Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4/PB85
AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570, Fax +358 18 21026
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Current staffing

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Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Acting Director
Tel. +358 18 21910
Mobile phone: +358 (0) 405 0405 71

Kjell-Åke Nordquist functions as Acting Director of The Åland Islands Peace Institute.
He is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Visiting Professor at the Research Program on Human Rights and Peace-Building at Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden.
He has been working in the fields of autonomy and conflict resolution both as a researcher and a practitioner, and has been a member of the Board as well as the Research Council of the Åland Islands Peace Institute since its start. As a practitioner Nordquist has been working with peace processes mainly in Colombia, the Middle East, and Timor-Leste.


Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Research Manager
Phone +358 18 21960

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark is on leave from her position as Director to work with research activities, especially as a Project Manager of the new research project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands.”
She 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.


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

Susann Simolin is responsible for activities related to information and publications. In addition she works with planning of the institute´s activities and functions as the secretary of the board of directors.  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.





Justina Donielaite, Organization Secretary, Mediation Officer and Project Manager
Phone +358 18 23238

In her function as organization secretary, Justina Donielaite is responsible for internal planning and follow-up of the Peace Institute’s activities as well as coordination of project applications and reporting.  Justina functions as a coordinator for the Peace Institute’s projects in the field of gender equality promotion and violence prevention that are implemented both locally and internationally. As Head of the Åland Mediations Office she is responsible for the Mediation services, a statutory complimentary service that is offered to parties in criminal cases and certain civil disputes.
Justina has a Master's degree in Scandinavian philology from Vilnius University and a professional degree in International Business Administration from the International Business School at Vilnius University. Language skills: Lithuanian (native), English, Swedish and Russian.
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Petra Granholm, Research Coordinator
Tel. +358 18 15574

Petra Granholm is working with the institute's report series and with the Åland Example, including the e-course  "Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management. Lessons from the Åland Example".​  Petra holds a master in political science from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a master in resource management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She has previously worked for the Åland Islands Peace Institute as a researcher, focusing on the rights of indigenous people and national minorities. Her most recent employer was the Government of Åland, where she worked with issues concerning the environmental and fisheries in the Baltic Sea.

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Cecilia Brenner, Project Manager
Tel. +358 18 21910
cecilia [at]peace.ax

Cecilia Brenner is the Project Manager for the project Fair Sex that includes workshops for students and work with gender equality plans in Upper Secondary Schools. Cecilia holds a Master in political science and sociology and has experience in working with equality at Uppsala University and Uppsala Student union. Cecilia is also the chair person for the Swedish organization Students for Sexual Health (Studenter för Sexuell Hälsa, SfSH).
Cecilia speaks Swedish, English and Spanish.

Henrietta webb   Henrietta Hellström, Head of Finance 
Phone. +358 18 23238

Henrietta Hellström is head of the economy and financing of the institute, working in close co-operation with the Director and the Project Managers. Henrietta is also co-ordinating requests for internships.
Henreitta holds a Bachelors-degree in business from the Åland University of Applied Science. She has previous experience of working with financial management, both as an accountant, economy assistant and as head of economy. Henrietta speaks Swedish, English and some Finnish.
Yannick Poullie  

Yannick Poullie, Junior Researcher
Phone +358 18 21960

Yannick Poullie is a junior researcher in ÅIPI’s research project ”Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands”, funded by the KONE foundation. He holds a master’s degree in “Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research” from the University of Tampere, Finland. Prior to that he studied at the University of Düsseldorf and the University of Turku, respectively. Interning experiences include the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the German embassy in the Kingdom of Sweden.




John Knight, Library and Archive
Phone +358 18 15570