Esko Aho

Member of Club de Madrid
Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995)

Esko Aho is Member of Club de Madrid and former Prime Minister of Finland. He served from 1991 to 1995. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union.

Mr. Aho was a Member of the Finnish Parliament for 20 years (1983-2003) and he chaired the Centre Party from 1990 to 2002. After his political career, between 2004-2008, Esko Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. After Sitra, between 2009-2012, he worked for Nokia Corporation as Executive Vice President. From 2013 to 2019, Esko Aho served as Executive Chairman of the Board at East Office of Finnish Industries. Furthermore, he served as elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce from 2013 to 2019.  He also acted as Chairman of the Board at ICC Executive Board Policy and Commissions Committee for four years.

Esko Aho is Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy and Adven Group. Since 2016, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Sberbank; and since February 2019 he is a member of the JP Morgan Advisory Council for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  At present, Mr. Aho is Senior Advisor at East Office. Esko Aho’s other domestic and international activities are coordinated through his private consulting company, Verbatum Oy. Throughout his career, Esko Aho has also been active in the world of academia. He has been a Resident Fellow and later Senior Fellow at Harvard University.  Esko Aho is Executive in Residence at Aalto University, where he works at the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business. He is a visiting lecturer at PSIA, Paris School of International Affairs. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Additionally, he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Esko Aho holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vaasa, Finland, and the University of Alberta, Canada.