We are delighted to welcome Amcham members to a high-level and engaging evening in New York City on the occasion of Finland’s 100th anniversary and the 80th birthday of Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland. VP of the European Investment Bank, Alexander Stubb will open the event, followed by greetings from President Martti Ahtisaari. Keynote speech will be given by Former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo. A panel discussion featuring Ambassador Frank Wisner, Journalist and Author Carl Bernstein, and Social Entrepreneur and Producer Francine LeFrak will follow.


The theme Changing the Game reflects the insightful discussion on foreign policy and current world affairs with some of the leading players in the international field.


The event will be co-hosted by American Friends of CMI, Finlandia Foundation National, Fazer and Amcham Finland. CMI – the Crisis Management Initiative – is an independent Finnish organization founded by President Ahtisaari that works to prevent and resolve violent conflicts. They have had projects in Afghanistan, Liberia and Indonesia and are currently active in 13 countries.


The event takes place in New York City, USA, but we are offering it to our broader membership due to the unique and historic nature of the event, which might be of special interest to those companies with staff located in the US. For more information, please send an email via the link below.



Alexander Stubb

Mr. Alexander Stubb is a former Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Finland, and currently the Vice President of the European Investment Bank. Mr. Stubb holds a PhD in International Relations from London School of Economics, and has authored several books and articles about the European Union. Additionally, he is a columnist in the Financial Times. This year, Alexander Stubb will assume President Ahtisaari’s position as the Chairman of CMI.



Ernesto Zedillo

Dr. Ernesto Zedillo is a former President of Mexico. He is an economist and involved in affairs of globalization and relations of developing and developed countries. Currently, he is working as a Director of Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University and the Latin-American co-chair of the Inter-American Dialogue. In 2013, President Zedillo joined The Elders, a group of global leaders working on issues of peace and human rights.



Frank Wisner

Mr. Frank Wisner is an American businessman and a former diplomat, whose career at the State Department spans four decades and eight presidencies. Mr. Wisner has served as the US Ambassador in Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India, and as the Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. Mr. Wisner is the Chairman of the board of American Friends of CMI.


Carl Bernstein

Mr. Carl Bernstein is an American writer and journalist. He is contributor and political commentator at the CNN and has written multiple books. Additionally, he did reporting from a Watergate scandal in 1972 for Washington Post and after that wrote books about President Nixon. Currently, he is an active visitor and guest at TV-programs.


Francine LeFrak

Ms. Francine LeFrak is a social entrepreneur, distinguished philanthropist, and an award-winning producer. Ms. LeFrak is the founder Same Sky, an impact investing initiative that provides training and employment to underserved women in the US and Africa. She is the Chair Emerita of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and has been awarded the UN Women for Peace Award for her humanitarian work.



Somini Sengupta

Ms. Somini Sengupta is a George Polk Award-winning journalist, who covers the United Nations for The New York Times. Previously, she was the New York Times’ bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi. Her book, “The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young,” was published in 2016. From the UN, Ms Sengupta reports about global issues ranging from war to women’s rights.

Union Club


101 E 69th St, New York




Thursday, 9 November, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM



Event co-hosts

For more information contact:


Erika Sauer
Managing Director, USA
+1 (917) 865 9262