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UNTIL Finland Lab

What We Do

The Finnish government, along with other local stakeholders, have identified four core thematic areas of concentration for the technology projects supported by UNTIL Finland.   


Peace and Justice Strong Institutions 

Quality Education 

Good Health and Well-being 

Responsible Consumption and Production - Circular Economy 


The Finnish UNTIL lab is just a 20min metro ride from the busy streets of Helsinki at A Grid, a startup hub and one of Europe's largest centers for growth companies. A Grid is part of the Aalto University campus and a gateway for the university's talent, cutting-edge research, and other international resources.   

Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel Members

To establish strong governance around the activities of UNTIL labs, the UNTIL programme is set to work through the UNTIL Advisory Panels - one for each lab - with the goal to provide strategic guidance to the activities undertaken. 

The Panel meets to hear reports on current plans and priorities, and key challenges with regards to policy, partnership and management. The Advisory Panel provides strategic guidance and helps ensure that UNTIL lab remains true to its mission.

The UNTIL Advisory Panels are responsible for:

1. Advising on general strategy directions to achieve lab overall objectives;

2. Advising on innovation solutions and publications as well as other outputs;

3. Providing feedback on specific concepts, ideas and proposals (including polices, training, processes, etc.);

4. Acting as ambassador on behalf of lab by attending key events and networking opportunities with key players/audiences;

5. Supporting the UNTIL programme in its impact generating activities – offering advice on the development of the communication plans;

6. Supporting lab in the dissemination of its innovation outputs to key audiences and potential users of the solutions, offering pathways into user groups;

7. Advising on potential sources of funding;

8. Receiving and endorsing the lab Annual Report.


  • Mr. Jarmo Sareva Ambassador for Innovation, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms Atefeh Riazi Chief Information Technology Office, United Nations



  • Ms. Sinikka Antila, Ambassador Trade and Development, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Alternate Co-Chair)
  • Ms. Leena Pentikäinen, Ministerial Advisor, Finnish Ministry of Economy and Employment
  • Mr. Parham A. Vasaiely, Senior Manager, Land Rover & Jaguar
  • Mr. Juha-Erkki Mäntyniemi, Chief Executive Officer, Fingo
  • Mr. Nathan Mark Bostock, CEO, Santander Bank UK
  • Ms. Outi Niemi, Director Operations Management, Digital Automation, Nokia
  • Ms. Sirkku Linna, Development Director, Aalto University
  • Mr. Christopher Palmberg, Programme Manager, Business Finland (Alternate Member)
  • Kriti Sharma, United Nations Youth Leader

Meeting Minutes


Project status as of 11 March 2020


Lab Manager

Mr. Razi Latif

MR. Razi Latif

Lab Manager at United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs, Espoo Finland

Finland Advisory Panel

MS. Riazi

MR. Sareva

MR. Avan

MR. Gazzola

MR. Bostock

MR. Laine

MS. Launiala

MS. Linna

MR. Mäntyniemi

MS. Niemi

MR. Palmberg

MS. Pentikäinen

MS. Sharma

MR. Vasaiely

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