Management of the Authority

Director General Antti-Jussi Oikarinen, tel. +358 50 300 2750

  • Executive Assistant Päivi Pirilä, tel. +358 50 330 6930

Administrative Director Maria Teirikko, Internal Services, tel. +358 40 833 3132

  • Executive Assistant Tiina Hannola, tel. +358 550 386 8418

ICT Director Juha Antila, Digital Services, tel. +358 50 529 7975

Deputy Director General Matti Puolimatka, Rural Areas Division, tel. +358 40 762 5126

  • Executive Assistant Laura Sulonen, tel. +358 50 410 9980
  • Director of Agriculture Department Jukka Pekonniemi, tel. +358 40 540 1963
  • Director of Rural Development Department Raisa Ikonen, tel. +358 40 533 9147
  • Director of Market Department Marja Husu, tel. +358 40 740 8395
  • as Director of Financial Management Department acts Deputy Director General Matti Puolimatka, tel. +358 40 762 5126

Deputy Director General Pia Mäkelä, Food Chain Division, tel. +358 50 448 1302

  • Executive Assistant Liisa Rahkila, tel. +358 400 399 862
  • Director of Food Safety Department Leena Räsänen, tel. +358 50 388 6518
  • Director of Animal Health and Welfare Department Terhi Laaksonen, tel. +358 40 159 5812
  • Director of Plant Production Department Hanna Kortemaa, tel. +358 40 833 2486

Deputy Director General Janne Nieminen, Laboratory and Research Division, tel. +358 50 463 9586

  • Executive Assistant Johanna Mäkelä, tel. +358 40 771 5972
  • Head of Veterinary Bacteriology and Pathology Unit Sinikka Pelkonen, tel. +358 400 287 061
  • Head of Plant Analytics Unit Mirja Kartio, tel. +358 40 534 5510
  • Head of Chemistry Unit Annikki Welling, tel. +358 40 481 2270
  • Head of Microbiology Unit Anna-Liisa Myllyniemi, tel. +358 400 287 398
  • Head of Virology Unit Tuija Gadd, tel. +358 50 357 0328
  • Head of Risk Assessment Unit Pirkko Tuominen, tel. +358 400 211 624

Advisory Staff of the Director General:

  • Customer Director Jaakko Rinne, tel. +358 40 714 5830
  • Development Director Päivi Kasurinen, tel. +358 40 534 0781
  • Research Director Liisa Maunuksela, tel. +358 400 256 097
  • Communications Director Jari Eloranta, tel. +358 40 714 5810

Email addresses: firstname.lastname@foodauthority.fi

The Strategic Management Group assists the Director General in the strategic management of the Authority. In addition to the Director General, the Group also includes Deputy Directors General, Administrative Director, ICT Director, Customer Director, Development Director, Communications Director and the Head of Personnel Unit.

The Finnish Food Authority has an operative management group that is chaired by the Administrative Director. In addition, the Authority has a steering group for development and digitalisation that is chaired by the Development Director.