The Finnish Institute of International Affairs is directed by a board appointed by the Parliament. The board decides, among other things, on the Institute’s finances and research programme, which is realized by the Institute’s researchers according to the principles of academic autonomy. The board also appoints the Director of the Institute. 

The Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs 2020-2024

Chair: Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State (foreign and security policy), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Term: 01.01.202031.12.2024

Vice Chair: Anu Kantola, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki
Term: 01.01.202031.12.2024

Members:

Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Minister (hon.) and MP (emerita)
Term: 01.01.201731.12.2021

Simon Elo, Public Affairs Manager, Cancer Society of Finland
Term: 01.01.201731.12.2021

Risto Heiskala, Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Social Research, Tampere University
Term: 01.01.202031.12.2024

Mikael Mattlin, Professor, Political Science, University of Turku
Term: 01.01.202031.12.2024

Lenita Toivakka, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Finland
Term: 01.01.201731.12.2021

Paula Vanninen, Professor, Verifin – Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, University of Helsinki
Term: 01.01.202031.12.2024

Lauri Voionmaa, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland in international affairs, Prime Minister’s Office
Term: 11.2.202131.12.2024