Elli Aaltonen

työelämäprofessori, professor of practice, PhD in social sciences, docent

Oma esittely

I am working as Professor of Practice which position gives possibility to bring my experience from the public sector and NGOs to the academic community. My main interests are research in social sustainability, social work as a profession and in strategical welfare management. I am also President of Finnish Red Cross with which having connections to national and international non-governmental work and welfare.

My working history contains managerial roles in Kela (director general), the National Insurance Institute, regional state administartive (director general, social- and health counsellor, manager), municipalities (social- and health manager) and also positions in national and global NGO-boards and retail and banking boards. I have ha EU advisory positions in e.g. Ukraine and Russia.


Professor of practice in social policy, University of Tampere, 1/2020-. Reaserch companionship in SOC, teaching in social policy, managent in social- and health welfare, conncetions to public and non-governmental nets. 

Earlier work tasks:

International: Degree in EU expertise 1995, EU advisory positions in e.g. Ukraine and Russia, during the years 1999-2005

National: Director General - Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, 11/2016-12/2019. Advisory positions at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Au.thority for Medicolegal Affairs, and the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (Stakes), during the years 1990-2010

Regional: Director General - the Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland, 1/2010-11/2016 .Director of department - the Social Welfare and Health Affairs at the Provincial State Office for Eastern Finland, 1/2005-12/2009.Counsellor of Social Welfare and Health Affairs - the Provincial State Office for Northern Karelia Region, 1/1997-12/2004

Municipal: Director of social welfare and health care for the municipalities, in Savonlinna town, 1979-1984 and in Nurmes town,1/1985-12/1996. Director of Kotikallio – Joint municipality authority of elderly people’s home, 1976-1979

NGOs: President of Red Cross in Finland. Alongside work, several positions as president in the field of child welfare, geriatrics, and disability, which most distinguished ones listed in the following positions or in the positions of trust: Vice-chair in the Finnish Committee “Save the Children”, 2000´s, Member in the Finnish board “Central Union for Children’s Welfare, 1990´s, Chair in the Finnish board “Social workers union”, nowadays Talentia, 1980’s.

Osaamisalueiden kuvaus

Issues: social policy and social work (knowledge and expertise), social security and reform of social security, income support and basic income, social and health care integration

Knowledge: knowledge of strategical work, management and leadership skills, knowledge of public organisations and policies, understanding of EU-policies.