Suomen Ekonomit (The Business School Graduates in Finland) has a large and comprehensive organisation. The highest decision-making body is the Union Conference of Suomen Ekonomit. The graduates’ local associations and student associations have the right to vote in the Union Conference. The Conference elects the Board of Suomen Ekonomit, with a mandate for three years. A large number of committees, working groups and networks report to the Board.
The Union Conference of Suomen Ekonomit
The highest decision-making body of Suomen Ekonomit is its Union Conference. The graduates’ local associations and student associations have the right to vote in it.
The Board of Suomen Ekonomit
The Board 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 Suomen Ekonomit 2021 – 2023
Chairperson: Martin Paasi (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
I vice-chairperson: Saara-Sofia Sirén (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
II vice-chairperson: Jukka-Pekka Kokkonen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Kalle Kahanpää (Turun KY), koulutuspoliittisen tmk:n pj
Liisa-Johanna Pesonen (Helsingin Ekonomit), työelämätmk:n pj
Riku Hietarinta (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Jussi Loukiainen (Vaasan Ekonomit – Vasa Ekonomer), yrittäjyystyöryhmän pj
Josefiina Kotilainen (KY)
Katarina Naumanen (KY)
Joona Uusitalo (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
The Union Council of Suomen Ekonomit
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 2023:
Ekonomi Harri Tilli, chairperson
Kauppat. maist. Sirpa Widomski, vice-chairperson
Markku von Hertzen
Statutory members: The chairperson and vice-chairpersons of the union
Committees and Working Groups of Suomen Ekonomit
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 Suomen Ekonomit 2021-2023:
Chairperson: Kalle Kahanpää, hallitus (Turun KY)
Fanni Hollström-Mikkonen (Keski-Suomen Ekonomit)
Ghita Jansson-Kiuru (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
Nelly Kivinen (Boomi)
Päivi Kosonen (Pohjois-Karjalan Ekonomit)
Max Liikka (Boomi)
Kosar Mahmoodi (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
Jari Niemelä (Pohjois-Savon Ekonomit)
Tia Rahkila (Finanssi)
Laura Sivula (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Eero Vehka-aho (Boomi)
The Appointment Committee selects candidates for the Board of Suomen Ekonomit and puts forward, to the Union Conference of Suomen Ekonomit, a proposal for the Board of the next mandate.
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 Suomen Ekonomit.
Members of the Working Life Committee 2021-2023:
Chairperson: Liisa-Johanna Pesonen, hallitus (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Vilja Arola (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Annukka Erkheikki (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Jussi Heikkonen (Pirkanmaan Ekonomit)
Jussi Kulmala (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Meri Lindström (Ekonomföreningen Niord)
Mikko Malmström (Boomi)
Vesa Putula (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Sandra Saranpää (Turun KY)
Eyüp Yilmaz (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Esa Vilhonen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
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 Suomen Ekonomit 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 2021–2023:
Chairperson: Jussi Loukiainen, hallitus (Vaasan Ekonomit)
Juuso Enala (Turun Seudun Ekonomit)
Katrina Harjuhahto-Madetoja (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Jussi Heinilä (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Aino-Mari Kiianmies (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Anna Kilponen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Esa Kinnunen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Arto Pelander (Expatriaattiekonomit)
Aino Pennanen (Helsingin Ekonomit)
Marita Rautiainen (Lahden Seudun Ekonomit)
Markus Rytkölä (Pörssi)
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 2021–2023:
Chairperson: Martin Paasi (hallitus)
Vice-chairperson: Veli-Matti Töyrylä
Anders Löflund (from 4/2023)
Ira van der Pals
Matti Suominen (until 9/2022)
Anniina Isomäki (asiantuntijajäsen)
Josefiina Kotilainen (hallitus)
Networks of Suomen Ekonomit
Local Associations’ Chairpersons’ Network
The Chairpersons’ Network of Suomen Ekonomit 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 Suomen Ekonomit 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 Suomen Ekonomit, its annual strategic plan and its budget:
The boarder field of activities of Suomen Ekonommit: AKAVA, YTN and JUKO
Suomen Ekonomit 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.
Suomen Ekonomit 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.