Kone Foundation’s new Finance and Administration Coordinator Hanna Vuorenmaa enjoys culture at work and in her free time

Hanna Vuorenmaa. Photo: Lauri Alaviitala

Hanna Vuorenmaa started working at Kone Foundation’s Helsinki office in September.

“Kone Foundation seemed like a fascinating workplace before I started, but the scale of its operations has really impressed me during my first few weeks of work. Every day I learn new things about how diversely the Foundation funds researchers and artists. I have also seen how the Foundation’s values, such as ecosocial awareness, affect my everyday work,” Hanna says.

Hanna’s main task is taking care of the Foundation’s accounting and the processing and payment of purchase invoices. She also participates in the preparation of budgets and financial statements together with Tiina Toivonen, the Foundation’s Director of Finance and Administration.

“In addition, I am involved in the development of administrative and financial processes and systems. I also participate in the grant process from the perspective of financial management: for example, I handle grant refunds in projects that have undergone changes.”

Hanna has worked in financial management positions in the field of culture and the media for over a decade.

“I have always been interested in culture: this is illustrated, for example, by the fact that I studied art history at the Open University in adulthood. Kone Foundation is an attractive place to work because, in my work, I get to use my professional skills in financial management, and as part of the work community, I get a ringside view of what is happening in the cultural sector. At the same time, I am constantly learning more about the range of research funding the Foundation provides.”

In her free time, Hanna enjoys a wide range of cultural activities and recreation in nature.

“Italy is close to my heart: I have studied Italian and travelled there, which is also where my interest in studying art history began. This summer, my daughters and I took a holiday in Rome. I wanted to show them ancient Rome and the magnificent art treasures of the city’s museums and galleries. In my everyday life in Helsinki, I often go to the cinema, exhibitions and theatres.”

Hanna’s work also includes the financial management of the Saari Residence in Mynämäki, which is maintained by Kone Foundation. She is about to go and visit the residence for the first time and see the newly renovated mansion.

“I’m looking forward to learning about the everyday life of the Saari Residence and seeing its buildings and milieu. In addition to my new colleagues, I am also excited to meet the artists from all over the world who have come to work in Mynämäki.”