Esko Aho served as Finland's Prime Minister from 1991 until 1995. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1983 and the Leader of the Centre Party since 1990. As the youngest prime minister in Finland's history, at age 36, Mr. Aho responded to his country's recession by implementing strong economic reforms and bringing Finland into the European Union. In his recent bid for Finland's presidency, Esko Aho lost by a narrow margin to Finland's first woman president. As an IOP Fellow, Mr. Aho led a weekly study group on the European Union and its political and economic implications for global relations.