Perspectives from Africa,
engagement from Finland

Understanding Africa

Representing Africans


Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Meeting Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland

The Uongozi Institute has interviewed the 10th President of Finland on leadership and the challenges faced in office. President Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in February 1994. He held office from March 1, 1994 to February 29, 2000. In his more than 45 years of public service, he was first a civil servant in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the United Nations.

In December 2000, Ahtisaari was awarded the J William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding by the Fulbright Association in recognition of his work as peacemaker in some of the world's most troubled areas. In October 2008 Ahtisaari was announced as that year's recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Ahtisaari twice worked to find a solution in Kosovo - first in 1999, and again between 2005 and 2007. He also worked with others to find a peaceful solution to the problems in Iraq. Ahtisaari. His group, Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), also contributed to resolving conflicts in Northern Ireland, Central Asia, and in Africa.

A programme on prominent lives

'Meet the Leader' is a television interview show that delves into the lives of prominent personalities whose lives and careers have had significant public impact and who have distinguished themselves in one or more forms of service. This show provides valuable insights on their experiences, provokes thought and stimulates discussion about some of the most compelling challenges facing the world. It provides real-life stories of how leaders were able to become successful, as well as the challenges and triumphs they have encountered along the way.