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Libera is an independent and politically unaffiliated think tank that supports and advances individual liberty, free enterprise, free markets and a free society.

For us, freedom means the absence of compulsion and is closely linked to responsibility. We publish a variety of materials both online and in print, conduct research and organise public events, such as debates on current topics, but above all we want to instigate open discussion on issues related to freedom. We want to offer an arena of thought and action for everyone who is interested in a society where freedom and responsibility meet. Most of our publications are in Finnish, and a lesser part in English and in Swedish. Please click here for a list of major English language publications. Each year, Libera selects a theme for its activities. In 2015, we work with education and research, and last year we focused on True Equality.

Libera is an operational, non-profit foundation. Our funding is entirely private. Our donors consist of private individuals and private foundations. Libera does not accept public funding or do consultancy work. A significant part of Libera’s work is carried out on a voluntary basis. Libera was founded in 2011 by Gustav von Hertzen and Petri Kajander. Please contact COO Lasse Pipinen at +358 50 3411611 or lasse.pipinen (at) libera.fi for more information on how to support our work.

The Board of Libera

Elina Lepomäki

Elina Lepomäki

Chair of the Board

Elina Lepomäki is a Member of the Finnish Parliament and the Chair of the Board of Libera. She has worked in the finance sector for 11 years in different Nordic countries and in London. Lepomäki is a Master of Science (Technology) in information technology and Master of Science (Economics) in political economy.

Björn Wahlroos

Björn Wahlroos

Vice Chair of the Board

D.Sc. (Econ.) Björn Wahlroos is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Libera. Wahlroos is the Chair of the Boards of Sampo plc, Nordea Bank plc, UPM-Kymmene plc, Hanken Svenska handelshögskolan, and a member of the Boards of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA and the Mannerheim Foundation.

Toomas Ilves

Toomas Ilves

Member of the Board

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is currently working as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Ilves was the President of Estonia during the years 2006-2016. Before that Ilves served as the Foreign Minister of Estonia during the years 1996-1998 and as a Member of the Estonian Parliament in 1999-2002, In 2004, he was elected and became a Member of the European Parliament and the Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ilves is known as a promoter of digitalization and as an expert on security policy.

Paul Lillrank

Paul Lillrank

Member of the Board

Paul Lillrank has worked as a Professor of Industrial Economy, specializing in quality control and service production, at Aalto University (formerly the Helsinki University of Technology, TKK) since 1994. He has also worked as the Director of the Industrial Engineering and Management Department and as the Academic Dean of the MBA Programme at TKK. Lillrank has studied quality and productivity in service sectors, such as air service, travel and retail, and healthcare. He has published several books and scientific articles on the topic of quality control and service production. Lillrank is also one of the authors of the Life Account-report published by Libera.

Kristina Pentti

Kristina Pentti

Member of the Board

Entrepreneur Kristina Pentti was the Director of the Libera Foundation during 2013-2015. Before this, she has worked in fund-raising and in different non-profit organizations. Pentti is a member of the Boards of Lemminkäinen plc, Former President Martti Ahtisaari’s Crisis Management Initiative CMI, and different foundations. She is Master of Science (Economics), from Hanken, and a Bachelor of Science in political science, from the University of Helsinki.

Henrikki Tikkanen

Henrikki Tikkanen

Member of the Board

D.Sc. (Econ.) Henrikki Tikkanen is a Professor of business economics at Aalto University (formerly the Helsinki School of Economics) since 2004, and at the Stockholm University School of Economics since 2013. Previously, he has been a professor at the Helsinki University of Technology at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (2001-2004) and at the University of Oulu (1997-2001). Tikkanen has worked as a visiting professor at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (2013-2014) and at ESCP Paris (2007-2008). His areas of expertise are strategic management and marketing, as well as business models and evolution of industry. He has served as a member of multiple boards of companies and other organizations, advisory boards and other expert bodies since the mid 90’s. Tikkanen was chosen to be on the board of Libera in 2015.

Matti Vuoria

Matti Vuoria

Member of the Board

Deputy Judge Matti Vuoria is the Vice Chair of the board of Sampo plc, a member of the boards of Stora Enso plc and Wärtsilä plc, as well as the Chair of the Board of the Securities Market Association. Vuoria worked as the CEO of Varma from 2004 to 2013, and has also worked as the Chair of the Board of Fortum plc. Vuoria was chosen to be on the Board of Libera in 2014.

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