Ms Anita Lehikoinen was appointed Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Culture on 1 May 2013. She directs the activities of the Ministry together with the Ministers. The duties of the Permanent Secretary include monitoring of the preparation of matters at the Ministry and attending to the internal activities of the Ministry.
Anita Lehikoinen has been employed with the Finnish Ministry of Education since 1989. Prior to her current position, she served as Director General in the Ministry, in charge of higher education and science policy development. She has also worked in the field of higher education, and was responsible for the implementation of the Bologna process in Finland and internationalisation strategy for higher education, among other things. She has also been involved in work to reform the steering system of Finnish universities.
Ms Lehikoinen holds an M.A. degree from the University of Helsinki (1987).