Foundation

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is a private, non-profit organization. Its purpose is to promote and support high-level research and the implementation of freedom of speech.

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Board of trustees
  • Antero Mukka (chairman)

    Antero Mukka (b. 1967) was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 2020. He has been a member of the board since 2019. Mukka is Editor-in-Chief in Helsingin Sanomat.

    Antero Mukka graduated from Pello highschool in 1986. He got his Master´s degree from the University of Tampere. Mukka acted as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tampere University Student Association during 1991-1993. Since 2015 he has been the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Onni V. Tuisku Foundation. Mukka has been the deputy member in the Finnish News Agency STT since 2019.

    Mukka started his journalistic career working as a summer reporter in the newspapers Pohjola Sanomat and Kaleva during 1989-1993. In Helsingin Sanomat he worked for the first time in 1994 and he has been permanently employed since 1995. Before nominated Editor-in-Chief Mukka has been working as news reporter, news editor and head of the domestic editorial staff and as Managing Editor during 2007-2014. Antero Mukka was nominated Editor-in-Chief in 2014.

  • Elina Lehtinen (vice chair)

    Elina Lehtinen  (b. 1965) was elected member of the board of trustees and vice chair 2017. Before that she was a deputy member for five years. Lehtinen works at Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) as Head of Communications and Fundraising leading CMI’s Communications and Fundraising teams. CMI is a private diplomacy organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari in year 2000.

    Lehtinen graduated from Sanoma School of Journalism 1990 and got her Master’s degree in Political Science 1993 from University of Helsinki. She worked for seven years at the Finnish Public Broadcasting Corp. (YLE TV) 1993–2000. In 2001 Elina Lehtinen moved to United States to Boston. She got her second Master’s degree from the Harvard University, JFK School of Government in Public Administration 2007.

    The same year she moved to the Middle-East to Qatar where she worked as a senior communications consultant at Bell Pottinger. She took part of the Director’s group for developing Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and developed an external communications plan for the GSDP’s Communications unit.

  • Pirjo Hiidenmaa (2. vice chair)

    Pirjo Hiidenmaa (b. 1959) was elected second vice chair of the board of trustees in 2020. Before that she was a deputy member for one year and member for two years. Professor Hiidenmaa is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. She earned her PhD in 1995 at the University of Helsinki (dissertation on Finnish language).

    Previously Pirjo Hiidenmaa has been Director of the Continuing Education Center Palmenia  (2013–2014), Director of the Open University at University of Helsinki (2011–2012), Director of Cultural and Social Studies Unit in the Academy of Finland (2006–2011), Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for the Languages of Finland (1993–2006) and Head of Department, Research Centre for the Languages of Finland (1998–2006). She has also worked as lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Department of the Finnish Language (1991–1992), as language advisor at the Bank of Finland (1988–1993), as Journalist, Suomen Lääkärilehti (Finnish Medical Journal) 1986–1988 and as Researcher at the Research Centre for the Languages of Finland (1984–1986).

    Professor Hiidenmaa’s research interests are non-fiction, science communication, and text and discourse analysis.

  • Laura Saarikoski

    Laura Saarikoski (b. 1974) has been a member of the board of trustees since 2014. Saarikoski is a Managing Editor of the Helsingin Sanomat.

    Saarikoski earned her Master´s degree in Social Sciences at the University of Tampere in 2005. She has also studied economy and politics at the George Washington University in the USA 1998–2000. For 2011–2012 Laura Saarikoski was granted a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the study of journalism in the Oxford University.

    Saarikoski began her career in Helsingin Sanomat in 1995. In 1997–2001 she worked as Foreign stringer for the Helsingin Sanomat in Washington. Saarikoski has also worked as a political reporter, Sunday editor and Features editor in the Helsingin Sanomat. In 2014-2018 she was the US Correspondent and received the Bonnier Journalist of the Year Award for her election coverage in 2017.

