CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation is a Finnish non-profit organisation, where the highest decision-making body is the Board of Directors. The Board ensures that the Foundation fulfils its purpose in its operations. The Board also supports and supervises the organisation and makes sure that the Foundation is managed appropriately and in accordance with applicable legislation and the Foundation’s by-laws. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the accounting and financial oversight of the Foundation is appropriately organised.
The Board is led by the Chair, Vice-Chair and six other members.
CMI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), appointed by the Board, is responsible for the overall leadership and day-to-day management of the Foundation, the execution of CMI’s mission and the implementation of CMI’s strategy. The Leadership Team (LT) and the Deputy CEO support the CEO in the management of the organisation and institutional decision-making.
CMI’s Leadership Team
Dr. Janne Taalas has served as CEO of CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation since May 2021. He has almost 25 years of experience in the Finnish Foreign service specializing in multilateral diplomacy and peace mediation related issues. He worked as the Special Envoy to 2020 Afghanistan Conference, the Ambassador of Cyber Diplomacy, the Finnish Ambassador to Rome, the Deputy Permanent representative (Ambassador) in the Finnish Mission to the United Nations in New York, and as the Director of Policy Planning.
Dr. Taalas has Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) and Master of Science in Economics and Master of Social Sciences degrees from the University of Jyväskylä, as well as University Diploma in Development Studies from the University of Kent.
Dr. Taalas is married with a son and daughter.
Elina Lehtinen is in charge of strategic planning in CMI’s external and internal communications. She has worked for over a decade in media and communications related posts in the USA, Middle East, UK and Finland.
Prior to joining CMI Lehtinen worked in Doha, Qatar as a Senior Communications Consultant for Bell Pottinger, a leading communications consultancy. Previously she has served as a political correspondent and journalist with the Finnish Public Broadcasting Corp. (YLE TV) and different divisions of the Sanoma Corporation.
Elina holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and international politics. She also holds a Master’s degree in journalism and philosophy from the University of Helsinki and a diploma from the private Sanoma School of Journalism in Helsinki.
Hanna Klinge serves as Deputy CEO since May 2021. Prior to this, she served as Acting Executive Director (January 2020 – April 2021). Ms Klinge joined CMI in January 2018 as the Advisor to Executive Director and the principal lead on strategic partnerships.
Hanna Klinge’s background is in international relations, primarily in managing strategic partnerships, large scale projects and people. Prior to joining CMI Ms Klinge worked as Country Director at the British Council Finland leading its work in Finland. The broad institutional portfolio included several international capacity building programmes, policy dialogue initiatives, and publications. Ms Klinge is experienced in forging strategic partnerships and alliances across public, private and third sectors. She has specialized in social development and innovation, equality and inclusion issues, and social enterprise. Ms Klinge has studied and worked in Greece, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. She holds an Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making from Geneva Graduate Institute, and a MA in Cultural Studies and Social Sciences from Helsinki University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).
Peter is the Director of Finance and Administration at CMI. He leads the finance and administration team responsible for finance, administration, risk management and human resources.
Prior to joining CMI, Peter worked at Privaon Ltd as Chief Operating Officer in charge of operative, finance and administrative functions. In addition, he has 10 years of experience in the development finance field having led socially responsible investments into emerging countries. First, at Finnfund where he worked for 8 years as Investment Manager specializing in executing private equity fund, SME and microfinance investments. Then, at the UK development finance institution CDC as Investment Manager focusing on private equity fund investments into Africa. Peter has also worked at KPMG in emerging market advisory services. Furthermore, he has several years of corporate banking and investment banking experience and has also volunteered in Iquitos, Peru and served as a NATO peacekeeper in Kosovo.
Peter holds a MBA from the National University of Singapore and a M.Sc. in Business and Economics from Lund University, Sweden.
Dr. Ville Brummer has been Programme Director at CMI since 2013, and has the overall responsibility for leading the design and implementation of CMI’s programmatic work. Brummer joined CMI in 2008, and led our Research & Development unit during 2010 -2013.
Dr. Brummer has extensive experience in several conflict prevention and resolution processes in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. He has led and advised various international teams and has in-depth knowledge and practical experience on different tasks related to mediation processes, including conflict analysis, process design and facilitation, early engagement with conflict groups, and advisory and support services for several international organizations, governments and NGOs.
