FBC Annual General Meeting 2019 – Decisions and New Board

On the 18th of March, 2019 the Finnish Business Council Singapore held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). AGM made a few important decisions and selected new board for FBC. Here is a summary of AGM 2019.

Highlights of year 2018

FBC had an active year 2018:

  • As per 31st of December 2018, FBC had
    • 48 Corporate Members
    • 13 Individual Members
    • 2 Honorary Members
  • The year was active on both events and communications
    • In total there were 923 registered for FBC events and 836 participants in 19 events
    • FBC relaunched its web site and increased traffic on all its digital channels (web, Facebook, LinkedIn, email newsletters)
  • For the first time in 4 years, FBC made some profit
  • FBC rejoined EuroCham (https://eurocham.org.sg/ )
    • Eurocham provides European business with a communication and lobbying channel to Singaporean and European political & economic circles and are the sole European representative at the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) council.

Changes in rules

The Annual General meeting approved the suggested changes to FBC rules:

  • Finnish Supplementary School (Suomi-koulu)
    • the Finnish Supplementary School (FSS, Suomi-koulu) will separate from the Finnish Business Council
    • Going forward it will be administered under SiSu(FAS, Finnish Association in Singapore).
    • FSS and FAS have great synergies and possibility to greatly benefit from tighter collaboration
  • Simplification of the process for selecting the Board:
    • Starting from AGM 2020, at each AGM up to nine members of the Board to be elected by the Corporate Members
    • The newly elected Board will choose who will act as Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
    • At least half of the Board Members are to be representatives of Corporate Members
  • FinnLink paper magazine only to be published when needed
    • FinnLink will be going forward only be published at such times and in such form as the Board may determine from time to time.

New Board – Welcome!

The new FBC Board was elected as follows

  • Chairman Mr Janne Lautanala (Wärtsilä) – continuing board member
  • Deputy Chairman Mr Alpesh Shah (Neste Engineering Solutions) – new board member
  • Treasurer Ms Tiina Haikola (Aalto EE) – new board member
  • Secretary Mr Jaakko Krankkala (KONE) – continuing board member
  • Member Mr Jani Valtonen (Nordea) – new board member
  • Member Ms Niina Tippin (Expat Insurance) – new board member
  • Member Mr Tero Juotasniemi (Handelsbanken) – new board member
  • Member Ms Leena Ollitervo (Nokia) – continuing board member
  • Member Ms Anissa Margono (PRE:MIND) – new board member
FBC Board 2019

I would like to thank the old board for good collaboration during last year and welcome the new board members!

New active year ahead

We have a new active business council year ahead. Please continue participating actively in our events and activities

Janne Lautanala, Wartsila

Janne Lautanala


Finnish Business Council