Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (born June 23, 1937) is a Finnish diplomat and the former President of Finland.
Martti Ahtisaari ran for presidency as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party of Finland in 1994 and was elected as the President of Finland. He did not run for a second term and was succeeded by another SDP candidate, Tarja Halonen.
During his long diplomatic career Ahtisaari has worked as the Finnish Ambassador to several African countries (Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia and Zambia), as a UN Special Representative to Namibia, and as an international peacemaker in Northern Ireland, Indonesia, and Kosovo. In October 10, 2008, Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his longstanding efforts in resolving international conflicts.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 2008 peace prize to Martti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president who has been associated over decades with peace efforts and quiet, cautious diplomacy from Asia to Africa and Europe.