Diak is a national higher education institution with campuses across Finland: Helsinki, Pieksämäki, Pori, Oulu and Turku.
Diak has approximately 3,000 students in total and 250 employees.
The Executive Group’s duties:
- decision-making on key development matters;
- preparation of decision-making matters for the Board and the Managing Director, Rector;
- oversight of operational and financial planning and assessment.
- Managing Director, Rector Tapio Kujala
- Director of Education, Vice Rector Pirjo Hakala
- Director of Innovations Terhi Laine
- Director of Services Elina Juntunen
- Director of Human Resources Päivikki Rentola-Hemmi
- Director of Finance Paula Venho
- Head of Communications Aura Vuorenrinne
Board of Directors
The Diak Board of Directors includes several representatives from the world of work. This ensures a strong workplace focus in our activities, which is an important requirement for universities of applied sciences. In addition, the Board includes representatives of students and staff members.
The Board is responsible for
- decisions on the key targets, strategy and operating principles of the institution’s operations and finances;
- decisions on operating plans, finance plans and budgets;
- decisions on student numbers.
Diaconia University of Applied Sciences Ltd Board of Directors 2017–2018
- Director Olli Holmström, Helsinki Deaconess Institute Foundation, Chairman of the Board
- Director Aku Keltto, Länsi-Suomen Diakonialaitoksen säätiö
- Director Kalle Kuusimäki, National Church Council
- Director Ilkka Mattila, Kirkkopalvelut, Vice-Chairman
- Director Merja Merasto, MHS
- Lecturer Ulla Niittyinperä, Diaconia UAS
- Director Tapani Turpeinen, Oulun Diakonissalaitoksen säätiö
- Secretary, Education and Social Policy Terhi Peltokorpi
- Bachelor of Social Services student Iiris Hynönen, Diaconia UAS
Diak is a privately owned university of applied sciences. The owners are
- Helsinki Deaconess Institute Foundation, 2,025 shares
- The Foundation for the Church Training College, 1,530 shares
- Kirkkopalvelut Ry, 950 shares
- Länsi-Suomen Diakonialaitoksen säätiö, 945 shares
- Kirkon keskusrahasto, 800 shares
- Oulun Diakonissalaitoksen säätiö, 500 shares
- Turun Kristillisen Opiston säätiö, 300 shares
- Helsingin Evankelisen Opiston säätiö, 250 shares
- Suomen Raamattuopiston säätiö, 250 shares.
Advisory council for employment matters
The advisory council is a cooperation body of Diak and its stakeholders. The council promotes the development of innovation activity at Diak.
Topics covered by the council include e.g. Diak’s
- role as a national operator
- ability to generate public debate on topics such as immigration, multiculturalism, interfaith dialogue, social exclusion, inequality, social safety networks, food bank queues and the role of diaconal work
- role in social challenges and new educational missions
- ability to develop workplace skills among students and teaching staff.
Members of the advisory council
- Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
- Elli Aaltonen, director general, Kela
- Marian Abdulkarim, journalist
- Cristina Andersson, CEO, Develor Productions Oy
- Kari Haavisto, ministerial adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- Timo Heiskala, CEO, Evantia
- Kari Kanala, the vicar of the parish of Paavali
- Teemu Laajasalo, the bishop of Helsinki, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
- Tiina Mäki, director of administration, City of Helsinki
- Päivi Nerg, permanent under-secretary, Ministry of Finance
- Maria Ohisalo, researcher, Y-Foundation
- Satu Raappana, manager of online crisis services, the Finnish Association for Mental Health
- Tero Ristimäki, chairman of the board, Talentia
- Jukka T. Salminen, deputy mayor, City of Vantaa
- Minna Säävälä, director of family services, Family Federation of Finland
- Kaarina Torppa, chief nursing officer, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa
- Andreas von Weissenberg, head of international disaster management, Finnish Red Cross