Antti Heinonen has been the chairman of the Banknote Ethics Initiative since its inception in 2013. He was the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG) from 2008 until 2012. Before that, he was the Director, Banknotes at the European Central Bank (ECB) as from 1998. Prior to joining the ECB, Antti was the Chief Cashier for the Bank of Finland from 1993.

He chaired the Banknote Committee (BANCO) of the European System of Central Banks for more than 10 years until 2008. He was also the Chairman of the Eurosystem Cash Changeover Co-ordination Committee, which had the overall responsibility for the co-ordination of the euro cash changeover in 2002.

Antti holds degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Helsinki, and has written several books on banknotes and their history.