Mr. Vauraste, 51, serves as Chair of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC), an independent international organization established in 2014 that facilitates Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development through the sharing of best practices, technological solutions, standards, and other information.
The AEC promotes free trade and provides advice and a business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council. Mr. Vauraste is a Master of Science in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from Leicester University and a naval officer from the Finnish Naval Academy.
He has served as a Coast Guard vessel master and special unit commander. His military rank is Lieutenant Commander. He is extensively experienced in senior executive positions from service industry with Securitas, Finnair, Hertz and Arctia. He is the owner and President of Mariadi ltd, an Arctic and Maritime Consultancy Agency.
He beholds various positions of trust. He is Chairman of the Finnish Arctic Society, Chairman of Finland-China Innovation Maritime Subcommittee and a member of Advisory Board of Finnish Lifeboat Institution.
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