Ilmari graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007 with a degree combining economics and management. In his final year, Ilmari had two excellent development economics professors who got him interested in development, especially its slow progress in Africa. After graduation, Ilmari, as a Finnish citizen, had to complete his
national military service, and decided to apply to the RDF 1st Jaeger company, where Finland's international forces are trained. Following his conscription, Ilmari served with the E.U. peacekeeping force in Chad and CAR. In 2009, Ilmari (happily) returned to civilian life, interning with the trade promotion arm of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in Tunisia. Ilmari speaks French and is looking forward to returning to Africa, though is disappointed that neither Senegal nor Finland will be competing in the World Cup.
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