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Hanna Heinonen appointed as Director of STEA

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 6.5.2021 13.52
Press release 122/2021

On Thursday 6 May, the Government appointed Hanna Heinonen as Director of the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA). Heinonen will take up her duties on 6 September 2021. Until then, Kristian Seemer will serve as the temporary Director.

Heinonen has worked as Programme Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Central Union for Child Welfare since 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked as Development Manager at the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES), which became the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in 2009. In 2004–2008, she worked as a senior coordinator for the City of Helsinki. Heinonen holds the degrees of Master of Social Sciences and Licentiate of Social Sciences.

STEA is an independent state aid authority operating in connection with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. STEA manages the funding granted from Veikkaus Oy’s gambling proceeds to healthcare and social welfare organisations’ projects which are non-profit by nature and promote health and wellbeing.

A total of 46 candidates applied for the post of Director of STEA.


Liisa Perttula, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 2951 63521, [email protected]

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