New ambassadorial appointments to Chile and Nigeria
On 16 May, the President of the Republic appointed the following new Ambassadors:
At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Leinonen has held various positions at the Department of External Economic Relations and the Political Department.Leinonen joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1990.
Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury as Head of the Embassy of Finland in Abuja, Nigeria, from 1 September 2014.At the moment, Suomela-Chowdhury, who joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs staff in 1997, is acting as Head of the Unit for UN Development Issues at the Ministry’s Department for Development Policy. At the Ministry, she has also worked at the Political Department, the Department for Global Affairs, and the Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation.
At Finnish missions abroad, Suomela-Chowdhury has served at the Finnish Embassies in Beijing and Santiago de Chile.Additional information: Vesa Lehtonen, Deputy Director General for Personnel, tel. +358 295 535 1439