Timo Sysiö appointed as Press Counsellor in Beijing

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has appointed Timo Sysiö to the post of Press Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland in Beijing. The three-year term will start on 1 August 2021.

Timo Sysiö. Photo: Kae Yan

Sysiö will move to Beijing from the Embassy of Finland in Ankara, where he is currently Second Secretary responsible for communication, country branding and Team Finland coordination. Sysiö has studied and worked in East Asia and Southeast Asia for over ten years. In 2017, he worked as Event Coordinator for the Suomi Finland 100 Singapore (SF100SG) programme and as Consular Services Coordinator at the Embassy Beijing. Sysiö has graduated with a Master of Arts degree at the University of Hong Kong.


“I’m looking forward to being able to use my professional skills in the geographical area that is close to my heart. As part of the strong Team Finland network in China, I will work to increase our visibility especially in sectors which have an influence also on Finland's economy and society,” Sysiö says.


The Press Counsellor is responsible for communications and tasks related to country image. The Press Counsellor also takes part in Team Finland activities and works in close cooperation with the Consulates General of Finland in Hong Kong and Shanghai.


Inquiries: Johanna Kotkajärvi, Deputy Director General, Department for Communications, tel. +358 295 351 351 and Timo Sysiö, tel. +90 533 7437738.

The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.