New Ambassador to Brazil
At the presidential session on Friday 20 April, the President of the Republic appointed new Ambassadors of Finland. Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Jouko Leinonen will transfer to Brazil, and the current Ambassador Markku Virri in Brazil will transfer to Hungary. They will assume their new functions on 1 September 2018.
Jouko Leinonen will transfer to Brazil from the Unit for Southern and Western Africa, where he is currently Director of Unit.
Previously he has served as Deputy Head of Mission in Paris, Brasilia and Abu Dhabi, and held trade policy positions for example in Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
In addition to the Ministry's Department for Africa and the Middle East, Leinonen has worked in the Department for Development Policy and in the EU Secretariat.
Leinonen holds a Master of Science (Technology) and a Master of Social Sciences degrees. He joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1996.
Finland's future Ambassador to Budapest, Hungary, Markku Virri, is currently Finland's Ambassador to Brazil.
He has worked as Deputy Head of Mission in Ottawa, Canada, and held positions in Finland's embassies in The Hague, London and Brasilia.
In the Ministry, Virri has worked as Director of the Unit for Arms Control and held positions in the Political Department, Department for External Economic Relations, Department for Development Policy, and Department for the Americas and Asia.
Virri holds a Master of Social Sciences degree. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1991.
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