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Contact information

Unit for the Middle East and North Africa

The Unit for the Middle East and North Africa is responsible for the following issues:

  • bilateral relations, the EU’s external relations and multilateral institutions in all fields of cooperation (political, trade policy, commercial and economic, cultural and development cooperation) in respect of these countries
  • regional organisations and other bodies of cooperation
  • contribution to the conflict prevention efforts in the countries as a part of Finland’s general foreign policy
  • the EU’s Mediterranean Policy
  • monitoring of the operation of international organisations and financing institutions in the countries and participation in the policy formulation processes of these organizations, as appropriate, and provision of expert advice on the countries and the region to other Departments of the Ministry.

Countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

E-mail:

Postal address:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Unit for the Middle East and North Africa
PO Box 452
00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address:

Kanavakatu 3 B
00160 HELSINKI
FINLAND

Personnel

Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen
  • Director
  • tel. work +358 295 351 851
Jaana Similä
  • Assistant
  • tel. work +358 295 350 212
Marita Kritsos
  • Administrative Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 350 275

Persian Gulf Team

Miia Lahti
  • Team Leader, Persian Gulf
  • tel. work +358 295 351 877
Kirsti Hyyppä
  • Desk Officer, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen
  • tel. work +358 295 351 430

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Marianne Mäkinen
  • Team Leader, Middle East Peace Process
  • tel. work +358 295 351 510
Jussi Nummelin
  • Desk Officer, Syria, transition and reconstruction
  • tel. work +358 295 351 768
Tanja Jääskeläinen
  • Senior Adviser
  • tel. work +358 295 350 303
Hanna Lepistö
  • Desk Officer, Syria
  • tel. +358 295 351 834
Lotta Nuotio
  • Desk Officer, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian territories
  • tel. work +358 295 351 505
Emma Pajunen
  • Programme Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 351 571
Suvi Sipilä
  • Programme Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 351 758

North Africa Team

Stefan Lee
  • Team Leader, North Africa
  • mob. workcell +358 50 455 8435
  • tel. +358 295 351 467
Lassi Härmälä
  • Attaché, Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara
  • tel. +358 295 350 026
Touko Piiparinen
  • Desk Officer, Libya, Tunisia, support to the Arab Spring countries' economic transition
  • tel. work +358 295 351 893
Samuli Volanen
  • Trainee

Coordiation of Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) matters and the European Neighbourhood Partnership

Jussi Tanskanen
  • Assistant Desk Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 350 707
Roberto Tanzi-Albi
  • Senior Adviser
E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.

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Updated 10/23/2017

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