Paivi Sillanaukee has been Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland since October 2012. She has held various development and management positions within the public administration. In her current role, Sillanaukee is responsible for directing, developing and monitoring the operations of the Ministry and its administrative branch. Previously, she was Director-General of the Department of Social and Health Services at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Sillanaukee will serve as Finland’s representative to the World Health Organization’s Executive Board from 2018 to 2021.