The decision was made by the board of FinnAgora. The board consists of representatives from cities, upper education, ministeries, cultural and economical life and civil society. The chair for the board is Father Ambrosius. 

”The task is exceptionally interesting. The institute has an important societal mission, it can support the conditions of a functioning civil society and to diversify sustainably, both ecologically and socially, the Finnish-Hungarian collaboration. I am both excited and highly motivated to take on this new position”, says the new Director of Finnagora Heljä Franssila. 

The FinnAgora foundation promotes the development of collaborations in a broad range of fields between Finland and Hungary. In the recently renewed strategy the values in FinnAgoras operation was emphasized. FinnAgoras operation should be based on the values of Nordic democracy, equality, freedom of speech and diversity as also openness and curiosity for new forms of operation and collaboration. The foundation's field of operation includes culture, science and economics. It strives to develop innovations in all these fields and to create meeting points - an agora - for discussions. 

Franssila is at the moment Communications Manager at Kone Foundation. Previously she has worked in managing communications for Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo and HSY Helsinki Region Environmental Service. She has broad knowledge of Finland's culture and science field, politics and their financial structures. 

Franssila has a masters degree in political sciences. She has recently graduated with a MBA-degree in Service Design. She reports to the board of the foundation, she is a member of the executive committee of the board. 


For more information: 


-Heljä Franssila, Director of Finland's Hungarian institute from the 1st of April 2023, tel: +358 44 728 9908

-Mikko Lohikoski, the representative for the FinnAgora foundation, tel: +358 50 559 0238