Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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Current staffing


Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Director and Head of Research
Phone +358 (0)18 21960

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark received her doctoral degree in international law at the Faculty of Law, University of Uppsala (Sweden) in 1997 and became associate professor at the same university in 2001. She was acting professor at Åbo Akademi University in the autumn of 1997. Spiliopoulou Åkermark has published two books, four edited volumes, and more than 50 articles and reports in the fields of international law, human rights, indigenous peoples and minority rights. She speaks Swedish, Greek, English and French.

Kjell Ake Nordquist  

Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Editor-in-Chief
Mobile phone:
+46 (0)768 65 03 65

Kjell-Åke Nordquist is Editor-in-Chief of the Insitute's e-journal Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies (jass.ax). He is Professor in International Relations, and has been working in the fields of autonomy and conflict resolution both as a researcher and a practitioner. As a practitioner Nordquist has been working with peace processes mainly in Colombia, the Middle East, and Timor-Leste.
He has been a member of the Board as well as the Research Council of the Åland Islands Peace Institute since its start. He was its Acting Director from April 2015 to February 2018.

Sussi   Susann Simolin, Head of Information
Phone +358 (0)18 15570
Mobile phone +358 (0)400 989 570

Susann Simolin is responsible for the information activities of the institute. In addition she works with  research, seminar organization, project management and applications. She also presents the activities of the Ålands Islands Peace Institute and the Åland Islands as an example of peaceful conflict resolution to visitors.
Susann has previously worked as a journalist at the Swedish morning paper Göteborgs-Posten. She has a bachelors degree in journalism and a masters degree in Political science.
Susann speaks Swedish, English, French and some Finnish.

Petra Granholm, Acting Head of the Åland Mediation Office and Research Coordinator
+358 (0)18 21950
Info[at]medlingsbyran.ax, petra[at]peace.ax

Petra Granholm has been working at the Institute in several intervals and now works with issues related to research projects and publications. She is currently contributing to the Åland Research and Statistics' study on trust in Åland society. As Acting Head of the Åland Mediations Office Petra is responsible for the mediation services, a statutory complimentary service that is offered to parties in criminal cases and certain civil disputes.
Petra holds a aster’s in political science from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She speaks Swedish, English, German and instrumental Icelandic and Finnish.

Mirjam Lukola, Acting Organisation Secretary
Phone +358 (0)18 23238)
Mobile + 358 (0)40 1592900

In her function as acting organisation secretary Mirjam Lukola is responsible for internal planning and follow-up of the Peace Institute’s activities as well as coordination of project applications and reporting. She is also the secretary of the board of directors. 
Mirjam has studied Science at Åbo Akademi University and organisational development at Umeå University    
Language skills: Swedish, Finnish and English.

 jonny Andersen  

Jonny Andersen, CIO and Financial Assistant
Tel. + 358 (0) 40 53 12 700
jonny [at] peace.ax

Jonny is responsible for the information technology of the Institute, including for the website. He also assists with ongoing financial management such as invoicing, budgeting and reporting.
Jonny has worked as an electrician, economist and CIO in several smaller companies and organizations in Sweden. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has worked as an entrepreneur in economics and IT. In parallel with the work at the Peace Institute, he is engaged in the family company Eriksberg AB.




John Knight, Library and Archive
Phone +358 (0)457 342 0778

The part time librarian John Knight is responsible for the library and archive, that includes material on peace and conflict issues, minorities, autonomy, security, gender, human rights, and the Åland Islands and their unique status.  John works at the Institute every Tuesday from 3.15 to 5 pm. At other times, John is available on the phone number,  +358 (0)457 342 0778, or by e-mail. You may also call other staff at the Institute, at +358(0)1815570, to arrange a time when books can be borrowed or read on site.