Organisation and decision-making

As a fund directly accountable to the Finnish Parliament, our decision-making processes are tied to parliamentary systems. Our administration includes a Supervisory Board, Board and President.


Sitra – owned by the people

Sitra’s administrative bodies

The core of Sitra’s administration consists of the Supervisory Board, Board and President. 

The Supervisory Board is appointed by the Finnish Parliament, and it monitors Sitra’s management and makes decisions on operational principles.

The members of the Supervisory Board are:

The secretary to the Supervisory Board is senior advisor Jorma Jaalivaara (Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws).

Sitra’s Board prepares and presents the matters to be decided by the Supervisory Board and is responsible for the general management of the fund. The rest of Sitra’s personnel are appointed by the President. Sitra has roughly 180 employees (168 at the end of 2020).

The Board of Directors consists of six members.  The Board serves a term of two years and its members are:

Ruija Rantala-Saajo, General Counsel at Sitra, acts as secretary to the Board.

The President of Sitra oversees its operations. Jyrki Katainen, MSc., has served as President of Sitra since January 2020.

Sitra’s President manages the administration of the fund and develops its operations, in line with the instructions and stipulations provided by the Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors. Measures and decisions of an extraordinary qualitative or quantitative nature must be referred to the Board.

The members of the Management team are:

Management team’s secretary is Ruija Rantala-Saajo.

(uppdated 1.1.2023)

Themes and functions

We are organised around three themes and two functions. Our projects are based on the goals determined by our themes and functions.

Impact evaluation

To support our work, we constantly evaluate our activities: are we doing the right things, at the right time and in an effective manner?

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