Dr Päivi Sillanaukee was appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in 2012. Ministry’s responsibilities include promotion of health and welfare, social and health services, social insurance, occupational health and safety and gender equality. Between 2008 and 2012, Dr Sillanaukee was the Director General of the Department for Social and Health Services at the Ministry. Prior to that, Dr Sillanaukee was the Deputy Mayor and the Director of Social and Health Services in the City of Tampere. Between 1990 and 2004, Dr Sillanaukee has held various clinical and managerial positions on the Pirkanmaa Hospital District. She was a member of the Tampere city Council in 2001 - 2004.
Dr Sillanaukee, MD, PhD, is a specialist in public health and management from the University of Helsinki. Her academic work ranges from health administration to integrated treatment chains and cost of care. She has an Executive MBA from the University of Tampere. Dr Sillanaukee has participated in the work of several EU, international and global bodies and supervises now also the international activities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
From May 2018, Dr Sillanaukee has represented Finland as the member of the WHO Executive Board. She currently serves as the co-chair the JEE Alliance which serves as a platform for facilitating multisectoral collaboration on health security capacity building, and as a member of the Steering Group of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).