What is the status of women in business in Finland and globally? As a woman, what challenges do you face in the workplace? And what are your success stories that we can learn from?


How can we promote gender equality in the workplace: a challenge of utmost importance both locally and globally?


Join the Women’s Network on June 19 for an afternoon event with Joanna Roper, the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality.


We will hear about Joanna Roper’s experiences from the UK and her international career, as well as her diplomatic work promoting gender equality. Marianne Saarikko Janson will tell us how she has been transforming the very traditional legal industry using modern thinking and tools to create a new service model.


The discussion will take in differences and shared challenges in Finland and the UK, and your ideas on how we can all work together to bring about much-needed changes.



Lönnrotinkatu 5, 00120 Helsinki




Monday, June 19, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM




Joanna Roper

Special Envoy for Gender Equality and Chair of FCO Women

Joanna Roper was appointed by the UK Foreign Secretary as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (CFO) Special Envoy for Gender Equality in February 2017.


As the current Chair of FCO Women, the FCO’s staff association supporting women throughout their career, Joanna will also work to ensure that internal FCO policy and practice enable every woman to reach the peak of her potential.


Prior to her appointment Joanna was acting Director General for the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing. She has also served as the Director for Consular Services in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, overseeing a global network of some 700 people providing assistance to British nationals who find themselves in difficulty overseas.


She has served in Tokyo and in Islamabad, was formerly the Head of the FCO’s China Department, and spent a number of years working on national security issues in London.


Joanna started her career in the Home Office, joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001. She was awarded a CMG in the June 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Marianne Saarikko Janson

Head of Commercial, Fondia

Prior to establishing Fondia in 2004, I worked for ABN Amro, Hannes Snellman Attorneys‐at‐Law, Venture Cup and Provestum Oy.


Work‐life needs to be balanced and I achieve this by reading books to my daughters, watching movies from the saddle of the training bike, lying on the sofa and trying to discover the secrets of astanga yoga.


For more information contact:





Jenni Isola
Director, Membership Services
+358 45 126 7343