Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs, Finland
Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs as from 1 September 2019. Finnish Senior Arctic Official in the Arctic Council. Before his current post he served in diplomatic postings for Finland in Moscow, Pristina, Strasbourg and Brussels. Before his MFA career he worked for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and Helsinki and held various positions in the Finnish Labour Administration. During his tenure in Brussels, he worked in the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU, in the External Relations Directorate General in the European Commission and in the European External Action Service, where he was appointed as the first permanent chairperson for the COEST and COSCE Working Parties and subsequently as a Senior Expert. In Brussels his primary fields of interest and responsibility have been related to EU-Russia relations and various regional cooperation structures in the North, including the Arctic cooperation. He was also selected as the Chair of the Vision Group for the Council of the Baltic Sea States which was a group of independent experts which submitted a report to the CBSS Ministerial meeting on the future of the CBSS and the Baltic Sea region cooperation.