Scientific Council


The Scientific Council serves as a network of experts from which the National Audit Office can request opinions, comments and training in matters concerning the development and assessment of the audit, evaluation and monitoring of central government finances. The members of the council represent disciplines central to the operations of the National Audit Office.


The Scientific Council does not exercise any decision-making powers or represent the National Audit Office. The opinions of the Scientific Council are not binding on the National Audit Office and the opinions of the National Audit Office are not binding on the members of the Scientific Council. The members of the Scientific Council must perform their expert tasks in an independent and objective manner. The composition, organisation of its work and the operating practices of the council are laid out in the decision establishing the council.

Members of the Scientific Council from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018


Advisor to the Board of the Bank of Finland, Lauri Kajanoja (economics)

Postdoctoral researcher Ida Koivisto, University of Helsinki (law)

Senior Adviser for Regulatory Impact Analysis, Antti Moisio, Prime Minister´s Office Finland (economics)

Professor Olli Mäenpää, University of Helsinki (law)

Professor Jukka Mähönen, University of Turku and University of Oslo (law)

Professor Vuokko Niiranen, University of Eastern Finland (administrative science)

Professor Lasse Oulasvirta, University of Tampere (public sector accounting)

Professor Jukka Pirttilä, University of Tampere (economics)

Professor Antti Ripatti, University of Helsinki (economics)

Project Director, Adjunct Professor, Petri Virtanen, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Universities of Tampere, Helsinki and Lapland (administrative science and 

public financial management)

Professor Markku Wilenius, University of Turku (futures studies)

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