The organisation of The Finnish Business School Graduates

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 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

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

Members:
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

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 2018:

Pertti Tuomala,  chairperson
Harri Tilli, vice-chairperson
Jukka Ant-Wuorinen
Maria Bäck
Anders Dahlbäck
Jerker Hedman
Markku von Hertzen
Jarmo Hietanen
Jukka Härmälä
Jaakko Kentala
Markku Koski
Kasperi Launis
Leea Lehtinen 
Mikko Leppänen
Göran Meinander
Kathe Ramm-Schmidt
Jarmo Raulo
Veli-Matti Töyrylä
Sirpa Widomski
Esa Vilhonen
 
Statutory members: The chairperson and vice-chairpersons of the union
Committees and Working Groups of The Finnish Business School Graduates

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.

Duties of the Education Policy Working Group:

  • plan and set short-term and long-term objectives for union’s activities in the field of education policy
  • follow up on current topics in the field of education policy, especially as regards the development of business education and its quality
  • support, with its expertise, the education policy experts of the union in their work
  • issue statements on the development of business education
  • put forward proposals of how to develop education policy activities of the union, as well as services and lobbying activities related to them and their communication
  • follow up on the implementation of the approved education policy guidelines and prepare, when requested, education policy issues for discussion in the Union Council
  • at request, issue statements to the Board of The Finnish Business School Graduates on matters related to education policy and the quality of business education and deal with any other matters delegated to it by the Board.

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)

 

Appointment Committee

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.

The Appointment Committee submits the following proposals to the election meeting:

  1. Proposal for the total number of Board members, a minimum of nine and a maximum of twelve members
  2. Proposal for the chairperson of the Board
  3. Proposal for the I vice-chairperson of the Board
  4. Proposal for the II vice-chairperson of the Board
  5. Proposal for the III vice-chairperson of the Board to represent the student members in the Board
  6. Proposal for a minimum of five and a maximum of eight other members to represent the local business school graduates’ associations; some of whom work as chairpersons of the committees reporting to the Board
  7. Proposal for the auditor of the union who has to be a certified public auditor (KHT Auditor)

 

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.

Duties of the Working Life Committee:

  • put forward employee representative views on socio-political matters and contracting, and the members’ point of view, for the purposes of the decision-making of the Board
  • prepare statements on labour market policy issues
  • follow up and prepare action statements of the union on employment and labour market policy issues
  • follow up working life questions such as the quality of working life and career questions
  • support labour market activities by providing action guidelines, discussion initiatives and views on current labour market phenomena
  • share the committee’s views and expertise on the field for the purposes of protecting the professional interests of our members
  • follow up the implementation of the approved socio-political and working life guideline programmes and put forward proposals to the Board on the guideline programmes to be approved by the Union Conference and ensure their updating.

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.

Duties of the Entrepreneur Working Group:

  • support, debate and bring forward the views of our entrepreneur members
  • develop services to our entrepreneur members
  • promote entrepreneurship of business school graduates and networking between entrepreneurs
  • develop stakeholder cooperation with pro-entrepreneurship groups and individuals
  • promote positive attitudes towards entrepreneurship
  • other duties as specifically delegated by the Board

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 2018–2019:  

Chairperson: Veli-Matti Töyrylä
Juhana Brotherus
Antti Huotari
Elmar Paananen
Ira van der Pals
Matti Suominen
Anniina Isomäki (asiantuntijajäsen)
Kaisa Kokkonen (hallitusedustaja)
Timo Saranpää (hallitusedustaja)

Networks of The Finnish Business School Graduates

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.

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:

  • develop cooperation between the union and local associations and, more specifically, develop activities of the local associations
  • put forward proposals to increase motivation and develop expertise of the employee representatives
  • develop employee representative training within the activities of local associations
  • prepare important Union Conference topics before the conference itself
  • ensure local dimension and continuity in the nation-wide campaigns of the union
  • promote cooperation between local associations and student associations in order to increase interaction between them
  • carry out any other tasks delegated to the network by the Board

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:

  • define the guidelines of the annual business school student events to support the organisation and the coordination groups
  • participate in the development of the union’s services
  • put forward proposals for the selection of student representatives to the different bodies of The Finnish Business School Graduates
  • strengthen the team spirit and image of business school students
  • promote cooperation between local associations and student associations in order to increase interaction between them
  • issue statements on matters related to student activities
  • carry out any other tasks delegated to the network by the Board
The broader field of activities of The Finnish Business School Graduates: AKAVA, YTN and JUKO

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.