New Ambassadors to Oslo and Rome
The President of the Republic appointed on the 12 February the following persons as Ambassadors:
Counsellor of Foreign Affairs Maimo Henriksson to serve as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Oslo, Norway, as from 1 September 2010.
Henriksson currently serves as Head of the Unit for Russia. Prior to this, she was Director of the Unit for the Northern Dimension, which deals with matters relating to regional cooperation in Northern Europe.
Henriksson entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1989. She worked as Second Secretary at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow in the 1990s and as Minister Counsellor at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest in the 2000s. In the Ministry, Henriksson has held different positions in the Political Department and the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has also served as Deputy Secretary General of the Delegation for International Information dealing with the image of Finland and as Diplomatic Attaché at the 1992 CSCE follow-up meeting in Helsinki. In the Secretariat for Finland’s first EU Presidency in 1997-2000, Henriksson served as Meeting Co ordinator and Deputy to the Secretary General.
Counsellor of Foreign Affairs Petri Tuomi-Nikula to serve as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Rome, Italy, as from 15 October 2010.
Tuomi-Nikula has served as Director General of the Department for Communications and Culture since 2005. He has also held the position of Deputy Director General of the Department for Press and Culture. His positions in the Diplomatic Service comprise postings to London to serve as Press Counsellor and to Vienna and Bonn to serve as Press Officer. As Secretary General of the Secretariat for Finland’s EU Presidency, Tuomi-Nikula played an important role in the run-up and during Finland’s first EU Presidency.
Prior to his career in the Ministry, Tuomi-Nikula worked as Chief of Information and Marketing at Fujitsu-Invia in 2000-03. He has worked as journalist for MTV3, the Finnish News Agency (STT) and the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE).