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Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation
c/o Kulttuurituotanto Päivi Rajakari Oy
Veegankatu 4 as 4
06100 Porvoo

Secretary General



Kari Niemistö


MSc (Econ.) Kari Niemistö is a significant investor and an active practitioner of agriculture and forestry. He has significant shares in e.g. Raisio and Stockmann, where he has also been involved in other capacities than as an investor; at Stockmann, as Member of the Board and Vice Chairman, and in Raisio, as Member of the Supervisory Board and Nomination Committee.

Kari Niemistö is Chairman of Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – ARS FENNICA sr and Member of the Board of the foundation Maire Taposen säätiö sr. He has been Member of the Board of the Finnish Brain Foundation sr from when it was founded in 2009 until 2018.


Leena Niemistö


Dr Leena Niemistö, D.Med.Sc. Hon. D.Sc. (Admin.) is a board professional, startup investor and creative arts influencer.

From 1997 until 2004, she worked as a consultant physician in rehabilitation medicine at the Orton orthopaedic hospital in Helsinki. In 2003, she became the majority shareholder and Managing Director of Dextra, a Helsinki-based health centre. Following Pihlajalinna’s acquisition of the majority stake in late 2012, Leena Niemistö continued to work as Deputy CEO of Pihlajalinna and Managing Director of Dextra, now a subsidiary of Pihlajalinna, until 2016.

She is also an angel investor, with stakes in 26 startups. Since 2017, Finnish business magazine Talouselämä has ranked her in the Top 3 of the most influential businesswomen in Finland.

Key posts: Vice Chair, Stockmann Oyj and Pihlajalinna Oyj; member of the Board, Elisa Oyj, Raisio Oyj, Yliopiston Apteekki and Finnish Fair Corporation; member of the Board, National Defence Course Association and Securities Market Association; Chair, Finnish National Opera and Ballet; Chair, Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation; Chair, Guides and Scouts of Finland Foundation advisory board; Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Jury, Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation Ars Fennica; Board of Trustees member, Finnish Cultural Foundation; Vice Chair, Finnish Fair Foundation; member of the Board, Finnish Medical Foundation; and member of the Board Finnish Research Foundation for Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

Leena Niemistö and Kari Niemistö’s contemporary art collection is considered one of the most significant in Finland.


Heikki Bergholm


Heikki Bergholm M.Sc. (Eng) is one of Finland’s leading economic and business experts.

From 2002 to 2006, Bergholm was the Managing Director of Suominen Yhtymä Oyj, prior to which he served for many years at Lassila & Tikanoja as CFO and President of business units prior to his promotion to President & CEO, a post he held from 1998 to 2001. Heikki Bergholm has served on the Lassila & Tikanoja Board since 2008, assuming the role of Chairman from 2011. He has also previously served on the boards of Componenta, Kemira, Pohjola-Yhtymä, Solidium, Sponda and Suominen.

Key positions of trust:
Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – ARS FENNICA sr board member since 2005. Heikki Bergholm also sits on the boards of the Finnish Naval Reserve and the Finnish Foundation for Cardiovascular Research. Institutum Romanum Finlandiae advisory committee member 2000–2015 and Chairman and member of the Board 2010–2015. Chairman, Tehokkaan Tuotannon Tutkimussäätiö research foundation 2003–2016.


Maija Tanninen-Mattila


Museum director Maija Tanninen-Mattila has a long and diverse background in the visual arts, museums and audience engagement.

Having studied art history at the University of Helsinki and museum education as a Fulbright scholar at the George Washington University, she has led a variety of visual arts institutions: Ateneum Art Museum, the Finnish National Gallery (2006-2013) and the Helsinki Kunsthalle (2001-2006).

Since 2013 she is director of HAM the Helsinki Art Museum (2013-). In this role she is also the director of the Helsinki Biennial, of which the first edition will be seen on the island of Vallisaari in the summer of 2020.



Secretary General

Päivi Rajakari

Secretary General

Cultural Producer Päivi Rajakari has worked in a variety of roles in the culture sector since the start of the 1990s. That includes being Curator for Visual Arts for the Helsinki Festival, Secretary General of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, and Excecutive Coordinator at FRAME – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange.

Her own company Päivi Rajakari Cultural Productions Ltd founded in 2008 has arranged exhibitions and international events.

Päivi Rajakari is currently Secretary General of the Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – ARS FENNICA sr .



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