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Ministry of Finance and Population Register Centre:
Most influential people in digital government were listed – Ministry of Finance and Population Register Centre were represented

Ministry of Finance
Publication date 9.10.2019 15.10
Press release
Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Janne Viskari and Kimmo Rousku.

Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT at the Ministry of Finance, and Janne Viskari, Director General and Kimmo Rousku, Chief Senior Specialist from the Population Register Centre were placed among the 100 most influential people in the world when comparing the most influential persons in digital government.

Apolitical evaluated now for the second time the most influential people in digital government. The comparison included over 500 candidates from around the world. There were public officials, politicians and researchers among the candidates.

Anna-Maija Karjalainen regards her good placement as a victory for the entire Finnish public administration.

“This is a recognition for the digitalisation development of the whole Finnish public administration. At the Ministry of Finance’s Public Sector ICT Department, we work to ensure that Finland remains the leading country in digitalisation in the future. It is a great honour that I may lead the digitalisation development forward.”

The Ministry of Finance promotes digitalisation through a variety of steering instruments: both by information steering and binding legislation, and by allocating funding. In 2020, additional funding of EUR 46 million will be allocated to promoting digitalisation.

“Additional funding will advance both digitalisation and digital support. During the government term, we will also allocate funding to the promotion of artificial intelligence, opening of information and improvement of cyber security,” Karjalainen says.

Viskari on the list for the second time

Janne Viskari, Director General and Kimmo Rousku, Chief Senior Specialist from the Population Register Centre are on the list of the most influential people. At the beginning of 2020, the Population Register Centre will become the Digital and Population Data Services Agency when it merges with local register offices.

Viskari was on Apolitical's list of one hundred most influential people in 2018 as well.

“At the Population Register Centre, we have done long-term work to digitise society by building shared e-service platforms for the use of the entire public administration, Suomi.fi services. We also provide organisations with support and guidance for the digitalisation of services and operating processes,” says Janne Viskari, Director General of the Population Register Centre.

“With the advent of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, our role as a promoter and forerunner of digitalisation will grow even further. We will promote the digitalisation of society, secure the availability of information and provide services related to customers’ life events. Public services must be provided in future at lower production costs than now. This means that citizens who are prepared to use electronic devices must also be made to use public administration services through electronic channels. At the same time, the information in public authorities' registers must be made to move automatically between different systems, which requires special attention from system builders to interoperability,” says Viskari.

Kimmo Rousku, a first-timer on the list, is responsible at the Population Register Centre for the operative activities of the Government Information Security Management Board (VAHTI) as its Secretary General. He is also in charge of the digital security services for public administration developed by the Population Register Centre. Rousku has been an active writer and speaker on ICT and data security since the early 1990s.

Read more: The World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019


Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General of Public Sector ICT, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 295 530 413, anna-maija.karjalainen(at)vm.fi
Janne Viskari, Director General, Population Register Centre, tel. +358 295 535 022, janne.viskari(at)vrk.ti
Kimmo Rousku, Chief Senior Specialist, Population Register Centre, tel. +358 295 535 120, kimmo.rousku(at)vrk.fi