2021 Board

Chair: Joonas Åkerblom
The Board Chair is responsible for the overall operations and functions of Orbis. A good chairman will manage their team efficiently and void of great hierarchy. They will act as the primary spokesperson as well as the chief communicator to other student organizations and HYY. They will be supportive of their fellow teammates, but will also ensure commitments by them get fulfilled, on time, and to a high standard. Finally, they have the deciding vote at times where the team is divided.

Vice-Chair: Akseli Taimi
The Vice-chair supports Orbis by assisting and supporting the Chair and acting in their place at board meetings if the chair is unable to attend. A good Vice-chair will help as needed and take on additional responsibilities based on organizational needs.

Secretary: Julie Ricarova
The secretary takes the minutes of Orbis’s board meetings, writes, and sends emails on behalf of the board, and- with the chair- coordinates the HYY grant and other paperwork. They are also the Data Protection Officer. A good secretary provides logistical support to the rest of the team. At standard meetings, they coordinate diaries and take minutes, as well as ensure effective communication within the board and with members. They are also responsible for the membership list as well as the newsletter.

Treasurer: Emma Nikkilä
The treasurer looks after Orbis’s money. They produce the financial plans for the year ahead and reports for the year past. They are also responsible for contacting new members about dues.

Communications Manager: Ann Dänner
The Communications Manager supports Orbis through their overall responsibility communicating efficiently with the members of the organization, the applicable faculties, and other organizations. Their duty is to build lasting connections with other student organizations and to manage the mailing list of the organization. The communications manager will work closely with the social media manager to divide the responsibilities of the website.

Events Manager: Eveline van de Walle & Emilia Hietavirta
The Events Manager ensures that varied, fun, and suitable events are organized by Orbis. They will spearhead the planning and implementation of a variety of interesting and inclusive events for international and internationally minded students. They involve interested Orbis members in the coordination of events at regular meetings and/or separate events committee meetings. Delegate event-related tasks when appropriate.

Networking Manager: Leah Martin
The Networking Manager supports Orbis through their overall responsibility of building connections with employers in fields applicable to international and internationally minded students in the Faculties of Arts and Theology. The networking manager can, for instance, plan excursions to different organizations or companies. They will also be in charge of planning work-related events. The networking manager is also responsible for coordinating getting sponsors for the overalls.

Representation Manager: Laurel Wheeler
The Representation Manager supports Orbis through their overall responsibility of equity, safety, and inclusion in meetings, events, and ongoing operations. A good representation manager will be both a point of contact for international and internationally minded students who have questions about representation, as well as the immediate response for any complaints about Orbis’s actions. They will act as the harassment contact person who can be contacted if the principles of safe space are violated at any event or in the faculty at large.

Social Media Manager: Ann Dänner & Valentine Hergueta
The Social Media Manager is responsible for promoting Orbis through relevant social media platforms and Orbis’s website. A good social media manager will ensure that Orbis’s visibility on social media is consistent, informative, and visually interesting. The social media manager will work closely with the communications manager to divide the responsibilities of the website. They have the main responsibility of Orbis’s website and social media accounts and delegate tasks to other members concerning social media.

Elected Officials:
Sara Hietala
Fanni Linnala
Ekaterina Nekhay

Contact us:
orbis@helsinki.fi