The Government appointed State Secretaries to the Ministers

Government Communications DepartmentMinistry of Agriculture and ForestryMinistry of DefenceMinistry of Education and CultureMinistry of FinanceMinistry of JusticeMinistry of Social Affairs and Health 27.6.2019 13.01 | Published in English on 27.6.2019 at 14.10
Press release 352/2019

On Thursday 27 June, the Government appointed Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry Kimmo Tiilikainen as the State Secretary of the ministerial group of the Centre Party. The Government also appointed Master of Social Sciences Saila Ruuth as State Secretary to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen starting on 22 July 2019, Committee Counsel, Master of Laws with court training, Master of Administrative Sciences Eila Mäkipää as State Secretary to the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru starting on 15 July 2019, Project Director, Licentiate of Social Sciences Maria Kaisa Aula as State Secretary to the Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä starting on 27 June 2019, Chief Executive, Master of Laws and Master of Social Sciences Malin Brännkärr as State Secretary to the Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson starting on 1 July 2019, and Head of Political Planning, Master of Social Sciences Mikko Koskinen as State Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin starting on 27 June 2019. The State Secretaries’ terms end with those of the Ministers.

At the same Plenary Session, State Secretary Ruuth and Mäkipää made an affirmation of office and State Secretaries Aula, Brännkärr and Koskinen took an oath of office.

Before the appointment as State Secretary, Kimmo Tiilikainen has served as a Member of Parliament, Minister of the Environment, Housing and Energy, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, and Minister of the Environment. He has also chaired the Ruokolahti Local Council for a long time.

Before the appointment as State Secretary, Saila Ruuth has worked in the Finnish Industrial Union as an expert in social affairs and working environment, in Woodworkers Union as a secretary for equality and social affairs, and as Secretary General of the Youth Organisation Subsidy Committee. She has also worked in the employment pension company Ilmarinen and as Member of Parliament’s personal assistant.

Eila Mäkipää comes to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health from the Parliament, where she has served as a Committee Counsel, Deputy Secretary General, Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Parliamentary Secretary. She has also worked at the European Parliament, as Senior Ministerial Adviser and Senior Officer for Legislative Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, and at the Helsinki Court of Appeal, Helsinki City Court and National Research Institute of Legal Policy.

Maria Kaisa Aula comes to the Ministry of Finance from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health where she held the post of a Project Director. Before this, Aula has served as Ombudsman for Children, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament. She has studied social sciences at the University of Helsinki and Harvard University and holds the title of Honorary Doctor awarded by the University of Jyväskylä.

Malin Brännkärr comes to the Ministry of Justice from the municipality of Kronoby, where she has served as the Chief Executive since 2016. Before this, she has served as Senior Adviser of the Swedish Parliamentary Group, Special Adviser of the ministerial group of the Swedish People's Party, Special Adviser to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament’s personal assistant.

Before the appointment to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mikko Koskinen worked as the Head of Political Planning of the Social Democratic Party. He has also worked in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK as Head of Education and Training and as Special Adviser to Minister.

State Secretaries assist the minister in matters relating to political steering and preparatory work. They also assist and represent the ministers in the drafting of policy outlines and in inter-ministerial coordination, harmonising of policy positions, implementation of the Government Programme in the minister's administrative branch, and handling of EU and international affairs.

Inquiries: Timo Lankinen, Permanent State Under-Secretary, tel. +358 295 160 300, Prime Minister’s Office