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CAMBRIDGE, MA – Esko Aho, former prime minister of Finland and current executive vice president for Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia, has been appointed as senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As a senior fellow, Mr. Aho will pursue research on the changing role of the state in maintaining welfare and global competitiveness.
Mr. Aho served as prime minister of Finland from 1991to 1995. Since 2008, he has led Nokia's government and public affairs function, overseeing the company's global policies and activities regarding sustainable development and social responsibility. He has been a member of the Nokia Leadership Team since 2009. Mr. Aho will continue to represent Nokia and drive the company’s governmental affairs as a consultative partner, although he will step down from the Nokia Leadership team, effective August 31, 2012, out of respect for the demands of the Harvard appointment.
“Today’s public problems and opportunities increasingly require collaboration between public and private institutions – between business and government,” said John Haigh, the center’s co-director and Executive Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. “Mr Aho brings a unique perspective on how these different institutions can work together more effectively. He has vast experience in government, particularly as Prime Minister of Finland, and in senior executive roles at Nokia. He can help bridge the perspectives of many sectors, enabling the collaboration necessary to solve some of the most intractable public problems. We are pleased he will be joining us as a Senior Fellow.”
The Senior Fellows Program is designed to strengthen the connection between theory and practice as the center examines and develops policies at the intersection of business and government.
Other new M-RCBG senior fellows are: Richard Balzer, a leadership and strategy consultant; Justin Fox, editorial director of the Harvard Business Review Group; Christian Gollier, Director of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE); and Lisa A. Robinson, a specialist in the economic analysis of environmental, health, and safety regulations.
Visit www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/about/fellows/srfellows to learn more about the M-RCBG senior fellows program.