Taru Koivisto is Deputy Director General at Department for Communities and Functional Capacity, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland. Her area of responsibilities covers promotion of health, wellbeing and functional capacity, disease prevention, rehabilitation, as well as services for older people and persons with disabilities. She has long experience in state administration and public health and has been involved in a number of committees, conferences and advisory groups both nationally and internationally. She has served as the chairperson of the Council of Europe’s health committees and chaired the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for WHO/EURO. She has worked in the Ministry since 1998 and before that in other positions in national health administration since 1989.