Get to know us

Anna Talasniemi
Executive director
+358 (0)41 437 6976

Anna is in charge of the Tehtaankatu office and manages the foundation’s operations, which does not include financial management and the Saari Residence. Anna is also responsible for arts and culture matters at the foundation. Before taking on the role of executive director, she was the foundation’s head of cultural affairs and before that the research secretary. Anna likes to make and eat food and has, in fact, made two cookbooks in addition to her work at the foundation. Anna is also an enthusiastic gardener and loves cycling to work.
Read more about Anna: Listen, question and bear in mind how privileged you are



Kalle Korhonen
Director of research funding
+358 (0)50 344 7468

Funding for research and its popularization, artistic research.

Kalle’s background is in Classics and in the historical sociolinguistics of the ancient Roman world, but he has also made modest contributions in other fields of historical linguistics. His heart beats for dancing, canoeing and contemporary art, whenever his children give him a break.

Read more about Kalle


Heljä Franssila
Head of communications
+358 44 728 9908

Heljä is in charge of the planning, development and implementation of communications on behalf of the Foundation.

Neea Eloranta
Office secretary
+358 (0)40 832 5156

Neea provides support to the foundation’s grant recipients and applicants, takes care of payment matters, participates in organising events and looks after routine matters. Nature, travel and photography are all close to Neea’s heart. She can also be found dancing or curled up with a good book.
Read more about Neea: Your attitude is decisive

Tiina Toivonen
Head of finance
+358 (0)50 337 6544

Tiina takes care of the foundation’s finances and financial management.

Read more about Tiina: “The future is made today”


Martina Lybeck
Administrative secretary
+358 (0)40 058 7604

Martina is responsible for the Foundation’s personnel management, invoice and grants payment, monthly accounting and other supportive financial management tasks.

Maija Karasvaara
project worker
+358 (0)9 260 0617

Maija Koivisto
Office and communication assistant
+358 (0) 9 260 0617

Katri Yates
Investment and financial advisor