Jaakko Iloniemi

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Born30 May 1932
Helsinki, Finland
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, European Council on Foreign Relations, European Leadership Network
Bilderberg Steering committee, Finnish Ambassador to the US

Jaakko Olavi Iloniemi is a retired Finnish diplomat and influential economist. He was a member of the Bilderberg/Steering committee.


Iloniemi graduated with a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki in 1957 and served in various positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs between 1961-1983. From 1965 to 1971, he was office manager in the Development Aid Department under his boss Martti Ahtisaari.


From 1971 to 1972, Iloniemi was Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN. In order to organize Finnish President Uri Kekkonen's major project, the European Conference on Security and Cooperation (OSCE), Iloniemi was Ambassador of the OSCE in Geneva from 1973 to 1975. From 1975 to 1977 he was Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from 1977 to 1983 as Ambassador of Finland to the United States in Washington.

Iloniemi was a member of the Executive Board of the Bank of Finland 1983-1990.

Shaping foreign policy

Already in 1957, Iloniemi was influencing Finnish foreign policy when he founded the Paasikivi Society to support President Kekkonen. Kekkonen was also a supporter of the OSCE process. He had only been working a year in his UN mission when Foreign Minister and fellow Bilderberger Kalevi Sorsa called from Helsinki and asked him to join a small group preparing a European Security Summit.

During the 1990s, Iloniemi supported Finland's EU membership project.

Iloniemi also had a strong influence on fellow Bilderberger Martti Ahtisaari's election as President of Finland in 1994, for example, as speech writer, although in the early days Iloniemi himself was proposed as presidential candidate for the same party. Ahtisaari stated about Iloniemi:

Jaakko Iloniemi is a realistic analyst, one of the most important people in my life. ... We were Anglo-Saxon social liberals, enthusiastic about development aid and solidarity movements. We have been working together for decades and it continues.”

Jaakko Iloniemi officially celebrated his retirement in 2010, but continues to be involved in political activities through his positions of trust, lecturing, and international political and economic expertise. Iloniemi supported Sauli Niinistö in the 2006 presidential elections and Paavo Lippo in the 2012 presidential elections.

Iloniemi chaired the pro-NATO lobbying group Atlantic Council of Finland from 1999-2001.

Iloniemi was Finland's representative in the Bilderberg Group from 1991 to 1997.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
The 34th Bilderberg, 109 participants
Bilderberg/198724 April 198726 April 1987Italy
35th Bilderberg, in Italy, 106 participants
Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
The 36th meeting, 114 participants
Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests
Bilderberg/199010 May 199013 May 1990New York
Glen Cove
38th Bilderberg meeting, 119 guests
Bilderberg/19916 June 19919 June 1991Germany
Steigenberger Hotel Badischer Hof
The 39th Bilderberg, 114 guests
Bilderberg/199221 May 199224 May 1992France
Royal Club Evian
The 40th Bilderberg. It had 121 participants.
Bilderberg/199322 April 199325 April 1993Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 41st Bilderberg, held in Greece
Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
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