In its plenary session on 21 September, the Government appointed Leena-Kaisa Mikkola as Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East.
The Government has appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Leena-Kaisa Mikkola as Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East for the period from 1 October 2017 to 31 August 2019.
Mikkola has been Senior Adviser in the Department for Africa and the Middle East since September 2016. Before that, she served as Finland’s Ambassador to Israel for five years. Her career in the diplomatic services includes postings to the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels and the Embassies of Finland in Canberra, Athens and Budapest. In the Ministry, she has served as Director of the Unit for European Common Foreign and Security Policy in the Political Department and held different positions in the Political Department, the Department for Europe and the Department for Press and Cultural Affairs.
Mikkola holds the degree of Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki. She joined the Foreign Ministry in 1992.