Ilmari Soininen MILE 16

MILE 16, Ilmari Soininen


Ilmari is an economist interested in the intersection of trade policy, regional integration and private sector development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked extensively in trade development consultancy over recent years, including for DFID, NORAD, TradeMark East Africa, ITC and OECD. From 2014, he oversaw the establishment of an Addis Ababa office for Saana, a UK-based consultancy firm, and managed a number of trade-related programmes with the African Union Commission and Government of Ethiopia. 

Prior to his time in consultancy, Ilmari enjoyed stints with the Finnish export development agency in Tunisia and as a Kiva Microfinance Fellow in Senegal. He also served 18 months in Finland’s rapid deployment forces, including a tour with the EU-led stabilising mission in eastern Chad in 2008.

Ilmari holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto (2007) and a Master in Economics from the University of Helsinki (2012). His Master’s thesis analysed the potential role of exchange rate policy in stimulating manufactured export growth in Africa.