Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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

Kjell Ake Nordquist  

Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Director
Tel. +358 18 21910
Mobile phone: +358 (0) 405 0405 71,
+46 (0)768 65 03 65

Kjell-Åke Nordquist is Professor in International Relations, with particular focus on Peace Building and Human Rights, at the Stockholm School of Theology in 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, Head of Research
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.” and as responsible for an e-course on territorial autonomy.
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 the information activities of the institute. In addition she works with  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.


 Elias Vartio 2  

Elias Vartio, Research Coordinator
Phone: +358 18 15574

Elias assists in the research activities and the work of the research council, e.g. with text editing, report publishing, seminar organization and development of the library. He also takes part in outreaching activities and co-ordinates internship applications. Elias holds a master in Social Science, and has previously studied public international law at Helsinki University and Åbo Akademi University. He has also previously worked as journalist both in print- and broadcasting media. Elias has also been actively engaged in the Brussels based youth think thank Futurelab Europe and the Turku University affiliated Finland Futures Research Centre (ffrc), where he was involved in two research projects on the impact of new and emerging technologies on security and privacy.


Heidi Öst, Mediation Officer
Tel. +358 (0)18 21967 
Mobile + 358 (0)457 343 3513

Heidi Öst will be working as Mediation Officer at the Peace Institute, while Justina Donielaite is on leave from the position. As Head of the Åland Mediations Office Heidi is responsible for the Mediation services, a statutory complimentary service that is offered to parties in criminal cases and certain civil disputes.
Heidi has previously been working at the institute as Mediation Officer and Researcher. Heidi is in the final stage of her doctoral studies in Public Law at Åbo Akademi University, where she is finalizing her thesis which concerns citizenship and voting rights in four autonomous areas, with Åland as one of the case studies.

Filip Holiencin, Researcher

Researcher Filip Holiencin is back at the Peace Institute until the end of December 2017 to continue his research within an ongoing project on demilitarisation: “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands.” Filip holds a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies and a master’s degree in Law and jurisprudence from Masaryk University in Czech Republic. Filip has also been working as a researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the University of Lapland.



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.



Petra Granholm
Petra Granholm has been working at the Institute in several intervals and returns from October to work with issues related to research projects and publications. Petra holds a Master in political science from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a Master in resource management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

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Justina Donielaite, Organisation Secretary
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. She is also the secretary of the board of directors.
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.
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.