Esa is a keen promoter of the Baltic Sea region and European cooperation with 24 years’ experience of leadership in international cooperation projects, networks and events covering a wide range of topics in the field of innovation. Esa holds M.Pol.Sci (Int.rel.) from the University of Turku, Finland, and has also studied international relations and international law at the University of Michigan, USA. Esa lectures frequently on Baltic Sea cooperation and international project management issues.
As Director of BIF and Ombudsman of the Foundation for the Baltic Institute of Finland, Esa is responsible for overall management and direction at BIF, as well as for creation and development of international and national networks with stakeholders. He is also actively involved in project initiation and planning. Esa also serves as the main coordinator of the Policy Area Innovation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.