The Atlantic Council of Finland has a Chair, two Vice-Chairs, a Board of Directors and a Secretary General.

The first Chairman of the Council was Minister (Hon.), Ambassador Mr. Jaakko Iloniemi (1999-2001). He was succeeded by Minister (Hon.), Ambassador Mr. Paavo Rantanen (2002-2004), Director of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, Dr. Risto E. J. Penttilä (2005-2008) and Minister (Hon.) Mrs. Liisa Jaakonsaari (2009-2023). 


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Chair of the Board

Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Former Prime Minister of Finland and Vice President of EU Commission, Head of Group Public Affairs, Nordea Bank


Vice-Chairs of the Board

Mr. Jari Haapiainen, Senior Adviser in EU, Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Parliamentary Group of the Centre Party of Finland

Mr. Jani Kokko, MP, Parliament of Finland


Members of the Board                 

Ms. Piritta Asunmaa, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representation of Finland to NATO

Dr. Tuomas Forsberg, Professor of International Relations

Mr. Janne Kuusela, Director General, Defence Policy Director, Ministry of Defence of Finland

Capt (N) Tuomo Mero, Commandant of the Naval Academy, Finnish Navy

Dr. Sakari Puisto, MP, Parliament of Finland

Ms. Laura Saarikoski, Editor in Chief, Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat

Mr. Pertti Salolainen, Minister (Hon.), Ambassador

Ms. Suvi-Anne Siimes, Managing Director, Finnish Pension Alliance TELA

Ms. Henna Virkkunen, Member of the European Parliament

Mr. Stefan Wallin, Senior Advisor, Former Minister of Defence of Finland


Secretary General

Ms. Terhi Suominen, M.Pol.Sc.