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Kari Välimäki

  • Senior Advisor
  • Helsinki

Kari has been in top level strategic positions in the social and healthcare sectors at national, regional and local level. He made his career in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, starting as a Mathematician in 1979 and finishing as Permanent Secretary in 2012. He was also a member of the EU Social Protection Committee and Pre-Accession Advisor in an EU project in the Czech Republic from 2002 to 2003. After the Ministry, Kari was Managing Director for Seafarers' Pension Fund for over 8 years.

He has experience from public, private and voluntary organisations. For example, he has chaired the Board of a Mutual Insurance Company and is currently vice chair of a Company providing social and health services.

Kari is also chair in a Foundation for elderly care, a member of the Health and Social Welfare Committee (City of Vantaa) and a member in the Council of HUS Hospital District . Additionally, Kari takes part in voluntary social activities and is very interested in security and crisis management. Kari has led many strategic planning processes. He has received badges of merit for his work both in the social and healthcare sectors as well as maritime.

Email - [email protected]
Telephone - +358 505599177

  • 2012 - 2020: Managing Director, Seafarers' Pension Fund, Helsinki, Finland

  • 2007-2012: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (MSAH), Helsinki, Finland

  • 1995 - 2006: Director General, Finance and Planning Department, MSAH, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1987-1989 & 1990 - 1995: Deputy Director General, Finance and Planning Department, MSAH, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1989 - 1990: Secretary General, Finnish Peace Union - Association for UN, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1979 - 1989: Mathematician, Senior Advisor, Political Advisor to the Minister, MSAH, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1978 - 1979: Inspector, Ministry of Justice, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1981: Foreign Development Aid Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Helsinki, Finland

  • 1977: Training in data processing, project management, languages​​, management, presentation and negotiation skills, and EU affairs; several institutions, Finland & the UK

  • 1973: Master of Science, University of Tampere, Finland (Focus in statistics, regional science, economics, mathematics, environmental policy, etc.)