AFS 2022 70 Years-On Thinking Group

Marko Ahtisaari

Artistic Director of the Helsinki Festival

Marko Ahtisaari is a technology entrepreneur, designer, and investor. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Helsinki Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in the Nordics, held every year in late August. From 2015 - 2018 he was CEO and co-founder of Sync Project (acquired by Bose in 2008). Prior to the Sync Project, he was a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. From 2009-2013 he was Executive Vice President of design at Nokia, responsible for hardware, user interface and packaging design. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of Dopplr (acquired by Nokia in 2009) and head of design and brand at Blyk, a free ad-funded mobile network. He has served on the boards of WITNESS, F-Secure and Artek. He was born in Finland, but grew up on three continents, in Helsinki, Dar es Salaam and New York, where he studied philosophy, economics and music at Columbia University. He alsoI plays in the band Construction with Nadya Peek.