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News, 2/19/2018

Personnel changes at the Finnish Institute in Japan

Anna-Maria Wiljanen (left) and Suvi Laakso (right)
Director Anna-Maria Wiljanen (left), Project Manager Suvi Laakso (right)

The Finnish Institute in Japan is off to a new start as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Tokyo this year. Anna-Maria Wiljanen has started as the new Director, with Suvi Laakso as the new Project Manager. Both began their terms in January.

PhD, M. Sc. Anna-Maria Wiljanen started January 1, 2018 as the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan. She defended her doctoral thesis in art history at the University of Helsinki 2014. Wiljanen has extensive networks and diverse working experience of the art museums and of corporate life.

She has previously worked as Executive Director at the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation and as Head of Development and Communication at the Finnish National Gallery. Wiljanen’s research interests are European and Nordic artists’ colonies at the end of 19th century, gender matters, social networks and mobility of the artists.

MA Suvi Laakso started January 15, 2018 as the Project Manager of the Finnish Institute in Japan. Laakso has diverse experience from the activities and operations of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. Previously, she has worked as a coordinator at the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.

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