Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen appointed the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan

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Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen appointed the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY ANNA-MARIA WILJANEN APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR OF THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN JAPAN FOR THE PERIOD 1 JANUARY 2018–31 DECEMBER 2020

The Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan has appointed Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Social Sciences Anna-Maria Wiljanen the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan for a three-year period commencing on 1 January 2018. The institute’s director is responsible for planning the academic and cultural programmes and projects, managing public relations and expanding networks in Japan and Finland. The institute operates in Tokyo.

Anna-Maria Wiljanen completed her doctoral thesis in art history at the University of Helsinki in 2014. Wiljanen has extensive networks and diverse experience from marketing and communications in both the field of culture and the world of business. Currently, Wiljanen works as the Executive Director of the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation. Previously she has worked, for instance, as the Communications Manager and Development Manager at the Finnish National Gallery.

“I am very excited about my new role and see great opportunities in further developing the institute’s operations! Vast cooperation with different actors in society creates a strong basis for coming years,” says the new Director Anna-Maria Wiljanen.

Finland has a total of 17 cultural and academic institutes all over the world. The Finnish Institute in Japan is currently the only office in Eastern Asia.

“Eastern Asia as an area is one of growing interest and business opportunities. Science and culture have an essential role in building the connections between the countries,” says Susanna Pettersson, Museum Director and Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Finnish Institute in Japan.

The Finnish Institute in Japan is preparing for future jubilee years in addition to the ongoing academic and cultural projects. In 2018, the Finnish Institute in Japan will turn 20, then 2019 will mark the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relationships between Finland and Japan and, in 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympic Games.

The Finnish Institute in Japan is an academic and cultural institute operating in Tokyo. The institute identifies and predicts the development and cooperation needs between Finland and Japan especially in the fields of science, culture and education and helps potential cooperation partners to find each other between Finland, Japan and surrounding Eastern Asia on a larger scale.

For more information, please contact Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Finnish Institute in Japan, Museum Director Susanna Pettersson (susanna.pettersson@ateneum.fi, tel. +358 (0)40 736 0699) and the foundation’s representative Tiia Saarinen (tiia.saarinen@uniarts.fi, tel. +358 (0)40 860 9538).

Anna-Maria Wiljanen