After a distinguished career with the United Nations and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Martti Ahtisaari was elected as President of the Republic of Finland in 1994. He held the position until the end of February 2000. In December 2008, President Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Upon leaving the office of President of the Republic of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari has engaged in several international tasks to continue his career in international peace mediation and conflict resolution. After leaving the office of the President year 2000, Martti Ahtisaari founded Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a non-governmental organisation, to continue his legacy in helping the international community to enhance its capacity in preventive diplomacy, peace-making and post-conflict statebuilding. Today President Ahtisaari acts as the Chairman of the Board of CMI.
President Ahtisaari’s post-presidential activities have included facilitating the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, chairing an independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq, and appointments as the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa and as Personal Envoy of the OSCE CiO for Central Asia. Between November 2005 and February 2008, President Ahtisaari acted as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo.
President Ahtisaari is active in numerous non-governmental and non-profit organisations. His current main engagements are serving as Co-Chair in European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Chairman of the Independent Commission on Turkey. He is a member of The Elders group and a member of the Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Martti Ahtisaari is married to Mrs. Eeva Ahtisaari and they have a son.