  • Anu Koivunen

    Anu Koivunen (b. 1967) has been in the board of trustees since 2018, first as a deputy member and as a member since 2020. Anu Koivunen is Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. She received her PhD in 2003 at University of Turku, and is affiliated as adjunct professor (docent) at Universities of Helsinki and Tampere. She has written on Finnish cinema and television history and feminist film theory, contemporary documentaries, the new cultural imagination around Sweden Finns and mediated cultures of emotion. Currently she conducts research on the aesthetics of intimacy in 1960s Finnish and Swedish cinema. Koivunen participates actively in public debates as a columnist for Hufvudstadsbladet, as a blogger for The Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists and on Twitter (@anukoivunen).

  • Teemu Luukka (deputy member)

    Teemu Luukka (b. 1960) has been in the board of trustees since 2014 as a deputy member. Luukka works in Helsingin Sanomat as journalist covering domestic politics and business and economics, he especially follows labor unions, media and forest industry. Teemu Luukka started in Helsingin Sanomat 1988. He has been working since as news editor and journalist at economics desk and journalist at domestic politics desk as well as journalist covering culture and Sunday features. During 1985–1986 and 1991 Teemu Luukka worked in New York as news reporter and freelance journalist.

    Teemu Luukka has studied literature and journalism in Helsinki University and taken several courses in economics and international policy in New York University.

    Teemu Luukka is a member of the board, Employees’ Fund of the Sanoma Corporation and during 2009–2015 he acted as chairman. Luukka has also been a member of the board, Nuorsuomalainen Sanomalehtiyhdistys since 2008.

  • Pekka Aula (deputy member)

    Pekka Aula (b. 1967) has been in the board of trustees since 2020 as a deputy member. Professor Pekka Aula is the Secretary General at the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Previously he held the positions of Professor of Communication at the University of Helsinki and Professor of Innovation Communication at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Aula defended his doctoral dissertation in 1999 at the Faculty of Social Science in University of Helsinki.

    Aula has close to fifteen years working experience as a professor in the area of communication and media studies. His has a vast experience in the special fields of reputation management, corporate and communication and PR, digital communication, and media. Aula’s research concentrates on the social and emotional aspects of reputation and elucidates the digital publicity, such as social media, as a communicative context for reputational dynamics.

    Aula has published widely. His recent books include Strategic Reputation Management: Towards a Company of Good, by Routledge, and The Reputable Firm: How Digitalization of Communication Is Revolutionizing Reputation Management, by Springer. Aula has done international research in The Netherlands and in the United States, including Stanford University. In 2012–2013, Aula acted as the Head of Discipline of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki.

    Professor Aula is a member of the International Science Council (ISC) Outreach and Engagement Committee. He has been a member of the Steering Committee of Ministry of Education and Culture’s Team Finland Knowledge and a member of the Scientific Committee of Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. In addition, Aula has acted actively as an advisor in both the public and business sector organizations.

    For more information, please visit pekkaaula.wordpress.com.

Other administration

The Working Committee

The members of the committee are Antero Mukka (chairman), Elina Lehtinen, Pirjo Hiidenmaa, and Ulla Koski.

The Finance Committee

Nils Ittonen serves as the chairman of the Finance Committee. The other members are Antero Mukka, Elina Lehtinen, Teemu Luukka, and Ulla Koski.

The Scientific Committee

The members of the Scientific Committee are Professor Terhi Rantanen, London School of Economics, Professor Ike Picone, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Emeritus Professor Hannu Nieminen, University of Helsinki.

Representing the Foundation on the Scientific Committee are Professor Pirjo Hiidenmaa (chairman) and President Ulla Koski.

History

History

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation was formed when the Helsingin Sanomat Centennial Foundation merged with the Päivälehti Archive Foundation in December of 2005.

The Board of Directors of Sanoma Corporation and the Board of Directors of the picture agency Lehtikuva Oy founded the Päivälehti Archive Foundation in 1984. The following year, they founded the Helsingin Sanomat Centennial Foundation.

Between 1990 and 2005, the Helsingin Sanomat Centennial Foundation provided a total of 9,300,000 euros in donations and grants to some 589 recipients.

During the past few years grants were awarded for dissertation research and for post-doctoral research conducted abroad.

Memberships

Memberships

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is a member in the Council of Finnish Foundations and  European Foundation Centre (EFC).

Other information

Auditor

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Valtteri Helenius, CA).

Business ID

The business ID of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is 2066823-5.