Recipients of the Gold Estlander Medal have been active on behalf of design in significant ways in numerous arenas and have furthered interaction between Finnish design and business and industry. Their contributions to the field have consisted of long-term activities alongside their own significant careers.
For many decades, Tapio Hintikka MSc (Eng.) has been an important and influential figure in the economic and industrial sectors in Finland. Alongside his leading positions in the business world, he has promoted the uses of design in business and industry. Hintikka has had the foresight to prevision changes in industry and the economy and to utilize design in situations of change.
Alongside his significant career, Harri Malmberg, Licentiate in Laws, has also been an important influence in Finnish design. He has served on the board of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design for almost three decades, establishing connections especially between design and industry.
Hannele Pohjola, Master of Laws, is Director for Innovation and Growth Policy of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations in the cultural and educational sectors and in international capacities including OECD committee work. Hannele Pohjola has pursued design policies in a consistent manner and promoted their applications in business and industries. She became a member of the board of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design in 1996 and served as its chairperson from 2006 to 2010.