations together and put forward their employee representation expertise and their members’ views for the purposes of the Board’s decision-making.
Student Associations’ Chairpersons’ Network
The Student Associations’ Chairpersons’ Network of The Finnish Business School Graduates consists of the chairpersons of the boards of student associations. The task of the network is to bring the student associations together and put forward their employee representation expertise and their members’ views for the purposes of the Board’s decision-making. In addition, the network’s tasks include, on the basis of the guidelines coming from the Board, and the strategy of The Finnish Business School Graduates, its annual strategic plan and its budget:
The boarder field of activities of the Finnish Business School Graduates: AKAVA, YTN and JUKO
The Finnish Business School Graduates is the fourth biggest affiliate union in AKAVA. The Finnish Business School Graduates is represented, in relation to its size, in the different bodies of AKAVA.
The Finnish Business School Graduates is involved in AKAVA’s negotiating bodies; Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff (YTN ry) and Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff in the Public Sector (JUKO ry). YTN and JUKO are the bodies responsible for negotiating collective agreements for our members in the private and public sector.