The Hanaholmen Initiative Summit 2022

Hanaholmen, Esbo

1.11.2022 08:15 - 14:00

By invitation only.

Building Resilience in a New Security Environment

Tuesday, 1 November 2022, at 08.15 – 14.00 (Finnish time)
Hanaholmen, Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland

The European security environment has radically changed over the past year, making future outlooks highly uncertain. Russia’s war against Ukraine, the energy crisis, and uncertain economic outlooks are key elements in the new crisis landscape, while the Covid-pandemic is easing its grip. Strategic resilience building has become a top priority of all governments.

The Hanaholmen Initiative Summit 2022 on Swedish-Finnish Crisis Preparedness will focus on societal resilience building in a bilateral, Nordic, European and NATO perspective:

  • How can Sweden and Finland support each other in navigating through this difficult time?
  • How will the forthcoming NATO-membership impact our civil defence?
  • What effect will the new CER directive have on national preparedness work?
  • Will Nordic cooperation enter a new phase following the Swedish and Finnish NATO-applications?

The Summit is aimed at key decision-makers and central actors in the field of civil defence, crisis preparedness, and comprehensive security from all sectors of society.


08.15 Registration, coffee

Moderator: Pär Lager, Deputy Director, Executive Education, Swedish Defence University; Author & Lecturer

09.00 Opening session

Hanaholmen Initiative presentation video
Welcome: Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Hanaholmen

Carl-Oskar Bohlin, Minister for Civil Defence, Sweden
Akseli Koskela, Secretary of State, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

Keynote: Ben Caves, Senior Research Leader, RAND Europe

09.40 Swedish-Finnish co-operation and strategies for resilience building: Key findings from the Hanaholmen Initiative Executive Education Programme 2022

Panel discussion

  • Jenny Knuthammar, Director of Defence, County Administrative Board of Östergötland
  • Morgan Olofsson, Director of Communications, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency MSB
  • Rainer Peltomäki, Vice Rector, Col., Finnish Defence University
  • Eeva Vahtera, Head of Division, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Camilla Asp, Deputy Director General, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency MSB
Petri Toivonen, Secretary General, Finnish Security Committee

Comment: Kaisa-Maria Tölli, Chair, Elisabeth Rehn Bank of Ideas

Panel discussion: a resilient power syste,

  • Lotta Medelius-Bredhe, Director General, Svenska kraftnät
  • Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Executive Vice President, Fingrid
  • Fredrik Torp, Vice President Corporate Security & Resilience and Group Head of Security, Vattenfall

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 International perspectives: Swedish and Finnish Resilience Building in the New Security Environment

The new CER directive: enhancing the resilience of critical entities and essential services in the EU

  • Eero Kytömaa, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

A need for more holistic thinking regarding total defence

  • Karl Lallerstedt, Senior Analyst, Swedish Defence Research Agency

NATO seven baseline requirements and national resilience building

  • Geir Arne Fredriksen, Specialist Director, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)

Nordic resilience: strengthening crisis preparedness and security of supply cooperation

  • Mikael Wigell, Research Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Critical flows and ports

  • Thomas Fransson, Head of Security, Port of Gothenburg

Panel discussion

  • Johan Belfrage, Director, SAAB
  • Catharina Candolin, Cyber Expert, OP Group
  • Pauliina Eskola, Director of International Relations, Ministry of the Interior, Finland
  • Johann Knigge, Director, Swedish Red Cross

12.45 Closing session

Presentation of diplomas to Executive Education Programme participants

Concluding remarks

13.00 Lunch

The Hanaholmen Initiative is a new cross-sectoral, Finnish-Swedish co-operation programme in crisis preparedness and civil defence. The Initiative was launched in 2021, consisting of an Executive Education Programme and a high-level forum, the Hanaholmen Initiative Summit.

During the Executive Education Programme, participants from both countries have worked together on crisis scenarios, focusing on continuity management, cyber and hybrid threats, strategic communications, local, regional, and national coordination, and grey zone criminality.

Conclusions and reflections from the Executive Education Programme will be presented during the Hanaholmen Initiative Summit 2022 on 1 November at Hanaholmen. 

To learn more about the Hanaholmen Initiative, please read more here.

The Initiative is carried out by Hanaholmen on behalf of its principal, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with the Swedish Defence University and the Finnish Security Committee with support from both countries’ governments.

Hanaholmen, the Swedish-Finnish co-operation centre, seeks to expand and develop collaboration between the two countries in all spheres of society. We pursue this mission by creating conditions for co-operation between organizations and individuals, and by fostering personal contacts.