Pekka Haavisto was appointed President of the Board of Governors of the European Institute of Peace on 7 October 2016. Pekka Haavisto is a member of the Finnish Parliament and has been twice a cabinet minister (as Minister of Environment and Development and Minister for Development and State Ownwership). Currently Mr. Haavisto serves as the Finnish Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on mediation with special focus on Africa. Mr. Haavisto has extensive knowledge and experience in crisis management, political negotiations and mediation. He also served as the European Union’s Special representative for Sudan and Darfur, and as a UN Senior Advisor to the Darfur Peace process. Mr. Haavisto has also led the United Nations Environment Programme for the post-conflict environmental assessments and projects in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East, Liberia and Sudan.
Vice-President of the Board
Marc Otte was appointed Vice-President of the Board of the European Institute of Peace on 5 May 2014. He was the European Union's Special Representative to the Middle East peace process from 14 July 2003 to 28 February 2011. Mr Otte holds an MA in Political and Social Sciences, from the University of Leuven, 1969, and did post-graduate work at the University's Institute for Developing Countries. Afterwards he taught in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he later served in the embassy. Over the following few decades he held various positions in the Belgian Foreign Affairs Service, including Consul General in Los Angeles (1988–1992) and Ambassador to Israel (1992–96). He is the current Director General of EGMONT - The Royal Institute for International Relations based in Brussels.
Staffan de Mistura
President of EIP’s Board of Governors (2014-2016)
Staffan de Mistura was President of the Board of Governors of the European Institute of Peace between 2014 and 2016. Staffan de Mistura is a long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat. After a 40-year career in various UN agencies, he served as deputy Foreign Minister in the Italian Government headed by Mario Monti. Mr de Mistura's previous UN posts have included that of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007–2009) and Afghanistan (2010–2011) and currently Syria. Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon (2001–2004), and Director of the UN Information Centre in Rome (2000–2001).
His work has taken him to many of the most volatile conflict regions in the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia. He is currently the UN envoy for Syria. Mr de Mistura is married with two daughters. He speaks seven languages.