Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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Board members of the Åland Islands Peace Institute 2017-2019


RogerN 72 Mr Roger Nordlund, Chair of the Board, is a member of the Åland Parliament and a member of its Autonomy Committee. He was elected to the Åland Parliament for the first time in 1983 and has since been the Speaker of the Parliament and has held ministerial positions in the Åland Government, which he also chaired during the mandate period 1999 to 2007, when he was Head of Government.
Nordlund has studied economics at the Åbo Akademi University.


Ms Ulla Backlund, active in the Norwegian Refugee Council, former country director for the Council in Georgia, Burundi and Lebanon. She has lived in Switzerland, Algeria, Mali, Norway, Sweden, USA, Moscow, France and Russia. Ms Backlund grew up in Åland. She speaks Swedish, Russian, English, French and German. Her work areas are theater and aid.


Ms Katarina Fellman, Master of Social Sciences and Head of Research at Statistics and Research Åland, ÅSUB. She has been responsible for a wide range of research projects within regional development, demography, knowledge economy and economic growth, and evaluation of policy measures. Specially interested in comparative studies and in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. Member of the Board of Nordregio, an international Nordic research institute in the field of regional studies.

nina fellman webb 1 Ms Nina Fellman is a Minister in the Åland Government since 2015. She is responsible for the interior, municipal issues, integration and housing issues. She is also Minister for Nordic Co-operation and is responsible for Nordic and EU issues.
Nina Fellman holds a Master’s degree and is a journalist to the profession. For many years she was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Nya Åland.
As an activist committed to peace and security issues, Nina Fellman was engaged in the foundation of the Peace Institute in 1992. She has also contributed to several of the Peace Institute's publications.


Kenneth Gustavsson webb Mr Kenneth Gustavsson. Antiquarian, PhD in archeology and associate professor of history. He has been working for many years at the Åland Museum, previously primarily with archaeological questions surrounding the medieval and late time, but currently mainly with recent history. His focus is the strategical and political importance of Åland in the Baltic Sea during the 2000s, including the demilitarization and neutralization regimes. Has published several books and numerous articles on the subject. Member of the The Royal Society of Naval Sciencesfrom 2013 and the Historical Committee at The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland from 2015.


Goran Lindholm 2 Mr Göran Lindholm. Lawyer, has extensive experience in management and board positions within the business world. Mr Lindholm was the former president of the insurance company Ålands ömsesidiga 1999-2015, has previously worked in the Government of Åland, as Permanent Secretary of Administration  (1983-1987) and before that as Legislative Councel. He was a member of the committee appointed to revise the Act on Autonomy in 1981. Lindholm is a deputy in the Åland Delegation and is the Honorary Consul of Hungary on Åland. Mr Lindholm has published studies and articles including on the Åland status in international law.
Markelin 2015 Ms Lia Markelin. PhD in Social Sciences from Bradford University in England, works as a research coordinator at the think tank Magma in Helsinki. Magma is a politically independent think tank with the aim to pave the way for new thinking on the future of the Swedish language in Finland. Markelin also serves as assistant professor at the Sámi University College in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino in Norway, where she is planning an international master's degree program in indigenous journalism. Markelin’s special interests include minorities, indigenous people and the media.