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The Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body at the Council of Finnish Academies. The Executive Committee nominates the Committee for International Affairs and the Human Rights Committee.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee decides about the economics and strategic activities of the Council. There are four members at the Committee, one from each science academy (The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, The Finnish Society of Sciences and LettersThe Finnish Academy of Technology and The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland). The terms of office are two years. The Secretary of the Executive Committee is the Academy Secretary of the Council. The members of the Executive Committee are:

Professor Markku Leskelä, Chair
Professor Hannu E. Koskinen, Vice-Chair
Professor Kimmo Kaski
D.Sc. (Tech.) Leni von Bonsdorff

The Committee for International Affairs

The Committee for International Affairs decides about the nuts and bolts of the Council’s international affairs. It is nominated by the Executive Committee. The Secretary of the Committee is the Academy Secretary of the Council. The members of the Committee for International Affairs are:

Professor Anna Mauranen, Chair
Professor Elina Ikonen
Professor Hannu E. Koskinen
Professor Jukka Tuhkuri
Chancellor emerita Krista Varantola

The Human Rights Committee

The Human Rights Committee promotes the human rights of academics and strives for the freedom of science. The Committee appeals for scientists, engineers and health professionals suffering from serious human rights abuses. The Secretary of the Committee is the Science Secretary of the Council. The members of the Human Rights Committee are:

Professor Liisa Laakso, Chair
Professor Markku Kivinen, Vice-Chair
Associate professor Tuula Juvonen
Associate professor Markus Kari
Associate professor Emilia Palonen
Professor Ilkka Pöyhönen
Assistant professor Virpi Salojärvi

The Council has founded Finnish Science Academies’ Risto Pelkonen Human Rights Award, which can be granted for active efforts in promoting human rights in academic communities.