Strategiat ja ohjelmat

Strategies and programmes

We help clients to see and do things in a new way.

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Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of your operations through evaluation, information gathering and concrete development suggestions.

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Tutkimukset ja selvitykset

Research and studies

Get functional concepts, analyses and reports based on research data

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Työpajat, luennot ja leirit

Workshops, lectures and camps

Invite us to host an event nobody wants to miss

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Information services and data-analysis

We solve the challenges of public sector information management.

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Experimental Development

Test with us the bold attitude of learning together and get results quickly.

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MDI in numbers

1 main thought, idea and goal – regional development with impact

3 offices

27 experts

100+ workshops annually

500+ tailored thematic interviews

3 000+ participants in workshops and events

20 000+ respondents in our surveys

100 000+ kilometres by train to meet our clients


MDI Team

Marjo Alaviitala, M.A.

Specialist 050 329 4015

Janne Antikainen, Lic.Phil. (Human Geography)

Development Director, Partner, Chairman +358 40 764 1829

Rasmus Aro, M.SOC.SC.

Specialist 040 187 1027

Timo Aro, D.Soc.Sc.

Lead Specialist +358 45 657 7890

Susanna Haanpää, M.Sc. (Planning Geography)

Specialist +358 40 936 8863

Benjamin Heikkinen, M.Sc. (Admin.)

Specialist +358 40 410 9310

Sebastian Hovi, M.SOC.SC., POL. SC. STUD.

Specialist 0408203342

Jaakko Huttunen, M.Sc. (Planning Geography)

Specialist +358 44 970 7798

Anssi Kumpula

Anssi Kumpula, B.Sc. (Econ.)

Graphic Designer +358 50 357 9252

Eveliina Kuusisto, B.Soc.Sc.

Specialist, trainee 050 469 3281

Valtteri Laasonen, M.Sc. (Geo)

Lead Specialist, Partner +358 50 533 0604

Aleksi Koivisto, M.SC. (ADMIN.)

Specialist 040 686 2604

Anna Laiho, M.SOC.SC.

Specialist 040 749 9758

Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith, PhD, (POL.SC.) & International Relations

Lead Specialist 050 513 4810

Samuli Manu, M.Soc.Sc. (Political Science)

Specialist +358 50 356 3980

Minna Mayer, D.Soc.Sc.

Specialist +358 40 709 6898

Veera Mustonen, M.A.

Lead Specialist 040 508 4022

Iida Mäkelä, B. Soc. Sc.

Specialist 044 588 7040

Juho Nyman, M.Sc. (Geo)

Specialist +358 50 321 8790

Sari Pitkänen, M.SOC.SC.

Specialist 044 781 3185

Sinikukka Pyykkönen, M.Sc. (Admin.), B.Sc. (Pol.Sc.)

Specialist +358 40 846 0846

Sari Rannanpää, M.Phil.

Lead Specialist +358 50 523 6872

Tommi Ranta, D.Sc. (Econ. & BA)

Managing Director, Partner +358 40 588 2839

Henrika Ruokonen, M.SC. (ADMIN.)

Specialist 040 848 5557

Kirsi Siltanen, M. Sc. (Admin)

Specialist 040 667 4678

Ilppo Soininvaara, M.Sc.

Specialist +358 50 411 0980

Satu Tolonen

Satu Tolonen, M.Sc. (Planning Geography)

Specialist +358 40 704 3247

Iina Tunkkari, M.SC. (ADMIN.)

Specialist 0400194301

Mikko Valtakari, Lic. Phil. (Planning Geography)

Lead Specialist, Partner +358 40 569 1568

Advisor Team

Kristiina Erkkilä, Ph.D, M.A.

Advisor, education and urban development 040 705 3952

Kari Hannus, M. Sc. (Tech.)

Advisor, land use, housing and traffic, municipal economics +358 50 2970

Kristiina Helenius, M.Sc. (Econ)

Advisor, International affairs, United States +358 45 122 6051 / +1 202 365 9174

Eero Holstila

Eero Holstila, M.Sc.Soc.

