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Updated division of responsibilities of Special Advisers to Minister Pekonen

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 23.8.2019 16.13 | Published in English on 27.8.2019 at 14.31
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Hanna Hänninen, Juho Orjala, Jiri Sironen, Saila Ruuth

Hanna Hänninen, Juho Orjala and Jiri Sironen serve as Special Advisers to Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Minister of Social Affairs and Health.

Saila Ruuth serves as State Secretary to Minister Pekonen.

Hanna Hänninen is responsible for pharmaceutical service, family benefits and occupational safety and health.

Hänninen has earlier worked as service counsellor for the City of Riihimäki and as substance abuse worker and job coach. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Services.

Juho Orjala is responsible for the social security reform, unemployment security, housing allowance, health insurance, the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations STEA, and Veikkaus proceeds.

Orjala has also served as group assistant to the Left Alliance Parliamentary Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences.

Jiri Sironen is responsible for EU matters and other international matters, pension security, rehabilitation, work ability and communications.

Sironen has previously worked as head of department at the Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (EHYT), where his responsibilities included regional and organisational activities. Sironen holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences.

Before the appointment as State Secretary, Saila Ruuth has worked in the Finnish Industrial Union as an expert in social affairs and working environment and in Woodworkers Union as secretary for equality and social affairs. Ruuth holds a Master of Social Sciences degree.


Hanna Hänninen, Special Adviser, tel. 02951 63508, [email protected]
Juho Orjala, Special Adviser, tel. +358 2951 63424, [email protected]
Jiri Sironen, Special Adviser, tel. +358 2951 63410, [email protected]
Saila Ruuth, State Secretary, tel. +358 2951 63391, [email protected]
Krista Ruuskanen, Secretary to Special Adviser Sironen, tel. +358 2951 63368, [email protected]
Anna-Maria Jalo, Secretary to Special Advisers Hänninen and Orjala, tel. +358 2951 63376, [email protected]
Susanna Lindholm, Secretary to State Secretary Ruuth, tel. +358 2951 63607, [email protected]

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