Eurodefense Network


Date of creation : 2019

President: Dr. Hanna Ojanen

Secretary-general : Caspar von Walzel

The President

Dr Hanna Ojanen an expert on European foreign, security and defence policy. She is Adjunct Professor (docent) of international security organisations at the Finnish National Defence University, as well as Adjunct Professor in international relations at the University of Helsinki.

She holds a doctorate in political and social sciences from the European University Institute (EUI, Florence). Her previous positions include Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere (Faculty of Management), Head of Research, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and Programme Director of the Research Programme on the European Union, Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

She is member in the ECFR Council (European Council on Foreign Relations) and in the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Church(Geneva).

Her recent research has focused on inter-organisational relations (particularly EU-NATO-UN relations) and her book entitled The EU’s Power in Inter-Organisational Relations was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

The Secretary General

Caspar von Walzel is an engineer with a degree from Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering. His professional background is in ICT, consulting and training. Caspar is an active reserve officer with over 15 years of experience in voluntary defence activities on a local, regional and national level. He is chairman of the Swedish Reserve Officers Association in Helsinki since 2009, Helsinki Reserve Officers District vice chairman from 2011 – 2014 and chairman from 2015 – 2018. He has also been a member of the board and the delegation of the Finnish Reserve Officers Federation. He is Chief of Training at the National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK), responsible for the Finnish military contingent to the Nijmegen Four Days Marches. 

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