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Mika Heikkilä appointed as Ylva’s Chair of the Board

Mika Heikkilä, LLM, Master of Laws with court training, has been appointed as Ylva’s Chair of the Board from 1 Apr 2022 onwards. Heikkilä acts as Executive Director of Kiinteistöliitto Uusimaa ry.

Mika Heikkilä is a versatile lawyer and administrative professional with a long career in management and the real estate business. Heikkilä has plenty of experience of board work as both an educator and as a member of the board. He has held management positions in the Chambers of Commerce and the Finnish Real Estate Federation, for example.

“Ylva’s operations are going through changes, and its goals for the near future are clear and suitably challenging. There are currently two significant investment projects underway, for example. The position of Ylva’s Chair of the Board offers an interesting opportunity to bring together the expertise of long-standing operators and the owners’ viewpoints. I am really looking forward to directing Ylva’s interesting operations in good cooperation with a versatile board and a competent operational management team,” says Heikkilä.

Ylva’s board is appointed by the board of the University of Helsinki, which also acts as Ylva’s general meeting.

“We considered Mika Heikkilä’s extensive board experience and his clear vision and interest in developing Ylva in terms of sustainability as well as the core business operations as particularly beneficial. We were greatly impressed by Heikkilä’s solid motivation and specific interest to be part of a fully unique organisation like Ylva,” comments member of the student union board Tuomas Aho.

The other members of the Ylva board will be appointed in spring 2022. You can find out about the board’s composition on the Ylva website:

More information:

Tuomas Aho
Member of the HYY board, Ylva contact
+358 50 325 8041

Media enquiries:

Sanna Puutonen
Communications and Marketing Manager
+358 400 489 224

Ylva’s goal is the construction of the Helsinki of the future. Our business operations focus on the real estate and restaurant businesses. Ylva is owned by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. For 150 years already, we have been building a city for the people of Helsinki where people and ideas come together. For us, profitability means long-term decisions that will enable the following 150 years. Our unique background requires us to be pioneers in terms of openness and responsibility as well as commitment to the development of Helsinki.