Kai Sauer- Diplomacy Needs To Evolve But Is As Relevant Today

Travel was something he started to do at an early age. But he didn’t reach exotic places by plane like most of us. Instead, he spent months aboard a container ship with his captain dad. Such experiences kicked in a fascination for people and cultures from different lands and they also coloured the rest of his life: he knew he did not want to be anywhere too long. He spent years supporting the peace process in Kosovo and Ache; strengthening commercialRead more

Kirsti Tuominen – On Restaurant Day and the making of a grass root movement

“There is absolutely no comparison between culatello from Italy and smoked reindeer”, mocked Italy’s controversial ex-Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, in 2005. The matter revolved around the food safety organization of the EU, which Italy wanted to host and indeed, did. Finland was not exactly known for its gastronomy. That was then. Today, Helsinki houses several Michelin restaurants and a super vibrant gastronomic community bent on innovation and creativity.Read more

Alexander Stubb – Exporting Nordic capitalism

He is an elite amateur sportsman (I know, that’s an oxymoron but how else can you explain such marathon records?). He likes to be called by his first name and hates protocol. He is an avid communicator, tweeting and sharing his views on anything from his war on political cynicism to Finnish forest food, picking his kids socks and his crush – or did he say love affair? – with his new bike.Read more

President Martti Ahtisaari – A conflict can always be resolved

Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari, became a refugee in his own country as a consequence of war in his early childhood. As a young man, his curiosity and will to know other people and cultures took him to explore life in distant lands. Little did he know then how crucial the mediation skills he learnt early on would be in solving conflicts around the world.Read more