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Esko Aho

Esko Aho

Senior Adviser, East Office of Finnish Industries, Prime Minister of Finland (1991–1995)

Expert Events

15 January
A LONG TIME: 10 YEARS’ TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF YEGOR GAIDAR Building 5, Floor 5, Assembly Hall

16 January
TRUST AS A FACTOR AND TOOL IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Building 25, Floor 2, Lecture Room 237

Biography

Mr. Aho enjoyed a distinguished career in Finnish politics, including the post of Prime Minister from 1991 to 1995. He was a Member of the Finnish Parliament for 20 years, from 1983 to 2003. He chaired the Centre Party from 1990 to 2002, and was elected Prime Minister in 1991 at the age of 36. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union. Mr. Aho was awarded the Grand Cross of the White Rose of Finland in 1992.

In 2000, Mr. Aho spent one year as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He then served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA from 2004 to 2008. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Aho worked as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia Corporation. In 2012, he was appointed as Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Aho is an invited member of Club de Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy. He is a Chairman of the Board of Adven, the leading provider of energy and water services across the Nordic and Baltic countries. Since founded in 2010, Mr. Aho has been a board member at Skolkovo Foundation, a non-profit organization charged with creating a new science and technology development center in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. In May 2016 Mr. Aho was elected to the Supervisory Board of Sberbank. In February 2019 Mr. Aho was appointed as a member of advisory council of J.P.Morgan Bank for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Aho is also a Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy, which provides secure high-availability data network and software solutions. Mr. Aho’s other domestic and international activities are coordinated through his private consulting company Verbatum Oy.

Throughout his career, Mr. Aho has been active in the world of academia. He is a visiting lecturer at Beijing University and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). In March 2015, he was named as Executive in Residence at Aalto University, where he works at the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business. Mr. Aho holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vaasa, Finland, and the University of Alberta, Canada.