CONTACT US

Helsinki Office

Elimäenkatu 15, 3. floor
00510 Helsinki
Finland

Donor Service

If you have any questions about donating or changing your information, please contact our donor service. We do not collect or coordinate material donation for refugees such as clothing or food.

Please contact us:

By email: donorservice@refugeecouncil.fi

By phone: +358 44 7429 203 (from Tuesday to Thursday 10–14)

Counseling and individual guidance

Our Kurvi team offers counselling, support, and advice about residence permits and immigration matters:

  • Phone consultation Wed-Thu from 10-12, tel. +358 44 742 9200 (calls, SMS, WhatsApp)
  • Face-to-face counselling for residents of Helsinki aged 15-29 Mon-Thu from 12-16 at Ohjaamo Helsinki (address: Fredrikinkatu 48, Kamppi)

Counseling for people fleeing war in Ukraine

  • Telephone consultation in Finnish, English, Russian and Ukrainian tel. +358 44 724 9882 (calls, SMS, WhatApp)
  • Face-to-face counselling for refugees from Ukraine Tue-Wed 12-15 at the Help Center Helsinki (address: Teollisuuskatu 9F, Vallila)

Information on Temporary Protection and other frequently asked questions about can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

In addition, Kurvi provides training and consulting for professionals. More information can be found on our website.

Volunteering

Inquiries related to volunteering: vapaaehtoiset@pakolaisapu.fi
More information about volunteering on our website.

Staff contact details

Staff e-mail addresses follow the pattern firstname.lastname@refugeecouncil.fi.

Annu Lehtinen 
Executive Director
+358 44 719 1771

Jaakko Rämö 
Director of Finance and Administration
+358 44 734 7687

Gianmarco Pagani 
Senior Finance Officer
+358 44 742 9209

Marianna Tuoma
Senior Finance Officer
+358 45 238 1787

Jenna Nurminen
Finance Coordinator
+358 44 768 9602

Rosanna Lahtinen
HR Manager
+358 44 746 8462

Elina Ala-Hannula
Administrative Coordinator
+358 44 723 5545

Pauliina Pönni
HR and Administrative Assistant
+358 44 761 5484

Annika Nyman-Paajanen
Director of Communications and Marketing
+358 44 754 3298

Päivi Korpela
Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations
+35844 761 5708
Marjukka Koskenkorva
Special Advisor, Communications
+358 45 133 3803


Melissa Ahlberg
Specialist, Advocacy and Fundraising
+358 44 719 7911

Anni Holappa
Fundraising and Communications Assistant
+358 44 761 6556

Susanne Sipinen
Fundraising and Administration Intern
+358 44 742 9216

Sonja Voutilainen
Communications Intern
+358 44 764 2134

Meri Kekki (on parental leave)

Ben Malinen
Director, Institutional Funding
+358 44 761 3721

Harri Shepherd
Specialist, voluntary return, (Return project)
+358 44 768 9346

Rose-Marie Kivijärvi
Specialist, voluntary return, (Return project)
+358 44 768 9600

Leena Kumpulainen
Director, International Programme
+358 40 543 4541

Tarja Saarela-Kaonga
Country Director, Uganda
+256 31 226 6642

George Were
Country Director, Ethiopia
+251 97 819 9671

Su Su Htay
Country Director, Myanmar
+959 76 561 3800

Massimo Lanciotti
Head of Humanitarian Operations and Global Grants
+358 44 709 5807

Outi Perähuhta
Specialist, Development cooperation and Education
+358 45 121 5548

Janika Valtari
Monitoring and Reporting Adviser
+358 44 742 9218

Kaisa Kannuksela
Director, Domestic Programme
+358 44 742 9213

RESILIENCE UNIT

Marko Kivikoski
Head of Unit, Resilience
+358 44 720 8479

Tony Khalil
Team Leader, Guidance and Councelling of Immigrants (Kurvi)
+358 44 732 8061

Maryam Fathollahi
Counsellor, Guidance and Councelling of Immigrants (Kurvi)
044 759 8284

Arttu Tolin
Counsellor, Guidance and Councelling of Immigrants (Kurvi)
+358 44 742 9211

Sabina Fortelius
Training Officer, Guidance and Councelling of Immigrants (Kurvi)
+358 44 767 1594

Nouran Al-Emara
Specialist, Gang Involvement and Radicalization (Sawian)
+358 44 742 9202

Ahmed Mowlid
Specialist, Gang Involvement and Radicalization (Sawian)
+358 44 742 9210

Mustafa Husseini
Specialist, Gang Involvement and Radicalization (Sawian)
+358 44 768 8604

EMPLOYMENT AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC AFFAIRS UNIT

Joonas Rentola
Head of Unit, Employment and Inclusive Economic Affairs
+358 44 742 9212

Janina Vesala 
Specialist, education and employment (Sauma Career Training)
+358 44 734 9297

Bengü Tanrikulu
Specialist, education and employment (Sauma Career Training)
+358 44 774 6153

Shenäh Räzabi
Specialist, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Fair Labour Project)
+358 44 742 9207

Ahmed Mesaedy
Specialist, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Fair Labour Project)
+358 44 741 1069

Anni Harmaala 
Specialist, civic orientation
+358 44 768 9605

Iryna Shcherbakova 
Specialist, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Fair Labour Project)
+358 44 768 9601

Ulla Tarkka (on parental leave)

Elena Tamminen (on parental leave)

SOCIAL COHESION UNIT

Anna Peltoniemi
Head of Unit, Social Cohesion
+358 44 706 1531

Ala Saeed
Specialist, Receptiveness of Society and Equity
+358 44 776 4859

Kaisa Honkala
Specialist, Social Cohesion and Communications
+358 44 025 6834

Petri Komulainen
Specialist, Peer Support, Volunteer Management and Accessibility
+358 45 120 9036

Tuomas Rinne
Specialist, Multicultural Civil Society and NGO Consultations
Kulttuuritalo Laikku, Keskustori 4 (3rd floor), 33100 Tampere
+358 40 844 1217

Heta Lampinen
Specialist, Social Cohesion and Stakeholder Engagement
+358 44 742 9204

Johanna Luukkonen
Specialist, Civil Society and Social Cohesion
+358 44 7689243

Eva Udeh
Specialist, Antiracism and Stakeholder engagement (Rinnakkain -project)
+358 44 762 4894

Amani Al-mehsen
Specialist, Antirasicm and Guidance and Counselling services (Rinnakkain -project)
+358 44 768 9603

Mariam Marei 
Specialist, Antiracism, and Volunteer Management (Rinnakkain -project)
+358 44 768 9604

Suvi Niemelä
Specialist, Global Education and Volunteer Management
+358 44 742 9201

Kaisa Yrtti
Specialist, Social Cohesion Unit
+358 44 742 9206

Anne-Mari Ikonen-Hussain (on parental leave)