Prior to joining CMI, Dr. Brummer worked in academia and in private consultancies. He has published widely in various journals and books, and has lectured on negotiation and decision-making in several universities. He has a doctoral degree from Aalto University in Helsinki.
Alexander Stubb the Director and Professor of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, former Vice-president of the European Investment Bank, Member of the European Parliament, and former Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Foreign Minister of Finland.
Researcher, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland
Special Advisor, Deputy Antici, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU
Member of the Group of Policy Advisors of President Romano Prodi, European Commission
Special Advisor, Deputy Antici, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU
Member of the European Parliament Committees, European Parliament
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland
Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Government of Finland
Prime Minister, Government of Finland
Minister of Finance, Government of Finland
Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
2020 – Ongoing
Director and Professor at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
Governor for Finland at: ESM / World Bank Group / EIB / EBRD / AIIB / NIB
For any future references: https://www.alexstubb.com/henkilotiedot/
Kari Lautjärvi has ranked as a leading advocate in Finland in the areas of corporate and finance law. He continues a corporate advisory practice as Founder and Partner at Pro Veritas Oy. Kari has a wide interest in international law & politics as well as in corporate responsibility,
Member of the Board since 2021- (Member of the Board of Crisis Management Initiative ry since 2013)
Education and qualifications
Laamanni (Lagman), 2017
Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
University of Helsinki, 2015
Master of Laws (LL. M.),
Harvard Law School, 1986
Trained on the bench, 1982-1983
Master of Laws (LL. M.),
University of Helsinki, 1981
Founder and Partner, Pro Veritas Oy
Dittmar & Indrenius, Partner, 2011 –2020
(after a distinguished career as a partner in other leading law firms)
Professional memberships and positions of trust
Chairman of the Finnish Bar Association´s Foundation, 2015-
President of the Finnish Bar Association,
2004-2007; (Vice President, 2001-2004, Board Member 1998-2001)
Councillor in the International Bar Association (IBA),
2004-2007 Co-Vice Chair of IBA Professional Ethics Committee,
2007-2008 Head of the Finnish delegation of the Council of Bars
and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), 2001-2007
Member of CCBE Corporate Social Responsibility Committee,
2012 – Member of the Council in the International Legal Assistance
Consortium (ILAC), 2012 –
Born 1969, M.Sc. (Econ.)
Fazer Group, 2013-
President and CEO
Wärtsilä Oyj Abp 2009-2013
President Services, Executive Vice President
Wärtsilä Oyj Abp 2006-2009
President Power Plants, Executive Vice President
Wärtsilä Propulsion 2002-2006
Wärtsilä Oyj Abp 1999-2002
Vice President, Finance & Control, Marine Division
Wärtsilä Oyj Abp 1997-1998
Metra Finance Oy Ab 1995-1997
Nordstjernan AB, Board Member 2017-
Konecranes Plc, Chairman of the Board 2016-
Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation, Board Member 2014-
Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2014-
East Office of Finnish Industries Ltd, Board Member 2014-
Oras Invest Ltd, Board Member 2013-
Born: February 6, 1969, Helsinki
2018 – Artistic Director, Helsinki Festival
2015 – 2017 CEO and Co-founder, Sync Project
2014 – 2017 Director’s Fellow, MIT Media Lab, MIT
2012 – 2013 Executive Vice President, Design, Nokia
2009 – 2011 Senior Vice President, Design, Nokia
2007 – 2009 Co-founder and CEO, Dopplr
1996 M.Phil, Philosophy, Columbia University
1992 M.A. Master of Arts, Philosophy, Columbia University
1991 B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Columbia. Major: Philosophy and Economics.
Gunvor Kronman is an influential figure in the Nordic cooperation. She has also long experience of development and humanitarian work and holds several strategic positions in these fields.
Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, 2003– CEO
Cultural Foundation for Sweden and Finland, 2003– Director
Finnish Red Cross, 1999–2003 Director
Nordic Council, Denmark, 1996–99 Senior Advisor
Nordic Red Cross Societies, Denmark 1994–96 Co-ordinator
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Côte d’Ivoire, 1993–94 Head of Regional Delegation for West and Central Africa (26 countries)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Côte d’Ivoire, 1992–93 Regional Resource Development and Information Delegate for West and Central Africa region
Finnish Red Cross, 1987–89 Information Officer
Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), 1983–87 Journalist
Ab Svenska läromedel, 1982-83 Publisher´s editor
Chair of Konstsamfundet, 2006–
Chair of Amos Rex Contemporary Art Museum, 2018-
Chair of Kalevala Jewellery Company, 2013–
Chair of Plan International Board and Members Assembly, 2015–
Chair of Stockmann´s Nomination Board, 2018–
Vice Chair of Crisis Management Initiative, 2007–
Vice Chair of Augusta Victoria Hospital (cancer hospital), Jerusalem, 2011–
Board Member of Rand Europe, 2010–
Board Member of Museum for the United Nations UN Live, 2019-
Board Member of Mälardalen University, 2020-
Board Member of Fondita Fund Management Company Ltd, 2021–
Board Member of The Chapter of the Orders of the White Rose of Finland and the Lion of Finland, 2021–
Board Member of University of Helsinki Research Foundation, 2018–
Board Member of Turku 2029 Foundation, 2018–
Board Member of Stiftelsen Tre Smeder, Helsinki, 2006 – Chair (since 2020) of Council and Election Committee Chair
Board Member of Otto A Malm Foundation
Leadership Academy, Finland, 2000–01 Private sector leadership training (equivalent to MBA)
University of Copenhagen, Denmark 1997–99 Master of African Studies (part 1)
University of Helsinki, Finland 1982–89 Master of Arts
University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1988–89 Scholarship
University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1987 Scholarship
Royal Academy of Arts Fellowship
Chatham House Fellowship
Les Leaders du Futur, Fellowship by the French Government
Kai Sauer is the Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Security Policy, at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is the former Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN and Ambassador of Finland Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN.
Political Department, MFA
Economic Department, MFA
Department for Press and Culture, MFA
Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Zagreb, Croatia
1st Secretary, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, New York
Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Mr. Harri Holkeri, UNMIK, Kosovo
Head, Strategic Analysis and Research Unit, UNMIK, Kosovo
Director, Unit for the Western Balkans, MFA
Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, President Martti Ahtisaari, UNOSEK, Vienna
Director, Unit for UN and Global Affairs, MFA
Ambassador of Finland to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN
Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN, New York
Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Security Policy, MFA
Master of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, 1995
Studies at University of Hamburg & FU Berlin
Aleksi Neuvonen is a futurist and a social entrepreneur. He currently works at Demos Helsinki, Finland’s first independent think tank.
Member of the Board of CMI
Content Director and co-founder,
Demos Helsinki since 2005
Lecturer, Aalto University 2009 – 2013
Lecturer, University of Helsinki,
Researcher, Finland Futures Research Centre, 2002-2004
Research assistant, VTT Group for Technology Studies, 2000-2001
Member of the board,
Ruohonjuuri oy, since 1999
Chairperson, Dodo ry, 2005-2007
Veera Heinonen is an experienced senior civil servant, journalist and political analyst with a high level understanding of international political and economic affairs. A strong communicator with a good track record as a manager, having successfully led teams in both the diplomatic and media and environments.
Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra 2013-present
Director, Democracy and Participation 2021-present
Director of Communications and Public Affairs 2013-2021
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland 2012-2013
Director of Communications, Spokesperson for the President
Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland 2006‐2012
Director of Communications 2010-2012
Press Counsellor, Embassy of Finland in London 2006-2010
Finnish Financial Daily Taloussanomat, Sanoma Group 1998‐2006
London Correspondent, 2004‐2006
TV News Producer for Channel 4 financial news, 2003
News Editor, 2000‐2003
Financial Journalist, 1998‐2000
Finland’s National Broadcasting Company, Yleisradio, 1997‐1998
Financial Journalist for Morning TV news
Reuters Helsinki bureau 1995‐1997
Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland 1994
Assistant at the EU Secretariat
Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland 1993
Department for External Economic Relations, University trainee
Board member, ProCom Finnish Association of Communication Professionals January 2018-present
Board member, Finland Promotion Board 2014-present
Chair, Finland Promotion Board 2010-2012
Chair, The Finland-America Educational Trust Fund 2010-2012
Board member, Finnish‐British Chamber of Commerce 2006-2010
Sanoma WSOY Group and Mercuria Business School management degree, February 2002‐September 2004
Master of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 1990‐1995
Undergraduate studies, University of Delaware, Department of Political Science, August 1989‐January 1990
Langley High School, Mclean, Virginia, 1986‐89, Advanced Studies Diploma