Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician, the tenth President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work. He started his career as a primary school teacher in 1959!

Ahtisaari was a UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations, aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. In October 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts". The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.

Martti Ahtisaari founded Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in 2000. CMI is a Finnish independent non-profit organization, works to resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace.

Pressphoto of President
Martti Ahtisaari (2007).
Photographer: Janne Mikkilä.                

Martti Ahtisaari