Senior Advisor, Urban Policy 050 567 2087

Timo Hämäläinen

Timo Hämäläinen, M.Sc., M.A.

Advisor, Urban Policy 040 510 0313

Lauri Lamminmäki, M. Pol. Sc

Advisor, municipal sector 044 971 5300

Petri Jalasto

Petri Jalasto, M.Sc. (Tech.)

Senior Advisor, Transport Policy

Jari Kolehmainen, D.Sc. (Admin.)

Senior Advisor, urban and regional development +358 40 584 9077

Natalia Rincon, M.Sc. Architecture, PHD candidate in Smart Cities

Advisor, Urban Policy 040 9359 824

Timo Widbom, M.SC. (ADMIN.)

Advisor, spatial data & information services

Chris Smith, M.Litt (Strategic Studies), PhD Candidate in Public Administration

Advisor 040 757 7573

Osmo Soininvaara, Lic. (Soc. Sci.)

Senior Policy Advisor

Antti Suvanto, Dr. Pol. Sc

Advisor, economy and finance

Eila Valtanen, M. Sc., eMBA

Advisor, municipalities, forest and wood cluster, the North 040 056 9716

Matti Vatilo, Architect


Jukka Vesalainen

Jukka Vesalainen, D.Sc. (Econ. & BA)

Senior Advisor 050 562 5048

Established partners

Mari Dawe,

Client Manager +358 50 441 3209

Juha Eskelinen, D.SC.

Entrepreneur, researcher, consultant, Melkior Oy 040 081 3858

Jouko Järnefelt,

Senior Analyst, Ubigu Oy 050 373 3638

Jouko Luukkonen, M.Sc. (Admin.), MBA

Owner, entrepreneur, LGR-Consulting Oy +358 45 189 3138

Minna Utriainen,

COO, Strategist, Avidly +358 40 834 4482

Novia University of Applied Sciences

Planning and implementing a webinar to Novia

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Prime Minister's Office

Education market in Finland

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CSIL (Centre for Industrial Studies) / DG REGIO

Study on the monitoring data on ERDF and Cohesion Fund operations and on the monitoring systems operated in the 2014-2020 period

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A comprehensive data package supports placement of enterprises in Salo

MDI produced a data package for Salo in order to attract enterprises and investments to the area. The data package includes key figures on the accessibility area, population, workforce, business environment, regional economy, infrastructure and the living environment. The main goal of the project was to produce a visually comprehensive and informative data package for … Continue reading A comprehensive data package supports placement of enterprises in Salo

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Information service for the Vaasa region provides up-to-date information on development with regional development indicators

The Vaasa region development company VASEK has introduced an information service that brings together statistics and visualisations on population, employment, attractiveness, business and the regional economy. MDI set up the information service for VASEK and its member municipalities to support their information management flows. The municipalities of the Vaasa region include Vaasa, Isokyrö, Korsnäs, Laihia, … Continue reading Information service for the Vaasa region provides up-to-date information on development with regional development indicators

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Extensive situational picture of regional development 2020 updated – No major changes in the rankings

MDI has updated the Index of Regional Development which collates municipal development in the light of the latest statistics and compares employment, attractiveness, business, education, wellbeing and economic development with 17 statistical variables in the municipalities. Each municipality in Mainland Finland has its own index number. Compared to the index in 2019, the top of … Continue reading Extensive situational picture of regional development 2020 updated – No major changes in the rankings

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Eveliina Kuusisto started as a trainee

At the beginning of March, Eveliina Kuusisto (B.Soc.Sc.) joined the MDI team when she started as a trainee. Eveliina is a Master’s student in International Relations, specialised in environmental, climate and energy issues and sustainable development. She has also studied regional policy, political science and leadership communication. Eveliina is at her strongest in the world … Continue reading Eveliina Kuusisto started as a trainee

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