New Ambassadors: Kai Sauer to Jakarta and Timo Kantola to the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE, Vienna
The President of the Republic appointed on the 7 May the following persons as Ambassadors:
Counsellor of Foreign Affairs Kai Sauer to serve as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, as from 1 September 2010.
Sauer has served as Head of the Unit for UN and General Global Affairs of the Political Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 2007.
Sauer entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1995 and has worked in the Political Department, Department for External Economic Relations, Department for Communications and Culture, and Department for Europe. He served as Director of the Unit for the Western Balkans in 2005.
His diplomatic career includes postings to the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN in New York.
In 2003-04, Sauer was Senior Adviser to Harri Holkeri, Special Representative of the Secretary General in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In 2004-05, he served as Head of the Strategic Analysis and Research Unit at UNMIK.
In 2005-07, Sauer served as Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Martti Ahtisaari, in the Kosovo Future Status Process (UNOSEK) in Vienna.
Counsellor of Foreign Affairs Timo Kantola to serve as Head of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE in Vienna, Austria, as from 1 July 2010.
Kantola has served as Director of the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management of the Political Department since 2007.
Kantola entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1988. In the Ministry, he has worked in the Political Department and the Department for Development Policy. He also served as Diplomatic Advisor in the Helsinki CSCE Follow-up Meeting in 1992.
In Finnish missions abroad, Kantola has worked at the Permanent Mission to the OSCE in Vienna and the Permanent Mission in Geneva. In Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, he served as Deputy Representative to the Political and Security Committee in 2004-07.