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Contact information

Unit for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa

The Unit for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa handles Finland's relations with the countries, regional organisations and other bodies operating in the region. The Unit is also responsible for matters that concern the Africa policy of Finland and the European Union in general and across the continent.

The Unit is responsible for the following issues:

  • prepares and coordinates Finland's political, trade political, commercial and development policy objectives, policies and positions, which concern Finland's relations with the countries, inter-regional organisations and other bodies and processes in the region;
  • defines the objectives of development cooperation, prepares and presents programmes and projects and handles them in the Ministry's internal coordination system, as well as takes care of their management and supervision;
  • handles matters relating to state and ministerial visits to and from the region, maintains contacts with the countries of the region through, for example, bilateral consultations, export promotion, and participation in multi-stakeholder negotiations and donor consultations that concern development cooperation;
  • prepares Finland's positions and represents Finland in EU working groups and committees dealing with matters concerning the region; develops the network of Finnish missions in the region and steers their work, among other things, by organising regional meetings, assessing the heads of missions' annual plans of action and holding annual consultations with them, and assessing the missions’ annual plans;
  • coordinates matters concerning the region with other departments of the Ministry, especially the Political Department, the Department for External Economic Relations, and the Department for Development Policy, including, as required, with other state administration bodies;
  • handles general questions relating to the Africa policy conducted by Finland and the European Union and to the formulation of related CFSP positions;
  • deals with horizontal questions concerning the continent, such as peace and security, migration, climate issues, radicalisation, general development questions;
  • regional organisations: African Union (AU), East African Community (EAC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).


Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda


Visiting address:

Kanavakatu 3 B

Postal address:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Unit for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa
PO Box 452


Senja Ryhänen
  • Assistant
  • tel. work +358 295 350 203
Saija Immonen
  • Assistant
  • tel. work +358 295 351 191
  • tel. work +358 9 160 564 29

Horn of Africa Team

Eeva Alarcón
  • Team Leader, Horn of Africa
  • tel. work +358 295 351 436
Anu Eskonheimo
  • Programme Officer
  • Ethiopia
  • tel. work +358 295 350 531
Sara Karlsson
  • Programme Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 350 177

Kenya Team

Tony Paso
  • Counsellor
  • Team Leader, Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles
  • tel. work +358 295 350 041
Leena Faurie
  • Programme Officer
  • Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles
  • tel. work +358 295 351 706

Tanzania Team

Vuokko Jutila
  • Team Leader, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the East African Community (EAC)
  • tel. work +358 295 350 532
Minna Hares
  • Desk Officer
  • Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • tel. work +358 295 350 540

Africa Policy Team

Pirjo Virtanen
  • Team Leader, Africa policy
  • tel. work +358 295 350 541
Martti Eirola
  • Senior Adviser, Africa policy
  • switchboard work +358 295 351 123
Olivia Packalén-Peltola
  • Programme Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 351 502
E-mail addresses are in the form: Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.

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Updated 4/5/2018

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