Unit for the Middle East

The Unit for the Middle East is responsible for the following issues:

  • bilateral relations, the EU’s external relations and multilateral institutions in all fields of cooperation (political, trade policy, commercial and economic, cultural and development cooperation) in respect of these countries
  • regional organisations and other bodies of cooperation
  • contribution to the conflict prevention efforts in the countries as a part of Finland’s general foreign policy
  • monitoring of the operation of international organisations and financing institutions in the countries and participation in the policy formulation processes of these organizations, as appropriate, and provision of expert advice on the countries and the region to other Departments of the Ministry.

Email

  • ALI-10@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Middle East
PO Box 176
00023
GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address

Laivastokatu 22
00160
HELSINKI
FINLAND

Personnel

Riikka Eela
Director
  • +358 295 350 147
Jaana Mäkelä
Administrative Officer
  • +358 295 350 051
Hannu Ripatti
Special assignment
  • +358 295 350 408
Roberto Tanzi-Albi
Senior Adviser
  • +358 295 350 215

Persian Gulf Team

Saila Barke
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
  • +358 295 350 226
Oona Leinonen
Trainee
  • +358 295 350 728
Seif Holmström
Project Assistant
  • +358 295 350 211

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Jussi Soini
Team Leader
Israel, Palestinian territory
  • +358 295 350 580
Petra Paasilinna
Desk Officer
Syria
  • +358 295 350 249
Niko Heimola
Desk Officer
  • +358 50 453 6113
Karim Aissa Baccouche
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 707
Suvi Sipilä
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758
Jenny Sjöberg
Programme Officer
Team Leader, Development Cooperation in Fragile States, Middle East and Northern Africa, Palestine
  • +358 295 351 866

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.