Esko Aho was a Member of the Finnish Parliament for 20 years, from 1983 to 2003.
He chaired the Center Party from 1990 to 2002 and was Prime Minister of Finland 1991 – 1995. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union.
In 2000, Esko Aho spent one year as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Throughout his career, Esko 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).
After his political career, Esko Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA. From 2008 – 2012 he served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia Corporation and was a member of its Executive Board. Furthermore, he served as an elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce 2013 to 2019. He acted as Chairman of the Board at ICC Executive Board Policy and Commissions Committee for four years.
Currently, Prime Minister Aho is Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy. In February 2019 he was appointed to the JP Morgan Advisory Council for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr Aho is Strategic Advisor for European Forest Institute (EFI), and advisor to several international and domestic companies and communities. Esko Aho’s domestic and international activities are coordinated through his private consulting company Verbatum Oy.