Former Finnish President and Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari has received the prestigious 2012 Global Economy Prize from Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The prize is awarded for active discourse on economic matters as well as for initiatives that meet globalisation challenges using labour, financing, and commodities markets.
Ahtisaari has earlier received numerous awards and honours including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 and UNESCO Félix Houphöuet-Boigny Peace Prize in the same year. In 2000, he founded the Crisis Management Initiative, which “works to resolve conflict and build sustainable peace,” and where he is now the chairman of the board.
President Ahtisaari was one of three joint winners of the award, which was conferred for advancing creative international discussion on the economy. Other recipients of the award were the American academics Daniel Kahneman and Nathan Eagle.
Ahtisaari and Kahneman are both Nobel laureates, while Eagle is Assistant Professor at Harvard University and the chief executive of the mobile research and marketing services company Jana.