Kimmo Tiilikainen has been appointed Director General of the Geological Survey of Finland for a period of five years starting on 1 June 2021. The Government decided on the appointment on 22 April 2021.
Tiilikainen has served as State Secretary to the Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry since 2019 and as State Secretary to the ministerial group of the Centre Party in 2019. Prior to that, he served as Minister on several occasions: he was Minister of Housing, Energy and the Environment in 2017–2019, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment in 2015–2017 and Minister of the Environment in 2007–2008. From 2003 to 2019, he was Member of Parliament. He is also a long-time rural entrepreneur and worked as education coordinator at the University of Helsinki in 1994–1995. He is forest manager and holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Forestry.
“Due to his years in different ministries, Tiilikainen has multidisciplinary management experience in issues concerning the environment, land use, natural resources and geosciences. He also has a strong knowledge of operating processes and decision-making in society as well as extensive networks. These are valuable strengths needed for the management of the Geological Survey and the implementation of its new strategy,” Director General Ilona Lundström says.
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is an expert organisation that operates under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and is active in Finland and the world.
A total of 19 applications were received for the position.
Inquiries: Ilona Lundström, Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7186