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 12-16, 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

Marianna Tuoma
Finance Officer
+358 45 238 1787

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

Katja Mannerström
Head of Public Affairs
+358 44 761 5708

Meri Kekki
Head of Fundraising
+358 44 742 9217

Marjukka Koskenkorva
Special Adviser, Communications
+358 45 133 3803

Melissa Ahlberg
Advocacy and Fundraising Officer
+358 44 764 2134

Ilona Saarinen
Fundraising and Administration Intern
+358 44 742 9216

Mariam Marei
Communications Intern
+358 44 764 2134

Leena Kumpulainen
Director of International Programme
+358 40 543 4541

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

George Were
Country Director, Ethiopia

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

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

Janika Valtari
Monitoring and Reporting Adviser
+358 44 742 9218

Ben Malinen
Director, Institutional Funding
+358 44 761 3721

RESILIENCE UNIT

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

Tony Khalil
Leading Counsellor, Kurvi Team
+358 44 732 8061

Elina Rahmani
Counsellor, Trainings and Advocacy, Kurvi Team
+358 44 767 1594

Bassel Badawieh
Counsellor, Kurvi Team
+358 44 742 9208

Samira Fathulla
Counsellor, Kurvi Team
+358 44 742 9211

Irina Eteläaho
Counsellor, Kurvi Team
+358 44 724 9882

Nouran Al-Emara
Advisor
+358 44 742 9202
 
Abdirahman Rage 
Advisor
+358 44 742 9210
 
Mustafa Husseini
Advisor
+358 447 688 604

Maryam Fathollahi (on study leave)

Arttu Tolin (on study leave)

EMPLOYMENT AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC AFFAIRS UNIT

Anne Laitinen-Saunio
Head of Unit, Employment and Inclusive Economic Affairs
+358 44 742 9212
 
Ulla Tarkka
Adviser, Sauma Career Training
+358 44 734 9297
 
Katja Korhonen
Adviser, Sauma Career Training
+358 44 774 6153
 
Shenäh Räzabi
Adviser, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Reilu työelämä)
+358 44 742 9207
 
Ahmed Mesaedy
Adviser, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Reilu työelämä)
+358 44 741 1069
 
Maria Lavonen
Adviser, Prevention of Labour Exploitation (Reilu työelämä)
+358 44 742 9214
 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND GOOD RELATIONS UNIT

Kaisa Kannuksela
Head of Unit, Community Engagement and Good Relations
+358 44 742 9213

Janina Vesala
Assistant
+358 44 742 9206

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

Federico Ferrara
Adviser, Networks and Good Relations
+358 44 742 9204

Heidi Nikula
Adviser, Civil Society and Civic Orientation
+358 44  742 9205

Johanna Luukkonen
Adviser, Civil Society and Good Relations
+358 44 768 9243

Anne-Mari Ikonen-Hussain
Adviser, Global Education and Volunteer Management
+358 44 742 9201

Kaisa Honkala
Adviser, Good Relations and Communications
+358 44 025 6834

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

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

Suvi Niemelä (on parental leave)

Tuuli Shinyella (on parental leave)

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