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News, 7/10/2015

New Ambassador to Beijing and side accreditations to Slovakia and Ghana

On Friday 10 July, the President of the Republic appointed Counsellor Marja Rislakki as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Beijing as of 1 October 2015.

kybersuurlähettiläs Marja Rislakki

Marja Rislakki currently serves as Finland's Cyber Ambassador. She has also worked as the Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador at Finland's Permanent Representation to the European Union, with responsibility for COREPER I issues.

Rislakki was involved in the preparation of the EU enlargement negotiations at the Permanent EU Representation. She has also served in Finland's embassies in Madrid, London and Brussels.

Marja Rislakki began her career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1983 where she has held various positions relating to, for example, trade policy and EU affairs. At the Department for the Americas and Asia, she served as Head of the Unit for North America.  In 2013-2014, Rislakki served as State Secretary to the Minister of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The President of the Republic also decided  to grant side accreditation to Helena Tuuri, Head of the Embassy of Finland in the Czeck Republic, to also represent Finland in Slovakia and to Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, Head of the Embassy of Finland in Nigeria, to also represent Finland in Ghana.

Additional information: Vesa Lehtonen, Deputy Director General for Personnel, tel. +358 295 351 439

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