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.
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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.)