Paula Tanhuanpää

Paula Tanhuanpää

Name: Paula Tanhuanpää
Year of birth: 1967
Job title: Head of International Affairs Team, Development Manager
Tel: +358 29 524 8183
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Global health, health and development, public health
  • Leadership and management, team leading, international affairs
  • International health and development projects and programmes
  • Projcet management, planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Development policy, development cooperation

Primary duties

  • Leading and managing the International Affairs Team at THL, staff of 9
  • Advisor and Senior Expert in global health, health and development towards the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland  
  • Leading and managing international health and development projects: identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation


  • 2019, Specialist Qualification in Management, Omnia, Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region, Finland
  • 2000, M.Sc. (health sciences), University of Tampere, Finland
  • 1992, RN (internal medicine and surgical care), Turku College for Health Care and Nursing, Finland

Work experience

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, Helsinki, Finland

  • Head and Deputy Head of International Affairs Unit 
  • Senior Expert and Head of the Project management team at the International Affairs unit
  • Project Manager, International Affairs Unit
  • Project Manager, International Association of National Public Health Institutes IANPHI, Secretariat at National Institute for Health and Welfare THL

National Public Health Institute KTL, Helsinki, Finland

  • Project Manager

STAKES, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, unit for International Development Collaboration, Helsinki, Finland    

  • Project Manager

Specific international experience 

  • Dozens of short-term assignments around the world as an international expert in health, development policy and project management 
  • Hands-on experience in development cooperation in Africa, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia), including planning, management, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of development projects


  • Women in Global Health Finland Chapter, a movement towards gender equality in global health (since 10/2019) 
  • Global Health Finland (since 2019)
  • Network of Professionals Working in Health Sector Development Collaboration, Council for Development Collaboration at the Finnish Medical Association (FMA) (since 2017),
  • ‘Friday group’ a parliamentary think tank of the Finnish Parliamentary All-Party Group on Sexual Rights and Development (APPG) which convenes Finnish parliamentarians, civil servants and NGOs interested in promoting global sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), social, health and human development issues in Finland's development policy and its implementation (since 2015)
  • Finland’s Hiv Network, which convenes participants in Hiv and aids related work in Finland to coordinate the work and to raise awareness (since 2015)
  • Global Health Network, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland, (since 2014)

Language skills

  • Finnish (Native)
  • English (Excellent)
  • Swedish (Good)


Journal articles

Binder S, Adigun L, Dusenbury C, Greenspan A, Tanhuanpää P. National Public Health Institutes: contributing to the public good. J Public Health Policy 2008:29; 3-21 Educational materials

Edited works

Ali Arsalo, Paula Salokangas, Tuula Pitkänen Problem Well Defined Half Solved, Experiences of a Finnish NGO from a Rural Health Care Project in Malawi, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Department for International Development Co-operation, 1997

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