Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi
Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva
Kirsti Kauppi became the Ambassador of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva in August 2020. She was the Ambassador of Finland to the United States from 2015 to 2020. Before that (2012-2015) she was Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. In 2009-2012 Ambassador Kauppi served as Director General for Africa and the Middle East. In 2005 she was appointed Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN-related international organizations located in Vienna.
In addition to Vienna, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi has served in the Finnish Embassy in Berlin (2003-2005), as Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister), as well in Washington (1997-2000), and Bangkok (1989-92). Ambassador Kauppi’s solid knowledge on European Union affairs builds on her four-year service (1993-1997), in the Finnish Permanent Mission to the EU in Brussels. Later on (2001-2003) she was head of EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy coordination in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. This was after serving two years (2000-2001) as advisor to the State Secretary.