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Advisory staff of Minister of Employment appointed

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 9.1.2020 14.05
Press release
Tuula Haatainen

Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen’s advisory staff has been appointed. Ville Kopra will serve as State Secretary, and Jenni Karjalainen, Timo Nevaranta and Piia Rekilä as Special Advisers.

Before taking on his position as State Secretary, Ville Kopra (M. Soc. Sc.) was a Special Adviser to the Minister of Employment. His previous positions include External Communications Manager at the Finnish Industrial Union, a shareholder in Miltton communications agency, a special adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Director of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, and an economist at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

Timo Nevaranta (LL.M.) joins the Ministry from the Finnish Parliament where he served as a Special Adviser to the Deputy Speaker. He has previously worked as a legal adviser in the Finnish Engineers' Association, in the private sector, and as a communications officer in the Finnish Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group office.

Jenni Karjalainen and Piia Rekilä, who were Special Advisers to Minister Harakka, will continue in their roles in Minister Haatainen’s advisory staff.

Before joining the Ministry, Jenni Karjalainen (M. Soc. Sc.) worked as a Senior Advisor at the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland where she was in charge of social and industrial policy. She has previously worked at Miltton communications agency, as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Employment, and in specialist roles in the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (AKAVA) and the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK). 

Piia Rekilä (M. Sc. A.) previously held the position of Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.  Rekilä has been working for the Ministry for 10 years. Her previous experience includes positions as the Head of Department at Hennes & Mauritz, and Chair of the Board of the Student Union of the University of Vaasa.

Ville Kopra, State Secretary, tel. +358 40 8261 358
Jenni Karjalainen, Special Adviser, tel. +358 40 751 5496
Timo Nevaranta, Special Adviser, tel. +358 50 340 9483
Piia Rekilä, Special Adviser, tel. +358 50 396 3574

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