Foto BerglundTom Berglund

Tom Berglund is professor of Applied Microeconomics and Theory of the Firm Hanken School of Economics. Professor Berglund is director of Hanken’s Centre for Corporate Governance, serves on the board of the Nordic Corporate Governance Network and is a member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee. Professor Berglund has taught extensively both internationally and acted as advisor to the Finnish Ministry of Finance. Professor Berglund’s research focuses on governance, economics of finance and regulation of financial markets. Professor Berglund has been an active participant in numerous international seminars, and conferences.


Anne BernerAnne Berner

Anne Berner is chairman of the board of Vallila Interior Ltd. She received the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award in 2006 and was elected Businessman of the Year on 2009.Berner is the chairman of the board of the Association for Finnish Work, the New Childrens’ Hospital Support Foundation and the Support Association for the New Childrens’ Hospital 2017. Berner serves on the boards pf Soprano PLC and Kährs PLC. She holds a master’s degree from Hanken School of Economics. Berner served on Libera’s board from 2012 to 2015, and was its chairman between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, Berner was elected as MP for the Finnish Centre (as an independent candidate), and currently serves as Minister of Traffic and Communication.


BrunilaAnne Brunila

Anne Brunila, Dr.Sc.(Econ.), is professor of practice at Hanken School of Economics since 2014. She was vice president of CSR and strategy and a member of the executive board at energy corporation Fortum Plc. until November 2012. Previously, she has held the positions of managing director for the Finnish Forest Industry Association (Metsäteollisuus ry) and director general at the Ministry of Finance. Brunila has held expert and director positions at the European Commission and the Bank of Finland. Ms. Brunila is a member of the board at Sampo Plc., Kone Plc., the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Elinkeinoelämän tutkimuslaitos ETLA) and the Centre for Business and Policy Studies EVA (Elinkeinoelämän valtuuskunta EVA). Ms. Brunila is vice-chairman for the Aalto University Foundation and chairman of the Finnish section at the International Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Brunila was a member of Libera’s board 2013-2014.


anders_ekholmAnders Ekholm

PhD Anders Ekholm is Head of Investments Finland at asset manager Alfred Berg and Libera’s former Research Director (2014-2015). He is also an Adjunct Professor in Finance and has more than a decade of practical experience from the financial markets. Amongst others Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have reported on his research.




TimEvans-220x300Tim Evans

Doctor Tim Evans is executive director for the Cobden Centre, UK. He is also chairman for the Economic Policy Centre and Global Health Futures Ltd. Evans is a Senior Fellow at London’s Adam Smith Institute.




harisalo_hiresRisto Harisalo

Risto Harisalo is professor of Administrative Sciences at the University of Tampere. Harisalo is one of Finland’s leading expert on classical liberalism. He has written several books on the topic, some of them together with Ensio Miettinen. Professor Harisalo is a regular contributor to Libera’s blog.




Vesa Kanniainen is professor of Economics at the University of Helsinki. He has acted as Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University and Washington State University between 1977 and 1979. For most of his career, he has worked at the University of Helsinki, researching public finance, corporate funding and entrepreneurship. His latest research fields are ethics and economics. Professor Kanniainen is a regular contributor to Libera’s blog, and has edited two books for Libera, one on the euro and one on the economic issues facing Finland.


paul_lillrankPaul Lillrank

Paul Lillrank is professor of Industrial Engineering at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University. He has acted as Visiting Professor in Japan, France and India, and led international research projects. Lillrank’s columns are regularly published in Finnish media. Lillrank also serves on Libera’s board since 2014.



saku_mantereSaku Mantere

Saku Mantere is a professor at McGill University in Canada and has previous held a chair inManagement and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics, while serving as Director of the Department of Management and Organisation. Mantere has been a member of the board at the Aalto University Foundation and chairman of the University of Arts in Helsinki. Mantere is an internationally acclaimed researcher of organisation theory and strategic management, and his work has been published in leading journals in the field. He hold several international scientific positions of trust. Mantere was e member of Libera’s board 2013-2014.


Jalo PaananenJalo Paananen

Jalo Paananen became an entrepreneur at the early age of 25 and has been an entrepreneur for over 45 years. His companies include Peikko Group LTD and Eimo PLC. In the 1990s, Paananen was vice-chairman of the board for the Union of Industries (Teollisuuden Keskusliitto) and the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries (Teknologiateollisuus) and chairman for the SME-committees for the organisations in question. Paananen has co-authored the “Umpikujassa? Aika on ajamassa ammattiyhdistysliikkeen ohitse” -report (on the Finnish unions) for Libera together with Gustav von Hertzen and Seppo Riski. The report was published in 2013.


palmer_highres-e1368616642894-1024x1024Tom G. Palmer

Doctor Tom Palmer is Vice President of International Programmes at Atlas Economics Research Foundation. He is also Senior Fellow and member of the Board at Cato University. In 2012, Libera published the Finnish edition of Palmers (Ed.) book The Morality of Capitalism, titled “Kapitalismin moraali”.



Markku PohjolaMarkku Pohjola

Markku Pohjola is a professional board member, with a varied background on boards of companies and NGOs, charity organisations and the third sector. Currently, he is chairman of e.g. Tieto Plc. Pohjola has a long career in commercial banking in Nordea Bank Plc. and its predecessors.



reed-l-hires-e1368616923295Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education in the USA. Previously, he acted as President of the well-known Mackinac Center for Public Policy.




Olli RiikkalaOlli Riikkala

Olli Riikkala is chairman of Helvar Merca Ltd, Comptel Plc and Oriola-KD Plc, and vice chairman of Tieto Ltd. He is also a boardmember of the Instrumentarium Science Foundation. Riikkala has acted as Senior Advisor for GE Healthcare Information Technologies in 2004-2006 and Executive Director for the EMEA region in 2002-2004.



NimaNima Sanandaji

Nima Sanandaji has written numerous books on a wide spectrum of societal issues and is an active and well-known debater and writer both in his home country of Sweden and internationally. Sanandaji is a Swedish Kurd. For Libera, Sanandaji has written the report The Swedish Model Reassessed – Affluence Despite the Welfare State  (2011) and co-authored the analysis The Equality Dilemma – The Lack of Female Entrepreneurship in Nordic Welfare States. Sanandaji holds a doctorate in polymer technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.


virenMatti Viren

Matti Viren is professor of Economics at the University of Turku. Previously, he was Research Director at the Bank of Finland and at the VATT Institute for Economic Reserach, and a researcher at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. Between 2001 and 2003 Viren was a pre-accession advisor for the Polish Ministry of Finance. Viren is an alumnus of the University of Helsinki and the University of Chicago, and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Viren regularly blogs for Libera.

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