NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FINLAND PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA
Kirsti Kauppi, the new Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented her credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Kauppi had been serving as Finland’s Ambassador to the United States since September 2015. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Director General for Political Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. She was Director General for Africa and the Middle East at the Ministry from 2009 to 2012. In 2005, she was appointed Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations–related international organizations in Vienna. While in Vienna, she also served for three years as the Finnish Governor on the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors.
Ms. Kauppi served at the Finnish Embassy in Berlin from 2003 to 2005 as Deputy Chief of Mission. Her other posts abroad include Finland’s Embassy in Washington (1997 to 2000), in Bangkok (1989 to 1992), and at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the European Union (1993 to 1997).
Ms. Kauppi was born in 1957 in Oulu in northern Finland. She studied at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and received her master’s degree in economics in 1981. She joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1983.