New ambassadors to Greece and Nigeria
The President of the Republic has designated the following persons as ambassadors on 30 March:
Ambassador Erkki Huittinen to serve as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Athens, Greece, as from 10 September 2007.
Huittinen joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1973. He has held various positions in the Ministry, including in the Department for External Economic Relations. Huittinen was Deputy Director General in the Administrative Department from 1991 to 1996 and has served as Inspector-General in the Internal Auditing Unit since 2003 until now. His career in the Finnish diplomatic service comprises postings to Germany, Austria, Iran, Greece and Canada. From 1996 to 2000, he served as the Ambassador of Finland to Malaysia and from 2001 to 2003 as Consul General in Los Angeles. Huittinen has also been a Fellow at Harvard University.
Ambassador Erik Ulfstedt to serve as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, as from 1 September 2007.
Ulfstedt joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1970 and is currently serving as Counsellor in the Unit for Cooperation with Neighbouring Areas of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in charge of nuclear safety and energy issues related to Ukraine. Prior to his current position, in the years from 2000 to 2002, Ulfstedt worked as Director in the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. During his diplomatic career, he has served as Ambassador in Moldova and Ukraine and as Minister at the Finnish Embassy in London, and held postings in Finnish missions in Copenhagen, Paris, Moscow, San Francisco and Los Angeles. From 1988 to 1991, Ulfstedt was Director of the Division for the Soviet Union in the Ministry.