The official organization of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design comprises its annual meeting and board. The primary objective of the Society is to maintain the work and activities of Design Forum Finland. Members of the Society include companies and organizations of the design sector. The Society has its annual meetings every spring and autumn.

Important objectives for the board are to promote the internationalization of Finnish design expertise, to encourage enterprises, particularly small and middle-sized firms, to apply design in product development, and to arouse the interest of the public in design.

The board of directors of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design consists of six–eight leading decision-makers in the corporate and design sectors. Design Forum Finland is led by CEO who works under the Board of Directors.

Chairperson of the Board Annika Jyllilä-Vertigans
Mikko-Pekka Hanski (Vice Chairperson)
Sauli Hämäläinen
Matti Mannonen
Hanna Maula
Satu Mehtälä

Joakim Karske

Joakim Karske is among the most experienced design and brand leaders in Finland. He worked over 10 years in the global automotive industry as a car designer before heading design and brand for Nokia, Vertu and OP Financial Group. Joakim joins Design Forum Finland from hasan&Co Group, where he was responsible for the brand and customer experience capability. Karske holds and has served as board member for companies like Helkama Velox, Sini, LähiTapiola, Saka, Korpinen and Marimekko among others.

Previous Managing Directors

Ia Adlercreutz (interim CEO) 2021
Petteri Kolinen 2015–2021
Dan Colliander (interim CEO) 2015
Mikko Kalhama 2006–2015
Ilpo Santala 2004–2006
Anne Stenros 1995–2004
Tapio Periäinen 1975–1994
H.O. Gummerus 1952–1975