Foresight panel

A foresight panel operates in connection with the working group that coordinates government analysis, assessment and research activities. The panel coordinates the government’s joint foresight activities and serves as a cooperation network for the ministries in their work related to preparation of the Government foresight report.

Objectives and tasks

The objective of the working group is to consolidate the work and coordination of joint foresight activities in government. The panel communicates and liaises in government in matters related to foresight and participates in the formulation of the Government foresight report.

The panel and its members tasks are to:

  • advance processes related to foresight activities in their ministries;
  • coordinate the preparation of the ministries’ futures reviews;
  • communicate foresight information in their ministries and the ministry’s administrative branch;
  • identify foresight needs;
  • engage their ministries in the formulation of the foresight report in ways that will be determined separately; and
  • submit a proposal for each government term for coordinating the drafting of a description of the context of operations or other foresight work as the basis for the futures reviews of the ministries.



Taina Kulmala, Prime Minister’s Office,

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Member: Sinikukka Saari
Deputy member: Ossi Piironen

Ministry of Justice

Member: Tea Skog
Deputy member: Laura Lyytinen

Ministry of the Interior

Member: Harri Martikainen
Deputy member: Lauri Holmström

Ministry of Defence

Member: Terhi Ylitalo
Deputy member: Marikaisa Tiilikainen

Ministry of Finance

Member: Mauri Kotamäki
Deputy member: Markku Stenborg

Ministry of Education and Culture

Member: Tomi Halonen
Deputy member: Ville Heinonen

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Member: Suvi Ryynänen
Deputy member: Pasi Valli

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Member: Kristiina Pietikäinen
Deputy member: Pirjo Karttunen

Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Member: Tiina Tikka
Deputy members: Kai Husso, Hanna Hämäläinen, Seppo Kangaspunta

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Member: Marja-Liisa Parjanne
Deputy member: Liisa Heinämäki

Ministry of the Environment

Member: Laura Höijer
Deputy member: Juha-Pekka Maijala

Permanent experts

Jouni Varanka, Prime Minister’s Office


Secretary general, vice-chair, Kaisa Oksanen, Prime Minister’s Office, Miika Laurila, Prime Minister's Office