Technology Academy Finland

Technology Academy Finland (TAF) awards the global one-million-euro Millennium Technology Prize and runs associated events and initiatives.

TAF’s agenda:

One of TAF’s strengths is the tripartite cooperation between industry, governmental organizations and the scientific community and its extensive network in all these sectors. The three sectors are also represented in the TAF Board and in the different committees.

TAF started operating under the name of the Finnish Technology Award Foundation in 2003. In 2005, the name changed to the Millennium Prize Foundation. The name was changed to the Technology Academy Finland in 2008.

  • The Board ensures that the foundation’s activities are executed in a proper manner and that the organisation’s funds are invested in safe and appropriate ways. The Board is also responsible for appointing the foundation’s President and CEO and members of the Executive Committee.

    Founding organisations

    • Minna Palmroth

      Chair of the board, Professor, University of Helsinki

    • Leni von Bonsdorff

      Vice-chair, Doctor of Technology, The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland STV

    • Marjo Matikainen-Kallström

      DI, Chair of the Board Academic Engineers and Architects TEK

    • Jarmo Hallikas

      The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion TES, Chair of the delegation

    Trade and industry

    • Tapani Kiiski

      Member of the Board, Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

    • Marjo Miettinen

      Member of the Board Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

    • Annikka Hurme

      Representative of Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

    • Päivi Leiwo

      Member of the Board Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

    Government

    • Juha Majanen

      Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance

    • Anita Lehikoinen

      Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture

    • Ilona Lundström

      Director General Ministry of Employment and the Economy

    • Nina Kopola

      Director General, Business Finland

    Universities

    • Mari Walls

      Rector, Tampere University

    • Moira von Wright

      Rector, Åbo Akademi University

    • Jari Niemelä

      Rector, University of Helsinki

    • Jouko Niinimäki

      Rector, University of Oulu

    • Minna Palmroth

      Chair of the board, Professor, University of Helsinki

    • Leni von Bonsdorff

      Vice-chair, Doctor of Technology, The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland STV

    • Päivi Leiwo

      Member of the Board Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

    Expert members

    Ossi Naukkarinen, Vice-Rector, Aalto University

    Secretary

    Markku Ellilä, CEO, Technology Academy Finland

  • Mission of the Committee is to identify and define the innovation branch in Finland and the most significant phenomena for it. The Committee aims to run a diverse discussion on the issue from different point of views in order that Technology Academy Finland for its part can promote the issue on a most prominent way for Finland.

    The Committee acts like a think tank, meetings are being held at least two times a year.

    Chair of the committee

    • Janne Laine, Aalto University

    Members

    Universities

    • Risto Nieminen, Aalto University
    • Paula Eerola, University of Helsinki
    • Jukka Mönkkönen, University of Eastern Finland
    • Markku Kivikoski, University of Tampere
    • Mika Hannula, University of Turku

    Trade and industry

    • Laura Juvonen, Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
    • Riikka Heikinheimo, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
    • Petri Takala, Academic Engineers and Architects TEK
    • Lars Peter Lindfors, Neste
    • Hannu Kauppinen, Nokia
    • Lenita Toivakka, International Chamber of Commerce
    • Liisa Åström, Vaisala
    • Niklas von Weymarn, Metsä Group
    • Tarja Takki-Halttunen, Halton
    • Harri Junttila, Alma Talent
    • Pekka Tiitinen, ABB

    Science academies

    • Markku Leskelä, Finnish Academy of Technical Sciences
    • Leni von Bonsdorff, The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland

    Public sector and decision makers

    • Mikko Dufva, Sitra
    • Mika Lautanala, Business Finland
    • Ilona Lundström, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
    • Erja Heikkinen, Ministry of Education and Culture
    • Riitta Maijala, Academy of Finland
    • Jyrki Pulkkinen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    • Päivi Sillanaukee, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    • Antti Pelkonen,  Prime Minister’s Office
    • Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto, Parliament of Finland

    Secretary: Markku Ellilä, Technology Academy Finland

  • The Communication Committee’s mission is to highlight the importance of research, knowledge and innovation for the well-being and future development of society, and to promote Finland as a high-tech country. The Committee is chaired by the Director of Communications of the Academy of Finland. The members of the Committee represent Finnish Universities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sitra (the Finnish Independency Fund), Business Finland, TEK (Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland), Healthtech Finland and the Millennium Technology Prize partner organisations.

    Chair of the Committee:

    • Riitta Tirronen, Director of Communications, Academy of Finland

    Members:

    • Nina Eklund, Director, Corporate Communications and Brand, Vaisala
    • Markku Ellilä, CEO, Technology Academy Finland
    • Thurid Eriksson, Director of Communications, Åbo Akademi University
    • Saara Hassinen, CEO, Healthtech Finland
    • Jenni Hovi-Seppä, Marketing Manager, Alma Talent
    • Marja Jokinen, Director of Communications, University of Oulu
    • Susanna Kemppinen, Communications Manager, Neste
    • Johanna Kotkajärvi, Deputy Director General, Ministry for Foreign Affair
    • Tomi Korhonen, Executive Director, Communications, Business Finland
    • Juha Laine, Senior Vice President, Communications, Metsä Group
    • Tuuli Laukkanen, Head of Communications, Tampere University
    • Laura Manas, Communications Manager, Technology Academy Finland
    • Kenny Niutanen, People and HR Director, Halton
    • Anne Paasi, Director of Communications, University of Turku
    • Johanna Pellinen, Communications Manager, University of Helsinki
    • Satu Perälampi, Country Communications Manager, ABB
    • Merina Salminen, Director of Communications, TEK
    • Anu Salmi-Savilampi, Senior Communications Manager, Aalto University
    • Sari Tuori, Communication and Brand Manager, Sitra
    • Maria Vaismaa, Head of Regulatory Communications and Nordic Media Relations, Nokia
    • Minna Zaknoun, Communications assistant, Technology Academy Finland

    More information:
    Laura Manas, Communications Manager, Technology Academy Finland
    laura.manas@millenniumprize.org, +358 500 989 286

Partners of the Millennium Technology Prize