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News, 8/10/2017

New Deputy Directors General appointed

On 10 August 2017, the Government appointed Deputy Directors General for five departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The following persons have been appointed as Deputy Directors General as of 1 September 2017:

  • Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Sannamaaria Vanamo for the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia until 31 August 2021
  • Senior Officer Riitta-Liisa Oksanen for the Department for Development Policy until 31 August 2021
  • Deputy Director General, Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Eija Rotinen to continue at the Department for the Americas and Asia until 31 August 2019
  • Deputy Director General, Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Juha Ottman to continue at the Department for Europe until 31 August 2019
  • Deputy Director General, Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Timo Kantola to continue at the Political Department until 31 August 2019

Sannamaaria Vanamo

Sannamaaria Vanamo will transfer to her position as Deputy Director General from the duties of Director of the Unit for Arms Control.  In addition to that, she has held many different positions at the Ministry, for example at the Political Department and at the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

She has gained experience of the Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Finland in Washington and Moscow and at Finland's Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

Riitta Oksanen

Riitta Oksanen, the newly appointed Deputy Director General of the Department for Development Policy, serves at the moment as Adviser at the Development Evaluation Unit.  She has also worked as Director of the Unit for General Development Policy and Planning.

She has gained experience of the Diplomatic Service at Finland's Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Before joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, she worked in business management tasks at FTP International Oy.

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Updated 8/11/2017

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