Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 AM  – 10:00 AM
Amcham Finland Offices
Eteläranta 6 A 8, 00130 Helsinki

U.S. presidential elections are fast approaching, and Super Tuesday’s primary elections will be one of the most important dates in the 2020 election calendar.

We invite you to Amcham’s briefing on primary election results at 8:30 AM on March 4th. Scott E. Buchanan, Visiting Fulbright Bicentennial Professor of American Studies at the University of Helsinki will kick us off with an introduction to the results. Tuuli Koivu, Chief Economist at Nordea, will follow with a brief economic update. Our experts will be joined by Mike Klyszeiko, Director of Launchpad USA at Amcham Finland for a panel discussion about the U.S. elections, their implications for trade and business, and how a democratic president may or may not alter the future of international business policy.

This year’s Democratic Party primary elections have been called some of the most unpredictable in decades. There are currently multiple candidates with strong support, but no one is an obvious front runner. Super Tuesday marks changes in both the dynamics of the race and candidate strategies, as more delegates to the presidential nominating conventions can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day. From this session you will get insight on which issues to watch for this election as well as U.S. election-related political and economic updates.

This morning session is free-of-charge and a light breakfast and coffee will be served.

Panel Speakers:

Scott E. Buchanan

Visiting Fulbright Bicentennial Professor of American Studies
University of Helsinki

Dr. Buchanan is Professor of Political Science and the Executive Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. For 2019-2020, Professor Buchanan is the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki for 2019-2020.

He is the author of Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn’t Vote for Me, the only published biography of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin, who was a member of The Citadel Class of 1929.

Professor Buchanan is also co-author, along with Dr. Charles S. Bullock, III, and Dr. Ronald K. Gaddie of The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia’s Progressive Politics. The book brings attention to the infamous 1947 Georgia “three governors” controversy.

Dr. Buchanan’s most recent book, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be, is an edited volume, with Dr. Branwell DuBose Kapeluck, of the 2016 presidential election in the South. This edited volume is a compilation of book chapters produced by the leading scholars of Southern politics.

Dr. Buchanan has also written articles on realignment in Southern politics and has been involved in oral histories of Georgia political figures of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition, Dr. Buchanan is a past president of the Georgia Political Science Association.

In addition, Dr Buchanan is the 2015 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He teaches Southern politics, state and local government, political institutions, and elections. He is frequently interviewed by the national media including, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR, as well as a variety of state and regional media outlets.

Tuuli Koivu

Chief Economist


Tuuli Koivu started her career as an economist at Nordea in 2016. She is particularly familiar with monetary and economic developments in the euro area and has long tracked China’s economic development and international trade issues. Koivu has also been responsible for monitoring the Finnish economy at Nordea.

Prior to her career at Nordea, Koivu worked for the Bank of Finland, the Ministry of Finance and the European Central Bank. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Jyväskylä in 2012, focusing on Chinese monetary policy.

Mike Klyszeiko

Director, Launchpad USA
Amcham Finland

Overseeing Amcham’s most successful flagship programMike has more than 10 years’ experience helping companies with U.S. market entry, positioning and development. 

Since moving to Finland in 2010, the native Californian has advised more than 50 growth companies in sales and marketing, location analysis, regulatory frameworks and risk management. 

Prior to joining Amcham, Mike spent more than six years’ with global financial firm Morgan Stanley. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of investment banking, markets and capital, he has first-hand business experience in the role of CEO and partner. 

Before entering the world of business, Mike was a United States Navy officer. He holds a (degree) from the University of California. 

Despite the un-Californian like weather, Mike enjoys Helsinki life and has taken up cross country skiing in the winter and sailing during the warmer months. 

For more information contact:

Julia Mäklin

Policy Officer
+358 50 430 3443